LENA CLASS POLAR SHIPS

Hungary issued 6 stamps for the International Geophysical Year 1957-1959 of which only the 20 Fi stamp depict a research ship, in an e-mail from Mr Sitnikov he suggested that she is the OB by comparing the stamp with a photo of the ship, and after conformation from Mr. Crichton that she is one of this class, I searched the net and found that six ships of this class were built in Holland by the Kon. My de Schelde in Vlissingen (Flushing). between 1954 and 1957 the LENA, OB, YENISEY, ANGARA, BAYKAL and INDIGIRKA and only two visited around this time the Antarctic, the OB and LENA which of the two is depict is doubtfully but the stamps were issued in 1959 most probably the OB is depict she was the only of the two which was used in the third expedition 1957-1959.
Wikipedia has on this expeditions: The First Soviet Antarctic Expedition was led by Mikhail Somov; his scientific deputy was V. G. Kort. The expedition lasted from 30 November 1955 to 1957 and involved 127 expedition members and 75 crew members.
Three diesel-electric ships were used to transport the expedition. They were RV "OB" (flagship; captain I. A. Man), RV "LENA” (Captain A. I. Vetrov) and the refrigerator ship No. 7 (Captain M. A. Tsygankov) (she was later renamed in ZVAYGZNE). The final ship was used only for transporting perishables. OB and LENA were icebreakers 130m long and displacing 12,600 tons.
On the 30 November 1955 the first ship ("OB") left port at Kaliningrad.
The principal task of the expedition was to organise the main base, Mirny, and perform limited scientific observations. Other tasks were reconnaissance of sites for the inland bases Vostok and Sovetskaya; and oceanography of the Indian Ocean.

The Second Soviet Antarctic Expedition was led by Aleksei Treshnikov on the continent; the marine expedition on the "OB" was led by I. V. Maksimov. The "OB" left Kaliningrad on 7 November, 1956.
Three ships were used to transport the expedition, all diesel-electric. The two main ships were as for the first expedition: RV OB (flagship; captain I. A. Man) and RV "LENA” (Captain A. I. Vetrov). The third ship was KOOPERATSIYA (Captain A. S. Yantselevich), used mainly as a transport vessel.
The tasks of the expedition were:
Relief of the first expedition
Full scale scientific work for the International Geophysical Year (IGY)
Organisation of two IGY scientific stations near the south geomagnetic pole and pole of relative inaccessibility
An inland tractor-sledge traverse for glaciology
Oceanography


The Third Soviet Antarctic Expedition (1957–59) was led by Yevgeny Tolstikov on the continent; the marine expedition on the OB was led by I V Maksimov.
Two diesel-electric ships were used to transport the expedition. RV Ob (flagship; captain I A Man) and KOOPERATSIYA (captain A S Yantselevich), used mainly as a transport vessel. The ships arrived in Antarctica in November – December 1957. Together with the ships crews the expedition consisted of 445 men, of whom 183 were scheduled for wintering.
The tasks of the expedition were:
Relief of the 1956–1958 continental expedition and continuation of the IGY programme
Organisation of the Sovetskaya station at the pole of relative inaccessibility
Continuation of tractor-sledge traverses in central Antarctica
Oceanographic work on the OB in the southern oceans, and cartography of the coast from Mirny to the Bellingshausen Sea
The programme included 6 stations: (Mirny; Vostok; Sovetskaya; Oasis; Pionerskaya and Komsomol'skaya).
The first tractor-train to the interior left on 26 December, with 32 men. On 2 January 1958 the train arrived at Pionerskaya, and left again on the 8th. On the 17th they reached Komsomol'skaya; conditions of travel were difficult. A portion of the train (7 tractors and sledges) left on the 20th to relieve Vostok, arriving on the 27th, and delivering over 100 tons of cargo. On the 28th the train left for Komsomol'skaya, arriving on the 31st. On 3 February the train, with 27 men, left to found Sovetskaya; they reached 78° 24′ S, 87° 35′ E on the 10th, at an altitude of 3570 m. The station was rapidly constructed, and the train left on the 18th, returning to Mirny on 4 March, having completed a round trip of 4,000 km (2,500 mi).
After spending the Antarctic winter at Mirny, the Expedition undertook a second set of tractor traverses starting in September 1958. One team reached the pole of inaccessibility and established The Pole of Inaccessibility station there on 14 December.
Hungary 1959 20 fi sg1553, scott?
Russia 1956 40k sg2026, scott
1957 Prestamped envelope LENA and OB seen from behind. Lena is the ship on the left of the envelope.
1978 prestamped card

BAY QUEEN

Built as a steel hulled excursion ship by Blount Marine Corporation at Warren, Rhode Island, USA for Rent a Cruise.
Launched as the BAY QUEEN.
Tonnage 99 grt, 80 net, dim. 33.46 x 12.46 x 2.77m.
Powered by ?, speed 10 knots.
Accommodation for 400 guests 2014.
1978 Completed.

She has also carried the names STAR OF CHICAGO III and STAR OF MILWAUKEE.
It looks that she has been rebuild, with a new deck added, when you compare the ship on the stamp with a photo of the ship as the CORNUCOPIA PRINCESS.
2014 Owned by Cornucopia Cruise Lines Inc. Perth Amboy, New York and carries now the name CORNUCOPIA PRINCESS.
In use as a party boat in New York harbour.
Liberia 1987 15c sg1660, scott1066b.
Source: http://shipbuildinghistory.com/history/ ... blount.htm
http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/pls/webpls/ ... _name_list and internet.

DRAGON

Have not much on her, only that her homeport is Gdynia, Poland, summers she makes short trips and during the winter season she is in use as a restaurant moored in Gdynia, since 2007. Where built and when I could not find.
Galleon DRAGON is a mock pirate ship, designed for tourist cruises on the high seas, even in winter. It has a length of 45 m, width 8.20 m, 4 masts and can carry 200 passengers. In addition to the open deck - also has an extensive room on the lower level. The central part of this room is - the heart of DRAGON - a large bar. The bartenders, masters of their profession, were chosen from among the best in the country.
Guinea 2013 40000 Fc sg?, scott? (The tall sailing ship in the margin is the DAR MLODZIEZY.)
Source: various internet sites.

KOSSUTH ss (Hungary)

Built in 1914 by Ganz-Danubius, Budapest for MFRT as FERENCZ FERDINAND FOHERCZEG.
Sidewheel steamer, Length:61,80m. Beam:15,54m. Depth:2,50m. Draft:1,30m. 2 cyl. compound diagonal engine:580 hp. Passengers:1350.
Passenger steamer on the Danube.
Renamed RIGO (1919), then LEANYFALU (1930)
Heavily rebuilt after World War II and returned to service in 1953 named KOSSUTH.
Reboilered in 1965 with second hand boiler from the sunken German paddle tug REGENSBURG.
Withdrawn after the 1978 season.
Moored at Ujpest and used as the house boat and refectory for employees of MAHART
In 1984 she became a floating sanatorium, but in 1986 she was converted to a museum ship.
Eventually moored at the Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid) in central Budapest as a restaurant with a small maritime museum owned by the Budapest Transport Museum.
In 1995, due to lack of finances, the Museum subcontracted the ship's operation and maintenance to the private company, Kossuth Múzeumhajó Kft (Kossuth Museum Ship Ltd)
The 5-year contract required the company to pay a monthly fee to the museum and to renovate the vessel before a 10-year extension to the operation contract was granted.
The hull was renovated in 2000 by SKL at Komarno.
Later water ingress led to contractual argument between the various parties as to the exact scale of work undertaken during the renovation contract which is yet to be resolved.
Now marketed as the Venhajo Restaurant, run by EURÓPA Rendezvényiroda Kft. who also operate modern vessels on Danube cruises.
The company are also partners in the ZOLTAN FOUNDATION, which owns the Nezmely Ship Museum, which provides technical management for the museum on the KOSSUTH.
Entry to the small museum display on the engine room companionway is free. The ship is also a public restaurant with rooms available for private hire.
Taken to Komarno docks for major reburbishment work in the summer of 2008.
(Hungary 1964,1,5 Ft. StG.2028) Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer +Steamships of Europe, A. Deayton + Internet.

CAP MALEAS

In 2013 the Solomon Islands issued some Miniature Sheets for “Special Transport” of which only one depict a ship, the container ship CAP MALEAS.
Built as a containership under yard No 313 by Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard, Guangzhou, China for St Samuel Shipping Company Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus.
08 June 2004 laid down.
25 September 2004 launched as the KONRAD SCHULTE.
Tonnage 18,334 grt, 10,287 net, 23,679 dwt., dim. 175.0 x 27.43 x 14.3m., length bpp. 165.0m, draught 10.9m.
Powered by one MAN B&W 7S60MC diesel engine, 15,785 Kw, one shaft speed 19 knots.
One bow thruster 900 kW.
Container capacity 1740 teu’s including 260 reefer containers.
Handling gear two 40 tons cranes.
03 January 2005 completed and delivered as the CAP MALEAS.

On delivery chartered by NYK, Japan for the service between the Far East and east coast South America or between the Far East and Durban, South Africa.
Spring 2008 renamed again KONRAD SCHULTE and chartered by Hamburg-Sud for 12 months.
2014 Chartered by Safmarine for the West Africa service.
Equasis gives for 2014 same name and owner, IMO NO 9292125, managed by Schulte Shipmanagement-Cypres, Limassol. Under Cyprus flag.
Solomon Islands 2013 $7 sg?, scott?
Source: Various internet sites, http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz

VAKA

The importance of sea transport to Tokelau is something that has not diminished over time. It is still an essential part of Tokelauan life, for getting between islands, and for fishing and retrieving materials. Issue information
The Tokelau vaka has aspects of canoe design that are unique to Tokelau. A vaka is a large five-man canoe made for fishing, which reflects Tokelau’s communal approach to catching fish. The vaka’s distinctive features include how it is constructed.
Unlike smaller canoes, the vaka is constructed in segments from different trees and ‘sewn’ together with a cord. This technique is not practiced elsewhere due to other Polynesian islands having larger trees to work with than Tokelau. The reasoning for building the vaka in sections is it is made from the kanava tree, which grows in a tapering and twisting fashion. This means only the lower sections of the trunks of the tree are fit for sculpting into the vaka.
45c Traditional Vaka
The vaka is a central tool in Tokelau, not only for fishing, but for travelling between atolls. The islands of Tokelau differ in their natural resources, so it is necessary to travel between the islands to retrieve them.
$1.40 Sculpting the Vaka
After the vaka has been carved and ‘sewn’ together, it is then caulked with coconut fibre or marine glue to make it watertight.
$2.00 Fishing from Vaka
There are several different types of canoes constructed in Tokelau, though a vaka usually refers to a large five-man canoe made for fishing. This reflects Tokelau’s communal approach to catching fish.
$3.00 Returning to Shore
This stamp shows the vaka in action as the men return to shore with their catch for the day. The importance of sea travel in day-to-day life continues to shape Tokelauan society today.
Tokelau 2014 45/300C SG?, Scott? and sgMS?, scott?
Tokelau FDC.
Source: New Zealand Post web-site.

SPAR GEMINI

Thanks to Mr. Peter Crichton who after a long time found out via the IMO No on the bridge (almost unreadable) that the vessel IMO No is 9307580 which belongs to the Norway bulker SPAR GEMINI.
Peter gives also that on the photo the name of the SPAR GEMINI deliberately has been removed, photos of the ship shows clearly her name.
Built as a bulker under yard no CX4211 by Shanghai & Chengxi Shipyard Co. Ltd., Jiangyin, China for Spar Shipping A/S, Bergen, Norway.
08 June 2006 keel laid down.
10 November 2006 launched as the SPAR GEMINI.
Tonnage 32,474 grt, 17,790 net, 53,460 dwt. Dim. 183.05 x 32.26 x 17.5m., length bpp. 183.3m.
Grain capacity 65,900 m³.
Powered by one B&W 2 SA 6-cyl diesel manufactured by Hudong Heavy Machinery Co. Ltd., 9,480 kW, one shaft, speed 14 knots.
Four cranes of 36 ton.
01 February 2007 delivered, NIS (Norway registered), homeport Bergen.

2014 In service, same name and owners, managed by Navigb Bulk Asia Pte. Ltd., Singapore.
Imo No.9307580.

Togo 2014 7500F sgMS?, scott? The SPAR GEMINI is the vessel in front of the stamp, then Peter has found out that the vessel on the left of the stamp has a badge on the bow which looks the coat of arms of the town Hamburg, so most probably a container ship belonging to an owner from Hamburg. Behind the two ships you can see the bow of a Hanjin Line of South Korea container ship. The grey hulled ship in the margin of the stamp is most probably a chartered Cosco vessel from the Far East the name is in Western and Eastern letters on the bow, but unreadable. Images received from Mr. Sitnikov with thanks.
Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Class NK Register of Ships.
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Ilala II

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Ilala II

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The motorship Ilala II built for service on Lake Nyasa, is featured a Nyasaland stamp of the Is. 3d. denomination and shown off Monkey Bay on the lake-1,400 miles from the coast and almost 1,600 ft. above sea level..The ship had of course to be built and dismantled before being shipped in pieces and erected on the edge of the lake.
In 1949 the Nyasaland Railways gave the contract for this specialised construction to Yarrow and Co. Ltd., Scotstoun, Glasgow who have been builders of shallow-draft craft for re-erection almost since the firm's foundation in 1866 on the Thames. In point of fact the Ilala II is herself an interesting link with the earlier history of the company for the first Ilala was built at Poplar in 1875 at a cost of £6,000. She was built to fulfil an oft-expressed wish of David Livingstone in connection with the suppression of slavery on Lake Nyasa. The old Ilala was named after the area in which Chitambo's village is situated where Livingstone died in 1873 and where his heart is interred.
In all, the Ilala II cost £120,000 and was brought in pieces by rail from Beira to Chipoka on the lake shore. Of the 780 cases in which the parts were transported the heaviest weighed 18 tons and the lightest 78 lbs. The construction of the vessel was carried out under the supervision of Sir J. H. Biles and Company and Livesey and Henderson, consulting engineers to Nyasaland Railways.
Every care has been taken to ensure that she will be able to stand up to the severe gales encountered on Lake Nyasa. The hull of the ship is sub-divided into eight watertight compartments by seven transverse bulkheads—almost double the number required for an orthodox vessel of her size. The design provides for an adequate reserve of stability and was drawn up after extensive tests had been carried out at the National Physical Laboratory. The hull embodies all the recommendations of this institution. The Ilala II is 172 ft. long (overall) and can carry a total of 365 passengers. She has a gross tonnage of 620, a moulded breadth of 301/2 ft., and a loaded draft of 7 ft. 4 in. Deadweight cargo capacity is
100 tons and a crew of 38 carried. There is accommodation on the promenade deck for the master, two officers and 12 first-class passengers in 10 well-appointed cabins. Also on the promenade deck are a large dining saloon, well-equipped toilets, bathrooms and a galley for first class passengers.
Six second-class passengers are carried and have two large cabins on the main deck forward with an adjacent dining saloon. The after end of the main deck comprises the third-class section with provisions for 350 passengers and a saloon in the hold amidships. Propelling machinery comprises two sets of Crossley 5-cylinder oil engines, rated at 425 b.h.p. for 400 r.p.m., giving a service speed of 12 knots. Early in 1951 the vessel was named and launched on the lake in the presence of the Bishop of Nyasaland and a large crowd of Africans, Europeans and Indians by Lady Colby, wife of the Governor of Nyasaland, Sir Geoffrey Colby.
Monkey Bay is near Cape Maclear where the first Scottish Mission in Central Africa was founded in 1875 by Doctor Laws who brought out the first Ilala to the lake in that year. It is interesting to recall that this pioneer craft was shipped out in pieces to Cape Town in the holds of the Walmer Castle, thence up the East coast to the mouth of the Zambesi in the schooner Hara where she was assembled to sail up the Zambesi and Shire rivers to Murchison Cataracts.
Here she was dismantled and carried overland by 800 Africans to the Upper Shire River at Matope where she was re-assembled so that she could sail into Lake Nyasa-380 miles long—seven months after leaving the United Kingdom. The Ilala was in service on the lake for 28 years in which she carried out excellent work in suppressing the slave trade then carried on by Arab dhows. Eventually the Ilala was dismantled and taken from the lake, ending her career towing barges at Chinde where she was broken up.
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Malawi SG487, 549, 731, 931.
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