SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

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KURORT RATHEN (Germany)

Built in 1896 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH. Dresden as BASTEI.
Sidewheel river steamer, displacement:256 tons, L:57,15m. B:10,20m. Draught:0,81m. Cornish boiler, 2 cyl. oscillating compound engine with condensation by injection:140 hp. 10 km/h upstream, 15 km/h downstream, passengers:262.

1912 :Fitted with electrical illumination, the power being supplied by a 65 volt Lavall turbine.
1926 :Installation of a steam-powered rudder.
1927 - 1928 :The ship is reconstructed and an upper deck is added. The wooden buckets of the paddle wheels are replaced with steel buckets, the steamer receives a white paint scheme for the first time.
1956 :The name is changed to KURORT RATHEN.
1962 :The vessel receives a new electrical installation.
1968 :The upper deck is reconstructed and made of steel.
1974 :Collides with bridge pillar in Meissen.
1989 :Collides with bridge pillar in Meissen.
1993 - 1994 :Historically accurate reconstruction and return to service with a new boiler.

(Germany 2012, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer.

PIRNA (Germany)

Built in 1898 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH, Dresden as KÖNIG ALBERT.
Side wheel river steamer, displacement:241 tons, L:57,10m. B:10,40m. Draught:0,78m./1,14m. Cornish boiler, 2 cyl. oscillating compound steam engine with condensation:140 hp. built by Deutsche Elbschiffahrtsgeselschaft Uebigau Werken.
9 km/h upstream, 15 km/h downstream, pass:269.
1914 electric light is installed, 1919 name changed to PIRNA.
1928 - 1929 major reconstruction, with new paddle boxes, white paint scheme and the replacement of the wooden buckets with steel paddle wheels.
1960 - 1961 a small salon is added on the front-deck
1972 the steamer is taken out of service, following a fire in the coal bunker
1973 the ship returns to service, following repairs
1990 the ship is taken out service again, this time due to a defective boiler
1993 - 1994 complete refurbishment and historically accurate reconstruction.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer.

ISAAC ROBINSON and whaler

The stamp issued by Norfolk Island depict Isaac Robinson (1825-1912) the only consul of the US on Norfolk Island with in the background most probably a US whaler, who made calls at the island many times in the 19th century. I don’t have any details on the vessel depict, the whalers from the US were mostly about three years away from their homeport and for fresh provision and water were making regulars calls on the islands in the Pacific.
Isaac Robinson born at Tasmania was a trader who settled on Norfolk as agent for the shipping company Burns Philp & Co Ltd., later becoming Norfolk's Registrar of Lands and the island's first (and so far only) United States consul.
The idea of Norfolk having an American consul does sound slightly absurd today,” “but in those days American whalers made frequent calls.”
Robinson died at sea when he was underway to the U.K.

Norfolk Island 1986 33c sg385, scott? and sgMS?, scott?
Source various internet sites.

PRINCE REGENT packet

In 2006 Gibraltar issued a set of stamps depicting mail packet ships who regular visited Gibraltar, bringing mail to and from Gibraltar during the 1800s
I still had two ships of this set in my possession of which I could not find much information on, the PRINCE REGENT and CORNWALLIS both are very common names in shipping at that time.
At least I found on one, and most probably she is the right vessel on the stamp is the PRINCE REGENT.
Built in 1821 by Mr. Symonds in Plymouth as a packet ship, brig rigged.
Launched under the name PRINCE REGENT.

Then I found in the British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.
The ex-mercantile PRINCE REGENT packet, armed with 6 guns.
1926 Was she purchased by the Royal Navy and renamed CYNTHIA.
Tonnage 232 ton (bm), dim. 87.2 x 25ft.
Brig rigged.
Armament 2 – 9 pdrs, 4 – 9 pdrs. Carronades.
20 July 1826 commissioned under command of Lieut. John White for the Falmouth Packet service;
1 Sep 1826 fitting out as a packet at Devonport

2 Oct 1826 went out of Hamoaze into the Sound.

3 Oct 1826 arrived Falmouth from Plymouth.

3 Oct 1826 departed Plymouth Sound for Falmouth.

20 Oct 1826 departed Falmouth for Bueonos Ayres. (Buenos Aires)
Sailed from Falmouth 07 May 1827 with mail for the West Indies, but wrecked near Barbados on 06 July 1827. She was driven on the reef by the current.
The following brief report appeared in the Nautical Magazine for 1834 : CYNTHIA, a purchased packet, thirty-two persons on board, wrecked on the island of Barbadoes, on the 6th of June, 1827, by accident, in moderate weather. All on board saved.

Gibraltar 2006 68p sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/C/01248.html and internet.

RHADAMANTHUS HMS paddle steamer 1832

The vessel in front of HMS HASTINGS and depict in the margin of the stamp is the paddle steamer HMS RHADAMANTHUS towing the HASTINGS into the harbour of Valetta, Malta on 30 November 1838.

She was built as a second class sloop after a design made by Thomas Roberts by the Plymouth Dry-dock at Plymouth for the British Royal Navy.
12 January 1831 ordered.
September 1831 keel laid down.
16 April 1832 launched as the HMS RHADAMANTHUS, named after a son of Zeus.
Displacement 1,086 ton, 813 ton BM, dim. 164.7 x 32.10 x 17.10ft., length of keel 164.7ft, draught 13.0 ft aft.
Powered by a 2 cyl. side lever steam engine manufactured by Maudslay, Sons & Field, 220 nhp., speed 10 knots.
Armament when built: 1 – 10 inch, 2 – 32 pdrs, 2 – 6 pdrs, guns.
After her launch, sailed under a jury-rig to Woolwich, where her engine was fitted in and she was completed.
04 October 1832 commissioned under command of Commander George Evans.
02 November 1832 completed.

After completed she sailed to the Dutch coast for blockade duty, then to North America and the West Indies, she was the first Royal Navy steamer to cross the Atlantic.
21 April 1835 she paid off at Woolwich, she was refitted in 1836 there.
23 October 1836 recommissioned as a packet vessel for the coast of Spain.
13 July 1837 in service in the Mediterranean.
22 October 1840 paid off.
28 August 1841 recommissioned at Woolwich after she was fitted out as a transport in Sheerness.
13 February 1849 paid off at Woolwich.
March 1851 fitted out as a troopship, 07 March 1851 commissioned under command of Master John Belam for particular service.
11 June 1863 paid off at Sheerness.
08 February 1864 broken up completed in Sheerness, her steam engine survived and fitted in the HMS VIRAGO.

Malta 2016 3,50 Euro sgMS?, scott?
Source: British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.

STADT WEHLEN (Germany)

Built in 1879 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH. Dresden as DRESDEN.
Sidewheel paddle steamer, displacement:271 tons, L:59,21m. B:10,44m. Draft:0,88m. Lancashire boiler, 2 cyl. oscillating steam engine:180 hp. built by Ruston & Co., Prague in 1851.
8-10 km/h upstream, 12-15 km/h downstream, pass:287.
In 1914 major engine repairs and modifications, the steam engine is converted to a compound engine.
In 1926 renamed MÜLBERG, in 1962 in STADT WEHLEN.
In 1977 collides with a tree trunk and in turn bangs against the Augustus Bridge in Dresden.
In 1978 the steamer is taken out of service, due to a defective boiler, 1981-'82 general overhaul, including the replacement of the boiler, 1993-'94 historically accurate reconstruction and return to service.

PS “STADT WEHLEN is the oldest steamboat in the fleet, dating from 1879. It´s original oscillating steam engine is even older than that, having been transferred from a previous ship. It is the only steamer in the fleet with a beige colored funnel. The cozy salons invite all passengers to enjoy the nostalgic setting, while having a drink or a meal.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer
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CHAMPION HMS 1880

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CHAMPION HMS 1880

Postby shipstamps » Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:11 pm


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Built under yard No 207 as a corvette, steel hulled clad with two layers of teak wood by John Elder & Co. Govan, Scotland for the Royal Navy.
17 August 1876 keel laid down.
01 July 1878 launched under the name HMS CHAMPION one of the Comus class of which nine were built. She was the third vessel under this name in the Royal Navy.
Displacement: 2.380 tons, dim. 225.0 (bpp) x 44.6 x 19.3ft.
Powered by a 3-cyl. horizontal compound steam engine 2310 ihp., speed 13 knots, single shaft.
Bunker capacity 470 tons coal, range by 10 knots 3.840 miles.
Armament: 2 x 7 inc MLR, 12 x 64 pdr. guns.
Ship rigged, and fitted out with a hoisting screw.
Underwater hull was copper sheathed.
Crew 265.
07 December 1880 completed, based at Sheerness.

The intention was to use the class as scout vessel for the fleet but due to the slow speed, the class was mainly used for protection across the globe.
The class was designed by Nathaniel Barnaby.
Around 1885 rearmed with 4 – 6 inch BL MK III, 8 – 5 inch BL MK III, 4 – 3pdr. BL QF and two light guns., 6 – MG. and two TCs.
April 1886 she visited Amoy, China.
1890 Based in the Pacific.
August 1891 under command of Capt. Frederick St Clair, co-operated with some French, American and German warships by landing men at Valparaiso, Chile to protect the western consulates during a Chilean revolution.
1893 She visited Pitcairn Island under command of Capt. Rookes. He prepared a criminal code and reorganized the Governments system on the island.
26 June 1897 present at the Naval Review at Spithead in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
1904 Placed in harbour duty, and became a stokers training ship in Chatham,
1915 Renamed CHAMPION (old) when a new CHAMPION was built.
23 June 1919 sold to Hughes Bolckow, Blyth for scrapping.

Pitcairn Island 1988 $5 sg 326 and 1999 $3 sg 552.

Source: Conways All the World’s Fighting Ships 1860 – 1905. The Sail & Steam Navy List by Lyon & Winfield.
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