The stamp design depicts the capture of Italien submarine Perla off Palestine in 1942 by HMS Hyacinth.
For Corvette Hyacinth see topic: Hyacinth. (Flower class corvette, built in 1940 and transferred to the Greek Navy in 1943 and named as Apostolis).
Perla, Submarine, Italy. She was built by Adriatico Shipyard in Taranto, Italy. Keel laid 31 Aug 1935. Launched 03 May 1936. Completed 08 Jul 1936. Displacement 695/855 tons; 60,18 m x 6,45 m 4,70 m; engines 1400/800 hp. Speed: 14 kts on surface, 7,5 kts dived. Complement: 4 officers and 40 men. Armament: 1-3,9 in., 2-13 mm MG, 6-21 in. Torpedo tubes.
At the beginning of WW-II she was at the Massawa. On 20 Jun 1940 she was forced to run aground on the Somali Coast following enemy chase. Refloated, she left Massawa on 01 Mar 1941, reaching Bordeaux on 20 May. She belonged to a class of ten boats.
Perla was forced to surface and captured by Hyacint on 29 July 1942 off Palestine. The captured Italien submarine Perla was completely reconditioned and given to Greece and became HHMS Matrozas of Greek Navy. She was demolished in 1954.
Source: Watercraft Philately
Greece, 1947, 2000 dr.
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.
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.