KOOKABURRA III (KA 15) yacht

KOOKABURRA III (KA 15) a 12-metre yacht built by Parry Boat Builders, Perth, Western Australia for the Taskforce’87 America Cup Defense Ltd. (Kevin Perry). Representing the Royal Perth Yacht Club.
1986 launched as the KOOKABURRA III (KA 15).
Displacement 24.5 ton, dim. 20.42 x 3.69 x 2,77m (draught), length on waterline 13.41m.
Designed by Ian Murray and John Swarbrick.
Skipper Iain Murray.
KOOKABURRA III (KA 15) was the Australian 12 Metre yacht sailed by Iain Murray in the 1987 America's Cup held off of Fremantle, Australia. She won the Defender Selection and represented Australia in the America's Cup, where she lost to American challenger Dennis Conner and his STARS AND STRIPES 87.
Taskforce 87
Preparing for the defense of the America's Cup, Alan Bond expressed concerns that there was a lack of adequate competition in Australia to prepare for the event. Business rival Kevin Parry took him up on the challenge. Gathering together top sailors from across Australia, Parry's Taskforce 87 Syndicate generated a top flight campaign, comprising an investment of some A$28M.
Design
KOOKABURRA III was built in Perth, Western Australia by Parry Boat Builders. She was the third of the KOOKABURRA boats built by the Taskforce 87 Syndicate, all of which were designed by Iain Murray and John Swarbrick. The golden hulled KOOKABURRA’s were fast and evenly matched, particularly KOOKABURRA II and KOOKABURRA II. KOOKABURRA II was intended to be a bench mark boat and was left unaltered from May 1986 on, while significant changes went into the hulls and keels of KOOKABURRA I and KOOKABURRA III. Throughout KOOKABURRA II remained a very fast sailor. Iain Murray believed her to be the syndicates fastest right up until the Defender Finals, when a keel modification to KOOKABURRA III gave her the edge.
Defender Round Robins Series
The Defender Series was extremely competitive, with KOOKABURRA II, KOOKABURRA III and AUSTRALIA IV all very close in boat speed. This led to extremely close racing, marred only by the large number of protests raised. The red protest flag was a frequent flyer from the stern of a defender boat, with the results of the days sailing protested nearly every other race. In all, fifty protests were lodged during the 101 races of the defender selection series.
The end of the selection round robins series found KOOKABURRA III the leading yacht, with 83 points, followed by AUSTRALIA IV at 77 and KOOKABURRA II at 70. STEAK AND KIDNEY was eliminated on points halfway through the final round. With ongoing protests over the legality of AUSTRALIA IV’s balloon jib, an agreement was reached in which AUSTRALIA IV and KOOKABURRA III would race in a best of nine set. The winning syndicate could then use KOOKABURRA II as the defender yacht if they so choose.
Defender Finals
Keel modifications to KOOKABURRA III in the break following the final round robins finally gave her the edge in boat speed she had been looking for. For their part, the Bond syndicate was unable to come up with anything extra for AUSTRALIA IV The finals saw KOOKABURRA III sweep AUSTRALIA IV five races to nil to win the Defender selection process. In doing so, she placed Alan Bond's syndicate on the outside of an America's Cup regatta for the first time in thirteen years.
America's Cup
In the America's Cup, defender KOOKABURRA III lost to American challenger Dennis Conner and STARS AND STRIPES 87, four races to nil

1993 Sold to Kookaburra Challenge Pty. Ltd., Newport, NSW Australia, not renamed.
2006 Sold to Chantier Marine Tremard, Antibes, France, not renamed.
2014 She is for sail asking price 130,000 Euro

Sierra Leone 1987 30le sg, scott842.
Grenada of Grenadines 1992 $4 SG1584, scott1481

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kookaburra_III http://www.12mrclass.com/yacht-search/d ... 05597.html

LIBERTY (US 40) yacht

The LIBERTY a 12-metre yacht was built for the America Cup Race at Newport, Rhode Island.
Built by Newport Offshore Ltd. at Newport for the Freedom Campaign ’83 SUNY at Fort Schuyler. The designer of the yacht was Johan Valentijn.
June 1983 launched as LIBERTY (US 40).
Displacement 28.5 ton, dim. 20.11 x 3.74 x 2.77m. (draught), length on waterline 13.71m.
Sail area 169.55 m².
Skipper Dennis Conner.

She was defender of the New York Yacht Club in 1983 the challenger was the Australian yacht AUSTRALIA II of the Royal Perth Yacht Club.
The race was sailed from 14 September till 26 September in which the LIBERTY won three races and the AUSTRALIA II won four races and was declared the winner of the cup, after 132 years the cup was lost by the USA.
1986 The LIBERTY was sold to the Sail America Foundation in San Diego, CA. USA.
1988 Sold to America Cup Organizing Committee, San Diego, not renamed.
1989 Sold to Japan, not renamed.
Her whereabouts are unknown but it is believed she sunk in Kobe , Japan in the early 1990’s.
Antigua 1987 $5 sgMS1076, scott
Barbuda 1987 $5 sgMS940. scott
Grenada of Grenadines 1992 $2 sg1583, scott?, (she is the red hulled yacht)
Belize 1987 75c sg986, scott (the stamp gives that the STAR AND STRIPES is showed but the sail No is US 40 which belongs to the LIBERTY.)

COALING AT CASTRIES

The stamp shows a steamship coal bunkering in Castries, St Lucia, the coal was loaded by mostly women who carried a basket full of coal on her head from the shore to tip it in the bunkers of the moored steamer. The steamer shown on the stamp is not identified.
In the second half of the 19th century Castries became an important bunkering port for coal, due to her deep and sheltered harbour, they could accommodate even the largest Royal Navy ships for bunkering.
Welsh coal was shipped to Castries, which was then supplied to ships which needed coal bunkers.
By the turn of the century Castries was the 14th most important coal bunkering port in the world.
During the 1930s oil got more important and the bunkering of coal declined around the world.
Saint Lucia 2002 65c sg?, scott?
Source: Internet various sites.

PINNACE

PINNACE was a fast maneuverable, relatively narrow square vessel of the late 17th century through the 18th century. Mostly used in the north of Europe and Portugal.
Used as a merchantman and whaler but also as a warship when needed. She resembled a jacht (yacht) and was often confused with it. The 17th century vessels had two decks, a forecastle and a half deck at the stern. Soft V shape bottom; angular bilges, tumble home to sides above the waterline. Ornamented beakhead and stern.
Armed with 18 guns.
Square rigged on fore- and mainmast, lateen and mizzen topsail on the mizzen mast. Larger ships had a spritsail and a sprit topsail (as seen on stamp) below the bowsprit.
Crew 60-70.
Dimensions: 35 – 45.7m long, 7.6 – 11.6 m wide. Tonnage from 150 to 800 ton.

Guinea 2002 4000F sgMS?, scott2071.

Source: Aak to Zumbra, a Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.

AMERICA II (US 46) yacht

The AMERICA II (US 46) was nominated as official team challenger and the only yacht which took part in the America’s Cup Louis Vuitton Challenge’s Race in Freemantle, Australia.
AMERICA II (US 46) was one of the three 12-metres yacht all named AMERICA II only the sail number was different, the others carried the No. US 42 and 44. Which yacht is depict on the stamp is difficult to say, not a sail number is visible, all were in Freemantle but the US 46 was the only yacht used in the Challenge Race, the other two yachts were used for training.
All three yachts were built as a 12-metre yacht by the Williams & Manchester Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island for the America II Syndicate USMMA Foundation, representing the New York Yacht Club.
The US 46 was designed by Sparkman & Stephens, M.W. Langan.
Built in 1986.
Displacement 27.3 ton, dim. 19.72 x 3.35 x 2.62m, (draught), length on waterline 13.68m.
Sail area 140.64 m².
After completing she was shipped to Australia, the last of the AMERICA II yachts to arrive.
She sailed under skipper John Kolius in the Louis Vuitton Races, she did not reach the semi-finals.
After the America Cup the AMERICA II (US 46) was shipped back to the United States.
1989 Sold to Lennard A. Gulson at San Diego CA, USA. She was used in the movie “Wind” under the name FIDDLER.
1993 Sold to US 46 LLC (Alfred B. Van Liew), Newport, R.I. still named FIDDLER.
2005 Sold to Scott MacLeod in CT, USA, renamed again in AMERICA II.
2006 Sold to Manhattan Sailing Club, Manhattan, NY, USA not renamed. She was bought by members of that club to celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary, she was donated by the members in 2012 to the New York Harbor Sailing Foundation.
2014 Still owned by the Foundation and used for sailing with paying passengers in New York harbour.
Solomon Island 1987 $1 sg570a, scott570g.
Belize 1987 25c sg985, scott?
Source: http://www.12mrclass.com/yacht-search/d ... 05347.html Internet

CRUSADER / WHITE CRUSADER

The 12m yacht CRUSADER was built by Cougar Marine for the British America’s Cup Challenges PLC, representing the Royal Thames Yacht Club.
The yacht was designed by Ian Howlett.
February 1986 launched at Hamble, U.K as the CRUSADER (I), the yacht was christened by HRH Princess Diana.
Displacement 26 ton, dim. 1981 x 3.81 x 2.71m. (draught), length on waterline 13.77m.
Sail area 164.55m²
She was built for the contest of the 1987 America Cup in Fremantle, Australia.
1986 Renamed in WHITE CRUSADER after the sponsor of the yacht bought the whisky brand “White Horse”.
Under skipper Harald Cudmore the yacht made it to the sixth place.
1988 Was she chartered to V. Bandolowski in Lulea, Sweden and renamed HOLGER DANSKE.
1993 Sold to Richard Matthews in Ipswich, U.K. and renamed again CRUSADER.
Some time she was fitted out with an engine and had some accommodation.
2001 The engine and accommodation were removed and went back to full 12-Metre racing.
2014 Still owned by the Matthews and used for racing.
Solomon Islands 1986 $1 sg570a, scott574.
Belize 1987 $4 sg988, scott
Sources: Various internet sites.

IMPROVEMENT SUEZ CANAL

A new stamp was issued by the Egypt Post in 2014 for the improvement of the Suez Canal, but the design shows a lock in the Panama Canal.
The stamp was withdrawn after the mistake was detected, how many there have been issued is unknown.
The vessels depict on the stamp, the warship looks she is one of the Type 42 of the Royal Navy but which ship of the class is unknown. The other ships till so far not identified.
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The steamer Harambee was built in 1953 at Lubeck by Lubecker Flender Werke for Rudolph A. Oetker of Hamburg, as the Belgrano; in 1967 she became the Santa Barbara and was renamed Harambee when acquired by her present owners, the Southern Line Ltd., of Mombasa, She is a cargo vessel of 6,169 gross tonnage, net 3,776, and deadweight 10,178. Dimensions are: length (o.a.) 482 ft., beam 59ft. 9 ins., draft 25 ft. 2 ins, She has a 6-cylinder M.A.N. oil engine developing 4,000 b.h.p., and giving a speed of 13 knots. Cargo space is 596 cub. grain, 533,181 cub. ft., bale. She has bunkers for 678 tons of oil.
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Re: Harambee

Postby aukepalmhof » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:30 pm

Built as a cargo vessel under yard No 435 by the Lübecker Flenderwerke A.G. at Lübeck, Germany for the Rohstoff Einfuhr Gesellschaft intended name REG IV, but already bought on the stocks by Rudolf A. Oetker (Hamburg Sud) at Hamburg.
27 August 1953 launched under the name BELGRANO (IV)
Tonnage 6,112 gross, 3,591 net, 10,240 dwt. Dim. 146.9 x 18.27 x 7.68m. (draught)
Powered by one 6-cyl 2S.C. SA engine, manufactured by Masch Augsburg-Nurnberg (M.A.N.) at Augsburg, 3,680 shp, speed 13 knots.
Accommodation for 8 passengers, crew 33.
21 October 1952 delivered.

After delivery mostly used in the service of the Hamburg Sud between Hamburg and South America ports in the Columbus Line, but she was also used for tramping.
September 1965 renamed in SANTA BARBARA.
08 December 1966 Sold to the Eastern Africa National Shipping Line Ltd. (Southern Line Ltd. managers), Mombasa, renamed HARAMBEE, and put under English flag.
August 1979 sold to Silverstar Corporation, Panama and renamed ARAMBEE.
Made only one voyage for this company from Gdynia to Fushiki, then she sailed to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she arrived on 03 February 1980.
20 February 1980 demolition commenced by Yih Shen Steel Enterprise Co. Ltd.

Inscription on the stamp SS is wrong she was a diesel vessel (MV)

Source: The Hamburg South America Line by James Cooper, Arnold Kludas and Joachim Pein.
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