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Transylvania (Transilvania)

Post by shipstamps » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:50 pm

The first Maritime Exhibition to be held in Rumania took place a Bucharest in 1936 and to commemorate the event the Rumanian Post Office issued a set of three stamps or October 8 of that year, the values being 1+1 lei, 3+2 lei and 6+3 lei the surcharges being devoted to sea men's charities. These stamps were designed by a talented Rumanian naval officer, Comdr. Dumitru Stiubei, who was also responsible for designing the ship stamps of 1931 issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rumanian Navy. The 6 + 3 lei stamp depicts the motorship Transilvania. When this stamp was designed the vessel was still in Copenhagen in the yard of her builders, Messrs. Burmeister and Wain, and the artist was obliged to use a preliminary outline sketch as the basis for his stamp illustration. As a result, his picture varies slightly from the appearance of the completed ship.
One unforeseeable result of the stamp designer using a sketch of a vessel not completed has been that the leading stamp catalogues have given the ship a wrong name in their lists. She is catalogued as the Regele Carol, thus misleading ship stamp collectors and others all over the world. The Regele Carol a vessel of the same company the Serviciul Maritim Roman, of Bucharest, but in appearance she was entirely different to the handsome-looking motor vessel on the stamp. She was built 38 years earlier on the Clyde, and was a twin-screw steamship of 2,369 gross tons, fitted for oil fuel. It was announced on the U.S.S.R. radio that she had been sunk in the Black Sea by a Soviet submarine on November 24, 1941.
The Transilvania was ordered by the Rumanian Commercial Port and Shipping Authorities for the S.M.R., and was the first of two speedy diesel passenger liners built especially for service between Black Sea and Mediterranean ports, her sister-ship being the Basarabia. One of these two sisters can be seen alongside the quay on the other Rumanian stamp illustrated. This stamp was issued just before King Michael abdicated. They were the last stamps to bear his portrait, and were afterwards Over¬printed "Rumanian Republic." Normally, the Transilvania and Basarabia are on the Constantza¬Alexandria run, calling en route at Istanbul. Piraeus. Haifa and Beyrouth.
With white hull, low raked funnel and streamlined deckhouse, the vessels have a pleasing appearance clearly brought out in the stamp design. Both liners have a service speed of 22.5 knots. Accommodation is provided for 80 first, 100 second and 230 third-class passengers. The Transilvania was the last ship to carry Jewish refugees to Palestine before the ban was imposed on further immigration.
SG1345,1940. Sea Breezes 1/49

The passenger liner Transilvania has appeared on previous stamps of Roumania. She was rebuilt in 1966 by Burmeister and Wain, at Copenhagen. Gross tonnage 6,672; net 3,918, deadweight 2,300. Length 432 ft., beam 57 ft. 8 in., draft 15 ft. 9 in. Burmeister and Wain oil engines of 11,800 b.h.p. Speed 221/2 knots.
SG4046, SG2770 Sea Breezes 12/74, 6/62
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Re: Transylvania (Transilvania)

Post by aukepalmhof » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:56 pm

While at Galatz on 31 September 1979 awaiting repairs, the TRANSILVANIA capsized in the River Danube while moving from her berth to avoid grounding.
Declared a total loss.
Rumania 1947 32 lei sg1901, scott 675
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