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.

IMPROVMENT 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The stamp was withdrawn after the mistake was detected, how many there have been issued is unknown.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.

COURAGEOUS yacht

Built as a 12 meter yacht by Minneford’s Yacht Yards, City Island, New York for the Courageous Syndicate, New York.
June 1974 launched as COURAGEOUS.
Displacement 25,4 ton, dim. 20.10 x 3.73 x 2.73m. (draught, length on waterline 13.60m.
Sail area 151 m²
Crew 11.

COURAGEOUS is a 12-metre class yacht. She was the third boat to win the America's Cup twice, in 1974 and 1977, after COLUMBIA in 1899 and 1901, and INTRPID in 1967 and 1970. All three of these boats won for the New York Yacht Club and thus the United States. COURAGEOUS was the first all-aluminium-hulled 12-metre class yacht.
COURAGEOUS successfully defended the America's Cup for the USA in 1974 with Ted Hood at the helm. After the 1974 cup, Hood built a new boat which he thought was faster than COURAGOUS and sold COURAGOUS to Ted Turner. Turner won the 1977 America's Cup defender trials in COURAGEOUS beating Hood in the process, and then went on to successfully defend the America's Cup later that year.
When preparing COURAGEOUS for the 1977 America's Cup, she was re-measured for compliance with the 12-metre class rule. It was discovered that she was lighter than the weight declared in her original racing certificate for the 1974 America's Cup. Less weight typically means a faster performance in lighter winds and a slower performance in stronger winds. If COURAGEOUS had been found to be underweight before the competition in 1974 then the designers would have had to make adjustments to sail area, the waterline length, or other attributes to make the design comply with the 12-metre rule. If COURAGEOUS was found to be underweight during the event she would have been disqualified. It is only conjecture what effect this oversight had on the result of the 1974 event.
1979 Renamed in COURAGEOUS II.
1984 Owned again by Courageous Syndicate Inc., Short Beach CT, USA., renamed COURAGES III.
1986 Renamed in COURAGEOUS IV.
1993 Renamed again in COURAGOUS and owned by Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown MA, USA.
1996 Owned by US 26 Corporation, Wilmington, DE, USA not renamed.
Both COURAGEOUS and INTREPID are still sailing and racing today in Newport, Rhode Island. INTREPID is available for charter and COURAGEOUS is privately owned.
1997 Was she donated by Leonard Greene to the Museum of Yachting, Newport, Rhode Island.
2002 Restoration took place by Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth, USA. Then owned by The Courageous Foundation Ltd., Newport, R.I.
2005 Designated by the State of Rhode Island as a State Yacht.
2014 Still owned by Courageous Foundation and regular used for races.

Solomon Islands 1986 18c sg570a, scott573h. $1 sg570a scott
Dominica 1987 $5 sgMS1056, scott1018.
Gambia 1987 1b sg701, scott673.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courageous_(yacht) http://www.12mrclass.com/yacht-search/d ... 05436.html Internet.

MARK TWAIN + steamboat

Acclaimed author and humorist Mark Twain is being honored by the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of a commemorative Forever postage stamp in 2011.
Our literary tribute this year rightfully honors Mark Twain, author of one of the greatest novels in American literature and the man whom William Faulkner called ‘the first truly American writer,’ said Postal Service Board of Governors member James H. Bilbray. “Mark Twain was a rarity, as he was one of the first writers to exploit the vernacular voice in his books, using the speech of common Americans,” Bilbray said.
Joining Bilbray at the dedication ceremony will be Henry Sweets, curator for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum; Rachel Bringer, Circuit Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit, Hannibal MO; and David Martin, district manager, Gateway District, USPS.
Mark Twain (1835—1910), is the author of beloved works such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. His Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is widely considered one of the greatest novels in American literature. In this tale of an abused boy and a runaway slave who become friends while riding a raft down the Mississippi River, Twain addressed issues of race and racism in America with a frankness that is still startling more than a100 years later. Born Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain took his name from his time working as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi.
The postage stamp portrait shows Twain as an older man; the steamboat in the background evokes a way of life along the Mississippi River that played a huge role in many of Twain’s works, as well as in his own life. Art director and stamp designer Phil Jordan collaborated with stamp artist Gregory Manchess, who based his portrait of Twain on a photograph taken around 1907.

USA 2011 Forever stamp sg?, scott? (the steamboat is not identified.)

http://about.usps.com/news/national-rel ... 11_076.htm

IMPOSSIBLE DREAM yacht

Three of the stamps feature young sailors who have already been successful in international events and are currently training for the Special Olympics in Athens this summer, which is the largest sporting event on Earth during 2011. 7,500 athletes from 185 nations will attend.
Sailability BVI is now a well-established program the object of which is to provide opportunities for young disabled persons to try their hand at sailing. It is affiliated to the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) in the UK and it was RYA Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, who opened the Watersports Centre in 2005.
The other three stamps feature Geoff Holt MBE, a quadriplegic, who was granted honorary “belonger” status in the BVI after he sailed across the Atlantic without assistance in 2010.
In presenting the stamps, Postmaster General Kevin Smith called Mr. Holt a symbol of tenacity and perseverance, and said he hopes the stamps would help inspire the people of the Virgin Islands to “make the seemingly impossible a reality”. In response, Geoff said he was pleased and humbled to be on a stamp, and joked that he thought it was an honour only granted to dead people. On two of the stamps, Mr. Holt is shown on his boat, IMPOSSIBLE DREAM. His trans-Atlantic journey ended in Cane Garden Bay, which was also where, in 1984, the injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down took place.
IMPOSIBLE DREAM a catamaran type sail yacht special built for the disabled which is wheelchair accessible.
Built by Multimarine Composites at Millbrook, U.K. for Mike Brown in 2003, the yacht was designed by Nic Bailey. Owned by the trust of the Charity Sporting Activities for the Disabled.
Launched as the IMPOSIBLE DREAM.
Displacement 29.7 ton, dim. 18.3 x 8.25 x 1.14m (draught).
Auxiliary powered by two 70hp Volvo diesels.
IMPOSSIBLE DREAM is unlike any other boat ever made. Built in the United Kingdom and designed by British architect Nic Bailey (co-architect of the famous London Eye), the cat was commissioned by Mike Browne, the founder of an outdoor clothing company who became a paraplegic after a skiing accident in 1998. It was later used as an adventure platform for British yachtsman Geoff Holt, who was paralyzed in a diving accident in 1984. Holt went on to circumnavigate the United Kingdom on the boat, and in 2010, he became the first disabled sailor to cross the Atlantic. Holt has moved on to bigger things and thanks to generous philanthropist Deborah Mellen, IMPOSSIBLE DREAM is now in Miami, where Horgan and his crew at “Shake-A-Leg” at Miami will use it for their own adventure: making impossible dreams possible.
2014 Same name and owners and still based in Miami.

British Virgin Islands 2011 50c and $1.00 sg?, scott? (the 5c,20c, 23c and 40c shows also yachts but are not identified.)

http://www.practical-sailor.com/blog/-11348-1.html Info from the BVI post website. Internet.

VOILE (SAIL)

For the sailing sport (I believe) this stamp was issued in 2011 by St Pierre et Miquelon, the two yachts are not identified. More info on the stamp issue is welcome.

St Pierre et Miquelon 2011 1.05 Euro sg?, scott?

SADKO tug

Russia issued in 2014 two stamps depicting crafts used for the oil and gas industries on the continental shelf of the country, one of this stamps depict the tug SADKO which is in use to assist the shipping in the port of Ust-Luga, 68 mile west of St Petersburg.
She was built as one of the Damen Group ASD 2810 tugs designed in the Netherlands and built on the Damen Shipyard Gdynia, Poland under yard no 511562 for the Future Link Shipping Co, Cyprus.
Launched as the SADKO, named after a Russian epical hero Sadko.
Tonnage 294 grt, 88 net, 160 dwt., dim. 27.90 x 10.43 x 4.60m, draught 3.70m.
Powered diesel electric by two Caterpillar diesel engines 3,132 hp, which power two MMASS type Azipod propellers speed 12.7 knots.
48.5 ton bollard pull.
08 May 2009 completed, homeport St. Petersburg, Russia.

2014 As given by http://www.equasis.org In service. Same owner, managed by Rosnefteflot, Moscow, IMO No 9521239.

Sovcomflot Press-Centre gives by the naming ceremony:
The naming ceremony for a new tug ordered by the Sovcomflot (SCF) Group, took place on 19 May 2009. The vessel forms part of Sovcomflot Group’s strategy to develop its terminals management business. This envisages, in particular, providing port, salvage and environmental protection vessels.
The ceremony was held at the Damen Shipyards Gdynia (Poland). It was attended by the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Gdansk Sergey Tuchkov, the Master of the Ust-Luga port Oleg Glukhov and representatives of SCF Group’s management team.
The new vessel is named after a Russian epical hero – Sadko.
The tug SADKO is the first in the series of ships, designed to facilitate the safe operation of tankers in the port of Ust-Luga. The second, similar tug – STAVR – will be delivered to SCF Group in August 2009. The tugs of the series will be registered in the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, with St. Petersburg as their port of registry. The vessels will all fly the flag of the Russian Federation.
The new tug SADKO meets all the requirements of the relevant international conventions and the leading classification societies. The tug of the “Damen ASD Tug 2810” project is a modern, ice-classed (Arc 4), highly manoeuvrable tug of 3132 kW equipped with Azimuth thrusters and with a bollard pull of 48 tonnes. The vessel has been designed to operate in the climate conditions of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. The tug is equipped with bow and stern towing winches and an external fire fighting system. It is capable of escorting large ocean-going tankers.
The SCF Group – is one of Russia’s largest infrastructural enterprises. Its fleet comprises 133 vessels of 9.5 million tonnes (dwt) in total, and the shipbuilding portfolio includes 28 ships of an aggregate deadweight of 2.7 million tonnes (dwt). The average age of vessel in the tanker fleet is six years (the world average age is 12 years). SCF Group is a world leader in the product carrier segment; it is the second in the Aframax tanker segment and owns the largest ice fleet. These market segments are the most in demand for Russia’s foreign trade. The Group’s services include not only transporting hydrocarbons for its customers, but also trans-shipping crude oil via FSO facilities and developing effective logistics for transporting energy. As part of its strategy to develop its oil terminal management business in Russia, Sovcomflot concluded a contract with the Leningrad Pella Shipyard (St. Petersburg) for the construction of four modern berthing tugs. The delivery of the first tug in this series is scheduled for November 2009.
Expansion of Russia’s salvage and specialised fleet by new modern vessels capable of enhancing the safety of navigation in sea ports is an important element of the implementation of goals envisaged by the sub-programme “Maritime transport” of the Federal task programme “Development of the transport system of the Russian Federation (in 2010 – 2015)”.

Russia 2014 15r sg?, scott? (stamp image supplied by Mr. Sitnikov with thanks.)
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WILLIAM CORY

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WILLIAM CORY

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Built under yard No 28 as a steel hullede cargo vesselby the yard of C. Mitchell & Co., Newcastle for William Cory and John Nixon, Cardiff.
23 May 1957 launched under the name WILLIAM CORY.
Tonnage 1.578 grt.1.238 net, dim. 244.5 x 35.2 x 17.8ft.
Powered by 2 steam engines 180hp.
Three masts, schooner rigged.
Her registered owner was H.Taylor.

She was built for the purpose of developing the South Wales trade, in which Wm Cory Jr. had taken an interest with John Nixon.
Carried two thin funnels abreast, right aft, the stamp shows one funnel, a design fault on the stamp.
She was chartered by Glass Elliot & Company for cable work, later by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company.

1858 Laid Cable between Suffolk and the Netherlands, and from Cromer to Helgoland, Germany.
1861 From Algiers to Toulon, and from Otranto to Corfu in the Mediterranean.
1866 Landed the eastern end of the new Atlantic cable at Valentia, Ireland, and the Lowestoft to Norderney section from the Indo-European cable.
1869 The French Atlantic cable from St Pierre et Miquelon to Duxbury, Mass. USA.
1870 Carried part of the red Sea cable for the Indo-European cable.
Marseille to Bona together with CS SCANDERIA.
1870 Laid the cable between Penang and Singapore.

1882 Her registered owner is given as J.Fenwick & Son, London.
1888 Her registered owner is given as R. Jobson and Co., West Hartlepool.
1896 Transferred to Wm. Cory and Son Ltd.
May 1900 Sold to Dutch shipbreakers and broken up in Dordrecht, Netherland.

Ireland 1979 13p sg 457, scott 464

Source: http://www.atlantic-cable.com/stamps/Ca ... ndexbc.htm World Ships publication: One Hundred Years Cory Fleet.
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