TIMBER RAFT. As seen on this stamp, some timber rafts in the water and alongside a freighter loading the logs. The timber rafts is an assemblage of timber logs or lumber floated downstream or towed over water by a tug to a sawmill, or as seen on the stamp to a freighter for loading.
The logs are tied together by cables or chains to form a raft, which then is floated from one place to another. The measurement of the raft depends on the waterway the raft has to be floated down.
More info on this rafts is given: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timber_rafting
Nigeria 1953 1s sg76, scott
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.