By this stamp is given in Australian Stamp Monthly April 1990 that a KOLEK canoe is depict, a unique little outrigger canoe originated in Ambon from which the early labour force came. Built in the form of a dugout it has retained its popularity with the Malay community and has been featured on the island for many years. Hand carved from the trunk of the locally obtained tree “Gyrocarpus”, koleks are extremely seaworthy.
From Aak to Zumbra Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft gives on the Kolek:
In use on Christmas Island; double-outrigger canoe of fairly recent origin, used mainly for fishing off the steep beaches of this Australian-administered island south of Java,
The solid sharp ends curve up above gunwale level. Two booms, 2.4 – 3.1m long, cross the hull and attach to the slender floats (2.2-2.9m long) with ring-shaped connectives. Designed for use by 1-3 people. Reported lengths 4 – 6m., width 0.5m., depths 0.31-0.36m.
Christmas Island 1990 50c sg296, scott263.
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.