PRODROMOS

From Mr. Sitnikov I got an image of the German tanker PRODROMOS on an artistic stamped envelope from Russia issued on 10 April 2014, and some photo’s
Built as a hopper barge under yard no 614 by Lobnitz & Co. Ltd., Renfrew, Scotland for the Cie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez, Port Said, Egypt.
23 May 1906 launched as the PRIMUS.
Tonnage 601 gross, dim. 57.6 x 11.0 x 2.7m (draught), length bpp 54.9m.
Powered by a steam engine(s) ?
June 1906 completed.
1910 Renamed in PORTEUR No, 36 by owners.
14 March 1938 Sold to Vayannis Cairactides, Piraeus, Greece for £1,900 and renamed PRODROMOS, She was rebuilt in a tanker by the new owners. Two 3-cyl. Diesel engines, manufactured by Bolinder-Munktell, Sweden, 236 hp, each, twin shafts, speed 9 knots.
Tonnage 877 grt, 424 nrt.
08 November 1940 requisition by Greek Government
April 1941 abandoned by her crew in Selinia, Salamis Island, Greek.
After Athens was occupied by German Forces in 27 April 1941 the PRODROMOS was taken as a prize and transferred to the German Navy, not renamed. In service by the navy as a tanker.
1942 Was the German Mediterranean company Hamburg the owner of the PRODROMOS.
After 14 April 1944 the Russian submarine M-111 on patrol off Cape Tarkhankut, Crimea sighted on 17th April the PRODROMOS escorted by the HELGA a transport. M-111 fired torpedoes which missed their target.
PRODROMOS took part in the evacuation of the German troops and her allies from the Crimea to Constanta in April/May 1944
09 May 1944 sunk by the German Navy at Sevastopol according German sources, the Russian sources give, taken by Soviet shore artillery in Sevastopol, by looking at the photo’s it looks that the German forces put her on fire, but she did not sink and was later taken by the Soviets. Anyhow she looks a complete wreck and she was not used again, most probably scrapped at situ.
Russia stamped envelope 2014.
Sources: Mr. Sitnikov. http://historisches-marinearchiv.de/pro ... _value=475
http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz
http://www.worldwar2.ro/arr/?article=776

Snipe Class Dinghy

The Snipe is a 15 1⁄2 foot, 2 person, one design racing dinghy. Designed by William Crosby in 1931, she has evolved into a modern, tactical racing dinghy with fleets around the world. The Snipe is simple, making it easy to sail and trailer. The boat is recognized by the International Sailing Federation as an International Class and is sailed in 26 different countries. There have been over 30,000 Snipes constructed worldwide.

The global Snipe slogan is "Serious sailing, Serious fun".

The Snipe class has both developed and attracted some of the sailing world's top competitors. The top two olympic medalists in sailing Torben Grael and Paul Elvstrøm have competed in the Snipe. Grael, winner of five Olympic medals, began his world class career by winning a junior Snipe world championship, and subsequently two world championships.Elvstrøm was Snipe world champion in 1959 having won three of his four Olympic golds and world championships in the Finn and 505 class.

She can be sailed by all types of persons, no matter their age, their weight, or their sex. Co-ed crews are very popular in Snipe sailing.

Perhaps because of the very limited evolutions of the boat allowed over the years, there is an excellent second-hand market.

Regattas are held in most countries and local, regional, national and international championships offer great opportunities to compete at different levels of skills.
She is also easy and cheap to transport.

During a meeting of the Florida West Coast Racing Association in march, 1931, Bill Crosby promised to publish a new trailer boat design in the magazine "The Rudder". This was done on the July, 1931 issue, and the new boat was called "Snipe". The first unit was built in Pass Christian, Mississippi and was issued sail number 1 of the class in September, 1931. By may, 1932, 150 boats were already registered, and by the end of the year the number reached 250. In July, 1936, the class was the largest racing class in the world.

Brazil, 1962, S.G.?, Scott; 941.

Brazil, 1979, S.G.?, Scott; 1611.

Source: Wikipedia

EURODAM

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6149 by Fincantiere, Marghera, Italy for HAL Antillen NV, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (Holland America Line NV, Seattle, Wa. USA)
30 November 2006 ordered.
09 February 2007 laid down.
28 September 2007 floated out as the EURODAM. One of the Signature class.
Tonnage: 86,273 grt, 9.125 dwt, dim. 285.30 x 32.20 x 7.80m. (draught), length bpp254.0 m.
Powered diesel electric by four 12 MAK M43C and two 8 MAK M43C diesel engines, 64.000 kW, which drive two azipods aft, speed service speed 22 knots.
Three bowthrusters 1.9 MW.
Accommodation for 2671 passengers maximum and 929 crew.
16 June 2008 delivered to owners.
01 July 2008 christened at Rotterdam by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
MS EURODAM is a Signature class cruise ship for Holland America Line. EURODAM is the 80th ship to enter Holland America's service and, at 86,700 tons and carrying 2,104 passengers, she is the largest Holland America ship to date, along with her new sister NIEUW AMSTERDAM. She also has dynamic positioning abilities using three 1.9 MW bow thrusters and two 17.6 MW aft mounted Azipods. Total electrical power generation is 64 MW by six diesel generators.
Service History
EURODAM was christened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at Rotterdam, Netherlands on July 1, 2008 before embarking on its official 10-day maiden voyage from Copenhagen on July 5th.
In April and May, the ship operates in the Mediterranean and in Western Europe. From May to August, the ship visits the Baltic, Norway and the British Isles before embarking to Canada and New England in September and October. From late October to early April the ship travels on alternating western and eastern Caribbean cruises.
Drydock
On 4 April 2011, the EURODAM was put into drydock for ten days in Freeport, Bahamas for the first time since construction in 2008. During this time the ship had new paint applied to the hull, the thrusters, Azipod propulsion units, stabilizers and hull fittings were serviced, and new teak decking was installed on the Lido deck.
Similar in appearance to Holland America's Vista class vessels, EURODAM features one additional deck and several interior layout differences.
EURODAM has ten cabins with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows. Eighty-six percent of the cabins are on the outside, and 67% have balconies. In contrast to NIEUW AMSTERDAM, EURODAM features juliet balconies in its Deck 11 "VT" class staterooms. Throughout the ship are touchscreens with navigation information for passengers.
On board the vessel are five dining rooms, including The Pinnacle Grill in partnership with Le Cirque. Exclusive to the Signature ships are the pan- Asian themed restaurant, Tamarind, and the African-themed Explorer's Bar. The main atrium features artwork designed by Vincent Jansen and throughout the ship are reproductions of famous Dutch artists. The mainstage and theater seat 890 in the audience.
Togo 2013 750F sg?, scott? (hull color wrong must be blac.)
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Eurodam http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/eurodam_2008.htm

SAPPHIRE PRINCESS

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 2180 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Japan for Fairlin Shipping Intl. Corp. (Princess Cruise Lines) Valencia, California, USA.
25 May 2002 floated out as the DIAMOND PRINCESS, one sister.
Tonnage 115,875 grt, 77,745 nrt, 14,601 dwt, dim. 290.0 x 37.50 x 8.00m. (draught), length pbb246.0m.
Powered by one GE-Marin gasturbine and two Wärtsilä 8L46c and two Wärtsilä 946 diesel engines, 61,000 kW, driving two electric motors which drive fixed pitch propellers. Six thrusters, three at the bow three at the stern.
01 October 2002 during outfitting a fire broke out which destroyed large parts of the superstructure.
After the fire was extinguished it was decided to rebuild the ship and rename her in SAPPHIRE PRINCESS.
Passenger accommodation for 3100 passengers and 1100 crew.
27 May 2004 completed, Bermuda registry, homeport Hamilton. Building cost US$400 million.
10 June 2004 christened by the First Lady of Alaska Mrs. Nancy Morkowski in Seattle.
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises that entered service in 2004 as the twin sister ship of DIAMOND PRINCESS . She is one of the world's largest cruise ships, with a capacity of approximately 2,670 passengers and is the sixth Gem Class ship built by Princess Cruises. SAPPHIRE PRINCESS was christened on June 10, 2004 in Seattle—the first cruise ship ever to be christened in that port.
Currently, the Sapphire Princess is scheduled to sail Asia cruises from Shanghai in the summer months, then from November through February, the ship will sail roundtrip Asia cruises out of Singapore.
Design
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS is technically a sister ship to GRAND PRINCESS but has several differences. The most notable of these is that the Skywalkers Nightclub suspended across her stern was moved to the back of the funnel, which opens up the terrace pool area. Sapphire takes personal choice dining another step further by splitting the two anytime dining rooms of its older sisters into four, each of which has its own theme and specialty dish. Another dramatic alteration is the repositioning of the Internet Café to the Promenade Deck adjacent to Sabatini's. This moves the Wheelhouse Bar farther to the front of the ship, in place of the Crown Grill. She is otherwise nearly identical to her older sisters.
Construction
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS was built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the second Princess Cruises ship to be built in a Japanese shipyard. Her only sister ship, with whom she swapped names, DIAMOND PRINCESS during construction.
The name swap occurred because a major fire swept through the original DIAMOND PRINCESS during construction, leading to a construction delay. Both sister ships were being constructed at the same time, so the original Sapphire assumed the role of Diamond. This name swap assisted in keeping the delivery date of DIAMOND PRINCESS on time, and kept SAPPHIRE PRINCESS on schedule as it was nearing completion early. SAPPHIRE PRINCESS was the second Princess Cruises ship to be built in a Japanese shipyard, and lacks the "wing" or spoiler across the rear which can be seen on GOLDEN PRINCESS.
Refits
At the beginning of 2012 SAPPHIRE PRINCESS was refitted with Princess' signature "Piazza" in place of the center atrium, including the International Café and a pizzeria. Princess also added the "Movies Under the Stars" poolside theatre to the top deck and a new adults' retreat, The Sanctuary. The refit brings Sapphire Princess in alignment with the newer features from Grand Princess and others in the Grand Fleet.
Machinery
Her diesel-electric plant includes four diesel generators and a gas turbine generator. The diesel generators are Wärtsilä 46 series common rail engines, two of the straight 9-cylinder configuration, and two of the straight 8-cylinder configuration. The 8- and 9-cylinder engines can produce approximately 81⁄2 and 91⁄2 MW of power respectively. These engines are fueled with Heavy Fuel oil (HFO or bunker c) and Marine Gas Oil (MGO) depending on the local regulations regarding emissions, as MGO produces much lower emissions but is much more expensive. The gas turbine generator is a GE 2500, producing a peak of 25 MW of power and being fueled by MGO. This generator is much more expensive to run than the diesel generators, and is used mostly in areas, such as Alaska, where the emissions regulations are strict. It is also used when top speed is required to make it to a port in a short time period. There are two propulsion electric motors which drive fixed-pitch propellers and six thrusters used during maneuvering; three bow and three stern. The propulsion electric motors (PEMs), are conventional synchronous motors made by Alston Motors. The two motors are each rated to 20 MW and have a maximum speed of 154 rpm. (Rated speed of 0-145 rpm.)[7]
Ports of call
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS previously alternating Northbound & Southbound Voyage of the Glacier cruises during the summer and in the winter sails Mexico, Hawaii & California Coastal cruises. Beginning in 2014, the ship will sail roundtrip Asia cruises from Shanghai in the summer months, then from November through February, the ship will sail roundtrip Asia cruises out of Singapore
Rescheduled sailings
In April 2014, SAPPHIRE PRINCESS was supposed to return to Alaska, but those plans were cancelled and will sail Asian cruises instead. Most of the ship's Hawaii cruises for 2014 were cancelled, and from the beginning of that year, which Princess kept it running on more short cruises to the West Coast round-trip Los Angeles, as well as a 10-day cruise that departed March 1, 2014. On April 3, 2014, the SAPPHIRE PRINCESS sailed a 25 day repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Osaka, which it stopped at Honolulu, Guam, Keelung, Okinawa, Shanghai, Kagoshima and concludes in Osaka.
On April 5, 2014, her previously scheduled cruises at that time was replaced by CROWN PRINCESS after it's arrival in Los Angeles.
Incidents and accidents
Whale strikes
On two occasions whales have been found dead on the bulbous bow of SAPPHIRE PRINCESS, a year apart from each other. On July 25, 2009 the ship docked at Canada Place Terminal, in Vancouver, Canada, with a dead Fin Whale lodged on its bow. The estimated 21.3m (70 ft) whale was found on top of the bulbous bow. Preliminary reports from the Fisheries and Oceans necropsy suggest the whale might have been sick. On July 28, 2010, SAPPHIRE PRINCESS had a whale stuck on the bow of the ship. The estimated 12.2 m (40 ft) humpback whale became entangled on the ships bulbous bow while SAPPHIRE PRINCESS was sailing from Ketchikan to Juneau.
The last time, before SAPPHIRE PRINCESS that an Alaskan cruise ship docked in Vancouver with a whale on its bow was in 1999, when a dead 20-metre (66 ft) Fin whale was found on MV GALAXY
2014 In service same name and owners, IMO No 9228186
Togo 2013 750F sg?, scott?
Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphire_Princess http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz

MARCEL O-206 (B.)

Built in 1927 by F. Borrey, Oostende, for A. Desmet, Oostende as RENILDE.
Fish cutter, Gt:12.97, Nt:7.13 diesel engine:25 hp.
In 1950 sold to H. van Haeke, Oostende, renamed in MARCEL.
(Belgium 1953, 8-+20 c. StG.1442)

ROYAL PRINCESS 2013

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6223 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy for Carnival Plc, Hamilton, Bermuda.
20 October 2011 keel laid down.
16 August 2012 floated out.
Tonnage 142,714 grt, 12,512 dwt, dim. 330 x 38.40 x 8.60m. (draught) length bpp. 306m.
Powered: diesel electric by four Wärtsilä and two Wärtsilä 14V46 diesel engines 62,400 kW connected to two 18 MW SAM electronics motors, twin shafts, speed 23.0 knots. Six thrusters.
Accommodation for 4380 passengers and 1346 crew.
05 June 2013 delivered. Managed by Princess Cruises Lines Ltd. Valencia, California.
MS ROYAL PRINCESS is a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, and the third ship to sail for the cruise line under that name. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. ROYAL PRINCESS is the flagship of the Princess fleet, a designation held up to that point by GRAND PRINCESS.
Princess Cruises ordered ROYAL PRINCESS, as well as the sister ship REGAL PRINCESS both at the time unnamed, on 17 February 2010. The final contract was signed on 4 May 2010.
Construction of ROYAL PRINCESS began on 15 March 2011 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy when the first plate was cut. The next major milestone in construction occurred on 20 October 2011, when the ship's keel was laid. She was launched in August 2012; fitting out continued, and Fincantieri delivered her to Princess Cruises in spring 2013.
The ship measures 141,000 GT and has a capacity of 3,600 passengers. Her amenities include a pair of public areas cantilevered over the side of the ship on the top deck—a walkway on the starboard side and a bar on the port side. She also has fewer pools than previous Princess Cruises ships and features expanded public areas, including the movie theatre, the "Sanctuary" bar and the central Piazza atrium. The ship will also have more dining options than previous Princess vessels. The ships of this class are one of the first passenger vessels built compliant to the new safe return to port requirements.
On 9 April 2013, it was announced that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge will name ROYAL PRINCESS in a naming ceremony in Southampton on 13 June 2013. The ceremony upheld British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines and the pipers of the Irish Guards. Royal Princess arrived at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton on Friday 7 June, where a series of events commenced for customers and travel agents, including a special naming gala on the evening of Wednesday 12 June. The ship’s inaugural celebrations concluded with her maiden voyage on 16 June.
Maiden Voyage
ROYAL PRINCESS underwent what was marketed as a preview cruise on 9 June 2013, lasting for two nights, going from Southampton to St. Peter Port, Guernsey and back to Southampton. Then it undertook an Iberia Cruise departing on 16 June 2013 from Southampton to Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga and Barcelona.
Sister Ships
One year after the launch of the ROYAL PRINCESS, Princess Cruises will launch its sister ship, the new REGAL PRINCESS. Dimensions and capacity will be the same, as with other sister ships in the Princess fleet. Also in 2015, Princess Cruises sister brand P&O Cruises will be launching its new vessel BRITANNIA that has many similarities to the Royal class ships.
Incidents and accidents On 22 September 2013, ROYAL PRINCESS suffered a power outage while sailing between Mykonos and Naples in the Mediterranean. The power failure occurred at 1:30 pm local time and emergency generators kicked in to provide hotel services to the passengers.
Prior to the power loss, the anchor motor failed and left 90 feet of anchor hanging for over four hours until a new motor could be installed. It delayed the ship on its trip from Mykonos to Naples.
The second half of the cruise was cancelled and all of the passengers were flown home early with flights out of Rome and Naples. The ROYAL PRINCESS cancelled her visits to Rome, Livorno, Toulon, and sailed directly to Barcelona effecting repairs on the way and embarked her next cruise in Barcelona as planned.

2014 in service, same name and owners, IMO No 9584712.
Central African Republic 2013 3000 F sgMS?, scott?
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Princess_(2013)

INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS

Built as a cruise passenger vessel under yard No 1354 by Aker Finnyard, Abo, Finland for Independence of the Seas Inc., (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) Nassau, Bahamas.
02 April 2005 building contract signed.
23 March 2006 laid down.
14 September 2007 floated out as the INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS, one of the Freedom class of Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Tonnage 154,407 grt, 127,545 nrt, 10,500 dwt. Dim. 338.72 x 39.03 x 11.7m., length bpp. 303.17m, draught 8.8m.
Powered by six Wärtsilä 12V46C diesel engines, 75,600 kW, propulsion by three ABB Azipod podded electric propulsion units, two of them azimuthing and the central one being fixed. Fitted out with eight bow thrusters, one each side of the hull four thrusters. Service speed 21.5 knots.
Accommodation for 4370 passengers and 1,360 crew.
17 April 2008 completed.
MS INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line that entered service in April 2008. The 15-deck ship can accommodate 4,370 passengers and is served by 1,360 crew. She was built in the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, builder of FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and LIBERTY OF THE SEAS, her sister ships of the Freedom class. At 154,407 gross tons, she joined FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and LIBERTY OF THE SEAS as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels yet built. She is 1,112 feet (339 m) long, and typically cruises at 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph). The vessel operates from Southampton, England and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is the third of the Freedom-class vessel. In October 2009, OASIS OF THE SEAS, the first ship in the Oasis-class, displaced the Freedom-class as the world's largest passenger ships.
Itinerary
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS generally sails from Southampton, England in the summer months and from Fort Lauderdale in the winter months. Between 2010 and 2012, INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS sailed from Southampton, England year-round.
On 2 May 2013 INDEPENDENCE arrived in Southampton following a dry-dock enhancement offering a series of new itineraries including more shorter cruises such as two-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris, and three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS will also offer eight night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12-night cruises to the Canary Islands.
Amenities
Like the other Freedom-class vessels, INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS features an interactive water park, the H2O Zone, a dedicated sports pool for volleyball and basketball, and whirlpools which extend from the ship's sides. It houses an internal shopping "street", the Promenade, lined with shops, pubs and wine bars. The Promenade features a "sky bridge" which can be lowered from the ceiling to provide a performance space above the crowds during parades. There is also the two story Alhambra theatre, seating 1,200, and a complete conference centre. The show cabaret lounge, called the Pyramid Lounge, is themed to ancient Egypt. On a lower level is an ice skating rink named Studio B, which home to a series of professional ice shows and is also available for personal skating. This facility was first featured on the Voyager-class and INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is the eighth ship to feature a rink. The ship also features a range of eating outlets, Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity throughout, and flat-screen televisions in all staterooms. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is also the first Royal Caribbean ship to feature heated, fresh water pools, although the pools are only heated when sailing from the UK. On the Sports Deck, there is a rock climbing wall, a basketball/hockey court, a mini golf course, and a FlowRider for surfing. It also has 3 seating areas around the FlowRider to allow people to watch.
2014 In service, same name and owners, IMO No 9584712.
Central African Republic 2013 3000F sgMS?, scott?
Source: Norske Veritas. http://wikipedia.org./wiki/MS_Independence_of_the_Seas and various other web-sites.
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QUEST.

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Built as a wooden hulled seal catcher by the yard of Erik Linstøls Båtbyggeri at Risor, Norway for Andr. Ingebrigtsen, Høvik near Oslo.
Launched under the name FOCA I (fishery No. K-13-K)
Tonnage 204 ton gross, 126 net, dim. 111.4 x 24.9 x 14ft. (draught)
Powered by 2-cyl. steam engines of 17nhp.

March 1921 sold to Sir Ernest Shackleton after he made a short visit to Norway, she was renamed QUEST.
Shackleton would use the vessel for his expedition to the Antarctic, but she was not so suitable for the voyage, small and straight stemmed, with an awkward square rig on her mainmast. He engines were too weak, and her boilers found at sea cracked. In all ports of call she needed repairs.
17 September 1921 she sailed from the St Katharine’s Dock in London under command of Capt. Worsley.
The QUEST made calls at Lisbon, Madeira, Cape Verde and Rio de Janeiro, at Rio de Janeiro Shackleton did have a heart attack, but when the ships doctor Macklin want to make an examination, he refused, but the doctor could see that he had a heart problem.
After sailing from Rio de Janeiro bound for South Georgia, Shackleton mentally changed he seemed unnaturally listless, always the leader and full of ideas, now he had not any plans and it seemed that he had turned to the past.
04 January 1922 she arrived off South Georgia and anchored off the whaling station of Grytviken.
Early in the morning of 5 January Dr. Macklin was called to Shackleton bunk and he found him with an other heart attack, not much he could do and a few minutes later Shackleton died.

(On this expedition Shackleton was appointed an Agent of the Post Master General for this expedition, and provided with one hundred pounds worth of British postage stamps, a circular date stamp and a trio of rectangular hand-stamps of a size to fit over a pair of stamps, for three of the countries they were expected to visit; namely Tristan da Cunha, Cough Island and Enderby Land.) as given in Log Book 1983 Vol 13 page 311.

After Shackleton death, his body was send back to England for burial, but when his wife Emily got the message of his death, she decided that her husband should be buried on South Georgia.
After arrival of Shackleton’s body at Montevideo, it was send back to South Georgia. And there his body was laid to rest on 05 March 1922 in the Norwegian cemetery.

After Shackleton died, the QUEST carried on, under Wild’s command, but he was not a leader and without Shackleton he was lost, he started drinking heavily; he had never done before on sea.
Before the QUEST sailed home in June, Wild took her to Elephant Island.
16 September 1922 she arrived in Portsmouth.

1923 Sold to to W.G Oliffe, Cowes.
March 1924 sold to Schjelderups Sælfangstrederi A/S ( Capt. Thomas Schjelderup), Skånland Bø (fishery No N-94-BN). In use as a seal catcher in the Arctic, and probably as fishing vessel in between catching seasons.

1929 Took part in the search for Amundsen and Major Gilbaud who disappeared in a hydroplane in the Arctic, while searching for General Nobile and the aircrew of the airship ITALIA.
1930/31 Deployed by H.G. Watkins in the British Air Route Expedition, the QUEST surveyed some coastal waters of Greenland
1935 Chosen to transport the Anglo-Danish expedition of Lawrence Wager and Augustine Courtauld, to Greenland, a summer expedition based at Kangerlussuag, Greenland. The QUEST returned from Kangerlussuaq on 29 August 1935, she left 7 expedition members behind who were to continue work.

1936/37 Count Gaston Micard chartered the QUEST, under command of Capt. Ludolf Schelderup, for an expedition to East Greenland; the expedition overwintered at the mouth of Loch Fyne (74N).
During the overwintering the crew of the QUEST caught 162 fox.
End July 1937 the QUEST returned to Europe making calls at Scoresbysund and Ammassalik.

January 1939 sold to Skips-A/S Quest (Ivar Austad, Tromsø) (fishery No T-24-T.
A 4-cyl 2tv Wichmann diesel engine was installed, 350 bhp.
Still used as a seal catcher, and probably in regular fishing in between seasons.

When war broke out in Norway in April 1940 she was catching seals near New Foundland, and she came under Notraship control.
Upon hearing of the German invasion in Norway she proceeded to St John’s.
November 1940 hired by the Royal Navy, as a minesweeper in the West Indies/Caribbean.
July 1941 handed back to Notraship.

March 1942 she was scheduled for convoy SC 76 from Halifax, but she did not sail.
April 1942 requisitioned by Den Konglige Norske Marine (Royal Norwegian Navy). Intended for use in Operation “Fritham 2” at Spitsbergen, Svalbard in May that year, but this was cancelled.
Then she shows up in convoy SC 83 which sails from Halifax in May 1942.

September 1942 returned to Nortraship.
21 June 1943 hired by the Royal Navy as water carrier, till 1945.

10 October 1945 laid up.
19 July 1946 returned to owner.

05 May 1962 while catching seal off the north coast of Labrador, she sprang a leak and sank due to ice.
The crew was rescued by the Norwegian seal catchers NORVARG, POLARFART, POLARSIRKEL and KVITFJELL.

Ascension 1972 4 and 4½p sg 160/1, scott 161/2
South Georgia 1972 20p sg 35, scott 34
Tristan da Cunha 1971 1½p sg 149, scott 153.

Source: Mostly copied from http://www.warsailors.com/freefleet/norfleetpq.html Shackleton by Roland Huntford. Ships of the Royal Navy Vol. II by Colledge. Log Book. Some other web-sites.
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Re: QUEST.

Postby hindle » Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:49 pm

The Quest was suffering from a bent and misaligned propshaft, which caused a lot of engine problems, hence the many stops en route.

When Shackleton died, Len Hussey injected ether into his heart in a vain attempt to revive him.

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Re: QUEST.

Postby aukepalmhof » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:38 pm

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Shackleton-Rowett Expedition (1921-22) was the last to be led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. It was sponsored by Mr. John Quiller Rowett and ultimately was led by Captain [Commander] Frank Wild. The three were photographed in 1921 looking out from the bridge of the QUEST when they paid a visit to Southampton to supervise the fitting out of the ship prior to the expedition. The 45p stamps are based on this photograph in an unusual Triptych format.
The expedition proposed an ambitious two year programme of Antarctic exploration but before any work had begun Shackleton tragically died aboard ship on 5th January. The QUEST had only just arrived at South Georgia and on 4th January anchored off Grytviken, where Shackleton went ashore to visit the old whaling establishment once again. Returning to QUEST he retired to his cabin to write what was to be the final entry in his diary. “It is a strange and curious place” he wrote. “A wonderful evening. In the darkening twilight I saw a lone star hover: gem like above the bay”.
The expedition had numerous objectives including a circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent and the mapping of 2,000 miles of uncharted coastline, a search for wrongly charted sub-Antarctic islands and investigations into the possible mineral resources in these lands and an ambitious scientific research programme. It was unrealistic for so few men to achieve all of these objectives within two years. There was no single main goal other than perhaps Shackleton’s wish to return south once more.
Shackleton himself referred to the expedition as pioneering. There was an aircraft (that ultimately was not used) and all manner of new gadgets including a heated crow’s nest and overalls for the lookouts, a wireless set, an odograph that could trace and chart the ship’s route automatically, a deep-sea sounding machine and a great deal of photographic equipment.
Such gadgets were made possible by the sponsorship of the businessman John Quiller Rowett. Having made a fortune in the spirits industry Rowett had a desire to do more than simply make money. Following the First World War he was a notable contributor to several charitable causes. He was also a school-friend of Shackleton’s at Dulwich College and he undertook to cover the entire costs of the expedition. According to Wild, without Rowett’s generosity the expedition would have been impossible: “His generous attitude is the more remarkable in that he knew there was no prospect of financial return, and what he did was in the interest of scientific research and from friendship with Shackleton.” His only recognition was the attachment of his name to the title of the expedition. Sadly in 1924, aged 50, Rowett took his own life believing his business fortunes to be in decline.
After the death of Shackleton, Frank Wild took over as expedition leader and chose to proceed in accordance with Shackleton’s plans. The QUEST, shown on the 50p stamps leaving London, at Ascension and in Ice, was the smallest ship to ever attempt to penetrate the Antarctic ice and despite several attempts the most southerly latitude attained was 69°17′s. The ship returned to South Georgia at the onset of winter. QUEST remained in South Georgia for a month, during which time Shackleton’s old comrades erected a memorial cairn to their former leader, on a headland overlooking the entrance to Grytviken harbour.
QUEST finally sailed for South Africa on 8th May where the crew enjoyed the hospitality of the Prime Minister, Jan Smuts, and many local organizations. They also met Rowett’s agent with a message that they should return to England rather than continuing for a second year. Their final visits were to St Helena, Ascension Island and St Vincent.
In the end the expedition achieved little of real significance. The lack of a clearly defined objective combined with the failure to call at Cape Town on the way south to collect important equipment (including parts for the aeroplane) added to the serious blow of Shackleton’s death, which ultimately overshadowed the expedition’s achievements.
The expedition has been referred to as the final expedition of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Those that followed were of a different nature and belonged to the mechanical age.
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