GOLDEN IRIS cruise vessel

Palmer Gate, Haifa.
The stamp features Palmer Gate Street and the port; part of a ship at the corner; and a statue of a fish with a ship on its back, Zvika Cantor's City Fish, which was erected in 2010 on the Haifa-Boston Partnership square, located on the corner of Palmer Gate and Kdoshei Baghdad Street in Haifa.

The tap shows a cruise vessel which is identified as the GOLDEN IRIS. Mr Peter Crichton has identified the warship in the background as one of the Nirit class warships of Israel.
Peter suggests that the vessel on the stamp between the buildings could be one of the Russian Ivan Franko class passenger ships. The class has been scrapped except the MARCO POLO, but the funnel colours does not match. The MARCO POLO make calls at Haifa, and the funnel could be an artist’s impression.

Holocaust survivors rose from the ashes of the crematoriums and immigrated illegally to Eretz Israel during the British Mandate period. Under terrible conditions, on crowded decks of dilapidated immigrant ships, they made their way to the Promised Land, their hearts filled with hopes and dreams.
The city of Haifa was the first thing that most Holocaust survivors saw as they approached the coastline. The bare concrete docks of the Port of Haifa were, to them, the Holy Land for which they yearned. They were part of an extremely dramatic and historic step taken by the Jewish people - the establishment of the State of Israel.
Haifa Port was the entry point into Eretz Israel. Haifa was the Jewish people's home port, both for the illegal immigrants (ma'apilim) who arrived prior to the establishment of the State and for the waves of immigrants who came after the State of Israel was established.
Gate number five, which served for years as the mythological main entrance into the Port of Haifa, was later named Palmer Gate. The road leading out from the gate is also called Palmer Gate, named for Sir Frederick Palmer, a British engineer who planned and built the Port of Haifa from 1920 to its official opening in 1933.
Palmer Gate Street is crossed by Port St. (Rehov HaNamal), which housed the administrative and commercial center of the port, and today is at the heart of the Port Campus - the academic center of Haifa's downtown area.
The Port Campus is a challenging project, which will turn an entire section of Haifa's downtown into a complex of college campuses, dormitories and modern residential buildings, as well as supporting businesses that are typical of this type of complex.
The Port Campus is very significant for the city of Haifa. The project reshapes the character and appearance of the city's downtown, rejuvenates it and restores its past glory, and constitutes a critical phase in Haifa's development.
GOLDEN IRIS.
Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 859 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen for the Overseas National Airways, USA. During construction sold to Cunard Cruise Ships Ltd., Southampton.
2 December 1974 launched as the CUNARD CONQUEST, one sister the CUNARD COUNTES.
Tonnage 17,496 grt, 2,499 dwt, dim. 163,56 x 22.80 x 8.30m. (draught).
Powered by four B&W 7U50HU diesel engines, 15,447 kW, twin shafts, speed 21.5 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 947 passengers, crew 350.
30 October 1975 delivered to owners.
MS GOLDEN IRIS is a cruise ship owned and operated by the Israel-based Mano Maritime. She was built 1975 by the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark for Cunard Line as MS CUNARD CONQUIST, but her interior fittings were subsequently installed at the Navali Mechaniche Affini in La Spezia, Italy. Following re-delivery from Navali Mechaniche Affini in 1977 the ship was renamed MS CUNARD PRINCESS. In 1995 the ship entered service with StarLauro Cruises (later rebranded MSC Cruises), briefly retaining her previous name before being renamed MS RHAPSODY. Later during her career with MSC Cruises the ship came to be marketed as MS MSC Rhapsody, but her official registered name remained RHAPSODY throughout her MSC career. In 2009 the ship was sold to her current owners.
Concept and construction
The ship that eventually became known as the CUNARD PRINCESS was originally one of two ships ordered by the United States-based Overseas National Airways. Unusually Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, was involved in the design process of the ships, envisioning them as "floating Playboy Clubs". Order for the two ships was placed with the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, during construction the ships were sold to the United Kingdom-based Cunard Line. Although better known as luxury cruise operators, Cunard decided to maintain the original informal cruise concept developed for the ships by Overseas National Airways.
CUNARD CONQUEST, the second of the two sisters, was launched from dry-dock in December 1974. Instead of having the ships completed at Burmeister & Wain, Cunard decided that once the hulls of the ships were complete they would sail to the Navali Mechaniche Affini in La Spezia, Italy, where interior fittings would be installed. Therefore, following delivery to Cunard on 30 October 1975 the CUNARD CONQUEST sailed to La Spezia, where she arrived on 6 November 1975. While the ship was being fitted out Cunard decided to change her name to CUNARD PRINCESS. Following delivery to Cunard in early 1977 the ship sailed to New York City, where she was renamed by Princess Grace of Monaco.

1977-1995: CUNARD RINCESS
CUNARD PRINCESS set on her first cruise from New York City to Bermuda in April 1977, joining her elder sister MS CUNARD COUNTESS in the Caribbean cruise service after the Bermuda run. CUNARD PRINCESS sailed out of Ft Lauderdale, then after a charter to Lauro Line in 1979 she sailed a Caribbean run out of San Juan. (Ref Cunard Line Ltd written brochures.) At the time the CUNARD PRINCESS was registered in Southampton, but in 1980 she was moved to the Bahamian registry, with Nassau as her homeport. Later during her career with Cunard the ship started cruising around Europe, while the CUNARD COUNTESS remained in Caribbean service.
During the Gulf War the CUNARD PRINCESS was chartered to the United States Armed Forces Recreation Centre as a recreational facility for troops involved in the conflict. The ship arrived in Bahrain on 24 December 1990. Initially the plan was to operate the ship on three-day cruises around the Persian Gulf, but for economical reasons she was permanently moored in Bahrain instead. Following the end of her service in the Gulf War, the ship was docked at Valletta, Malta on 23 September 1991. She re-entered normal service with Cunard on 19 October 1991.
In 1993 the CUNARD PRINCESS was moved to the fleet of Cunard's newly created mid-market subsidiary Cunard Crown Cruises, joining her sister CUNARD COUNTESS and three ships chartered from EffJohn. Cunard Crown Cruises proved to be short-lived, and in 1995 the CUNARD PRINCESS was chartered to StarLauro Cruises, who were in need of a replacement for their MS ACHILLE LAURO that had sunk following a fire in 1994. Initially the CUNARD PRINCESS kept her older name in StarLauro service.
1995-2009: Rhapsody
After a short time under charter to StarLauro, the company acquired the CUNARD PRINCESS. Initially the ship was planned to be renamed HARMONY, but in the end she was renamed RHAPSODY. Coinciding with the change of ownership the ship was re-registered in Panama. Initially she was used for cruising around the Mediterranean out of Italy. Shortly after acquisition of the RHAPSODY StarLauro was rebranded as Mediterranean Shipping Cruises on 1 October 1995. Subsequently the company further rebranded themselves into MSC Cruises.
In 2001 the RHAPSODY was re-registered to Naples. On 9 April 2009 MSC Cruises sold the RHAPSODY to the Israel-based cruise operator Mano Maritime.
2009...

ELENA yacht

The yacht depict on the 1.55 Euro stamp of Monaco I believe is the ELENA by comparing the stamp with photo’s of the yacht she looks the same, but I am a merchant man and my expertise on yachts is not great, so I could been wrong.
She was built as a steel hulled replica of a famous yacht ELENA designed by Nathanael G Hereshoff under yard No 706/Y103 by Factoria Naval de Marin, Galicia, Spain, I could not find an owner.
2009 Launched as the ELENA.
Displacement 215 ton, Dim. 55.00 x 8.14 x 5.20m. (draught), length on waterline 29.60m.
Two mast, schooner rigged, total sail area 1,800 m².
Auxiliary engine one MAN V12 D2482LE, 600 hp diesel engine, speed?, bow thrusther of 70 kW.
Accommodation for 10 guests, crew 8.
When built her asking price was 8.9 million Euro, and she was sold in June 2010.

She is for charter for cruising or racing.
http://www.charterworld.com/?sub=yacht- ... elena-1839 gives on the yacht:

Sailing Yacht ELENA was ‘born to sail’ as her predecessor was, almost one hundred years earlier. This Classic will provide a thrilling experience for any keen sailors wishing to take part in any of the Mediterranean or Caribbean Classic Regattas. With her expansive decks, luxurious interior and modern facilities, ELENA is also an excellent charter yacht for those just wishing to relax and enjoy her pure elegance. Below deck, ELENA is equipped with the latest navigation and communication equipment, entertainment systems and air conditioning.

With luxurious accommodation for up to ten guests, the layout remains true to the original drawings from Herreshoff. This modern version enjoys the addition of discrete extras to ensure guests can enjoy all the modern comforts. All guest cabins are exquisitely finished with mahogany paneling, while all interior ornamental details follow the original Herreshoff designs. The en-suite bathrooms have separate showers and toilets and are finished with elegant period fittings. Ample hanging and cupboard space is built in, while each cabin has its own privately controlled air conditioning system as well as an iPod docking station with televisions available on request. Overhead skylights and portholes offer an abundance of natural light while below deck.

After following the designs of the original ELENA so meticulously, there is no doubt that the rebirth of this spectacular yacht nearly one hundred years later can only be as successful as her original namesake. Her unforgettable blend of beauty and sheer speed ensure that she will turn heads wherever she goes. ELENA truly is one of the most remarkable charter yachts available today.

Monaco 2014 1.55 Euro sg?, scott?

Source: Various internet sites.

LADY MOURA yacht

In 2013 Monaco issued two stamps which depict yachts, the Monaco Post gives by the issues: The Principality is a favoured stop for super yachts and their owners. The presence of many architecture and design firms, major brokers, shipyards and luxury brands, makes Monaco a top location for all yachting professionals.
The motor yacht on the 1.00 Euro depict is the LADY MOURA.
Built as a yacht under yard No 964 by Blohm & Voss in Germany for the Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid.
1990 Launched as LADY MOURA.
Tonnage 6,359 grt, 1,500 dwt, dim. 104.85 x 19.00 x 5.40m. (draught).
Powered by two Deutz-MWM diesel engines each 6,868 hp, twin shafts, speed 20 knots.
Bow thruster.
Accommodation for 30 guests, crew 60.
Bahama flag and registration. Homeport Nassau.
LADY MOURA is a private luxury yacht. She was the ninth largest private yacht when she was launched in 1990, but has moved down the list in 2014 to number 28. She is owned by Saudi Arabian businessman, Nasser Al-Rashid.
Characteristics
Both the hull and the superstructure are made of steel. The propulsion plant consists of two KHD-MWM diesel engines, each with a power of 5050 kW (over 6700 bhp), and controllable pitch propellers producing a speed of over 20 knots. A crafty hydraulically operated system of shell ports, doors, flaps, roofs, bath platforms, gangways and cranes provide the most possible ease of operation and comfort. Even the boats, anchors, life-rafts and navigation lanterns are hidden behind covers and do not disturb the aesthetics of the yacht. Both the name and the escutcheon that can be seen at port, starboard and at stern are carved in 24 carat gold
Naval architect: Luigi Sturchio - Diana Yacht Design
Architectural Lighting Design: Maurizio Rossi Lighting Design
More information on the yacht: http://www.charterworld.com/?sub=yacht- ... moura-1889
Monaca 2013 1.00 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Wikipedia.

400 YEARS OF THE 1st EDITION OF PEREGRINACAO

400 Years of the 1st Edition of Peregrinação

The stamp shows two ships most probably used by Pinto, the type at that time in use was mostly the carrack’s or nau’s and this vessels are most probably showed.

Four hundred years have passed since the first edition of Peregrinação (Pilgrimage), a majestic account of an extended journey to the Orient that earned Fernão Mendes Pinto, “a hero made of human flesh”, his immortality (1510-1583).
The course of history would eventually distinguish this extraordinary autobiographical book as a masterpiece of universal literature, written by a great Portuguese traveller of the 16th century who was an adventurer, a merchant, an ambassador, a mercenary, a beggar, a sailor and a pirate. And was also “held captive thirteen times and sold seventeen times (...)”.
Throughout 266 emotion-filled and adventure-packed chapters, the author describes in a fresh, spontaneous and colloquial tone the impressions of a European in contact with Asian civilisation, its peoples, traditions, cults and landscapes. At the same time, he reveals the impact of the Portuguese in the Orient, often providing the reader with critiques and satirical notes.
Earliest title of the “travel literature” genre, Peregrinação stands out for its picaresque spirit that runs through the entire work, evidenced as a clear inversion of the heroic style. Some call it an anti-epic. Showing “what miseries make up a man”, the characters lay bare all their weaknesses and fears.
This vast and complex narrative also has the merit, remarkable for that period, of gathering the two sides of Portuguese exploits in the Far East, giving an account, with realism and vivacity, of the sunny side and the dark side of voyages.
For all of these reasons, most recent scholars point out its collective meaning and its remarkable humanist value, emphasising its major importance in the raising of awareness of the Other.
The voyage of Fernão Mendes Pinto lasted for 21 years. Born into a poor family from Montemor-o-Velho, he went to Lisbon to work as a servant in 1521. Later he moved to Setúbal, from where he set off to Diu, in India, in 1537.
He visited several places in the Orient, namely India, Malacca, Sumatra, Java, China, Macau and Japan, and had the most incredible experiences, “occupations and life-threatening situations”. He returned in 1558 and settled on a farm in Pragal, in Almada, where he spent a decade writing the work that would immortalise him. He was almost 70 years old when he completed it.
Having been written years after the facts took place explains the mixture of truth and fiction, some flaws or alterations of reference, marks that led to a prolonged debate on the authenticity of the account. However, the artistic grandeur of Peregrinação eventually transcended that discussion.
Its publication only took place posthumously, in 1614, due to unknown reasons. In other words, 34 years after the manuscript had been completed. Nonetheless, there are bibliographic references to its contents as far back as 1582, proving that it was already known at that time.
The work has had great success, having been republished several times in Spain, France, England, Germany and Holland. It was, for a long time, the most read and translated Portuguese book, second only to Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads), the epic poem of Luiz de Camões.
Portugal 2014 1.00 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Portuguese Post info

ELIYAHU GOLOMB

The first day cover features a photograph of the illegal immigration ship ELIYAHU GOLOMB docked in the port of Haifa.

Built as steel hulled cargo vessel under yard no 51 by N.V. Scheepswerf Welgelegen in Harlingen, Netherlands for the N.V. Zeevaart Mij “Groningen” in Groningen, Netherlands.
Launched as the ROTTERDAM.
Tonnage 208 gross, 161 net, dim. 32.8 x 8.62 x 10.7m.
Powered by an auxiliary 2-cyl oil engine, manufactured by D.Goedkoop. Jr., Amsterdam, 44 nhp.
Schooner rigged.
1918 Delivered to owners.

Early 1920 sold to E.L. Allain, Trinite-sur-Mer, France, not renamed, the same year already sold to Courset & Cie, Lorient, France and renamed in JOCELYN.
1923 Sold to D. Ienardi & Cie., Algiers, not renamed.
1934 Sold to Davide Zolezzi, Genoa, Italy and renamed in ALMA. The 44 nhp engine was replaced by a 6-cy Humboldt-Deutzmotor, Koln
1936 rebuilt, tonnage 304 gross, 168 net, dim. 37.9 x 7.3m.
1938 Sold to SA Armatoriale “Liburnum” Leghorn, Italy, renamed in ENRICO M.
1946 Sold to Cia Genovese di Armamento, Genoa, Italy and renamed in FENICE.
She was then chartered by the Israeli Aliyah Bet to transport Israeli emigrants from La Spezia to Israel, renamed in ELIAHU GOLOMB named after the Haganah Commander Eliahu Golomb (1893-1945).
She left La Spezia on 08 May 1946 under command of Captain Anssaldo and 339 persons bound for Israel where she arrived on 13 May.
It is one of the most well-known affairs in the illegal emigrant trade to Israel when the DOV HOZ with holocaust survivors on board was not allowed by the British Authorities to sail from La Spezia. A hunger strike was organized and published in the media around the world, which caused the British Government to let her sail together with the ELIAHU GOLOMB (see http://www.palyam.org/English/Hahapala/hf/hf_La_Spazia )
1949 Sold to C. Bonino, Genoa, she was then again named FENICE.
1952 Sold to Kesarya Marine Business Co.Ltd., Haifa, Israel and renamed BRACHA FOLD. (a source gives that she under that name two more voyages made with emigrants to Israel.)
1957 Sold to Luigi Rolandi, Savona, Italy and renamed PINELLA.
1961 Sold to Francesco Sigona, Naples, Italy. Not renamed.
1965 Sold to SpA Servizi Ausiliari, Portoferraio, Italy. Not renamed.
In the night of 29/30 November 1965 the PINELLA foundered near Bastia during heavy weather, when her cargo of cement shifted, she was on a voyage from Portoferraio to Olbia. Her crew was saved.
Israel FDC 1914.
Source: Lloyds Registers various years. http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz and various web-sites. http://www.palyam.org/English/Hahapala/hf/hf_La_Spazia

Pirate dhow entering the river Tamarind

The stamp shows a pirate dhow entering the river Tamarind in Ile de France, (now Mauritius) the shipstamp site gives a lot of information on the dhow’s which I will not repeat.
Mauritius has its own history of pirates, treasure and secrets. Between 1685 and 1730 the Indian Ocean was alive with a thousand pirates sailing under the Jolly Roger. The pirates set up their bases in Ile de France, Reunion, Seychelles and the Comoros islands. From there they launched their attacks on vessels sailing the Indian Ocean. Famous pirate names such as John Bowen, George Booth, Henry Avery (Long Ben), Olivier Le Vasseur (La Buse) and Olivier Misson are part of the stories that include the island of Mauritius. Treasure hunting in the 1900s took place at Flic en Flac, Black River, Bel Ombre and lately Souillac.
When the British occupied the island during the Napoleons Wars, the piracy came to an end from Mauritius.
Mauritius 1972 15c sg459 scott395.
http://www.expatmauritius.com/the-basics.asp

LIMERICK

For the remembering of World War I the New Zealand post issued a set of 10 stamps and 2 miniature sheets in 2014, one of this stamps the 80c shows us the New Zealand troopship LIMERICK departing from Wellington in 1914. http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo ... roops-1914 gives the photo after which the stamp is designed.
By the stamp is given: The LIMERICK, also known as HMNZT 7, was one of ten troopships that took the NZEF, their horses and equipment to Egypt in 1914 meeting up with the Australian Imperial Forces en route.

Built as a cargo- passenger-reefer vessel under yard No 148 by Workman Clark & Co. Ltd., Belfast for the Rippingham Grange Steamship Co. Ltd., (managed by Houlder Bros & Co. Ltd.), London.
18 April 1898 launched as the RIPPINGHAM GRANGE named after an Irish county.
Tonnage 5,790 gross, dim. 128.0 (bpp.) x 16.5 m
One triple expansion steam engine, 558 nhp, one shaft, speed 11.5 knots.
Passenger accommodation for ? passengers.
08 October 1898 completed. She was built for the Australian trade.

16 March 1899 was she transferred to the Houlder Line Ltd.
1911 Chartered by the British India Steam Navigation Co, for their service between the U.K. and Queensland, Australia.
1912 Transferred to the Federal-Houlder-Shire Line consortium.
1912 Sold to the New Zealand Shipping Co., London after they bought the Federal Line, renamed LIMERICK. She was bought together with three other Houlder ships.
1913 The management was transferred to Union SS Co. of New Zealand.
When World War I broke out fitted out as a troopship with No HMNZT 7.
16 October 1914 the LIMERICK sailed from Wellington with other transports. On board the N.Z. Field Artillery Brigade, 21 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain, 495 men and 348 horses and their equipment.
The ships assembled in the King George’s Sound, Albany Western Australia and together with Australian transports she transported the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces to Egypt. The convoy of 38 transports and 3 British warships and 1 Japanese cruiser the IBUKI sailed from the King George’s Sound on 1st November 1914.
The LIMERICK thereafter was not more used as troopship but returned to the liner service of the Union SS Co.
28 May 1917 on a voyage from Sydney to London with frozen meat and general cargo she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-86 in position 48 53N 9.45W about 140 miles SW of Bishop Rock. She sunk with the loss of 8 men of her crew.
New Zealand 2014 80c sg?, scott?
Source: North Star to Southern Cross by J.A. Maber . Union Fleet by Ian Farquhar. Various web-sites.
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QUEST.

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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.

Richard A. Hindle.
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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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£1.50p – Dr Alexander Macklin and “Quest
Alexander Macklin was born in India in 1889, the son of a Doctor and he was of course to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Soon after qualifying he applied to join Shackleton’s Imperial Transantarctic Expedition and was accepted as one of two doctors. As well as his surgeon’s duties he was put in charge of the ship’s dogs and was also assigned a team of sledge dogs to drive.
The skills of the two surgeons were put to the test with a range of ailments including Gangrene, Heart Problems and at least one Nervous Breakdown as well as the more mundane problems that would affect all of those living in difficult circumstances in freezing weather on Elephant Island for so long.
On return to England, Macklin joined the army as an officer in the Medical Corps serving in France and Russia during the First World War. He won the Military Cross (M.C.) for bravery in tending the wounded under fire and later joined Shackleton in Russia in the fight against the Bolsheviks.
Shackleton invited Macklin to join him again for the Quest expedition in 1922 as the ship’s surgeon together with a number of fellow crewmen from the earlier expedition. On Shackleton’s death at South Georgia, it fell to Macklin to prepare the body for transport to South America and then for burial on South Georgia.
Although some members of the crew left the Quest following the death of Shackleton, the bulk of the crew took the vessel back to the UK and on the morning of 19th May 1922, the Quest was spotted off the coast of Tristan da Cunha.
Many of the crew visited Edinburgh of the Seven Seas and Dr Macklin stayed in the cottage of Bob Glass although he was later to record that he had a problem with a “small army of marauders” which kept him awake. Macklin, who was in charge of stores arranged to leave a large amount of stores behind prior to the departure of the Quest six days later.
In 1926 Macklin established a medical practice in Dundee, Scotland where he would work for the next 21 years. During World War II, he served in the Medical Corps in East Africa as a Lieutenant Colonel and died on 21 March1967.
Tristan da Cunha 2014 £1.50 sg?, scott?
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