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SAWA PZ-35 yacht

The yacht depict on this Polish stamp issued in 1965 is according the sail number PZ-35, which belong to the type Conrad II which was designed by R Langera and K Michalskiego in 1958.
The Conrad II type was built on a yard in Szczecin. Altogether 14 of this type were built and the PZ-35 was the last of this type built.
It was a wooden sea-going cabin-cruiser yacht.
Weight 7,000 kg., dim. 10.10 x 2.68 x 1.98m. (draught)
Sail area 50.40m³. Sloop rigged.
Accommodation for 7 crew.
Delivered in 1961 under the name SAWA sail No PZ 35. Not an engine installed.

She was managed by the League of Friends of the Soldiers in Warsaw, later taken over by the Warsaw OZZ and managed by the Nautical Club PTTK Breeze.
10 September 1978 she grounded off the coast of Estonia, but was refloated
27 March 1990 renamed in BUSHI with sail number PZ-135.
2017 Still sailing under same name and number.
The type is often confused with type Vega which succeeded her, and was fitted out with an auxiliary diesel.

Poland 1965 60g sg1569, scott?
Source: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_II ... -.3E_Bushi

WODNIK

Navicula gives that the WODNIK is depict on this stamp;

She was a 3 masted galleon built around 1623 in Gdansk.
Tonnage around 100 last, (200 ton). Dim. approx. length of deck 25m. beam 6.8m.
Armament 1- 7pdr., 2 – 6pdr.bronze guns, 7 – 6pdr. iron guns, 3 – 5pdr, 2 – 3pdr, iron guns, 2 falconets and 3 bronze stone thrower guns.
Crew 45-49 and 80 soldiers (Marines).

WODNIK (Aquarius) - Polish ship of war - a small galleon , probably built in 1623. In Gdansk . The ship is in the sources listed under the German name "Meerman" Polonised as "Aquarius". Today, this name carries a training ship ORP AQUARIUS.
History
During the war with Sweden , WODNIK under the command of (most likely) Captain Herman Witte , along with ships, KRÓL DAWID (King David) and ARKA NOEGO (Noah's Ark) , participated in the first battle with a fleet of Swedish warships, encountering on 17 May 1627. In the vicinity of Hel the Swedish more numerous ships, were bound for Piława. After an exchange of gunfire, the two squadrons parted, Polish sailed west. The next day, May 18 there was a skirmish at the height of Białogóry near Leba with a convoy of 24 Swedish vessels. After an artillery duel, with few casualties, Polish ships managed to break away from the enemy and sailed to Kolobrzeg. After several days at sea the Polish ships returned to Wisloujscie , breaking through the lines of the Swedish blockade of the Gulf of Gdansk .
WODNIK distinguished himself during the victorious battle with the Swedish squadron of Oliwa on November 28 1627. His Captain Herman Witte was before the battle appointed Vice-Admiral and commander of the Polish fleet, so that the WODNIK served as the flag-ship. Its skipper was Piotr Wedeman. During the battle, WODNIK attacked and entered wherafter his crew boarded the larger Swedish galleon SOLEN. After a fierce battle, the Polish soldiers gained the upper hand, The captain of the Solen blew his ship up rather than allowing it to be captured. The four surviving Swedish ships quickly headed towards the open sea and managed to escape pursuit. Both admirals were killed in the battle, also 23 members of the crew of WODNIK were killed (a further 10 were killed in the course of previous clashes).
May 2 1628: The new captain of the ship, replacing Witte, who died in November 1627, was Hans Schröder. During the attack of Swedish troops supported by artillery on Polish ships at the mouth of the Vistula River near Fortress Wisłoujście after midnight of July 6 1628 , WODNIK was sailing upstream to help the PHOENIX which was stuck on a sandbank when trying to retreat up the river after she was damaged by artillery fire of the Swedish troops.She managed, however, under the protection of WODNIK and TIGER to refloat, where after she was escorted to the second group of Polish ships in the area of Polish Haku.
In January 1629 year, WODNIK together with other Polish ships was commissioned by King Sigismund III Vasa to the service of the Habsburg Catholic League in the ongoing Thirty Years War , arriving Wismar on February 8. Polish ships stationed in Wismar fought against a fleet of Danish and Swedish ships in occasional minor skirmishes. January 22 1632 after the surrender of Wismar, Polish ships were captured by the Swedes and incorporated into their fleet; WODNIK served as MEERMAN in the Swedish fleet. The further fate of the ship is not known.

Poland 1964 2Z sg1462, scott?
https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wodnik_(1623)

Disembarkation «Braves of Mindelo»1832.

Disembarkation of Mindelo is the name given to the landing of the Liberal troops north of Porto on July 8, 1832, during the Liberal Wars, name by which the Portuguese Civil War (1828-1834) was known. The squadron organized by D. Pedro IV, counted on 60 ships, about 8,300 men , under the command of the British Admiral George Rose Sartorius. About 7,500 men who came to be known by the name of "Bravos do Mindelo" came ashore. [2] Among them were many mercenaries and auxiliaries, English, French, Belgians, Poles, Italians, Germans and Spaniards, exceeding 6,600 foreigners, who represented more than 80% of the total troops. At dusk on July 7, 1832, there was panic between the military forces and the absolutist authorities of Porto: the Liberal fleet was in sight, much to the surprise of the miguelistas who had never foreseen an invasion by this point of the country. However, D. Pedro advanced with his fleet towards Vila do Conde, where he planned the landing. On the morning of July 8, Major Bernardo de Sá Nogueira, the future Marquis of Sá da Bandeira, was sent ashore to parley with the military forces stationed there. The negotiations were, however, completely barren, with that emissary being received with threats of firing. Frustrated, then, that it was these attempts at peaceful landing, it was decided to do so in a war-time. The choice of this site, which historiographically perpetuated this military operation as "Disembarkation of Mindelo", was due to the fact that it could be carried out with ease and safety, since the sea presented "quite deep almost to the sand" . This indication was given, according to tradition, by one of the 7,500 "bravos", of its name Francisco José da Silva, native of Paiço, parish of the Lavra. The landing was fast and did not encounter any resistance, being, immediately, taken the strategic points of the region. The battalions of Hunters # 2 and # 3 occupied the crests of the elevations that extend until the right margin of the river Leça. The landing allowed the liberal forces to take the city of Oporto on July 9, 1832, catching by surprise the miguelista army that would submit them to the prolonged Siege of Porto. D. Miguel ended up capitulating in 1834, with the Évora Monte Concession, opening the way to the definitive implantation of Liberalism.
Azores.Portugal1982;33e50;SG445.
Source:https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desembarque_do_Mindelo

PYROSCAPHE (France)

Pyroscaphe was an early experimental steamship built by Marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans in 1783. The first demonstration took place on 15 July 1783 on the river Saône in France. After the first demonstration, it was said that the hull had opened up and the boiler was letting out steam, faults common in early steamboats. In this case, it seems to have been easily repaired as the boat was said to have made several trips up and down the river. A month later, on 19 August, the boat carried several passengers who signed a witness protocol for a successful journey.

Built of wood at Ecully, near Lyons, Length: 13 m. Beam: 4,5 m. Displacement: 163ton, Complement: 3.
The Pyroscaphe was propelled by a horizontal double-acting steam machine, diameter 25.6” (0.65m.) by 77” (1.956m.) stroke, constructed by Messrs. Frérejean & Cie., Lyons, it was enclosed in the boiler and its piston rod was connected to a double ratchet device to produce the continuous rotating motion of the side paddle-wheels, diameter 13.1’(3.99m.) and had 8 radial paddles or floats each.

(France 2016, €1.25, StG.?)
Internet + book From Paddle-steamer to Nuclear Ship by W.A. Baker.

Eivind Astrup explorer of North(1890-1895)

Eivind Astrup (1871-1895) could easily have become one of the pillars of Norwegian polar history - if not to say the polar history of the world. At nineteen years-old, he joined (with very poor English skills) Robert Peary's two expeditions to North Greenland, and it was primarily his meticulous observations and documentation that finally established Greenland as an island and not part of an Arctic continent as many had believed. In his lifetime, Astrup became as popular, if not more popular than Fritjof Nansen himself. For Roald Amundsen, Astrup was the great ideal of a successful polar explorer.
Astrup crafted sleds for the Peary expedition - copied from the nearby Inuit families - and taught Peary and the other explorers how to ski. His only book, With Peary Near the Pole , reveals a deep respect and understanding of the local Inuit culture. He was the first to combine dog sleds with skis - and thus laid the ground for the future success of both Nansen and Amundsen.
Once returned to Norway, Astrup planned great expeditions, combining native equipment such as sleds and reindeer clothing with modern tools like hot air balloons to conquer the poles. However, he was infected with typhoid fever, almost certainly obtained by eating rotten pemmican during the second Peary expedition, and became very ill. During Christmas weekend of 1895, he went for a ski trip in the mountains and never returned.
Although some newspapers soon speculated suicide, Astrup's death was covered up for many years. It was said that he fell and slipped on some ice and cracked his head on a rock. However, rumors of a gunshot soon grew in a nearby village, and that a fired gun had been taken from the death scene. Today Astrup's suicide is a fact, though the reasons are not fully understood. It is more likely that he could not cope with the fact that he was ill and never would be well enough to achieve his goals as a polar explorer.

Guinea 2011;5000gf;SG?
Source: http://thefanhitch.org/V15N1/V15,N1Astrup.html

EXPEDITION cruise vessel

Built as a ro-ro ferry under yard No 398 by Helsingör Værft, Elsinore, Denmark for Jydsk Færgefart A/S, Hundested, Denmark.
Tonnage 3,960 grt, 1,441 nrt, 925 dwt. Dim. 104.04 x 18.93 x 4.37m.
Powered by two HSM-B&W 10U45HU diesels, 8,096 kW. Twin shafts, speed 17 knots.
Accommodation for 1,200 passengers. 34 berth.
14 July 1972 delivered to owners.

15 July 1972 in service between Grená and Hundested.
30 December 1977 last voyage in this service.
02 March 1978 sold to Midland Montague Leasing (U.K.) Ltd, London for P&O Normandy Ferries Ltd., London
06 March 1978 arrived Vlissingen Oost (Flushing East), Netherlands and laid up.
14 April 1978 arrived by Caillard S.A., Le Havre for a refit.
09 June 1978 renamed in nf TIGER, in service between Dover and Boulogne.
04 January 1985 registered for Townsend Car Ferries Ltd., Dover, renamed TIGER, in service between Dover and Boulogne.
18 July 1986 last voyage in this service, thereafter laid up at Chatham. U.K.
November 1986 sold to Finlandshamnen Ab, Norrtälje, Sweden (subsidiary of SF Line, Mariehamn, Finland.
11 December 1986 arrived at the Tyne for a refit.
22 December 1986 arrived by the Öresundsvarvet for further redevelopment, renamed in ALANDSFÄRJAN.
29 April 1987 arrived Mariehamn.
18 May 1987 in the service of the Viking Line between Kapellskär and Mariehamn, from 1993 also Mariehamn to Nådendal with cargo, the ship did not have more any berths.
1995 Transferred to the Ab Viking Line, Norrtälje.
03 January 2002 till 03 February 2002 rebuild and fitted out with stern sponsons at the Baltic Shiprepairs, Tallinn, Estonia. Tonnage 6.336 grt, 1,900 dwt.Dim. 105.20 x 18.93 x 4.71m
15 February 2002 in the service between Kapellskär and Mariehamn.
Thereafter every year in the winter months laid up.
05 July 2005 on arrival Mariehamn port at 18.30 the port propeller got out of control full ahead and the ship hit a pile mooring, a car on the car-deck turned over and hit a woman who was hospitalized. Four cars were damaged. The ferry sailed for Kappellskär for repair.
After a few days repair she was back in service.
23 October 2007 she hit Marbådan off Mariehamn, she proceeded to Mariehamn were severe damage was found during a survey. Taken out of traffic for repair.
October 2007 sailed to Tallinn for hull damage port side repair.
23 November 2007 again in service.
27 May 2008 sold to G.A. P. Shipping Ltd., Hamilton, Barbados for takeover in June.
29 May 2008 last sailing in the ferry service.
26 June 2006 sailed from Mariehamn to Rauma, Finland
27 June 2008 handed over to new owners and renamed in EXPEDITION. Liberian flag and registry, homeport Monrovia.
The same day her rebuilding in a cruise ship commenced by the Aker yard in Rauma.
2008 Her owners given as Expedition Shipping Co. Ltd, Monrovia, tonnage 6,334 grt, 1,900 nrt, 965 dwt.
Accommodation for 137 passengers.
April 2009 in service as a cruise vessel.
November 2009 arrived in Las Palmas with engine problems.
January 2010 again in service.
2017 In service same name and owners IMO No 7211074, managed by G. Adventures, Toronto.

British Antarctic Territory 2016 £1.22 sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/kattegat_1972.htm http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz
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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.
Ascension Island 2012 45p/50p sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.stampland.net/?p=7765#more-7765

£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?
Source: Tristan da Cunha post web-site
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