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In 2007 Italy and San Marino both celebrate the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Garibaldi’s birth, Italy issued one stamp and San Marino three stamps.
The Italian stamp shows the port of Nice designed after an old photo of the port with ships which can’t be identified, the home were Garibaldi was born., and a close-up of Giuseppe Garibaldi.
The San Marino stamps, only one stamp depict a watercraft, a landings-boot used during the landing on 11 May 1860 at Marsala, most probably a boat from one of the ships who transported Garibaldi and his troops to Marsala, the man standing in the bow of the boat looks like he is Garibaldi.
Garibaldi and his troops were welcomed by revolutionary troops who joined the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The conquest is represented with the landing in Marsala.

Italy 2007 0.65 Euro sg?, scott?
San Marino 2007 1.40 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Italy and San Marino Post.

SEAWOLF (SSN-21) USS submarine

Built as a nuclear attack submarine under yard No 253 by General Dynamics Electro Boat Co., Groton for the USA Navy.
25 October 1989 laid down.
24 June 1995 launched as the USS SEAWOLF (SSN-21) one of the Seawolf class. one sisters, the last of this class is longer.
Displacement 7,460 tons standard, 9,137 tons full load, dim. 1007.6 x 12.9 x 11m. (draught).
Powered by one S6W PWR nuclear reactor, 52,000 shp, one shaft, pumpjet propulsor, speed + 35 knots.
Range, unlimited, endurance, till food supplies run out.
Diving depth + 800 feet.
Armament: 8 – 26 inch torpedo tubes, 40 torpedoes, 50 missiles or 100 mines.
Crew 140,
19 July 1997 commissioned.
USS SEAWOLF (SSN-21), the lead ship of her class, is the fourth submarine of the United States Navy named for the seawolf, a solitary fish with strong, prominent teeth and projecting tusks that give it a savage look. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics and Newport News Shipbuilding on 9 January 1989 and her keel was laid down on 25 October 1989. She was launched on 24 June 1995, sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Dalton, and commissioned on 19 July 1997 with Commander David M. McCall in command.
USS SEAWOLF was a product of the Cold War, designed as a replacement for the Los Angeles-class submarines and as a response to the Soviet Akula class. According to the Navy's "Undersea Warfare" magazine, SEAWOLF is quieter at high speed than a Los Angeles submarine is pierside. Originally 29 were planned for production, but with the end of the Cold War, the cost was judged to be prohibitively high and only three were built (SEAWOLF , CONNECTICUT and JIMMY CARTER) in favor of the smaller Virginia-class submarines, which were expected to be about 10% cheaper.
Between 25–27 March 2006, a series of anti-submarine warfare exercises were held in Hawaiian waters that included SEAWOLF; Carrier Strike Group Nine; the nuclear-powered attack submarines CHEYENNE, GREENVILLE, TUCSON and PASADENA, as well as land-based P-3 Orion aircraft from patrol squadrons VP-4, VP-9, and VP-47.
On 22 July 2007, the submarine transferred from her previous homeport of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, to permanently reside at SubBase Bangor in Silverdale, Washington.
Adding support personnel as well as ship's crew, there are 140 personnel attached to SEAWOLF.
USS SEAWOLF featured in a 1998 episode of the documentary Super Structures of the World: SEAWOLF. The programme followed her construction and sea trials.
2015 In service.

TRITON submersible

The submersible TRITON 3300/3 is built by Triton Submarines LLC at Vero Beach, Florida USA.
Weight 8000 kg, dim. 4.0 x 3.0 x 2.5m. (height).
Main thrusters 2 x 5 hp, speed 3 knots. Vertran thrusters 2 x 5 hp.
Endurance 10 hours.
Reserve oxygen for 96 hours.
Payload 350 kg.
Diving depth 1,000 metres
1 Pilot and 2 passengers.

It is the most popular type built by the company and available to civilian buyers for recreational use. She is a type manufactured by the company and her name is given for the depth she can dive 3300 ft.
The first 3300/3 made his maiden dive in 2011, work on number 3 had commenced in January 2012, and all three were built for use on superyachts.
Building cost USA$ 3 million.

Solomon Islands 2013 $7 sg?, scott1507a.
Source: Triton submersible website and various other web-sites.


Built as an iron hulled barque under yard No 75 by Bartran, Haswell & Co., at South Dock, Sunderland U.K for Thomas Dunlop & Co., Glasgow.
18 February 1874 launched as the CLAN MACLEOD, christened by Mrs. McCallum.
Tonnage 671 grt, 646 nrt, 629 tons underdeck, dim. 54.71 x 9.54 x 5.33m.
Her building cost was £11,375. Homeport Glasgow.
Crew 17 men.
April 1874 completed.

Her maiden voyage was under Captain William Alexander with coal to the west coast of South America via Cape Horn.

The JAMES CRAIG is a three-masted, iron-hulled barque restored and sailed by the Sydney Heritage Fleet, Sydney, Australia.

Built in 1874 in Sunderland, England, by Bartram, Haswell, & Co., she was originally named CLAN MACLEOD. She was employed carrying cargo around the world, and rounded Cape Horn 23 times in 26 years. 1887 Was she sold to Sir Roderick W. Cameron, Glasgow not renamed. In 1900 she was acquired by Mr J J Craig, renamed JAMES CRAIG on 14 December 1905, named after a son of the owner. After she was bought by Craig she began to operate between New Zealand and Australia until 1911.
1911 Sold to British New Guinea Development Co., striped and used as a copra hulk in Port Moresby.
1919 Sold to H. Jones & Co. (Pioneer Line) and was re-rigged in Sydney. Used in the trade between the USA and Australia and New Zealand. Like many other sailing ships of her vintage, she fell victim to the advance of steamships, and was first laid up, then used as a hulk
Unable to compete profitably with freight cargo, she was sold to the Catamaran Coal Company in late 1925 who used the JAMES CRAIG as a coal hulk in Recherche Bay to serve as a bunker for the coal brought to the wharf., until eventually being abandoned at Coal Pit Bay in Tasmania in 1930. In 1932 she was sunk by fishermen who blasted a 3-metre hole in her stern.
Her register was closed on 15 February 1957.
Restoration of JAMES CRAIG began in 1972, when volunteers from the 'Lady Hopetoun and Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum' (now the Sydney Heritage Fleet) refloated her and towed her to Hobart for initial repairs. Brought back to Sydney under tow in 1981, her hull was placed on a submersible pontoon to allow work on the hull restoration to proceed. Over twenty-five years, the vessel was restored, repaired by both paid craftspeople and volunteers and relaunched in 1997. In 2001 restoration work was completed and she goes to sea again. A DVD on her restoration has been produced and available from the Sydney Heritage Fleet.
Current situation
JAMES CRAIG is currently berthed at Wharf 7 of Darling Harbour, near the Australian National Maritime Museum. She is open to the public, and takes passengers out sailing on Sydney Harbour and beyond. She is crewed and maintained by volunteers from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. The cost of maintaining her is approaching $1 million a year and the ship relies on generating income from visitors alongside, charters, events, and regular fortnightly daysails with up to 80 passengers.
The ship has now made historic return voyages to Hobart (2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013) and to Port Philip (Melbourne and Williamstown) in 2006 and 2008. The voyages to Hobart to coincide with the Wooden Boat Festival (one of the largest in the world).
In October 2013 James Craig participated in the International Fleet Review 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
Historical value
JAMES CRAIG is of exceptional historical value in that she is one of only four 19th century barques in the world that still go regularly to sea. She sails out through the Sydney heads fortnightly, when not on voyages to Melbourne, Newcastle or Hobart. As such she is a working link to a time when similar ships carried the bulk of global commerce in their holds. Thousands of similar ships plied the oceans in the 19th and early 20th centuries linking the old world, the new world, Asia and Oceania. She is sailed in the traditional 19th Century manner entirely by volunteers from the Master to the galley crew. Her running rigging consists of 140 lines secured to belaying pins and spider bands. Many of the crew know each rope by name. She achieved 11.3 knots on a return voyage from Melbourne in February 2006 and "she was loving every minute of it!"

More information on her history is given on: ... aig-story/

Solomon Island 2015 $12.00 sg?, scott?
Source: Internet. Lloyds Registry.


Built as a wooden yacht by the Estaleiro Maccarini, Navegantes S.C., Brazil for Frank Walker a Brazilian industrialist. He was also the designer of the ship.
1986 Laid down.
1989 launched under the name AVANY.
Displacement 400 ton, dim. 48.16 x 10.36 x 4.72m. (draught) length at waterline 33 metre, on deck 38 metre.
Powered by two Cummins diesel engines, each 400 hp, twin screws, speed 14 knots.
Accommodation for 8 passengers and 7 crew.
Completed ?

PEACEMAKER is an American barquentine owned by the Twelve Tribes religious group.
The PEACEMAKER, originally named AVANY, was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods, and was launched in 1989. The original owner and his family motored in the southern Atlantic Ocean before bringing the ship up through the Caribbean to Savannah, Georgia, where they intended to rig it as a three-masted staysail Marconi rigged motor sailer. The work was never done, however, and in the summer of 2000, it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes, a religious group with 50 or so communities in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. They spent the next seven years replacing all of the ship’s mechanical and electrical systems and rigging it as a barquentine. The refit vessel set sail for the first time in the spring of 2007, under the name PEACEMAKER.
Barquentine rigged. Sail area 930 m³
Accommodation for 6 crew and 5 trainees.
The Peacemaker is used to travel between the communities of the Twelve Tribes while providing an apprenticeship program for their youth in sailing, seamanship, navigation, and boat maintenance.
The ship has a United States Coast Guard attraction vessel permit and is available for festivals and dockside hospitality events.
The PEACEMAKER has a large deckhouse and spacious cabins finished in mahogany, modeled after the interior of the CUTTU SARK. It also has an innovative transom that can be lowered while in port to reveal a watertight bulkhead with two large doors opening into a cargo area and fully equipped workshop.
Present day
In 2013, the PEACEMAKER participated in the Tall Ships 1812 Tour, a pan-provincial event that traveled throughout Ontario during the summer of 2013, commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Sixteen ports participated in this event which partnered with the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2013 series. The first port of call for the tour was Brockville, Ontario, June 14-16, 2013.
On August 15-17, 2014, the PEACEMAKER will be docked in Port Washington, WI, and featured during the 2014 Port Washington Maritime Heritage Festival.
Over Independence Day weekend 2014, The PEACEMAKER will participate in the 14th Annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary/Heritage Center in Alpena, Michigan.
The ship was at port in Ludington, Michigan, on July 12-13 available for public tours.
2015 She is for sale, asking price 3 million dollar.

Solomon Island 2015 $12.00 sg?, scott?
Source: Internet.


Built as a steel hulled fishing logger under yard No 35 by the VEB Rosslauer Schifswerft at Dessau-Rosslau, East Germany.
Launched as the VILM named after the island of Vilm.
Displacement as tanker 429 empty, 491 full load, dim. 38.50 x 7.20 x 3.40m
One diesel engine, speed 9.5 knots.
Crew 11.
Before she was completed was she towed to the Peene Werft, Wolgast and rebuild in a tank-supply vessel for the East German Navy.
01 April 1952 delivered.

Roald Amundsen (often abbreviated Roald; named in honor of Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen), originally named VILM, is a German steel-ship built at the Elbe River in 1952. Having worked in different areas, she was refitted in 1992 to 1993 as a brig (two-masted square-rigged sailing ship) and now serves as a sail training ship. During summer, she usually operates in the Baltic Sea, and usually embarks for journeys to farther destinations for winter, including several trans-Atlantic crossings.
Ship history
The hull of the ship was built at the shipyard Rosslauer Werft at the Elbe River in Rosslau, German Democratic Republic, in 1952. Originally intended for fishing as a deep sea fishing lugger, plans were changed before the completion of the ship, and she was then instead built as a type of tanker, receiving her final completion at the shipyard Peene-Werft in Wolgast, Germany, at the shore of the Baltic Sea.
Named VILM, the ship was put to use for the National People's Army (NVA), first as a tanker and supply vessel, operating out of Peenemünde and crewed mainly by civilian seamen. Converted to a transporter for bilge water in the 70s on the Peene-Werft, the VILM then made regular trips to the bases of the National People's Army to take the ships' bilge water to a centralized treatment facility. This service was discontinued at the end of 1988.
After not having been used for a year, the VILM was towed to Neustadt in Holstein and there at the navy base used as living quarters. At the beginning of 1991, the ship was put up for sale by the Vebeg GmbH, a corporation to sell federal property.
Detlev Löll and Hanns Temme bought the ship at an auction and, with the help of some of the former crew, sailed the ship to Wolgast in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In spring 1992, a complete overhaul began, in the course of which the ship received a new exterior keel and was refitted as a brig; the rig includes five square sails at each mast and includes lifting yards for the upper-three yards (upper main topsail, topgallant and royal) at each mast, lowering the center of gravity of the ship when sails are furled. The overhaul was subsidized by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Bundesagentur für Arbeit and formed part of the job creation program „Fridtjof Nansen“ (led by the owner), which comprised the refitting of this ship as well as the FRIDTJOF NANSEN and the NOBILE.
In 1993, the ship was put to its new use under the name of ROALD AMUNDSEN. It was chartered by the newly founded sail training club „LebenLernen auf Segelschiffen e.V.“ (short: LLaS; German: learning to live on sailing ships). After a short intermezzo with another sail-training club, „Segelschiff Fritjof Nansen e.V.“, in 1993, the ROALD AMUNDSEN has since been chartered by the LLaS and used for sail training.
ROALD AMUNDSEN now operates all year around as a sail training vessel with voyages lasting between one and three weeks. Her home port is Eckernförde, a harbour city in Schleswig-Holstein near Kiel in northern Germany. Summer months are spent with voyages on the Baltic Sea from Denmark to Baltic countries or the North Sea. Winters are spent in warmer regions. The ROALD AMUNDSEN has repeatedly crossed the Atlantic Ocean, bound for South American ports in Brasil and French Guiana (1998), for tall ships events in North America (2000, 2010), and for the Caribbean (2001, 2011/12, 2012/13). Further destinations include Iceland (1995), England and Ireland (2006), the Mediterranean (2006/07, 2007/08), the Canary Islands (1995), and others. During her North American voyage in 2010, the ROALD AMUNDSEN visited the Great Lakes and there met with the US brig NIAGARA; the two brigs formed an unofficial friendship, and as of 2013, the ROALD AMUNDSEN still flies a flag of the NIAGARA at some occasions such as the Tall Ship Parade at Kiel Week.
The ship has participated in the Tall Ships' Races and is rated as a Class A tall ship by Sail Training International.

Specifications as the ROALD AMUNDSEN.
Length over all: 50,20 m
Length of hull: 40,80 m
L.W.L. (Length of waterline): 38,20 m
Width/beam: 7,20 m
Draft: 4,20 m
Mast total height: 34,00 m
Sail Area: 850,0 m² (square meters)[with 18 sails]
Crew: 31 Trainees plus Crew quarters [17 Regular Crew]
Motor: 300 PS (220 kW) 8-cylinder (Buckau-Wolff Diesel motor)
Generators: 1x 48 kW; 1x 53 kW
Displacement: 480 t
GRT: 298
ballast: 180 t
ballast tanks: 108 t
call sign: DARG
MMSI: 211215170
IMO No: 8994489
STAG-Sail-No: TS G 508
Ensign / flag: Germany
Equipment: Radar, echo sounder, Global Positioning System, Automatic Identification System, magnetic compass, LRC Long Range Radio, EPIRP-buoye, Inmarsat, short wave radio, Life Rafts, Zodiac, personal safety equipment (rescue vests etc.)

Solomon Islands 2015 $12 sg?, scott? Internet.


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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 Shackleton by Roland Huntford. Ships of the Royal Navy Vol. II by Colledge. Log Book. Some other web-sites.
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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.


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?

£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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