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MONKCHESTER 1865

Built as a composite clipper ship built of wood with iron frames by the yard of Messrs Peverill in Sunderland for A, Strong in North Shields. Till her end was she owned by the Strong family.
Launched as the MONKCHESTER.
Tonnage 549 gross, dim. 148 x 30 x 18ft.
Barque rigged, and sheated in felt and yellow metal, fastened with copper bolts.
1865 Delivered to owners.

She was built for the trade between the U.K and Australia, with general cargo to Australia and mostly wool as return voyage.
Her second voyage she made in 95 days from the Lizard to Cape Moreton
Of all the years in service I can’t find much on her, she was a lucky ship without much mishap.
October 1876 she left the U.K under command of Captain Lees and a crew of 18 men bound for Brisbane, were she safely arrived, I found that she on 30 January 1877 sailed from Queensland fully loaded with a cargo of coal bound for Hong Kong, the last what was heard of her was on 3rd April 1877. Can’t not figure out what has happened with her, most probably the cargo of coal got on fire where after she foundered with all hands.
The stamp design is based on the 1865 painting by John Scott, a noted English oil painter from Newcastle.

Australia $1.40 sg?, scott?
Various internet sites. Press release of Australian Post.

ARABIAN 1852

Built as a wooden ship by James Nevins, St John’s N.B., Canada most probably a speculation, at that time many ships were built in Canada, were shipbuilding was much cheaper at that time, compared with the British built ships.
Launched as the ARABIAN.
Tonnage 1,067 ton, dim. 163.2 x 31.3 x 22.9ft.
Ship rigged.
1852 completed.
She sailed from Canada most probably loaded with timber to the U.K. were she was bought for £14,000 by Pilkington and Wilson in Liverpool (White Star Line).
26 October 1852 she sailed from Liverpool under command of Captain Bannatyne with on board 292 steerage passengers bound for Melbourne, were she arrived on 15 February 1853. The passage took 84 days.
She loaded then coal for Calcutta.
After arrival in Melbourne the passengers complained that she were shamefully treated during the voyage, the food was below all standers from what you could expect. Captain Bannatyne was in Liverpool later fined with a fine of £50.
03 January 1854 she sailed from Liverpool with 350 steerage passengers to Portland, Australia were she arrived on 19 September 1854.
Thereafter used in the cargo trade between U.K. and Australia.
12 November 1860 when moored alongside the Railway Pier, Sandridge (Melbourne), she arrived there with a full general cargo from the U.K. Most cargo was already unloaded except some iron what was still on board.
Captain Harding who had also his wife on board got instructions after discharging to proceed to Chili.
At 11pm that day after he had already retired to bed, he was awaked by the ringing of the ship’s bell. After arriving on deck he found his ship on fire in the forecastle. All hands were called and with the assistance of the crews from the LIGHTNING and RESULT, efforts were made to control the flames. The fire spread rapidly to the fore hatch and the tug SOPHIA was sent to tow the ARABIAN clear of the pier. She was soon a mass of flames fore and aft, the flames spreading to the rigging and rising to the royal masthead. At midnight the fore and main-masts went over the side following shortly after by the mizzen.
Attempts to scuttle her failed and she eventually sank. Later was she salvaged and sold as a hulk in 1867. The cause of the fire is still a mystery.

Australia 2015 $1.10 sg?, scott?

Source: Wooden ships and Iron Man by Frederick W. Wallace. Log of Logs by Ian Nicholson. The Australian Run by Jack Loney and Peter Stone. Internet.

JOLLE ROSKILDE FJORD

I could not find much on the “Jolle Roskilde Fjord” the design is made after a photo taken in the 1920’s which shows the young Christan Nielsen with a wooden boat under sail and steering with an oar. By the photo is given that it is a “Lynaes jolle” which were used a lot in the Roskilde Fjord at that time.
Clinker built with dim. of about 3.04 x 1.31m, not a drawing was made and the boat was built after the builders measurements. “jolle” is the Scandinavian term for “dinghy”.
Mostly used for inshore and lake fishing. Rowed or skulled and can set a mast which carried a spritsail.

Denmark 1994 3k50 sg1074, scott1052.
Source: Various internet sites.

IRAQ patrol boat Swift class

For the Army Day the Post of Iraq has issued four stamps to honour the Iraqi forces, the 250 Dinar shows us a patrol boat of the Swiftships Model 35PB1208 E-1455.
12 Ships has been built for the Iraqi Navy, the first got the pennant No P-301, which one is depict I can’t tell. All are in service in 2015.
Dim. 35.06 x 7.25 x 2.59m. (draught).
Powered by three MTU 16V2000 Marine diesels, 900shp. Each, three shafts, speed 30 knots.
Range by a speed of 12 knots, 1,500 mile.
Armament 1 – MSI 30mm DS30M Mark 2 cannon, 1 – 50 cal/12.7 mm MG and 2 – 7.62 mm MGs.
Crew 25.
The Model 35PB1208 E-1455 patrol boat was ordered by the Iraqi Navy from Swiftships Shipbuilders in September 2009. The first was accepted into service in October 2010. Five others have since been delivered, the sixth in September 2011. The total order is for 12, with an option for a three more vessels.
Order History
In Dec 2008 the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Iraq’s formal request to buy up to 20 Coastal Patrol Boats in the 30-35 meter range, and 3 Offshore Support Vessels in the 55-60 meter range.
In July 2009 the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced that Swiftships Shipbuilders would provide the Iraqi Navy with a patrol boat fleet of up to 15 Coastal Patrol Boats (CPBs).
In Sept 2009 Swiftships Shipbuilders received a $181 million contract for the detail design and construction of 9 patrol boats plus spare parts, and technical services.
In Sept 2010 the first boat, PB 301, is formally welcomed into the Iraqi Navy.
Design Features
The hull and superstructure are constructed of all-welded aluminium alloy. The hull includes 7 watertight bulkheads forming 8 watertight compartments.
Boats can be refuelled at sea using side by side procedures, and run on #2 diesel fuel.
Weather survivability includes Sea State 5 survival at the best heading, and full operational capability at Sea State 3, including 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) patrol speed and 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) sustained loitering speed for 12 hours.

Iraq 2015 250D sg?, scott?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiftships ... 208_E-1455

Windhuk 1906

The original entry for this vessel was incorrect (Thanks, Auke Palmhof). The write up was for the 1936 vessel which has probably not featured on a stamp.
If anyone would like to give a description of this vessel, it would be appreciated.

MASHHOUR cutter suction dredger

After the blunder with the first Egyptian issues for the Suez Canal, a new set of stamps were issued in 2014 all of Le2.
All three stamps shows ships but only the middle one I could identify as the “cutter suction dredger MASHHOUR” the other two are container vessels, of which the right one is one of the fleet of the Danish company Maersk which one is impossible to say, Maersk has a large fleet. The left one maybe one of the visitors of the site can identify her.
The cutter suction dredger was built by IHC Merwede at Kinderdijk, Netherlands for the Suez Canal Authority, Egypt.
Ordered October 1994, it was the 32nd craft built by IHC for the Suez Canal Authority since 1901.
04 January 1996 launched as the MASHHOUR.
Dimension: 140.30 x 22.40 x 7.20m., draught 4.95m.
Maximum dredging depth 35.00m.
Total installed power 22,795 kW.
Accommodation for 73 persons.
During the summer of 1996 she was transported to Egypt for undergoing trials on the job deepening and widening the Suez Canal.
22 October 1996 after the successful trials handed over to the new owners.

At that time she was the largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger of its kind in the world, and was designed to dredge very abrasive sand and gravel compacted sand, sticky clay and rocks in the widening and deepening of the Suez Canal.
2015 In service same name and owners.
More information is given on: MIGHTY MASHHOUR, a) MUNCHING MILLIONS

Egypt 2014 le2 sg?, scott?
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QUEST.

Postby shipstamps » Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:59 pm


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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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