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Norfolk Island has not a deep water harbour, ships are required to anchor about a kilometre or so off shore. The cargo is then transferred from the hold of the ship to lighters. The 30 feet lighters, which are a local adaption of wooden whaling boats, are then towed by launch to the jetty.
Of the whalers used on Norfolk Island after which the lighters were built see: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13176&p=14506&hilit=blessing+of+the+whalers#p14506

Loading jetties are located at Kingston and Cascade, but ships cannot get close to either of them. When a supply ship arrives, it is emptied by whaleboats towed by launches, five tonnes at a time. Which jetty is used depends on the prevailing weather on the day. The jetty on the leeward side of the island is often used. If the wind changes significantly during unloading/loading, the ship will move around to the other side. Visitors often gather to watch the activity when a supply ship arrives.

Much more is given on the following URL: ... nic-fleet/ ... olk_Island
Norfolk Island 1988 39 and 55c sg452/53, scott?. 1990 5c and10c sg483/84, scott?. 1993 45c sg 541, scott? 1996 $3.70 sg627, scott?, and 45c sg 629, scott? 2000 sgMS 731, scott? 2001 45c/$1.50 sg?, scott?


The Isle of Man issued two stamps in 1974 for the 1000th centenary of King Magnus Haraldson.

Under which name he was known has in the years many times spelled differently in the documents, but most probably it was King Magnus Haraldson, when born is also not known.
He was King of the Isle of Man and on the 8p stamp his fleet is seen. Twice in the year he sailed with this fleet of between 3600-4800 sails around the British Islands as admiral of the fleet to clear the waters around the islands from pirates especially the Danes and Normans. Also his coat of arms is depict on the stamp. Why are she rowing she are under sail, and why carry the shields outboard, so far I know the shields were only used during battle in this way, and clearly not a battle took place on this stamp.
The 4p stamp shows Magnus Haraldson in a stately barge with King Edgar of England on the River Dee in Wales. The skyline of the town in the background is of the town of Chester, a mistake has been made. The skyline of the town is from a drawing of the 14th century. Of the barge I have not any info, looks she is rowed by kings, all wearing a crown, King Edgar standing in the stern.
King Magnus Haraldson died in 977, but also other years have been given.

Source: Various internet sites.
Isle of Man 1974 4½p and 8p sg51/52, scott?


Felucca served as a cargo carrier, passenger vessel, man-of-war, corsair, and guardian of ports. Terra has been applied to a number of differ¬ent types of vessels during a long history that ended in the 19th century. Small types generally both rowed and sailed; large vessels only sailed, stepping 1-3 masts. Generally set lateen sails, although a sprit rig was common on some small open feluccas in the 17th century. Some As many as 20 banks of oars used and, on older types, outboard gangways supported standing rowers. Sharp ends, flat floors, shallow keel, flared sides. Most had a low beak. The later Spanish craft had a very tall stem extension. Most had an overhang¬ing poop deck, some had a cabin aft, and larger vessels were fully decked. On some, the helm could be placed at either end as needed. The corsair carried ca. 20 men. Reported lengths 9-19m, widths 1.8-3.7m, depths 0.7-1.12m.
Feluccas are the traditional sailboats of Egypts Nile . Egyptians and foreigners alike enjoy a relaxing felucca ride, as they are perfect for catching the breeze on a hot summer night, The felucca has remained, over the centuries, the primary transportation of the Nile . Its ancient form still graces the river as it has been done since the time of the Pharaohs. The felucca relies entirely on the breeze which builds during the day, and the Nile River's current. Egypt is blessed with a predominant southerly wind that pushes sailboats upriver, while allowing them to return on its current downstream.
Egipt 2014;le4. Dominica 1998; 90c; SG2459. Monaco 1979;1f50; SG1396. Uganda 1998;3000s;SG Ms1973b. (In margin of sheet).
Source: A Dictionary of the world’s Watercraft from Aak to Zumbra. ... rev=search

LILIAN GRANDIN in a sampan on the Yangtze River.

Jersey issued in 1976 a set of four stamps to commemorate that 100 years ago Mrs. Lilian Grandin was born on the island. One stamp the 7p has a maritime theme, it shows Mrs. Grandin in a sampan on the Yangtze River in China.

Of the river sampan is given: She was used by Mrs. Grandin on the Yangtze River, this sampan is a passenger sampan which is decked and covered, steered with a long sweep. poled or rowed, set a single square sail.

Lilian Grandin, born in St Helier in 1876 (a commemorative plaque on the building where she was born gives the date as 1896, but commemorative stamps were issued by Jersey Post Office in 1976 to commemorate the centenary of her birth), was Jersey's first woman doctor. She went to China as a Methodist missionary, where she met and married journalist Edwin John Dingle. She died in 1924 of typhus after setting up a clinic and leper colony in Yunnan province.

Jersey 1976 7p sg 165, scott?


Tonga issued in 1988 a miniature sheet for the Australian Bicentennial, the sheet depict the 200th anniversary of colonization of Australia.
Only one stamp the second of the top row depict a ship, most probably a convict ship, the first emigrant ships did arrive after 1800. It looks like the stamps have been designed after paintings, drawing or photos but a search on the net did not find the ship, and so her name is still unknown.
The person depict on the stamp is the first governor of Australia Captain Arthur Phillip, who arrived with the First Fleet in 1788.
The first stamp of the top row shows a painting of Captain Cook with what looks like part of his log book for his voyage to Australia.

Tonga 1988 42s sgMS 989, scott ?


On the sheetlet of Gabon depict famous sails of the XIX-XX.
600f- DOM FERNANDO II e GLORIA- see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 11124.
880f- СUTTY SARK - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 9027.
1150f- FLYING CLOUD - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 8507.
1500f- KRUSENSTERN - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 8107.
Gabonaise 2017;600f;880f;1150f;1500f;Ms.


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Postby shipstamps » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:11 pm

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On this stamp are three vessels depict, the QUEEN ELISABETH 2, MONA’S QUEEN (5) and the small ferry WOODCHURCH on the river Mersey in the background is Liverpool.

Built as a ferry under yard No 533 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon, England for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd., Douglas, Isle of Man.
22 December 1971 launched under the name MONA’S QUEEN (5).
Tonnage 2.998 gross, 653 dwt., dim. 104.45 x 16.74 x 3.62.
Powered by two 10-cyl. Crossley-Pielstick engines, 10.000 bhp, twin pitch propellers, speed 22 knots.
She is equipped with two rudders and a bow rudder. One bow-thruster of 500 hp.
Accommodation for 1600 passengers and 55 crew. Can carry around 100 cars.
June 1972 delivered to owners. She was the first diesel ship built for the company. Building cost £2.100.000.

She was a side-loading car ferry, the car loaded through side doors positioned at various levels on either side of the ship.
09 June 1972 made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Douglas.
1985 A merger to place between the Steam Packet and the Manx Line, and she was thereafter used mainly during the holiday season or chartered out.
From 04 September 1989 till 15 September 1989 chartered by Sealink for the service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg.
18 September 1989 till 22 September 1989 used in the service of Sealink between Weymouth and Cherbourgh.
25 September 1989 arrived again at Douglas and again in the service between Isle of Man and the U.K.
03 September 1990 withdrawn from service and laid up at the Victoria South Dock, Birkenhead, offered for sale.
Many plans and ideas for her future came and went and noting happened until she was sold.
December 1995 sold to Manila-Banton-Romblon-San Augustin Shipping Lines (M.B.R.S.) renamed MARY THE QUEEN with homeport San Lorenzo, Honduras.
04 December 1995 without any dry-docking after her lengthy lay-up she sailed from Liverpool, and via Malta for bunkering (14th), Port Said (17th), Djibouti (25th) and Colombo (01/1996), Singapore (6th) all this ports she has to call for bunkers.
10 January 1996 she arrived at Manila, Philippines after a passage 37 days and with a distance of 9.700 miles, with an average speed of 15.3 knots.

After arrival in Manila she was internal rebuild, and from a day ferry she was fitted out as a night ferry.
External the boat deck and bridge wings were covered, and several lifeboats removed.

1996 Initially employed on the Manila to Boracay service but also used in other services of the company.

09 February 2004 on a voyage from San Augustin to Manila she got on fire off Sibuyan Island, the fire can be extinguished within an hour.

2007 gives: Owned and managed by M.B.R.S. Lines Manila, Philippines. IMO No. 7127493 in service and under Philippine flag.

Sold by MBRS Lines Inc. Philippines to Indian ship-breakers and she beached Alang 01 September 2008.

Source: Island Lifeline by Connery Chappell.
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