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SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

Interested in Ships and Stamps? The Ship Stamp Society is an international society and publishes it’s journal, Log Book, six time a year.
Other benefits include the availability of a "Packet" for anyone who wants to purchase or sell ship stamps.
Full membership of £17 (UK only) includes receiving Log Book by post, but there is an online membership costing just £12pa.
Full details can be found on our web site at http://www.shipstampsociety.com where you can also join and pay your chosen subscription through Paypal or by cheque.
A free sample of Log Book is available on request.

Tristan da Cunha.The first landing.

Though far west of the Cape of Good Hope, the islands were on the preferred route from Europe to the Indian Ocean in the 17th century; ships first crossed the Atlantic to Brazil on the Northeasterly Trades, followed the Brazil Current south to pass the Doldrums, and then picked up the Westerlies to cross the Atlantic again, where they could encounter Tristan da Cunha. The Dutch East India Company required their ships to follow this route, and on 17 February 1643 the crew of the Heemstede, captained by Claes Gerritszoon Bierenbroodspot, made the first confirmed landing. The Heemstede replenished their supplies with fresh water, fish, seals and penguins and left a wooden tablet with the inscription "Today, 17 February 1643, from the Dutch fluyt Heemstede, Claes Gerritsz Bierenbroodspot from Hoorn and Jan Coertsen van den Broec landed here".(See the stamp). There after, the Dutch East India Company returned to the area four more times to explore whether the islands could function as a supply base for their ships. The first stop was in 5 September 1646 on a voyage to Batavia, Dutch East Indies, and the second was an expedition by the galliot Nachtglas (Nightglass), which left from Cape Town on 22 November 1655. The crew of the Nachtglas noticed the tablet left by the Heemstede on 10 January 1656 near a watering place. They left a wooden tablet themselves as well, like they also did on Nachtglas Eijland (now Inaccessible Island). The Nachtglas, commanded by Jan Jacobszoon van Amsterdam, examined Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island and made rough charts for the Dutch East India Company. Dutch sailors also stayed on the island for four weeks in 1658, and made their last stop in April 1669, when their idea of utilizing the islands as a supply base was abandoned, probably due to the absence of a safe harbour.
In the 17th century ships were also sent from Saint Helena by the English East India Company to Tristan to report on a proposed settlement there, but that project also came to nothing.
Tristan da Cunha 1983;4p;SG351.
Source: wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Tristan_da_Cunha.

Tristan da Cunha.The first survey.

The uninhabited islands of Tristan da Cunha were first sighted in May 1506 during a voyage to India by the Portuguese admiral Tristão da Cunha, although rough seas prevented a landing. He named the main island after himself, Ilha de Tristão da Cunha, which was later anglicised to Tristan da Cunha Island.[2] His discovery appeared on nautical maps from 1509 and on Mercator's world map of 1541. Some sources state that the Portuguese made the first landing on Tristan in 1520, when the Lás Rafael captained by Ruy Vaz Pereira called for water. The first survey of the archipelago was made by the French corvette “HEURE du BERGER” in 1767. Soundings were taken and a rough survey of the coastline was made. The presence of water at the large waterfall of Big Watron and in a lake on the north coast were noted, and the results of the survey were published by a Royal Navy hydrographer in 1781. The first scientific exploration was conducted by French naturalist Louis-Marie Aubert du Petit-Thouars, who stayed on the island for three days in January 1793, during a French mercantile expedition from Brest, France to Mauritius. Aubert made botanical collections and reported traces of human habitation, including fireplacesand overgrown gardens, probably left by Dutch explorers in the 17th century.
Tristan da Cunha 2006;30p;SG?
Source:wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Tristan_da_Cunha

PUSHER TUG WITH BARGES

The 6-cent Arkansas River Navigation commemorative stamp was issued October 1, 1968, at Little Rock, Arkansas.
This stamp was in recognition of the economic potential of the $1.2 billion project, which was nearing completion. It eventually provided Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma with a barge route to the Mississippi River and became one of the nation's major inland waterways.
The maritime theme on the stamp is a steering wheel with in the background a pusher tug https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pusher_(boat) with barges on the Arkansa River.
The pusher tug is not identified and the term barge has applied to numerous types of vessel around the world, but mostly the barges used on American Rivers are square flat bottomed barges. The following web-site has more on the American barges: http://www.caria.org/barge-and-towboat-facts/

Why is a towboat called a towboat when it pushes the barges?
The word “tow” comes from the canal age when a draft animal walking along the bank of the canal pulled a barge. As rivermen gained experience with moving barges, they found that, by lashing barges together and pushing them, they could control the barges better and move more of them. The control was especially helpful when navigating the smaller rivers and tight bends in a river.

What is the size of a barge?
The standard barge is 195 feet long, 35 feet wide, and can be used to a 9-foot draft. Its capacity is 1500 tons. Some of the newer barges today are 290 feet by 50 feet, double the capacity of earlier barges.

What is the size of a towboat?
Towboats range in physical size from about 117 feet long by 30 feet wide to more than 200 feet long and 45 feet wide. They draft anywhere from 6.5 feet to 9.0 feet. The boat’s diesel engine can produce power from a few hundred horsepower to 10,000 horsepower. A few are in excess of that, but not many. The larger boats operated on the Lower Mississippi where the water is freeflowing and wide.
How many barges and towboats are there?
There are approximately 26,000 dry cargo barges, 3,000 tanker barges, and 1,200 towboats operating today.

How many barges are there in a tow?
The average tow has 15 barges, but flotillas can go up to 40 barges, depending on the type of cargo, the river segments being navigated, and the size of the towboat. Smaller tributaries, such as the Alabama River, can support only a four-barge tow because of the meandering nature of the river and varying width of the river itself. In addition, the Alabama’s locks are only 84 feet wide and 600 feet long.

U.S.A. 1968 6c sg 1343, scott 1325.

S-Class, INS TANIN (S-71) or INS RAHAV (S-73)

S-Class (Fourth Group)
Israel's first submarines were ex-Royal Navy S-Class submarines which entered service in 1958. The Israeli navy operated two boats, S-71 INS TANIN (ex-HMS SPRINGER) and S-73 INS RAHAV (ex-HMS SANGUINE) until the late 1960s. Built in the final days of WW2, they had undergone a modest modernization after the war involving the fitting of a folding snort mast to allow charging of the batteries whilst the boat was submerged, and better sonar. All the same these boats were essentially WW2 era types largely obsolete even before they entered Israeli service.

HMS SPRINGER (P 264)
Built by Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd. Birkenhead, laid down:8 May 1944, launched:14 May 1945, commissioned:2 August 1945. Displacement: 814-872 tons surfaced, 990 tons submerged. Length:217’ (66.14 m.)
Beam:23’ 6” (7.16 m.) Draught:11’ (3.35m.) diesel/electric 1900/1300 hp. 14.75 kn. surfaced, 8 knots submerged
Complement:48 officers and men.
Armament:6 × forward 21” (533 mm.) torpedo tubes, one aft, 13 torpedoes, 1-3”(76mm.) gun, 1-20 mm. canon., 3-.303 calibre machine guns.
Sold to Israeli Navy on 9 October 1958, renamed TANIN, fate: scrapped in 1972.

HMS SANGUINE (P 266)
Same details as HMS SPRINGER, built by Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd. Birkenhead, laid down:10 January 1944, launched:15 February 1945, commissioned:13 May 1945, sold to Israeli Navy in March 1958, renamed RAHAV, fate: cannibalised for spares for TANIN in 1968, broken up at Haifa in 1969.

(Israel 2017, 2.50 sh. StG.?)
Internet.

ALBERT CALMETTE

This stamp issued by St Pierre et Miquelon, shows a portrait of the French physician and bacteriologist Albert Calmette.
In the background is a two masted topsail schooner, which is not identified. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12482&p=18296&hilit=topsail+schooner#p18296 within the foreground are many doris viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11927&p=12785&hilit=dories#p12785
Albert Calmette (1863 – 1933) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Calmette
1888-1890 Calmette was assigned to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon where he conducted research on the red cod.

St Pierre et Miquelon 1963 30f. sg426, scott 366.

COXLESS SCULL Biglin brothers

This stamp is designed after a painting made by Thomas Eakins https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Eakins and shows the Biglin Brothers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biglin_Br ... ver_-_1872
The painting was made in 1872 and is now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington and shows the Biglin Brothers in a coxless scull of which Wikipedia gives:

A coxless pair is a rowing boat used in the sport of competitive rowing. It is designed for two rowers, who propel the boat with sweep oars.
The crew consists of a pair of rowers, each having one oar, one on the stroke side (rower's right hand side) and one on the bow side (rower's lefthand side). As the name suggests, there is no coxswain on such a boat, and the two rowers must co-ordinate steering and the proper timing of oar strokes between themselves or by means of a steering installation which is operated by foot from one of the rowers. The equivalent boat when it is steered by a cox is referred to as a "coxed pair".
Racing boats (often called "shells") are long, narrow, and broadly semi-circular in cross-section in order to reduce drag to a minimum. Originally made from wood, shells are now almost always made from a composite material (usually carbon-fibre reinforced plastic) for strength and weight advantages. Pairs have a fin towards the rear, to help prevent roll and yaw. The riggers are staggered alternately along the boat so that the forces apply asymmetrically to each side of the boat.
A coxless pair is often considered the most difficult boat to row, as each rower must balance his/her side in cooperation with the other, apply equal power, place their catch and extract the blade simultaneously in order to move the boat efficiently. It requires excellent technique, communication and experience.
"Coxless pair" is one of the classes recognized by the International Rowing Federation and is competed in the Olympic Games

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coxless_pair
USA 1967 5c sg ?, scott1335.
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PAMIR

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PAMIR

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Built under yard no 180 by Blom & Voss at Hamburg for Ferdinand Laeisz at Hamburg. (The Flying P Line.)
29 July 1905 launched in the afternoon at 3 o’clock under the name PAMIR. Named for the Central Asian mountain range. She was the third of 8 sisterships.
Tonnage 3.020 gross, 2.777 net, dim 96.34 x 14.04 x 7.99m.
Rigged as a four-masted barque
18 October 1905 delivered to owners.

Built for the nitrate trade from Chili.
31 October 1905 sailed from Hamburg for her maiden voyage under command of Captain Prützmann, passed 12 November Lizard Point and arrived 70 days later at Valparaiso via Cape Horn.
In 1906 she made even a faster passage when she made the passage from Lizard Point to Valparaiso in 64 days. Her return trip from Iquique to the Scilly Islands was made in 75 days.
May 1911 command was taken over by Capt. R. Miete until March 1912.

1914 Was she under command of Captain Max Jürgen Heinrich Jürs. After he sailed from Chile in 1914 he heard that war had broken out, he set course for Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands. She was laid up near Santa Cruz in the bay for the rest of World War I.
After the war the vessel was allocated to the Italian Government as war damage compensation on 17 March 1920. She was thereafter laid up at Castlelamare and Genoa She was send to Hamburg in 1921 to discharge her belated cargo of nitrate, then she went round to Rotterdam in tow to load a cargo for Italy, after she was employed in the Mediterranean.
She was bought back by Laeisz for £7000 in February 1924.
No under command of Captain Hinrich Nissen she was again put in the nitrate trade until July 1931.

06 November 1931 Sold to the Gustav Erikson at Mariehamn, Aland Island for DEM 42.000 (£2700.)
She came under command of Capt. Karl Gerhard Sjögren and she entered the grain trade to Australia, with mostly her outward voyages with timber from Europe.

When World War II broke out Finland was in state of war with Great Britain the PAMIR was underway from the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean with a cargo of guano for Wellington, where she arrived in March 1941.
She was seized at Wellington, New Zealand on 3 August 1941. Managed by the Union Steamship Company.
She was used as cargo carrier and cadet ship, and made during the war a handsome profits for the managers of £30.000.
Under the New Zealand flag she made ten voyages mostly between New Zealand and the west coast of America.
02 March 1948 she was visited by Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) and the Duke of Edinburgh in London.
Her latest voyage under New Zealand flag when she was towed from the Thames to Antwerp to top up with slag, arrived 18 August 1948 at Auckland after a passage of 109 days.
The last round voyage to England, she did not make any profit but a loss of £ 10.000 and the Union Steamship Company was not more interested in her.
12 November 1948 at 10 am the New Zealand Government handed her back to her former owner Gustaf Erikson in Auckland

Under command of Capt. Verner Bjõrkfelt she sailed in ballast from New Zealand.
She was the last sailing ship chartered to carry grain from Australia to Europe on 28 May 1949 she sailed from Port Victoria to Falmouth for orders with on board 4233 tons of barley in sacks. She made the passage in 127 days. She sailed three days before her sistership the PASSAT, which arrived 110 days later at Queenstown. The Aland stamp issued 1999 3m40 shows both vessels together.
After arrival the Ministry of Food in the U.K. as storage chartered her for her cargo until it was needed. After some time she discharged at Penarth and was then laid up.

In December 1950 the PAMIR and PASSAT were both sold to van der Loo at Antwerp for scrapping. She were towed to Antwerp.

Both were saved from the scrap yard by the German owner Heinz Schliewen of Lübeck. Schliewen would use both vessels as cargo-carrying sail training vessels.

She was given an auxiliary diesel motor, which could give her a speed of 7.5 knots. Accommodation for 60 to 80 cadets, and fitted out with watertight bulkheads.
She made a round voyage to Brazil, but the ship was very costly to run, and after her return she was laid up at Hamburg.
Early 1954 it was announced that she would be sold in a public auction and she came under the hammer on 2 April 1954 and she was bought by the Landesbank Schleswig-Holstein for DEM 310.000, the main creditor of the former owner..
1956 She was sold to the Stiftung Pamir und Passat (a consortium of 40 German shipowners) at Lübeck.
Used again as a cadet-training vessel between Europe and South America.

On her fifth voyage under command of Capt. Johannes Diebitsch she sailed on 10 August 1957 from Buenos Aires loaded with barley in bulk and bound for Hamburg on board a crew of 35 and 51 cadets.
When in a position about 600 miles West of the Azores she sailed in a hurricane, which blown away most of her sails, so she could not more hove-to. SOS messages calling for immediately assistance were sent, and some ships in her vicinity came to the rescue. But before she arrived the PAMIR was blown on her side and capsized. She sank in a position approximately of 35 57N and 40W. on 21 September 1957 at 11.15.
Of her complement of 86 men only 6 men were rescued, five were picked up from a waterlogged lifeboat by the US steamship SAXON and the sixth was rescued by the US Coast Guard cutter ABSECON.

Aland Island 1988 11m sg34 and 1999 3m40 sg 151. (This stamp illustration is by Robert Carter. His web site can be accessed by the Links on this site)
Falkland Islands 1989 5p 571.
New Zealand 1947 1d sg L43, 1967 1c sg L50.
Penrhyn Island 1981 10c sg 183 and $1 sg 203, 1983 18c sg 300, 1984 $1.20 sg 352, 1985 $1.20 sg o32.
Paraguay 1976 25g sg?, scott 1693

Sources: http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nauti ... Pamir(1905).html
Sail Training and Cadet Ships by Harold A. Underhill. Ships of the World by Lincoln P. Paine.
Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the age of steam 1824-1962 by Charles Hocking. Some web-sites.
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Re: PAMIR

Postby john sefton » Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:46 pm

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Re: PAMIR

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One more stamp of the PAMIR.
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