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RHADAMANTHUS HMS paddle steamer 1832

The vessel in front of HMS HASTINGS and depict in the margin of the stamp is the paddle steamer HMS RHADAMANTHUS towing the HASTINGS into the harbour of Valetta, Malta on 30 November 1838.

She was built as a second class sloop after a design made by Thomas Roberts by the Plymouth Dry-dock at Plymouth for the British Royal Navy.
12 January 1831 ordered.
September 1831 keel laid down.
16 April 1832 launched as the HMS RHADAMANTHUS, named after a son of Zeus.
Displacement 1,086 ton, 813 ton BM, dim. 164.7 x 32.10 x 17.10ft., length of keel 164.7ft, draught 13.0 ft aft.
Powered by a 2 cyl. side lever steam engine manufactured by Maudslay, Sons & Field, 220 nhp., speed 10 knots.
Armament when built: 1 – 10 inch, 2 – 32 pdrs, 2 – 6 pdrs, guns.
After her launch, sailed under a jury-rig to Woolwich, where her engine was fitted in and she was completed.
04 October 1832 commissioned under command of Commander George Evans.
02 November 1832 completed.

After completed she sailed to the Dutch coast for blockade duty, then to North America and the West Indies, she was the first Royal Navy steamer to cross the Atlantic.
21 April 1835 she paid off at Woolwich, she was refitted in 1836 there.
23 October 1836 recommissioned as a packet vessel for the coast of Spain.
13 July 1837 in service in the Mediterranean.
22 October 1840 paid off.
28 August 1841 recommissioned at Woolwich after she was fitted out as a transport in Sheerness.
13 February 1849 paid off at Woolwich.
March 1851 fitted out as a troopship, 07 March 1851 commissioned under command of Master John Belam for particular service.
11 June 1863 paid off at Sheerness.
08 February 1864 broken up completed in Sheerness, her steam engine survived and fitted in the HMS VIRAGO.

Malta 2016 3,50 Euro sgMS?, scott?
Source: British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.

STADT WEHLEN (Germany)

Built in 1879 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH. Dresden as DRESDEN.
Sidewheel paddle steamer, displacement:271 tons, L:59,21m. B:10,44m. Draft:0,88m. Lancashire boiler, 2 cyl. oscillating steam engine:180 hp. built by Ruston & Co., Prague in 1851.
8-10 km/h upstream, 12-15 km/h downstream, pass:287.
In 1914 major engine repairs and modifications, the steam engine is converted to a compound engine.
In 1926 renamed MÜLBERG, in 1962 in STADT WEHLEN.
In 1977 collides with a tree trunk and in turn bangs against the Augustus Bridge in Dresden.
In 1978 the steamer is taken out of service, due to a defective boiler, 1981-'82 general overhaul, including the replacement of the boiler, 1993-'94 historically accurate reconstruction and return to service.

PS “STADT WEHLEN is the oldest steamboat in the fleet, dating from 1879. It´s original oscillating steam engine is even older than that, having been transferred from a previous ship. It is the only steamer in the fleet with a beige colored funnel. The cozy salons invite all passengers to enjoy the nostalgic setting, while having a drink or a meal.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer

HASTINGS HMS 1819

Maritime Malta - Series IV
This issue consists of a miniature sheet bearing one stamp portraying a lithograph of a drawing by Charles von Brocktorff, circa 1838.
It shows the entry of the dowager Queen Adelaide on board the HMS Hastings into the Valletta Grand Harbour on 30 November 1838.
Queen Adelaide married William IV in 1818. Together they helped to restore the popularity of the Royal Family at a time when Republicanism was taking over in Europe. Queen Adelaide outlived her husband, and remained the Dowager Queen until her death in 1849. She fell ill after her husband's passing away in 1837 and was advised that she needed to enjoy a good climate such as that found in the Mediterranean.
The news that the Queen Dowager Adelaide of England was to visit Malta was published in the Government Gazette (no. 1455) on 24 October 1838. This information stated that the Queen had left England on her way to the Mediterranean on 3 October in the 'Hastings'. On 14 November the Government Gazette informed that the 'Hastings' had arrived in Naples, and finally on 26 November news about the programme of the Queen's arrival was announced.
On the day, the 'Rhadamanthus' was ordered to prepare to tow the 'Hastings' into the harbour. The squadron was under the command of Admiral Sir Robert Stoppford and consisted of a total of eight ships; the Princess Charlotte 104, the Asia 84, the Vanguard 80, the Bellerophon 80, the Minden 74, theBarham 50, the Carysfort 26 and the Wolverene 16.
The entrance of the Queen into harbour was marked by a royal salute fired from Fort Ricasoli and Fort Saint Elmo, and afterwards twenty-one guns were fired from each of the man-of-war.
Battalions of soldiers assembled on the most prominent batteries in order to cheer the Queen as she passed by. People were overjoyed with the arrival of the Queen it being the first time that the flag of a crowned head had entered within Grand Harbour.
The Queen left Malta on 1 April 1939. The Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul in Valletta remains known as a monument to this visit as during her visit the Dowager Queen contributed £10,000 for the construction, furnishing and endowing of the Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in 1839 to the final designs of William Scamp.
http://wopa-stamps.com/index.php?contro ... e&id=31059
Built as a wooden sailing vessel by Kyd & Co in Bombay as speculation for the British East India Company.
08 January 1818 launched as the HASTINGS, named after Warren Hastings who was at that time Governor General of India.
Tonnage 1,763 ton (bm.), dim. Length of gundeck 53.9 x 14.8 x 6.4m.
Armament: Lower deck 28 – 32pdrs, upper deck 28 – 18 pdrs, quarter deck 4 – 12 pdrs and 10 – 32pdrs. Carronades, forecastle 2 – 12 pdrs, and 2 – 32 pdrs carronades.
Crew 600.
HASTINGS was built of the highest quality "saul", "sissoo", "Pegue", and "Java" teak wood, following Sir Robert Seppings's principles, which resulted in a vessel both longitudinal and transverse support. Her construction cost Sicca ruppees (Sa.Rs.) 8,71,406 (£108,938), which the merchants of Calcutta and other patriotic individuals subscribed via shares. The full cost of getting her ready for sea was Sa.Rs. 8,71,406 (£116,375).
Captain John Hayes sailed HASTINGS from Calcutta on 28 March 1818. She reached Madras on 13 April, and Port Louis on 2 July. From there she reached St Helena on 15 September, and arrived at The Downs on 3 November
The Admiralty purchased HASTINGS on 22 June 1819. It paid about half of what the vessel had cost the shareholders in Calcutta that had subscribed to her construction. The belief in Calcutta was that the jealousy of the Thames shipbuilders led to the undervaluation of the ship.
In Woolwich she was bought by the Royal Navy for £ 56,320, who registered the vessel on 22 June 1819.
Sailed to Chatham in June 1819 and was laid up, housed over from poop forwards.
February 1833 till April 1834 fitted out for sea service.
07 April 1834 commissioned as HMS HASTINGS under command of Captain Henry Shiffner as flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir William Hall Gage based at Lisbon.
31 January 1838 under command of Captain Francis Erskine Loch she sailed to the Mediterranean.
01 April 1838 sailed from the U.K. to convoy Lord Durham and his entourage to Canada.
07 October 1838 she was fitted out at Portsmouth to convey the Queen Dowager to Malta.
04 June 1839 under command of Captain John Lawrence took part in the Mediterranean operations on the coast of Syria in 1840.
15 September 1840 took part in the capture of Batroun, Lebanon
03 February 1842 paid off at Portsmouth.
10 April 1848 recommissioned under command of Captain James William Morgan and fitted out for sea.
04July 1848 Flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Francis Augustus Collier and sailed for the East Indies.
Sailors and marines from HASTINGS fought Chinese pirates at the Battle of Tonkin River in 1849.
21 January 1850 under command of Captain Francis William Austen as flagship of his uncle Rear-Admiral Charles John Austen in the East Indies in the Second Anglo-Burmese War from September till October 1852.
06 May 1853 paid off at Portsmouth.
1853-1855 Converted to a 60 gun screw block ship at the Portsmouth Dry-dock.
A steam engine installed, manufactured by Maudslay, Sons & Field, 597 ihp.
12 May 1855 work completed.
06 February 1855 commissioned under command of Captain James Crawford Caffin and she sailed for the Baltic. Later based at Queenstown, Ireland.
12 May 1856 paid off at Portsmouth.
Fitted out for coastguard duties, and on 03 April 1857 recommissioned at Liverpool.
01 February 1860 paid off at Liverpool and was again recommissioned on 04 February 1860 as a RNR drill-ship at Liverpool.
08 October 1862 as flagship of Rear-Admiral Lewis Tobias Jones at Queenstown, Ireland.
18 May 1866 paid off and used as a coal hulk in 1870 at Devonport.
September 1885 sold, and broken up in 1886.

Malta 2016 3.50 Euro sgMS?, scott?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hastings_(1819) British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.

MEISSEN (Germany)

Built in 1885 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH, Dresden as KONIG ALBERT.
Side wheel river steamer, displacement:331 tons, L:64,34m. B:11,28m. Draft:0,89m.
2 cylinder oscillating steam engine:226 hp. compounded in 1914.
Entered service in 1885, renamed SACHSEN in 1898 and MEISSEN in 1928
Lengthened from 60.7 m in 1928 and aft deck saloons added.
Used to evacuate civillians from Dresden during the Allied bombing attacks of 1943.
Forward deck saloon added in 1968.
Major reconditioning in 1983/84 and 1992/93.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer

NEI MANGANIBUKA

In 1979 the United Kingdom donated a pole-and-line tuna fishing vessel to Kiribati, she was named NEI MANGANIBUKA named after a goddess who teaches the islanders in canoe building and ocean navigation.
She was built at a Japanese shipyard in 1979.
Tonnage given as 99 grt, with a length of 27 metre.
Powered by a diesel engine of 750 hp.
Capacity for about 35 metric ton tuna, which was frozen down by brine freezers.
Crew 30 all Kiribati’s only her chief engineer was Japanese.
During 1980 she did some experimental fishing around the island with limited success

1981 Was she owned by the Te Mautari Ltd (TML) a locally Kiribati Government owned company, and was she commercial working as a pole-and-line tuna fishing vessel. Her catch was landed ashore in the small shore facility and stored in the cold-store waiting till be transported to the world markets.
She was later taken out of service, reason she was uneconomic.
Fate unknown.

Kiribati 1981 50c sg 161, scott383. (She is wrongly given in Watercraft Philately August 1984 page 5 as NEI MANGAMIBUKA.) sgMS182, scott383a. I believe the 30c is also the same tuna fishing vessels as depict on the 50c.
Source: Watercraft Philately and Internet.

LEIPZIG (Germany)

Built in 1929 by Werft Laubegast, Dresden, for the Sächsische Dampfschifffahrts GmbH, Dresden.
Sidewheel river steamer, displacement:397 tons, L:70,10m. B:6,90m./12,90m. Draft:0,78m./0,89m. Lancashire boiler, 2 cyl. diagonal compound steam engine:350 hp.
10-14 km/h upstream, 12-20 km/h downstream pass:441.
Used during the war as a hospital ship, 1945 partially burnt out and sunk, following the bombings of Dresden in March, December raised and repair, '47 reconstruction completed and re-enters service in June'47, '77 reconstruction work on the front salon as well as new interior fittings, '88 installation of a new boiler, '92-'93 complete refurbishment and historically accurate reconstruction of the vessel is completed, the steamer re-enters service once again.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer
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GENERAL GODDARD

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GENERAL GODDARD

Postby shipstamps » Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:28 pm


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St Helena did issue a 6p stamp on 17 December 1973, which shows use the British East Indiaman GENERAL GODDARD, which captured seven Dutch East Indiamen off St Helena.
In June 1795 news reached St Helena that the Dutch Revolutionary Party had joined France in the war against England.
Captain William Taylor Money was at St Helena at that time with the GENERAL GODDARD during his fifth voyage from India.
In haste he fitted his ship out for battle, to intercept a Dutch merchant fleet known to be nearing the island.
The GENERAL GODDARD got help from the HMS SCEPTRE a 3rd Rate 64 gun ship, and the packet SWALLOW.

18 May 1795 a Dutch fleet of 16 VOC ships sailed from the Cape, escorted by two warships the SCIPIO and KOMEET bound for the Netherlands. Due to bad weather and adverse winds, eight ships returned to the Table Bay where she arrived on 20 May. One day later the eight ships sailed out again, but had lost the contact with the convoy.
14 June 1795 were these 8 ships captured by the British ships off St Helena. (Not much is given in the Dutch books I have on the VOC about this loss)

The HMS SCEPTER under command of Captain Essington arrived at St Helena in May with a convoy of homebound ships, and she brought the news that armies of France had overran the Netherlands.
Then the packet SWALLOW arrived on 2 June from the Cape with the news that an important Dutch convoy was underway from the Cape to the Netherlands.
Capt Essington made a request to the Governor of St Helena that some of the East Indiamen of the company could be put under his orders, to assist them in the search and capturing of the Dutch convoy.
The MANSHIP, GENERAL GODDARD and the SWALLOW were put under his command, and some troops from the island embarked on this vessels.
03 June this small squadron sailed out and the search for the Dutch convoy began. Five other East Indiamen were prepared to join the squadron, the ASIA, LORD HAWKESBURY, ESSEX, AIRLY CASTLE and BUSBRIDGE. All available space on the island was loaded with the goods unladed from the ships, even the church was used.

The LORD HAWKESBURY, after sailing and in an attempt to weather the island, split her sails, and returned to St Helena. The ESSEX got also in problems when her fore-top-mast sprung. The BUSBRIDGE was the only ship what made contact with the squadron.

10 June one of the ships of the Dutch fleet the HOUGLY was seized and send to the roads of St Helena accompanied by the SWALLOW, after she delivered her at the roads the SWALLOW returned to the squadron with a number of additional seamen to reinforce the squadron.
The weather was not so good; a lot of gales and the MANSHIP and BUSBRIDGE lost the contact with the squadron.
On the afternoon of 14 June, seven sails were sighted on the weather bow, steering down before the wind.
GENERAL GODDARD sailed through the Dutch convoy on about 01.00 a.m. and was fired at, without returning fire.
The next morning at day-break, the Dutch fleet was still on the starboard bow of the HMS SCEPTRE and SWALLOW, and at 07.00 a.m. she displayed Dutch colours, whilst their commodore fired a gun to leeward. This was repeated by the SCEPTRE, and Capt. Essington supposed it would be followed by
‘heaving to’ of the Dutch ships, but the Dutch ships sailed on, three shots fired by the SCEPTRE ahead of the Dutch convoy did not give the result the British hoped for.
A signal was given to the GENERAL GODDARD to chase the Dutchmen to the SCEPTRE, when the GENERAL GODDARD instantaneously appeared under a cloud of canvas and was laid alongside the Dutch commodore ship ALBLASSERDAM who from her imposing appearance thought that she was a warship, and the ALBLASSERDAM followed Money’s directions to bear down.
The Dutch crews of the other ships fired several shots to the SCEPTRE and at the boats that were sent out with boarding parties. After the SCEPTRE did give a few broadsides the Dutch surrendered. At the same time the ASIA and BUSBRIDGE arrived and all seven Dutch vessels were boarded and taken as a prize, without the loss of any person.
All the ships came to anchor in the night of 17 June on the road of St Helena.
01 July the SCEPTRE with her prizes and British convoy sailed for England, the prizes arrived at Shannon, Ireland, where she were sold. The ZEELELIE (not visible on stamp) which had attempted to escape was wrecked off the Scilly Islands that year.

A painting, which depicts this battle, was made by the British artist Thomas Luny (1759 – 1837) for Captain Money of the GENERAL GODDARD (other source gives the painting was made for Robert Wigram the owner); the painting is now in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
After this painting the stamp is designed. Not the complete painting is shown but only the central portion of the painting.
The ZEELELIE and HMS SCEPTRE and the packet SWALLOW are not shown on the stamp.
The GENERAL GODDARD, in foreground of stamp, with the six remaining Dutch ships, which can be seen in the background of the stamp.

The VOC ships taken were used regular between Holland and the Far East after she were built, the URL gives a search engine for the VOC ships http://www.inghist.nl/Onderzoek/Projecten/DAS/search for more information on the voyages.
The SURCHEANCE is not given, so most probably she was never used from Holland, or a hired vessel.

ALBLASSERDAM: Named after a town in the Netherlands. Built in 1782 on the yard of the VOC at Zeeland for the Chamber of the VOC at Amsterdam.
1150 ton.
She sailed from Ceylon in 1795, with a cargo on board with a total value of 457.491 Dutch Guilder, under command of Capt. Klaas Keuken, with on board 165 persons, one died during the voyage and 11 disembark at the Cape.

MENTOR: Built on the VOC yard of Zeeland in 1789 for the Chamber of the VOC in Zeeland.
Tonnage 560 ton.
Sailed from Batavia on 22 November 1794, with a cargo on board with a total value of 61.361 Dutch Guilder. She was under command of Capt. Ulke Barendsz with on board 50 persons.

(I believe this MENTOR is also depict on the British Indian Ocean Territory stamp issued in 1999 60p sg 229, not any MENTOR is mentioned in Rowan Hackman book on the “Ships of the East India Company”. The year on the stamp is the same as when the MENTOR was built)

MEERMIN: (Mermaid). Built in 1782 at the VOC yard at Amsterdam for the Chamber of the VOC at Amsterdam.
Tonnage 500 ton.
Sailed in 1795 from Batavia under command of Capt. Gerard Ewoud Overbeek with on board 40 persons.

DORDWIJK: Built in 1787 in Rotterdam for the Chamber of the VOC of Delft/Rotterdam.
Tonnage 800 ton
22 November 1794 she sailed from Batavia under command of Capt. Hendrik Willem Ketjen with on board 40 persons.

GENERAL GODDARD:
Built in 1782 by Randall, Rotherhite for William Money.
30 January 1782 launched under the name GENERAL GODDARD.
She made her first voyage under command of Captain Thomas Foxall for the British East India Company to Bombay, she made three voyages more to India, before she was sold in 1790 to Robert Wigram.
Her next voyage to Bengal was under command of Capt. Thomas Wakefield, thereafter she made a voyage under command of Captain W.T.Money, and during this voyage she assisted HMS SCEPTRE in the capture of seven Dutch East Indiamen off St Helena.
Thereafter she made one more voyage under command of Captain Thomas Graham from 1796 till 1798 to the Coromandel Coast and Bengal.
1798 After her arrival back in England, sold as a West Indiamen for the trade to the West Indies.
January 1800 taken by a Spanish 1st Rate, 80 gun and a frigate, 32 guns off Cuba, while on a passage from London to Jamaica and taken to Havana.
Then she disappears in history.
Tonnage 799 tons, dim. 116.7 x 35.11 x 14.9ft.

VROUWE AGATHA: (Lady Agatha). Built ?, she was hired by the Chamber of the VOC of Amsterdam.
Tonnage 900 ton.
22 November 1794 she sailed from Batavia under command of Capt. Herman Pieter Murk, crew ?
On board was a cargo with a total value of 115.960 Dutch Guilders.

SURCHEANCE: Bought in 1786.
Tonnage 768 ton.
Sailed 22 November 1794 from Batavia under command of Capt. Christiaan Zummack, crew ?
Cargo on board with a total value of 81.527 Dutch Guilder.
1795 The SURCHEANCE was lost on her voyage between St Helena and the U.K.

Source: Van Compagnie naar Koopvaardij by Dr. E S van Eyck van Heslinga. Log Book Volume 14 page 234. http://www.bweaver.nom.sh/brooke/brooke_ch8.html Ships of the East India Company by Rowan Hackman.
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