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TENDER BENIN (Nw.)

Built in 1982 by Sigbjorn Iversen M/V Skips, Flekkefjord, #61, for Wilhelmsen Offshore Services, Tonsberg (Nw.)
Tug/Supply Ship, Gt:497, Nt:166, Dw:980, Loa:52,79m. Lbpp:47,25m. B:13m. D:6,76m. Draught:4,52m. 2-12 cyl. A/S Bergens diesels:5280 hp. 2 controllable pitch propellers, bollard pull:50 tons, Call Sign LKEI, IMO.8026347.
1990 sold to The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd., Mumbai, India, renamed MALAVIYA FIVE, Gt:1220, Nt:366, Dw:1162, Call Sign VTWQ.
(Benin 1983, 125 Fr. StG.886)
LR88/89 + internet.

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.
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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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