On the sheet issued by Mozambique issued in 2002 the middle stamp of the top row gives the inscription wooden boat from Egypt.
By comparing the stamp with drawings I believe she was a ship used by the Pharaoh around 1300 BC as a King Ship on the River Nile, in the wetlands and lakes of Egypt.
The hull highly decorated with lotus flowers and stripes and squares, while the fore and after castles carries the Royal symbols, on the side.
The deckhouse in the middle has steps to the roof, (not visible on the stamp) and a door in the side for entering the cabin.
She set a square sail when sailing south with the monsoon wind and drifted north with the current.
Used two paddles for steering one on each side.
Mozambique 2009 33.00MT sg?, scott?
Source: various internet sites.
18 May 1942 launched under the name AGIR.
Tonnage 676 gross, 199 net. Dim. 186.0 x 29.1ft.
Powered by a 9-cyl. Sulzer diesel engine, ?hp, speed ?.
After the war taken by the United Kingdom and brought to England.
Rebuilt in a salvage tug, renamed HERCULES in 1949.
1950 Based at Gibraltar.
1954 Sold to Denizicilik Bankasi T.A.O., Kurturlu A.S., Istanbul, renamed in HORA.
From 1954 till 1958 as salvage tug at Büyükedere, Turkey.
From 1958 till 1968 as salvage tug at Izmir, Turkey.
1968 Taken over by the Port Authorities of Izmir and used as stationary pilot boat by Izmir port.
1970 Sold to Maden Tetkik Arama, and rebuild in an oceanographic survey vessel, the company is controlled by the Turkish Government.
Renamed in MTA SISMIK-I.
Tonnage 750 gross, 275 net, 353 dwt. Dim. 56.75 x 8.87 x 3.96m. (draught)
Powered by one Nohab-Polar diesel, 1.050 hp., one propeller, speed 13 knots.(most probably her engine then also replaced)
Bunker capacity 100 tons.
Number of berths total for 42 persons.
1972 She came in the news when there was a conflict between Greece and Turkey over coastal waters around Greek islands near the Turkish coast. The MTA SISMIK-I sailed then to these waters under escort of Turkish destroyers to carry out some survey work.
2006 given by http://www.equasis.org IMO No. 5154806, owned and managed by MTA Enstitusu at Istanbul.
Call sign TCVR.
Source: Lloyds Register 1955/56. Navicula. Some web-sites.