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The last stamp of a set of four depicts I believe a World War II, one funnel destroyer from the USA, you can see a life raft standing on the starboard side in front of the bridge, which was used during the war by the USA and British Navy. The base of the funnel is square tapering which is not often seen. Abreast of the funnel you have one life boat.
Any idea of our warships collectors which class is depict?

Niger 1998 525F sg?, scott?


The aircraft carrier depict on this Niger stamp, carries on the funnel the No 42 which belongs to the FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CV 42)
Built by the New York Naval Shipyard in New York for the USA Navy.
01 December 1943 laid down.
29 April 1945 launched as the USS CORAL SEA.
Displacement 45,000 ton standard, 55,000 full load dim. 295 x 34.4 x 10.7m. (draught), length bpp 274.3m.
Powered by General Electric steam turbines 200,000 shp, four shafts, speed 33 knots.
Armament: 18 – 5”/54 caliber Mark 16 guns. 21 – 40mm Bofors/60 caliber guns.
Aircraft carried, 137.
Crew 4,104.
08 May 1945 renamed in FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
27 October 1945 commissioned.

USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVB/CVA/CV-42) was the second of three Midway class aircraft carriers. To her crew, she was known as the "Swanky Franky," "Foo-De-Roo," or "Rosie," with the last nickname probably the most popular. Roosevelt spent most of her active deployed career operating in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the United States Sixth Fleet. The ship was decommissioned in 1977 and was scrapped shortly afterward.
Early career
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT was constructed at New York Naval Shipyard. Sponsor Mrs. John H. Towers, wife of the Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, christened the ship CORAL SEA at the 29 April 1945 launching. On 8 May 1945, President Harry S. Truman approved the Secretary of the Navy's recommendation to rename the ship FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT in honor of the late president.
ROOSEVELT was commissioned on Navy Day, 27 October 1945, at the New York Naval Shipyard. Capt. Apollo Soucek was the ship's first commanding officer. During her shakedown cruise, ROOSEVELT called at Rio de Janeiro from 1 to 11 February 1946 to represent the United States at the inauguration of Brazilian president Eurico Gaspar Dutra, who came aboard for a short cruise. During April and May, ROOSEVELT participated in Eighth Fleet maneuvers off the East Coast, the Navy's first major postwar training exercise.
On 21 July 1946, ROOSEVELT became the first American carrier to operate an all-jet aircraft under controlled conditions. Lieutenant Commander James Davidson, flying the McDonnell XFD-1 Phantom, made a series of successful take-offs and landings as ROOSEVELT lay off Cape Henry, Virginia. Jet trials continued in November, when Lt. Col. Marion E. Carl, USMC, made two catapult launches, four unassisted take-offs, and five arrested landings in a Lockheed P-80A.
Fleet maneuvers and other training operations in the Caribbean preceded ROOSEVELT‘s first deployment to the Mediterranean, which lasted from August to October 1946. ROOSEVELT, flying the flag of Rear Admiral John H. Cassady, Commander, Carrier Division 1, led the U.S. Navy force that arrived in Piraeus on 5 September 1946. This visit showed U.S. support for the pro-Western government of Greece, which was locked in a civil war with Communist insurgents. The ship received thousands of visitors during her calls to many Mediterranean ports.
ROOSEVELT returned to American waters and operated off the East Coast until July 1947, when she entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for an extensive overhaul. At that time, her quad 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns were replaced by 40 3 in (76 mm) Mark 22 guns in Mark 33 twin mountings.
From September 1948 to January 1949, ROOSEVELT undertook a second tour of duty with U.S. Naval Forces, Mediterranean. In 1950, ROOSEVELT became the first carrier to take nuclear weapons to sea. In September and October 1952, she participated in Operation Mainbrace, the first major NATO exercise in the North Atlantic. ROOSEVELT operated with other major fleet units, including the aircraft carriers USS, USS WASP and HMS EAGLE, as well as the battleships USS WISCONSIN and HMS VANGUARD.
ROOSEVELT was reclassified CVA-42 on 1 October 1952. On 7 January 1954, she sailed for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to undergo extensive reconstruction. Too large to pass through the Panama Canal, ROOSEVELT rounded Cape Horn and arrived at the shipyard on 5 March. She was temporarily decommissioned there for her refit on 23 April 1954.
ROOSEVELT was the first of her class to undergo the SCB-110 reconstruction, at a cost of $48 million. She received an enclosed "hurricane bow," one C-11-2 and two C-11-1 steam catapults, strengthened arresting gear, an enlarged bridge, a mirror landing system, and a 482 ft (147 m) angled flight deck. SPS-8 height finding radar and SPS-12 air search radar were mounted on a new tubular mast. The aft elevator was relocated to the starboard deck edge, the forward elevator was enlarged, and all elevators were uprated to 75,000 lb capacity. Aviation fuel bunkerage was increased from 350,000 to 450,000 gallons (1,320,000 to 1,700,000 L). Standard displacement rose to 51,000 tons, while deep load displacement rose to 63,400 tons. As weight compensation, several of the 5 inch (127 mm) Mark 16 anti-aircraft guns were landed, leaving only 10, and the 3,200 ton armor belt was removed. Hull blisters were also added to cope with the increased weight. ROOSEVELT recommissioned on 6 April 1956.
After post-refit trials, ROOSEVELT sailed for her new homeport of Mayport, Florida. In February 1957, ROOSEVELT conducted cold weather tests of catapults, aircraft, and the Regulus guided missile, in the Gulf of Maine. In July, she sailed for the first of three consecutive Sixth Fleet deployments. Her assignments in the Mediterranean added NATO exercises to her normal schedule of major fleet operations, and found her entertaining a distinguished list of guests each year.
During a 1958 mid-year overhaul, the 22 remaining 3-inch (76 mm) guns were removed.
On 24 October 1958, ROOSEVELT supported USS KLEINSMITH (APD 134) in the evacuation of 56 American citizens and three foreign nationals from Nicara, Cuba, as the Cuban Revolution came to a climax.
In late 1960, the Control Instrument Company installed the first production Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (FLOLS) onboard ROOSEVELT. She recorded her one hundred thousandth aircraft landing in March 1961. During a 1963 overhaul, six more 5-inch (127 mm) guns were removed.
While operating in the Eastern Mediterranean in the fall of 1964, ROOSEVELT lost a blade from one of her 20 ton propellers. She proceeded from Naples, Italy to New York with the number one shaft locked. After replacing the propeller at Bayonne, New Jersey, ROOSEVELT returned to the Mediterranean to complete her cruise.
From August 1966 to January 1967, ROOSEVELT made her only deployment to Southeast Asia, spending a total of 95 days "on the line." Her embarked airwing, Carrier Air Wing One, consisted mainly of F-4 Phantom IIs and A-4 Skyhawks. ROOSEVELT received one battle star for her service during the Vietnam War.
In January 1968, Italian actress Virna Lisi was invited by ROOSEVELT’s crew to participate in the ship's twenty-second birthday celebrations. Lisi helped prepare 5,000 T-bone steaks at a large cook-out staged on the flight deck.
Austere modernization
ROOSEVELT was initially slated to undergo an extensive reconstruction (SCB 101.68) similar to that received by MIDWAY from 1966 to 1970. This plan was derailed by massive cost overruns in MIDWAY’s reconstruction, which eventually totalled $202 million. ROOSEVELT was therefore limited to an austere $46 million refit, enabling her to operate the Grumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II.
In July 1968, ROOSEVELT entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for her 11-month modernization program. The forward centerline elevator was relocated to the starboard deck edge forward of the island, the port waist catapult was removed, the crew spaces were refurbished, and two of the four remaining 5-inch (127 mm) anti-aircraft turrets were removed. ROOSEVELT also received a deck edge spray system...

Planning for the People

The stamp issued by Egypt in 1961 is issued for Planning for the People which shows us a bus, train and a cargo vessel, the vessel most probably with passenger accommodation.
Not any information on the vessel.

Egypt 1961 10M sg?, scott525


Built as a coastal patrol frigate by the Arsenal Lorient, Lorient for the French Navy.
01 September 1972 keel laid down.
01 June 1973 launched as the D’ESTIENNE D’ORVES F781 she was the first of her class of 17 ships.
Displacement 1,174 ton standard, 1,250 ton full load, dim. 80.5 x 10.3 x 5.5m. (draught)
Powered by two Semt Pielstick 12 PC 2V 400 diesel engines, 12,000 hp, twin shafts. Speed 23.5 knots.
Range by a speed of 15 knots, 4,500 mile.
Armament: 1 – 100mm 55 cal. Model 1968 CADAM DP gun, 2 – 20 mm Oerlikons, 4 – 12.7 mm MG ,
1 – 375 mm F1 ASW rocket launcher, 2/MM38 Exocet missile. 4 – 550mm for L-4 or L-5 torpedoes.
Crew 92.
November 1975 commissioned
10 September 1976 completed.

Based at Toulon, the class was designed for low intensity coastal operations and ASW. and made some patrol voyages in the Mediterranean and Black Sea before she was moved to the Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf were she took part in the liberation of Kuwait “Opération Artimom” in 1991., and Dessert Storm from where the photo used for the stamp originated.
30 June 1999 decommissioned.
2000 Sold to Turkey. Underwent a modernisation and refit by DCN yard in Brest.
26 June 2002 commissioned in the Turkish Navy under the name TCG BEYKOZ (F-503)
2015 In service.

Niger 1998 525F sg?, scott?
Source: Wikipedia


European championship in kayak and canoe in Banjaluka 2011
Canoe / Kayak Flat-water is a water sport in which participants compete in a rowing boat at certain sections. There are two main types of boats in the sport. Such as kayaking and canoeing. The difference is that in the kayak each rower uses oars with two blades 230d stamp, while in the canoe the paddler used an ore with one spatula 150d stamp. For better use of force in the canoe the paddler sit kneeling on one leg, while the kayaker sits on the bottom of the kayak.
Compared to the other water sports including flat-water boats rowing, rowers in the sport do not have mobile sites, nor supports the paddler in the boat, and paddle and weight hold the craft in balance and manoeuvrable. Also, it is important to point out the difference between this sport and kayaking and canoeing on wild water, “dead water“ means a lake or other water surface with no perceptible movement of water or large waves. „Wild water “means the fast flowing stream where water is noticeable and present waves, rapids, waterfalls, etc...
At the congress of the European Kayak-Canoe Federation, held in Turkey, it was decided that Banjaluka 2011 was the host for the European Championships in kayak and canoe for juniors under 18 years old and younger seniors to 23 years.
European Championship for juniors and seniors to 23 years in kayaking and canoeing on white water, „Banjaluka-Vrbas 2011“ will be held in mid-July 2011, in the Tijesno canyon, in the Vrbas River and over 1000 participants expected to arrive from almost all European countries.
Championship will be hosted by the Kayak-Canoe Club „Vrbas“.
Designer of stamp: Nikola Zaklan.

Republica Srpska (Bosnia-Herzogvinia) 2011 150d and 230d Sg ?, scott?
Source Poste Srpska.


FANALS: A popular pastime in The Gambia, particularly in Bathurst, is the building of a certain type of model boat known as FANALS. The origin of the word is rather obscure, but it is thought to have been derived from the Portuguese word for lantern. These models are built by Mohammedans for the feast of Ramadan, and by Christians for Christmas. The annual building of the models begins in October, and the finished products of wood decorated with designs in paper, and lit by candles in lanterns, are carried in procession on Christmas Eve by the builders, who dress up in various styles. The 1.23b depicts a model sailing ship and the 2b, a model passenger liner.

Gambia 1972 1.25b and 2b sg?, scott282/83.
Source Mr. R.J. Pollard, Watercraft Philately 1983 page 70.


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Built by the Schiffs en Maschinenebau A.G., Manheim, Germany for the German Navy.
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 ?.
1942 Delivered.

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 IMO No. 5154806, owned and managed by MTA Enstitusu at Istanbul.
Call sign TCVR.

Source: Lloyds Register 1955/56. Navicula. Some web-sites.
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Postby Arturo » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:40 pm

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MTA Sismik 1 was built by Danziger Werft in Danzig for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. Named Ägir, she was launched on May 18, 1942. After World War II, she was taken by the United Kingdom to England, where she was rebuilt in a salvage tug, and renamed Hercules in 1949. She was based in Gibraltar from 1950 until 1954 when she was sold to Turkey.

Her Turkish owner, the “Denizcilik Bankası” renamed her Hora and put her as salvage tug in service four year long from 1954 in Istanbul, and then ten years long in İzmir. In 1968, she was acquired by the Port Authority of Izmir to be used as stationary pilot boat.

In 1975, MTA (the General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration in Ankara) purchased the ship Hora to transform her into a research vessel, and renamed her MTA Sismik 1 (Picture1). After fitting her with up to date technology equipment for subsea geophysical exploration at seas around Turkey, she was commissioned in 1976.

MTA Sismik 1 is 56.45 m long, with a beam of 8.80 m and a max. draft of 3.90 m. Assessed at 720 GT and 275 NRT, the ship is propelled by a 1,050 hp (780 kW) diesel engine. She has a speed of 12 knots in service.

The ship's crew consists of 7 officers and 16 seamen. Research work is conducted by 12 scientists aboard. She has an autonomous endurance of 25 days
Finally in 2005, it was decided that the more than 60-year old ship has completed her service life. She was donated to Istanbul Technical University's Faculty of Maritime to be used as a training ship (Picture 2)

Still in Service as of 2014.

Turkey 1977 (400 krş.)

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