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Battle of Philippines (No name)

PHILIPPINES (No name for the Battle fought off the Philippines) Anson set sail June 1740 with 5 men of war, a sloop and two supply ships to harass Spanish ports and shipping in the Pacific by the time Anson's squadron had rounded Cape Horn and rendezvoused at Juan Fernandez only the CENTURION, GLOUCESTER and the sloop TRYAL were left all were short handed due to scurvy and ship fever. After a series of raids on minor ports and an attempt to capture the Acapulco treasure galleon, Anson set sail across the Pacific to China reaching Macao. in Nov. 1742 with only the CENTURION and a ships company of 200 having been forced to abandon GLOUCESTER for lack of men to work on her. On 20 June 1743 Anson met the Acapulco galleon NUESTRA SENHORA DE COVADONGA off the Philippines and captured her with treasure worth f4000 000 but for Ansons success the year of 1743 would have proved to have been much to the advantage of the Spaniards, they had captured 262 British vessels worth £567,000. Stamp shows fight between CENTURION and Spanish ship NUESTRA SENORA DE COVADONGA in 1743 - Turks & Caicos 1983 8c SG771 (A Palmhof. T Broadley)

Battle of Montevideo 1814.

MONTEVIDEO. Won by Admiral W Brown, Argentine Navy 1814 against the Spanish - Argentine 1957 60c SG902

Battle of Lemnos 1807 (Battle of Afon)

LEMNOS. Fought on 19 June 1807 in which a Russian fleet under Admiral Dmitril Nikolaevich Seniavin defeated a Turkish fleet. it is also sometimes called the Battle of Afon in Russian naval histories (also known as Battle of Mt. Athos). At this time Turkey was the nominal ally of Napoleon. The illustration for this stamp is a redrawn details from an oil on canvas painting by I Shestakov done in 1914, titled 'Battle of Aton', now at the Frunze Naval Museum in St Petersburg. An illustration of the full painting is in the Russian book 'Admiral D N Seniavin' by A L Shapiro, page 246. A diagram used as a basis for the painting may also be used to identify the three ships on the stamps The Russian ships attacked in pairs, with Admiral Seniavin's flagship, TVERDIY (centre ship on the stamp) being supported by the SKOROI (right ships on the stamp) Fire from the TVERDIY drove the Turkish flagship SEDD UL-BAHIR (left ship on the stamp) out of action with 230 men killed and 160 wounded. She eventually surrendered to the Russians - Russia 1987. 4.30k. Min Sht. SG (K R Berry) Sg5826

Battle of La Hogue 1692

La HOGUE 24th May 1692. This was actually the successful concluding engagement of the Battle of Barfleur (19-24th of May 1692) fought in the Bay of La Hougue. On the night of the 23rd/24th Vice Admiral George Rooks sent in boats and fireships and burnt six French ships. In places the English and Dutch boats were working in such shallow water that the French Cavalry were able to ride right down among them. Some troopers being unhorsed by boathooks wielded by the sailors. The next morning the boats were sent in again and the remaining French warships together with the transports and storeships were all destroyed by fire - Alderney 1992. 23p. 50p. SG A52. SG A55. Jersey 1974 25p SG 118 (LB22/182-3)

Battle of Iquqiue 1879

IQUQIUE 1879. War broke out in 1879 between Chile against Bolivia and Peru and lasted until 1883. The first engagement was the battle of Angamos in which two Chilean warships succeeded in capturing a Peruvian vessel. After this the Chilean naval squadron took and secured Antofagasta. The fleet next sailed north to the Peruvian port of Iquique which it blockaded - Chile 1948 40c SG378. 1979 3p50 SG8171987 50p SG1134 Peru 197914s SG1440

BARBARIGO submarine

Built as a submarine under yard No 1195 by Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico (CRDA), Monfalcone, Italy for the Italian Royal Navy.
06 February 1937 keel laid down.
12 June 1938 launched as the BARBARIGO one of the Marcello class.
Displacement 1,080 ton surface, 1,334 tons submerged. Dim. 73 x 7.19 x 5.1m. (draught).
Powered by two Sulzer diesels manufactured by builders yard, 3,000 hp,speed 17.4 knots, and 2 CRDA electric motors 800 hp, speed 8 knots.
Armament 2 – 100mm deck guns, 4 – 13.2mm MG. 8 – 533mm torpedo tubes, four bow and 4 stern.
Crew 58.
19 September 1938 commissioned.
The submarine BARARIGO, in the period between the outbreak of hostilities and its loss in June 1943 for unknown reasons, completed 14 missions under the command of five different captains, sinking 7 merchant ships for a total of 39,299 t. This was the 5th best result achieved by an Italian submarine in WW II, but the fame of this boat, both in Italy and overseas, is undoubtedly more associated with the tumultuous and controversial vicissitudes of commander Grossi, a complex character representing the apogee of one of the least explored aspects of the Italian Royal Navy: Fascist propaganda.

The BARBARIGO was one of the 11 boats of the “Marcello” class, one of the best produced by the Italian shipyards. Despite the fact that the boat had entered service only in 1938, by 1943 it was already worn out, proof of the intense efforts the Italian oceangoing boats had to endure, and to which corresponded the extreme sacrifices of the crews.

At the beginning of the hostilities (June 10th, 1940 for Italy), the BARBARIGO was part of the 22nd formation of the 2nd group based in Naples, and in preparation for the conflict it was on patrol off Cape Bengut, later returning to base on June 13th. In July, between the 1st and the 7th, the boat conducted a patrol between Cape de Gata and Cape Falcon. During this mission, between the 3rd and the 4th, the commanding officer C.C. Giulio Ghiglieri had to avoid intense anti-submarine activity, which produced some damage forcing an early return to base.

Later, the BARBARIGO was selected as one of the boats to be reassigned to the newly established Atlantic base in Bordeaux, codenamed Betasom. Taking advantage of the new moon, Maricosom (Italian Submarine Command) ordered the boats MALASPINA TAZZOLI, CAPPELLINI and GLAUCO across the Strait of Gibraltar around the 2nd of August. About 10 days before departure day, due to breakdowns on some of the boats, the BARBARIGO and the DANDOLO were sent as replacements. After having left base on the 13th of August, the BARBARIGO began crossing the strait around the 14th. Following instructions received before his departure, Captain Ghiglieri navigated submerged up to Tarife, noticing a strong current of which he had not been informed, thus causing a considerable delay. Once it reached the area of operations west of the strait, on the 18th the submarine attacked with the deck gun the British merchantman AQUILA, which despite the damage was able to run away. The AQUILA, an older passenger and general ship (1917) would eventually fall victim to U 201 in summer 1941. A few days later, the captain conducted another attack, this time with the torpedo, but the target, an armed ship, was able to detect the boat; the BARBARIGO was subsequently attacked with 20 depth charges which exploded far off the –90 meter depth the boat had meantime reached. At this point, with Bordeaux ready to welcome the new boats, the BARBARIGO was ordered to reach Betasom instead of returning to Naples, reaching the French port on September 8th, 1940. Two days after its arrival, the boat entered the shipyard for alterations similarly completed on the MALASPINA and the DANDOLO. Although the base was not fully equipped, the submarines were refurbished, tested, and readied for action in less than 30 days. Eventually, this shipyard, in addition to regular maintenance work, completed various modifications, especially after the Germans and war experiences suggested some improvements.

The BARBARIGO, still under the command of C.C. Giulio Ghiglieri, left port on October 14th for a mission in the northwestern Atlantic. On the 17th, a large airplane, surely a British Sunderland, which dropping a few bombs and missing the target by some distance, attacked the boat. On the 23rd, the boat reached the area of operations west of Ireland, and a week later completed the first sighting, but could not reach the target due to the foul weather conditions, which limited surface speed to only 12 knots. Later, the boat was assigned to a new area further north from which it began the return voyage on the 9th of November. On the 10th, it received a signal from the Otaria informing it of the presence of an aircraft carrier and escort. At 6:18 AM on the 11th, in position 53° 37’ N 17° 40’ W, with strong wind and poor visibility, the BARBARIGO launched a torpedo against a smaller naval unit, probably a destroyer. After 58 seconds, the crew heard an explosion but could not verify the result of the attack; there is no documentation of such attack in the British records. After 33 days at sea in terrible weather conditions, the submarine returned to Bordeaux on November 13th.

On February 10th, 1941 the BARBARIGO left base for a new mission west of Ireland in coordination with the BIANCHI, OTARIA and MARCELLO. The boat arrived in the area on the 16th, but after a few days without sightings, was reassigned to a more northerly sector. The boat was part of a force which included German U-boots and aerial reconnaissance by the Lufwaffe. It was indeed the German Air Force which, on February 19th, signaled the presence of a convoy of over 30 ships, probably OB.288. During the various phases that followed, both German and Italian units attacked the convoy, but the BARBARIGO was not able to make contact. The boat remained in the area until March 1st, but most of the time it had put the bow to the wind due to the horrendous weather conditions, which included snow and hail. On March 8th, the boat concluded the operation reaching port; during this mission the MARCHELLO had been lost.

After the necessary maintenance work, the BARBARIGO was again in action starting from April 30th and still under the command of C.C. Giulio Ghiglieri. On May 10th, the boat sighted a convoy which was kept under constant watch, until the reaction of the escort forced the captain to submerge, thus losing contact, and without being able to reestablish it. On the 15th, the BARBARIGO made contact with the British merchantman MANCHESTER PORT of 5,469 t. which, the day before, had eluded an attack by the MOROSINI. Despite having hit the ship with a torpedo, the BARBARIGO was not able to complete the sinking due to a breakdown to one of the two main diesel engines. The ship, able to keep good speed, once again ran away, eluding sure sinking. On the 20th, the submarine sighted another ship, but yet again the weather conditions did not allow for an attack. The same situation repeated itself on the 22nd and the 24th when, Captain Ghiglieri was again forced to put the bow to the wind. On the 25th, Betasom informed the BARBARIGO of the position of the German battleship BISMARK (47° 30’ N 16° 30’ W), immobilized and under attack by enemy ships. BARBARIGO, the only boat in the area, moved at full force intercepting two cruisers which, due to the weather conditions, could not be attacked. On the 27th, having received news of the sinking of the BISMARK , and having burned most of the fuel reserve, the boat could not participate in the rescue operations and had to return to base. The boat reached Bordeaux on May 30th, and almost immediately entered the shipyard. During this pause, C.C. Ghiglieri was transferred to the submarine BANDIERA, and C.C. Francesco Murzi took over command. With the...


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Postby shipstamps » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:16 pm

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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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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