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On this stamp issued by Norway in 1974 you see a bridal boat carrying the bride and groom and her guests dressed in traditional garb on her wedding day to or from the church some-where in the Hardanger fjord, Norway.
The painting was made in 1848 by the Norwegian landscape painter Hans Gude in collaboration with Adolph Tidemand, the painting has the title “The Bridal Procession in Hardanger” and it is a famous well know painting in Norway. When you click on this link you can see a very large image of the painting, when you enlarge the painting, the bride is sitting in the stern.

Of the boat used I have not much information, most probably the “kirkebåt” was used, which was owned by the farmers of the district, and it was important that the boat carrying the bride should be the fastest, and stout oarsmen had to be selected among the young men of the community.

Norway 1974 1k sg 716, scott 633
Source: Internet


The three stamps issued by the Comoro Islands in 1970 shows us on the foreground three ships under sail, which Stanley Gibbons give that it are “feluccas” actual it are “dau’s” also known as “boutre” but she are a larger type.

You can find this type of vessels in the Comoro Islands and western Indian Ocean. The “dau” is a roughly constructed wooden vessel that carried cargo to the west coast of India, taken advantage of the monsoon winds. Slightly raking stem, square stern. Decked or open.
Set a large lateen to forward-raking mast; yard supported by a jibboom.
Reported lengths 13.7 – 15.2m, beamy; tonnage 50 to 60 ton.
The mosque is the Mosquée de Vendredi (old Friday mosque), which is the oldest mosque in the Medina. It was originally built in 1427, and a minaret was added in 1921.

Comoro Islands 1970 5/40f sg 91/93, scott
Source: From Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft. Internet.

AMERICA CUP yacht 1970

The stamp issued by Mali in March 1971 shows us an unnamed America cup yacht, most probably for the 1970 America Cup races in Newport, Rhode Island which was won by the America yacht INTREPID, at that time the yachts used in the race were of the 12m class.

The 1970 America's Cup was held in September 1970 at Newport, Rhode Island. The US defender, INTREPID, skippered by Bill (Ficker is Quicker) Ficker, defeated the Australian challenger, GRETEL II, skippered by James Hardy, four races to one
INTREPID had beaten HERITAGE and VALIANT to become the defender. (1962 winner WEATHERLY also participated in the trials, providing a fourth boat so racing could proceed more uniformly.) GRETEL II had beaten FRANCE to become the challenger
Mali 1971 200f sg 271, scott?

Navicula gives that the FRANCE is depict, but I can’t find any confirmation for that. ... 07113.html

VAKA HEKE FA outrigger Niue

The dugout outrigger canoes used in Niue were built with the same structure of the Tonga Islands and are single outrigger canoes and used for fishing, the modern canoes are small fishing craft holding from one to four men.
The outrigger is always on the left side of the hull of the canoe which are connected with two or more booms lashed to the topstrakes of the canoe, and the booms are lashed to the outrigger float.
Mostly decked fore and aft.

From Aak to Zumbra named this outrigger a “vaka heke fa” and gives the following information:
Used in the Niue Islands and central Pacific; a four men fishing canoe. Dugout hull, washstrakes and end decking sewn on; slender; elongated ends taper on all sides, rounded bottom. Hull spread with curved pieces lashed to three booms, which also serve as thwarts; stringers cross atop the booms above the washstrakes. Sharp ended, cylindrical float attached by two pairs of oblique stanchions and a single vertical one.
She are paddled by using lanceolate-bladed paddles.
The canoe has to be light in weight due to the waters around the island are deep and the canoe has to be carried out of the water on shore after use.
Length 7.6m, beam 0.4m depth 0.46 – 0.6m.

Source: Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft and internet.
Niue 1950 2d sg 115, scott96, 1970 3c sg 155, scott?, 1999 20c sg?, scott 741a.


The Tainos people mean of transportation was the dugout “kanoa” (canoe) to travel up and down the rivers also the coastal waters and oceans. They had large and small canoes which were made mostly from wood of the silk cotton tree, which can grow to a length of 25 m. or more.
To hollow out the tree fire was used to soften the inside and when after cooled down stone and shell tools were used to dig-out the inside.
The dugout canoe of the Tainos was long and narrow, flattened bottom, no keel, hull tarred.
Also small single person canoes were used, Columbus reported that he had seen Tainos canoes with 80 paddlers.

Cuba 1985 5c sg 3085, scott 2775 and 50c sg3088, scott 2778.
Aak to Zumbra a Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft and internet.

TAINOS fishing

The Tainos were excellent and very skillful fishermen. They knew very well the rivers, lagoons, mangroves and seas. They used hooks made of fish thorns, tortoise shells and bone. They fished with reeds in their canoes and with cabuya (thin lines) from the shore, they also fished with spears in the rivers and on beaches. They used nets, when the first Spaniards arrived in Cuba they discovered the Tainos had excellent mesh nets and ingenious traps. They knew how to fish using pens that were fences formed from sticks joined with vines, stick to the bottom of rivers and other suitable places in which they caught fish, shellfish turtles. Incredibly they used a fish hook known as Guaicano (remore- or suckerfish) that sticks to the larger fish, and fastened from a cabuya. They used small torches to catch crab. They fished by spewing poisonous substances into the water. In the waters they threw leaves of Barbasco with which they stun the fish that they then collected with ease. They collected shellfish, oysters, and carruchos. (some mollusc).
The Tainos food was natural and tasty of all the delights of the sea and the bodies of water that abounded in a paradisiacal island like Boriquén (Porto Rico)

Cuba 1985 5c sg3085, scott 2775. Internet.


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Postby shipstamps » Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:17 pm

She was built as a three masted iron wool clipper by Barclay, Curle & Co., Glasgow for A. J.H. Carmichael & Co. (the “Golden Fleece Line”.) at Greenock.
1872 Launched under the name MERMERUS. All the ships of the Golden Fleece Line were named after characters in the Golden Fleece legend.
Tonnage 1.750 gross, 1.671 net. dim. 264.2 x 39.8 x 23.7ft.

Her maiden voyage was under command of Capt. Fife from England to Melbourne.
On her return voyage she carried a cargo of wool, could carry 10.000 bales of wool, which was the fleeces of a million sheep, and worth more or less £130.000 at that time.
She never made a bad voyage under the flag of the Golden Fleece Line.
Her third voyage in 1874 was to Sydney and on that voyage she carried a dozen South Sea Island missionaries as passenger. After a passage of 72 days she arrived at Sydney. Her outward freight was £5.000.
After discharging she sailed to Newcastle N.S.W. to load a cargo of coal for San Francisco. The freight on the cargo was 24 shilling a ton. She made the passage in 56 days.
At San Francisco she loaded 2.420 tons of wheat at £4 1s. 3d. for Liverpool.
25 May 1875 arrived at the Mersey, 104 days out from San Francisco.
21 July 1875 sailed from Liverpool and made the passage from Tuskar rocks to Melbourne in 69 days. Her return voyage was with wheat.
Her best passage she made in 1876, outward when she sailed from London on the 25 June, took gunpowder in at Gravesend, and arrived in Hobson Bay on the 30 August. From the powder buoys at Gravesend to Melbourne she made the passage in 66 days.
1877 She made her best homeward passage in 71 days to the Lizard from Melbourne.
1886/87 Made her homeward passage to the London Docks in 78 days.
1888 Command was taken over by Capt. J.G. Coles.
1898 Sold to Gösta Lindblom, Abo, Finland.
Command was taken over by Capt. G.A.Cavenius.
October 1900 sold to Robert Mattsson, Mariehamn, for 190.000 marks, command was taken over by Capt. M.A. Gustafsson.
04 Feb. 1902 arrived at Port Adelaide from Cardiff after a passage of 73 days.
Sailed 08 Dec. 1903 from Frederikshald, Norway bound for Port Adelaide with a cargo of timber, arrived there 08 Feb. 1904, made the passage in 73 days.
23 Oct. 1905 sailed from London and arrived Port Pirie, Australia after a passage of 75 days.
Sailed on 8 Dec. 1909 from Frederikstad with a cargo of timber for Melbourne, during heavy fog she stranded during the night of 11/12 December at Ranø, east of Kristiansand. On the 12th in the afternoon refloated, came to anchor in a sheltered place. Lost during the salvage her fore-mast.
14 Dec. sank on her anchorage, patched up and refloated, towed to the outer roadstead of Kristiansand.
16 December inspected, found that her keel had been damaged from the stem to the midships. She was condemned, not worth the money to repair her.
During a public auction on 18 March 1910 sold for 12.700 Crowns for breaking up.
On Penrhyn 1981 $4 sg 207, 1984 $3 sg 353, 1985 $3 and $4 sg O34/35.

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Another great ship-owner, Robert Mattsson (1851-1935) from Vårdö, purchased
the full-rigged clipper MERMERUS in 1900. Prior to establishing his first shipping
company in 1878, Robert had been a sailor and master mariner. Built in Glasgow in 1872, MERMERUS was a beautiful ironclad clipper and also one of the most rapid sailing ships ever built. MERMERUS met her destiny in 1909 when she ran aground just off Kristiansand on the Norwegian coast
and was scrapped. Allan Palmer has painted the ship just off the Chilean coast on one of
her many voyages. From Peru, she carried guano that was unloaded in London after a
96-day voyage.

Aland Islands 2017 Euro 0.20 sg?. scott?
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