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Canoe Prow.
This 1d stamp shows us the making of a canoe prow by the Maori in New Zealand before 1800 by which the New Zealand Post gives:
When it is considered that the Māori did not process metal tools and relied upon stone and bone, the intricacy and beauty of the wood carving that was produced is incredible.

New Zealand 1906 1d sg 371, scott ?.

ISLAND BAY N.Z. and fishing boats.

New Zealand issued in 1983 four stamps which shows us paintings made by Rita Angus, one of this stamps has a maritime theme, it shows us the Island Bay near Wellington,,_New_Zealand with in the bay fishing boats, which are locally known as the Italian wooden fishing boats. Since the late 19th century Italian emigrants settled in Island Bay (little Italy) many commenced fishing from the bay in the Cook Strait After the 1960s the Italian fleet declined and 2018 there are not more Italian boats in the bay.
Of this issues the New Zealand post gives. This issue of stamps featured the works of Rita Angus whose meticulous compositions in oil and water-colours earned her the reputation as a leader of the modern school of New Zealand painting.
Rita Angus, born in Hastings, and received her early arts skills training at Palmerston North before moving to Christchurch where she attended Diploma classes at the Canterbury School of Arts from 1927-1931. She lived in Christchurch until 1954 when she moved northwards to settle in Wellington, leaving it for one year in 1958 to study and work in Europe. Throughout her career she made frequent painting trips throughout New Zealand, especially to Central Otago and Hawke's Bay.
In the early part of her career she often depicted aspects of Wanaka, a region of particularly serene beauty in New Zealand's South Island. It has been suggested that she turned to watercolour during the war years because paintings in that medium were more saleable when people had less money and also because of a shortage of imported artists materials, but the fact is that the artist was equally at home with both watercolours and oils using them alternatively until the end of her career.
Rita Angus died in 1970 at the age of 62 years following a lifetime devoted to art. In a newspaper obituary Mr Melvin Day, the Director of the National Art Gallery, stated "Her influence on painting in this country was wholly beneficial, not only because of her achievement in art, but above all for her artistic integrity and independence". But perhaps the last word should be left to the artist. In the Year Book of the Arts, 1947, Rita said her aim was "to show to the present a peaceful way, and through devotion to visual art to sow some seed for possible maturity in later generations."
This stamp issue featured four stamps with her artwork and the issue coincided with the first major touring exhibition of works by the artist, which was organised by the National Art Gallery in Wellington. The four paintings chosen to feature on the stamps came from different stages of the artist's career, spanning forty years, in the medium of watercolours and oils. A presentation pack was also issued on 27 April and featured the four stamps. The pack was done in a vertical format, which comformed to the stamp issue. A self-portrait of Rita Angus featured on the front cover. ... -paintings
New Zealand 1983 24c sg1312, scott?

WSD 42 111K AFRAMAX tanker design

The last stamp of the set of Cuba did give me some problems, there are many red hulled tankers but most photo’s shows the ship forepart.
But at least the large white funnel did give me the clue, the funnel did have not an owners logo, so most probably it was a vessel under construction.
I found a photo on the net for a tanker design from Wartsila Ship Design which shows the ship I was looking for only the free fall lifeboat was not in the same position as on the stamp, but she is the vessel on the stamp. If already one ship of this design is sold, I am not sure.

The design is known as WSD 42 111K an Aframax tanker for oil and products.
Tonnage 50,500 gt, 98,200 dwt, dim. 252.80 x 44.80 x 20.80m, length bpp.244.20m, draught 13.60m.
Powered by a Wärtsilä engine, 10,400 kW, speed 14.5 kn.
Accommodation for 32 persons.

More info is given on: ... max-tanker (click on download datasheet.)

Cuba 2017 85p sg?, scott?

CAMPEON tanker

The 50p stamp shows the tanker CAMPEON. The clearest identification is what looks like a crow’s nest in the foremast.

Built under yard no 17 by Astrilleris. Espanoles (AESA) at Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain for Cia Arrendataria del Monopolio de Petroleas S.A. (CAMPSA), Madrid, Spain.
23 June 1979 launched as the CAMPEON one sister the CAMPONUBLA not any photo gives the last with the orange marking above the bridge windows.
Tonnage 14,863 grt, 22,353 dwt., dim. 166.0 x 24.2m.
One Sulzer 6RND68 diesel engine, 9,900 hp, speed 14.5 knots.
September 1979 delivered to owner, homeport Gran Canaria. IMO No 7711646.

15 August 1980 while it was loading petroleum products, at the Galp Setubal refinery , it suffered a fire followed by a series of explosions, three crew members died and five technicians from the refinery were injured.

2004 Sold to Maritima de Panama SA, Panama and renamed MARGARITA B.
15 June 2006 arrived Chittagong, Bangladesh for scrapping.

Source: and internet.
Cuba 2017 50p sg scott?

ABERDEEN shuttle tanker

Built as a double hulled shuttle tanker under yard no 306 by Ast. Espanoles (AESA), Sestao, Spain for Getty Maritime Inc., Monrovia.
09 February 1996 laid down.
15 July 1996 launched under the name ABERDEEN.
Tonnage 47,274 grt, 26,719 nrt, 87,055 dwt., dim. 221.8 x 36.8 x 21m., length bpp.210m.
Powered by 2SA 7 cyl. type 7S60 MC6 engine, 14,314 kw, one shaft, speed 14.5 knots. Two bow-thrusters and one stern thruster.
Crew 34.
Loading capacity 80,500 m³.
18 December 1996 completed. Under Bahama flag and registry, homeport Nassau.

Used in the North Sea.
2018 In service, same name and owner, IMO No 9125736.

Source: Internet.
Cuba 2017 35p sg?, scott?


For the 10th Anniversary of the reactivation of the oil refinery Camilo Cienfuegos the refinery was named after Camilo Cienfuegos (a photo van hem also on the stamp on the left) Cuba issued in 2017 four stamps which shows us the refinery with in the foreground oil tankers used to supply and transport the oil to and from the refinery. The inscription under the stamps translated in English gives for the 15p “coastal tanker”, the 35p “shuttle tanker”, (ABERDEEN), the 50p a “multipurpose tanker” CAMPEON and on the 85p “handy size tanker” WSD 42 111k AFRAMAX tanker design.

The 15p stamp shows us the BORDER TARTAN or BORDER THISTLE both built by the Damen shipyard in Galati, Rumania. It are sisterships which is depict I am not sure.

BORDER THISTLE: built as a tanker under yard no 1036 for Darwin Shipping Ltd., Jersey.
01 October 2003 laid down.
16 July 2004 launched as BORDER THISTLE.
Tonnage 3,248 grt, 1,273 nrt, 4,988 dwt., dim. 85,32 x 17,00 x 8.95m. Length bpp. 79.9m, draught 6.30m.
Tank capacity 5,211m³.
The empty hull was towed to the Damen yard in Bergum, Netherlands for fitting out under yard no 9355.
Powered by one MAK 8M25c 8 cyl. 2,400 kW, one shaft, speed 12 knots.
26 January 2005 completed, homeport Isle of Man.

04 June 2010 sold to Sociedad Naviera Ultragás Ltd., Santiago, Chile and renamed DON PANCHO
2018 In service same name and owners, IMO No 9287819.

BORDER TARTAN: built as a tanker under yard no 1037 for Darwin Steaming Ltd., Douglas, Isl of Man.
15 October 2003 laid down.
26 August 2004 launched as BORDER TARTAN.
Same details as the BORDER THISTLE.
The empty hull was towed to the Damen yard in Bergum, Netherlands for fitting out under yard No 9356.
02 March 2005 completed.

21 October 2010 sold to Podravina Shipping Inc. Valparaiso, Chile, renamed in DON GONZALO I
2018 Same name and owners IMO No 9287821.

Source: and internet.
Cuba 2017 15p sg?, scott?

Ben-my-Chree lV 1927

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Ben-my-Chree lV 1927

Postby shipstamps » Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:23 pm

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This twin-screw turbine steamer of 2,586 tons was launched in 1927. She served as a troop transport during the Second World War and also carried out three successful rescue missions to Dunkirk. On D-Day she was part of the invasion fleet to Normandy. After the war she was returned to the Company and remained in service until 1965.
SG174 606 IOM Post Office.

A veteran of the Dunkirk operation in which she rescued over 4,000 troops, the Ben-my-Chree IV worked as a transport vessel plying between the northern ports of Britain and Iceland. Then because of her reputation as a good sea boat and her ability to be extremely stable even in the roughest of waters, she was later fined out as an LSl (H), capable of carrying six landing craft. On the first day of D-Day she was involved in the landing of the US Army and US Rangers onto the OMAHA BEACH.
After that, she was used as the Headquarters ship for the 514th Assault Flotilla.
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Re: Ben-my-Chree lV

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Built as a passenger-ferry under yard No 926 by Cammell, Laird & CO, Birkenhead for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.
05 April 1927 launched as the BEN-MY-CHREE (VI)
Tonnage 2,586 gross, 1823 net, 1,043 dwt., dim. 355 x 46.1 x 17.4ft.
Powered by four steam turbines, manufactured by builder, 1,745 nhp, twin screws, speed 22 knots.
Accommodation for 2,000 passengers.
June 1927 completed. The builders reported a direct loss of £17,000 on the building of the ship, due to a long coal strike and steel had been bought at a premium from the European continent.

She was the first vessel built for the company after World War I, and she set the pattern for all the larger ships in the company to have just one funnel.
29 June 1927 maiden voyage.
During the summer was she used in the early morning sailing from Liverpool to Douglas, returning in the evening.
During the early 1930s was the hull painted white as seen on the 13p stamp, but after the war painted black again.
During World War II, she left Liverpool on 10 September 1939 for the Bristol Channel for troopship service to Quiberon Bay in France.
24 September she sailed in this service for the first time from Newport, later that year in December used in the Cross Channel troop service from Southampton to Le Havre of Nantes.
Then she took part in Operation Dynamo the evacuation from Dunkirk.
30 May 1940 she left Southampton for her first trip from Dunkirk to Dover.
On her last voyage on 2 June in Dunkirk road she came in collision with an unknown vessel in which she sustained severe damage on her bow and bow rudder, but she made it safely to Dover.
07 June she sailed from Dover to the Mersey for repair in Birkenhead.
27 June she sailed again from Birkenhead bound for Milford Haven with the intention to use her in the troop transport between Great Britain and Ireland.
From 2 September used in the troop transport service between Aberdeen or Leith to Kirkwall and Stromness.
1941 Made also voyages from Scotland to Thornshavn, Faeroes, two months later made a voyage to Iceland.
The later part of the year used for the transport of troops, refugees and other personnel.
For the most part of 1942 and 1943 she sailed between Belfast and Fleetwood.
30 December 1943 she received orders to proceed to North Shields to be fitted out as a Landing Ship Infantry (hand hoisting).
Fitted out with six landings craft.
02 March 1944 she left the Tyne to take part in the Operation Neptune, the landing in Normandy.
05 June 1944 as part of Assault Convoy 01 she sailed from Weymouth for the Omaha Beach, after landing her troops she returned to the U.K. where after she was used as troopship to ferry troops to France and later Belgium.
She was used in this role till10 May 1946 when she sailed from Dover for an extensive refit prior to re-entering her service between Fleetwood and the Island of Man.
After 1950 only used during the summer months until 1965, after the last season laid up before she was sold to the Belgium shipbreaker Heyghem Ferres and towed to Brugge (Bruges) where she arrived on 28 December 1965 for scrapping.

Isle of Man 1980 13p sg174, scott?. 1994 4p sg606, scott? and 2004 47p sg?, scott?, she is the vessel on the right of the stamp, the other on the left is the LADY OF MAN.

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