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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.

Blake HMS 1808

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Blake HMS 1808

Postby shipstamps » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:07 pm

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H.M.S. Blake was a 3rd Rate of 74 guns, 1,701 tons builders' measurement, length 172 ft., beam 48 ft., draft 18 ft. She was launched at Deptford Dockyard on August 23, 1808, her crew being 590 men. On July 28, 1809, the Blake (first of the name), was commanded by Capt. Edward Codrington, and flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Lord Gardner, when she sailed from the Downs in a fleet of 246 men-of-war of various kinds commanded by Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Strachan, with his flag in H.M.S. Venerable.
Some 400 transports accompanied the expedition, carrying some 40,000 troops under the Earl of Chatham. Many of the men-of-war removed their lower-deck guns and carried horses. The expedition set forth to destroy all the French ships in the Schelde, and at Antwerp; to destroy the dockyards at Antwerp, Flushing and Ter Neuze; and to render the Schelde no longer navigable for big ships.
The expedition was of a military rather than a naval brigade in the capture of the island of Walcheren; and in the bombardment, siege and capture of Flushing. During the attack on Flushing, the Blake ran aground on the Dog Sand, but was got off in three hours. Apparently the Earl of Chatham was a little fonder of his own personal comfort than of work, and after the island of Walcheren, with its batteries, basins and arsenals, had been reduced, the British force withdrew. In June 1811, the Blake, commanded by Capt. Edward Codrington, in company with the Centaur and Invincible, was employed in co-operating with the Spanish patriots on the shores of the Mediterranean, and in rescuing many hundreds of them from the butchery of the French at Tarragonna, after the city was in their hands. The following September the Blake assisted in the seizure of the harbour at Tarragonna, and in the capture and destruction of the French shipping.
There has been some confusion over the ultimate fate of the Blake, In "The King's Ships", by Lieut. H. S. Lecky, he states that she was broken up after some 40 years' service as receiving ship at Portsmouth. He then goes on to state that the second Blake was a 2.decked 91-gun screw ship built at Pembroke in 1863.
J. J. Colledge in his book "Ships of the Royal Navy" however records that the first Blake of 1808, was used as a prison ship in January 1814, and was sold on October 17, 1816. The second Blake, he states was a 3rd Rate of 74 guns, 1701 tons b.m., 174 ft. x 48 ft., built at Deptford in 1808 as the Bombay. She was renamed Blake on April 28, 1819 and was on harbour service in 1828. She was sold for breaking up at Portsmouth on December 12, 1855. SG350
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Re: Blake HMS 1808

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:42 pm

April – May 1813 fitted out for Ordinary at Portsmouth, where she was fitted out as a temporary prison ship at Portsmouth from December 1813 till January 1814. The same year recommissioned in the navy under command of Lieutenant George Forbes. She was sold for £3,500 to broken up on 17 October 1816.

St Vincent issued three stamps in 1972 for the 200th berth bicentenary of Sir Charles Brisbane, after a career in the Royal Navy was he appointed Governor of St Vincent in 1808 till he died in 1827.
20c Shows a portrait of Sir Charles Brisbane and his coat of arms.
30c HMS ARETHUSA. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8022&p=8018&hilit=ARETHUSA#p8018
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