Interested in Ships and Stamps? The Ship Stamp Society is an international society and publishes it’s journal, Log Book, six time a year. Full membership includes receiving Log Book by post, but there is an online membership costing just £12pa.
Full details can be found on our web site at where you can also join and pay your chosen subscription through Paypal or by cheque.
A free sample of Log Book is available on request.


There are few tragedies that have had such a devastating effect on any world community than the 1885 Tristan Lifeboat Disaster. It was the most terrible disaster ever recorded in the island’s history and to this day remains a mystery.
With the loss of regular shipping and trading opportunities, almost all of Tristan’s able bodied men, 15 in total, decided to attempt to trade with the iron barque WEST RIDING when it sailed off the island on 27 November, despite rough seas. The WEST RIDING was on route from Bristol to Sydney and decided to call at Tristan to collect water.
The islanders put out to sea in a new ship’s lifeboat donated by the British Government to Tristan for helping shipwrecked people. They had some livestock and potatoes in the boat which they hoped to barter for flour and groceries. They rowed out of sight eastwards, beyond Big Point and were never seen again.
Mr Peter Green, aged 77, watched from shore and wrote his account of the tragedy the next day. “On this day a ship came to Tristan. She could not fetch up to the settlement. When she got in shore she was about three miles from us to the eastward. Our lifeboat went off to her with sheep, potatoes, geese etc. When the boat got near the ship she hove back; the boat was alongside the ship some time, then the ship stood out from the land. We could see our lifeboat towing astern of the ship. She stood out about four miles. When she came in again she got so far to the eastward that she was lost to our view. We were watching for the boat all that night, but no boat made her appearance.”
“Next morning two parties went round the island by land. They could see nothing of the boat. She had all our best boatmen in her. If the boat and crew is lost it will make Tristan an island of widows, for it would make 13 widows. I had three sons, Jacob, Jeremiah & William, three grandsons, three brothers-in-law and one son-in-law in the lifeboat”.
However Captain William Thomas, of the WEST RIDING, gave a Sydney newspaper, in January 1886, a different version of the incident. “On November 27th, at 4am, saw the island of Tristan da Cunha, S.E. by S. true, there being at the time strong squalls with a heavy sea, though the weather was clear. A sailing boat was sighted steering for the vessel, being then distant about six miles from the settlement. Captain Thomas immediately took in sail and had his ship brought to the wind on the port tack. At 7.40am, when the boat was on the barque’s port quarter, distant one and a half miles, its sailing mast suddenly disappeared. The boat was afterwards seen apparently making towards the vessel with paddles. Thinking some accident had happened, Captain Thomas made sail, and stood towards the supposed spot where the boat was first seen; but although the ship cruised in the vicinity for two hours she failed to discover any vestige of it or its occupants. The vessel was rolling dreadfully, broadside on to the sea and it was found impossible to communicate with the island, Captain Thomas not deeming it prudent to launch a boat. At 10am, believing that nothing could be done to assist anyone, Captain Thomas kept the vessel away on her course.”
From the stories we have heard on the island no-one survived, no bodies were recovered and nothing was found of the lifeboat. Some islanders believed that the 15 men were taken on-board the WEST RIDING and sold as slaves in Australia. Others say that they drowned but no one knows what really happened.
A memorial plaque placed in St Mary’s Church on Tristan list the names of those 15 men lost:
Joe Beetham
Thomas & Cornelius Cotton
Thomas Glass
John, William & Alfred Green
Jacob, William & Jeremiah Green
Albert, James & William Hagan
Samuel & Thomas Swain

Tristan da Cunha 2015 35p/£1.20 sg?, scott? (Details of the WEST RIDING are given on: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11957&p=12828#!lightbox[gallery]/4/
Source: ... aster.html


Libya issued in 2015 for Euromed one stamp which shows us a small cargo ship or most probably a fishing vessels in a port. Probably the boat was used by migrant smugglers from Africa to Europe and there is a great chance that she has foundered or now is laying abandoned on the rocks of the Italian island Lampedusa.
Have not any details on the ship.

Libya 2015 750dh sg?, scott


William Dampier (1651 – 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of Australia and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's first natural historian.
Born the son of a Somerset farmer he sailed to Newfoundland and the East Indies while still a boy. He returned to England penniless but with his journals and in 1697 published A New Voyage Round the World, an account of his adventures, extensive travels and pursuit of knowledge whilst joining with privateers and pirates between 1679 and 1691. A further publication, A Discourse of Trade-winds, Breezes, Storms Seasons of the Year, Tides and Currents of the Torrid Zone throughout the World in 1699 was of long lasting benefit to mariners. However it was the New Voyage that proved to be a literary sensation.
These publications were both an inspiration to explorers, mariners and naturalists such as James Cook, Lord Nelson and Charles Darwin as well as a great influence on the literature of the time, for example Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. They established Dampier as an authority on the South Seas and enabled him to influence the Admiralty to support him leading a voyage to explore the east coast of New Holland (what is now Australia). As a civilian and former privateer, Dampier’s appointment to command a naval vessel was remarkable, but such was his fame and influence; notably derived from his literary, rather than leadership, talents.
Dampier was provided with HMS ROEBUCK, an armed three-masted vessel, 96 feet long, with a beam of 25 feet and a crew of 50 men. The expedition set out on 14 January 1699, making landfall on the Australian continent in August at the place he subsequently named Sharks Bay on the mid-west coast.
There he collected many plants, shells and other specimens and began producing the first known detailed record of Australian flora and fauna, producing detailed descriptions of all he encountered.
As the voyage continued the condition of the ROEBUCK deteriorated and Dampier was forced to abandon his plans. Having supplied the carpenter with the necessary stores to repair the vessel he records that the ship “prov’d more leaky after he had caulk’d her then she was before”.
In danger of sinking, he attempted to make the return voyage to England, but the ship foundered at Ascension Island on 21 February 1701. While anchored offshore and despite constant pumping the ship began to take on more water. The leak was found but nothing could be done with the worm-eaten planking. The vessel was run aground so that the crews could carry their possessions and bedding ashore on rafts. Finally on 24th February Dampier and the other officers went ashore, having ordered the sails to be cut from the yards for tents.
To their great relief a spring of fresh water (Dampier’s Drip) was found a few days later (26th). This and the ready supply of turtle meat assured their survival.
Dampier's crew was marooned on Ascension for five weeks before being returned home aboard an East Indiaman. Although many papers were lost with the ROEBUCK, Dampier was able to save some new charts of coastlines, and his record of trade winds and currents in the seas around Australia and New Guinea. He also preserved a few of his specimens although he wrote that many strange and beautiful shells were lost. His account of the expedition was published as A Voyage to New Holland in 1703.
Despite the detailed accounts of its loss and many searches over the years the ROEBUCK was never found until the Western Australian Maritime Museum's Expedition of 2001 located the wreck in Clarence Bay, Ascension Island. Among the finds was a giant clam shell, of the type to be found in the Pacific or Indian oceans but quite alien to Atlantic waters. Also found were the ship’s bell (only the ROEBUCK is known to have to have carried and lost a bell with a broad arrow in the vicinity of Clarence Bay), a grapnel located near the shore, various ironworks and other debris including ceramics.
Upon his return to England Dampier was court martialled for cruelty and dismissed from the Royal Navy. It seems the verdict did Dampier little harm with the War of the Spanish Succession seeing Dampier appointed commander of a new ship.
Dampier’s final voyage aboard the DUKE amassed quite a fortune (perhaps the equivalent of £20 million today) yet Dampier died in unknown circumstances, before receiving his share of the spoils and in debt.

Ascension 2015 25p/£1.60 sg?, scott? (Details of ROEBUCK: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6757 )
Source: ... mpier.html


Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 1346 by Kvaerner Masa Yard, Abo, Finland for Adventure of the Seas Inc. (management Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., Miami.
27 March 2000 first section laid down.
05 January 2001 floated out as the ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS, four sisters.
Tonnage 137,276 grt, 104,403 nrt, 11,032 dwt., dim. 311.12 x 38.60 x 8.60m. (draught)
Powered by six Wärtsilä 12V46c diesel engines, 42,000 kW, speed 22 knots.
Accommodation for maximum 3,844 passengers.
26 October 2001 deliver to owners under Bahamas flag and registry. Sailed across the North Atlantic to New York.
10 November 2001 christened ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS in New York by Rudy Giuliani.

12 November 2001 made a two day cruise with invited guests and press.
18 November 2001 made her maiden voyage from San Juan, Porto Rico to the Caribbean.
MS ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS is the third first-generation Voyager-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International.
She was built at Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland and completed in 2001. From 2001, she mostly sailed in the Southern Caribbean and departed weekly from the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. As of 2012, she is based in the Atlantic in the Summer and offers seven-day cruises from Malaga and in the winter she departs from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2013, her summer cruises will be based out of Southampton, England and offer Baltic, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe itineraries.
In April 2014, ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS received "Royal Advantage" upgrades, including an outdoor movie screen, digital signage, ship-wide Wifi, new Concierge and Diamond lounges, and the changeover of the Portofino restaurant to the Giovanni's Table concept first introduced on the Oasis class cruise ships.
Cruise destinations
ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS routinely cruises the Caribbean. During the first quarter of 2012, she cruised to St. Kitts with over 280,000 passengers in total, the most of any Royal Caribbean vessel.
In 2013, ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS was moved to a new base in Southampton, Hampshire for her European season. Royal Caribbean has confirmed that the ship will continue to be based in the UK for the 2013 season.
2016 First part of that year cruising in the Caribbean.
2015 In service same name and owner IMO No 9167227

Aruba 2015 250c sg?, scott? (she is the cruise vessel behind the CARNIVAL BREEZE) She also: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=15052

TEMERAIRE (S-617) submarine

Built as a nuclear submarine by Arsenal Cherbourg at Cherbourg for the French Navy.
18 December 1993 laid down.
08 August 1997 launched as the TÉMÉRAIRE (S-617), one of the Triomphant class.
Displacement surface 12,640 tons, submerged 14,335 tons, dim. 138 x 12.5 x 10.6m. (draught)
Powered by pressurised water K 15 nuclear reactor (150 MW), 200,000 hp., speed + 25 knots.
Test depth + 400 metre.
Armament 16 – M45 SLBM missiles with TN 75 warheads. Anti-submarine: 4 – 533mm torpedo tubes for F17 torpedoes. Anti-surface Exocet SM39 missiles.
Crew 111
23 December 1999 commissioned, based at Brest. Building cost 4,282 billion Euro.

2015 In service.
Solomon Islands 2014 $7 sg?, scott1507d.
Source Internet.

CARNIVAL BREEZE cruise vessel 2012

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6201 by Fincantieri Italiana, Monfalcone, Italy for the Carnival Corporation, Doral, Florida.
20 November 2008 keel laying ceremony.
16 September 2011 floating out as the CARNIVAL BREEZE
Tonnage 128,052 grt, 10,250 dwt., dim. 305.60 x 37.00 x 6.20m. (draught).
Powered by six Wärtsilä 12V46 diesel engines, 75,600 kW, speed 22.5 knots.
Accommodation for maximum 3,652 passengers and 1,386 crew.
29 May 2012 delivered to owners, under Panama flag with homeport Panama, IMO No 9555723.
03 June 2012 completed.

03 June 2012 in service from Barcelona, Spain for cruises in the Mediterranean, during the northern winters based in Miami.
09 December 2012 christened in Miami by Mrs. Tracy Wilson Mourning.
CARNIVAL BREEZE is a Dream-class cruise ship of Carnival Cruise Line which entered service on June 3, 2012. From June to November 2012 she sailed out of Barcelona and Venice on Mediterranean cruises, and afterwards from Miami to the Caribbean and Bahamas. In May 2016, she will be moving to Galveston to replace the CARNIVAL MAGIC
CARNIVAL BREEZE is the third and last Dream-class ship, with sisters ships CARNIVAL DREAM and CARNIVAL MAGIC. Costa Crociere recently took delivery of its first Dream Class ship, COSTA DIADEMA. Fincantieri Monfalcone in Italy is the builder, and the Dream class vessels are the largest passenger ships ever built by Fincantieri.
CARNIVAL BREEZE has the same design as her sisters, with a half-mile exterior promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, and a 23,750 sq ft (2,206 m2) wellness facility. Other features are the WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot (91 m)-long corkscrew water slide called Twister and another called The Drainpipe, an indoor/outdoor café with live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza, and a range of staterooms including deluxe ocean views with two bathrooms, some of which have five berths.
CARNIVAL BREEZE and her sisters have the widest variety of activity, dining and entertainment options of the entire fleet. She features a 5D Cinema called Thrill Theater, outdoor water park, Cloud 9 Spa, jogging track, fitness center, Seaside Theater, Red Frog Pub, Winner's Luck casino and bar, the Liquid Nightclub disco, Punchliner Comedy Club, Sport-square and Hasbro: The Game Show. Other features on CARNIVAL BREEZE include the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse (reservations and fee required), Guy's Burger Joint, which offers burgers custom-created by Food Network chef Guy Fieri, a Comedy Brunch on sea days, the Cucina del Capitano, a family-style Italian eatery with an extensive night time menu (reservations and fee required) and a free lunch time pasta bar, the BlueIguana Cantina, a burrito and taco made to order eatery for both breakfast and lunch and on sea days an outside Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ.
Ports of call
CARNIVAL BREEZE is currently home ported in Miami, Florida, sailing on six-and-eight-day Caribbean voyages.

Aruba 2015 250c sg?, scott? (For the identification of the two cruise vessels on the stamp see viewtopic.php?f=12&t=15052

Source: http://www.faktaomfartyg-se/carnival_breeze_2012.htm Internet.

Endurance (Shackleton)

The full index of our ship stamp archive

Endurance (Shackleton)

Postby shipstamps » Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:26 pm

Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
ba 75a.jpg
Click image to view full size
FID G34.jpg
SG G34
Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
The Endurance, of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-16, was built in 1912 by Framnes Mek. Verks, at Sandefjord, and engined by Akers of Christiania. Her gross tonnage was 348 on dimensions 140ft. x 26.4ft. x 14.1ft., and she was the typical Norwegian whaler type of vessel, barquentine-rigged and launched 1912, as Polaris, a 3-masted barquentine with auxiliary steam for polar tourism and polar bear hunting!
Purchased by Shackleton and renamed Endurance. She was ready to sail under the direction of Sir Ernest Shackleton, C.V.O., on August 1, 1914. When the Naval mobilisation order was published on August 3, Shackleton, with the consent of the crew, offered the services of the ship and her crew to the Government. However, the Admiralty did not think the war would last longer than six months and Sir Ernest was told to go ahead with his Antarctic plans.
The Endurance carried a crew of 27 men in addition to the scientific staff. She sailed after Shackleton had been received by the King and assured of his Majesty's approval of the expedition. On this expedition a new coastline was discovered which Sir Ernest named Caird Coast in honour of Sir James Caird, who had subscribed £24,000 towards the cost of the expedition. Like the Deutschland, the Endurance was caught in pack ice, but the conditions were more severe than those experienced by the German ship. The British vessel was trapped on January 19, 1915, and crushed on October 27, 1915, finally sinking beneath the ice 25 days later.
The crew took to the ice, which drifted across the Weddell Sea. When it was obvious the pack ice was breaking up, they took to the ship's boats which had been saved when the Endurance went down and on April 16, reached Elephant Island.
What followed is an epic of the Antarctic—how Sir Ernest Shackleton left 22 men on Elephant Island, while he chose five men to accompany him in an open boat (the James Caird) to cross 800 miles of Antarctic seas to bring food and relief to the shipwrecked crew. Having successfully accomplished the almost impossible in a voyage of a fortnight, a mountain range of three ridges had to be crossed, one 5,000ft. high and covered in ice with dangerous precipices, before civilisation could be reached. It took them 36hrs. to overcome this obstacle. Eventually, Sir Ernest was able to effect the rescue of the Endurance's crew on Elephant Island, but it was not until several attempts had been made by the whaler, Southern Sky, the Uruguayan Government trawler Institute de Pesca, the British schooner Emma, and the Chilean Navy tender Yelcho, all led by Shackleton, that a way through the ice was found and the crew were picked up 41/2 months after their leader had left them. During the whole of that time Shackleton had thought of nothing but their relief.

Detail from BAT philatelic
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton 1874-1922

Expeditions: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 in Discovery. British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09 in Nimrod. Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17 in Endurance. Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition 1921-22 in Quest. Discoveries: Beardmore Glacier, South Magnetic Pole, Caird Coast.
Voyage: British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17.

Aus Ant SG45, Brit Ant SG75,249 Chile 1375 Fal Is Dep SG G34 Ross Dep SG36 South Georgia SG32.
Site Admin
Posts: 19
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:12 pm

Re: Endurance (Shackleton)

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:56 am

2015 South Georgia.JPG
Click image to view full size
2015 endurance.jpg
Click image to view full size
2015 endurance 1.jpg
Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
Click image to view full size
Built under yard 87 by Framnæs Mek. Verks., Sandefjord, Norway for a company formed by Lars Christensen from Norway and Adrien de Gerlach from Belgian.
17 December 1912 launched as the POLARIS.
Tonnage 348 gross, dim. 42.67 x 8.04 x 4.28m.
One auxiliary coal fired triple expansion steam engine, 350 hp, one shaft, speed 10.2 knots.
Rigged as a three-masted barkentine.
24 August 1913 completed.

She was designed for the new formed company as a polar safari ship with paying guests, but when delivered the new formed company could not made the last payment, and the POLARIS was laid up waiting for a new buyer.
When Shackleton also short by cash was looking for a polar expedition vessel, and he did not have to pay for the POLARIS straight away but after some time, bought her for 225.000NKroner.
She was renamed in ENDURANCE.
The ENDURANCE was the three-masted barquentine in which Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed for the Antarctic on the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. She was launched in 1912 from Sandefjord in Norway and was crushed by ice, causing her to sink, three years later in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica.
Designed by Ole Aanderud Larsen, the ENDURANCE was built at the Framnæs shipyard in Sandefjord, Norway and fully completed 24 August 1913. She was built under the supervision of master wood shipbuilder Christian Jacobsen, who was renowned for insisting that all men employed under him not just be skilled shipwrights, but also be experienced in seafaring aboard whaling or sealing ships. Every detail of her construction had been scrupulously planned to ensure maximum durability, for example every joint and every fitting cross-braced each other for maximum strength
She was launched on December 17, 1912 and was initially christened the POLARIS (eponymous with Polaris, the North Star). She was 144 feet (44 m) long, with a 25 feet (7.6 m) beam and weighed 350 short tons (320 t). Though her black hull looked from the outside like that of any other vessel of a comparable size, it was not. She was designed for polar conditions with a very sturdy construction. Her keel members were four pieces of solid oak, one above the other, adding up to a thickness of 85 inches (2,200 mm), while her sides were between 30 inches (760 mm) and 18 inches (460 mm) thick, with twice as many frames as normal and the frames being of double thickness. She was built of planks of oak and Norwegian fir up to 30 inches (760 mm) thick, sheathed in greenheart, a notably strong and heavy wood. Her bow, where she would meet the ice head-on, had been given special attention. Each timber had been made from a single oak tree chosen for its shape so that is natural shape followed the curve of her design. When put together, these pieces had a thickness of 52 inches (1,300 mm).
Of her three masts, the forward one was square-rigged while the after two carried fore and aft sails, like a schooner. As well as sails, ENDURANCE had a 350 horsepower (260 kW) coal-fired steam engine capable of driving her at speeds up to 10.2 knots (18.9 km/h; 11.7 mph).
By the time she was launched on December 17, 1912, POLARIS was perhaps the strongest wooden ship ever built, with the possible exception of the FRAM, the vessel used by Fridtjof Nansen and later by Roald Amundsen. However, there was one major difference between the ships. The FRAM was bowl-bottomed, which meant that if the ice closed in against her she would be squeezed up and out and not be subject to the pressure of the ice compressing around her. But since the POLARIS was designed to operate in relatively loose pack ice she was not constructed so as to rise out of pressure to any great extent.
She was built for Adrien de Gerlache and Lars Christensen. They intended to use her for polar cruises for tourists to hunt polar bears. Financial problems leading to de Gerlache pulling out of their partnership meant that Christensen was happy to sell the boat to Ernest Shackleton for GB£11,600 (approx US$67,000), less than cost. He is reported to have said he was happy to take the loss in order to further the plans of an explorer of Shackleton's stature 'After Shackleton's purchasing her, she was rechristened ENDURANCE after the Shackleton family motto "Fortitudine vincimus" (By endurance we conquer).
Shackleton sailed with ENDURANCE from Plymouth, England on August 6, 1914 and set course for Buenos Aires, Argentina. This was ENDURANCE's first major cruising since her completion and amounted to a shakedown cruise. The trip across the Atlantic took more than two months. Built for the ice, her hull was considered by many of its crew too rounded for the open ocean.
On October 26, 1914 ENDURANCE sailed from Buenos Aires to her last port of call, the Grytviken whaling station on the island of South Georgia off the southern tip of South America, where she arrived on November 5. She departed from Grytviken for her final voyage on December 5, 1914 towards the southern regions of the Weddell Sea.
Two days after leaving from South Georgia, ENDURANCE encountered polar pack ice and progress slowed down. For weeks Endurance twisted and squirmed her way through the pack. She kept moving but averaged less than 30 miles (48 km) per day. By January 15, Endurance was within 200 miles (320 km) of its destination, Vahsel Bay. However by the following day heavy pack ice was sighted in the morning and in the afternoon a blowing gale developed. Under these conditions it was soon evident progress could not be made, and ENDURANCE took shelter under the lee of a large grounded berg. During the next two days ENDURANCE dogged back and forth under the sheltering protection of the berg.
On January 18 the gale began to moderate and thus ENDURANCE, one day short of her destination, set the topsail with the engine at slow. The pack had blown away. Progress was made slowly until hours later ENDURANCE encountered the pack once more. It was decided to move forward and work through the pack, and at 5pm ENDURANCE entered it. However it was noticed that this ice was different from what had been encountered before. The ship was soon engulfed by thick but soft ice floes. The ship floated in a soupy sea of mushy brash ice. The ship was beset. The gale now increased its intensity and kept blowing for another six days from a northerly direction towards land. By January 24, the wind had completely compressed the ice in the whole Weddell Sea against the land. The ice had packed snugly around ENDURANCE. All that could be done was to wait for a southerly gale that would start pushing, decompressing and opening the ice in the other direction. Instead the days passed and the pack remained unchanged.
ENDURANCE drifted for months while remaining beset in the ice in the Weddell Sea and drifted with it. The ice kept compressing it until ENDURANCE could not endure the pressure and was crushed on October 27, 1915. On the morning of November 21, 1915, the ENDURANCE bow began to sink under the ice. Like RMS TITANIC, the Endurance went vertical, her stern rising into the air, then disappearing beneath the ice. The ENDURANCE is considered the last ship of her kind.
It is said that Shackleton placed advertisements in London newspapers that read:
"MEN WANTED: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success. Sir Ernest Shackleton."
The crew of the Endurance in its final voyage was made up of the 28 men Blackborrow was originally refused a post aboard the vessel due to his young age and inexperience and decided to stow away, helped to sneak aboard by William Blakewell, a friend of his, and Walter How. By the time he was found, the expedition was far enough out that Shackleton had no choice but to make him a steward. Blackborrow eventually proved his worth, earning the Bronze Polar Medal, and the honour of becoming the first human being ever to set foot on Elephant Island. His name is also the matter of some debate—it is sometimes spelled Percy, or Blackboro, or in other ways.
Alfred Lansing wrote a book titled Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage about the ordeal that Shackleton and his men endured aboard the ship. It became a bestseller when first published in 1959. Subsequent reprints have made it a recurrent bestseller; the last time being in the late 1990s.
Two Antarctic patrol ships of the British Royal Navy have been named ENDURANCE in honour of Shackleton's ship. The first HMS ENDURANCE (originally named ANITA DAN) was launched in May 1956 and awarded Pennant number A171 sometime later. She acted as an ice patrol and hydrographic survey ship until 1986. Today's modern HMS ENDURANCE, nicknamed The Red Plum, is a class 1A1 ice-breaker bought from Norway in 1992 where she had been known as MV POLAR CIRCLE. She is based at Portsmouth but makes annual forays to Antarctica where she can penetrate through 0.9 metres (2 ft 11 in) of ice at a speed of 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph). She has a complement of 126 marine personnel and carries two Westland Lynx helicopters.
In 1998 wreckage found at Stinker Point on the south western side of Elephant Island was incorrectly identified as flotsam from the ship. It in fact belonged to the 1877 wreck of the Connecticut sealing ship CHARLES SHEARER In 2001 wreck hunter David Mearns unsuccessfully planned an expedition to find the wreck of the Endurance By 2003 two rival groups were making plans for an expedition to find the wreck, however no expedition was actually mounted. In 2010 Mearns announced a new plan to search for the wreck. The plan is sponsored by the National Geographic Society but is subject to finding sponsorship for the balance of the U.S. $10 million estimated cost.

Retrieved from ""

The 10p stamp features Ernest Shackleton and his Imperial Transantarctic Expedition ship ENDURANCE. The Weddell Sea party of the expedition visited South Georgia in November 1914 to take on coal and other stores and refit the ship before sailing for Antarctica. While in Buenos Aires, Shackleton was warned that it might be a bad year for ice in the Weddell Sea so he delayed his departure from South Georgia for a month. This gave time for scientific work to be carried out. Unfortunately most of the records and specimens were lost when ENDURANCE was crushed by the ice and sank. Shackleton is buried in the cemetery at Grytviken.

Source: South Georgia Post.

South Georgia & Sandwich Islands 2015 10p sg?, scott?
Maldives 2015 20M and 60M sg?, scott?
Solomon Islands 2015 $40 sgMS?, scott?
Sierra Leone 2015 6000L sgMS?, scott? sgMS?, scott?
Guina 2015 10.000f sgMS?, scott?
Posts: 4395
Joined: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:28 am

Return to Ship Stamps Collection

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Anatol, Baidu [Spider], D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen, Google Adsense [Bot], Google [Bot], Yahoo [Bot] and 10 guests

Sponsored Links