PARRAMATTA HMAS 1910

Built as torpedo-boat destroyer under yard No 469 by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan for the Royal Australian Navy.
17 March 1909 laid down.
09 February 1910 launched as the HMAS PARRAMATTA (55), named after the Parramatta River. She was one of the River Class torpedo-boat destroyer.
Displacement 750 ton standard, dim. 75 x 7.41 x 2.59m. (draught)
Powered by Parsons steam turbines, 10,000 shp, three shafts, speed 26 knots.
Range by a speed of 11.5 knots, 2,690 mile. Fuel oil.
Armament: 1 – BL 4 inch MK VII gun, 3 – 12 pdr. QF guns and 3 – 18 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 66 – 73.
10 September 1910 commissioned.

HMAS PARRAMATTA, named for the Parramatta River, was a River-class torpedo-boat destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Ordered in 1909 for the Commonwealth Naval Forces (the predecessor of the RAN), PARRAMATTA was the first ship launched for the Australian navy. Temporarily commissioned into the Royal Navy for the delivery voyage to Australia, the destroyer came under Australian naval control in 1910, and on 1 March 1911 was recommissioned into the RAN, shortly before its founding.
From 1914 to 1917, PARRAMATTA was involved in wartime patrols in the Pacific and South East Asian regions, before she and her sister ships were transferred to the Mediterranean for anti-submarine operations. She returned to Australia in 1919, and was placed in reserve. Apart from a brief period of full commission during the visit of the Prince of Wales, PARRAMATTA remained in reserve commission until 1928. She was fully decommissioned in 1928, stripped of parts, and sold for use as prisoner accommodation on the Hawkesbury River. After changing hands several times, the hull ran aground during gale conditions in 1933, and was left to rust. In 1973, the bow and stern sections were salvaged, and converted into memorials.
Design and construction
PARRAMATTA had a displacement of 750 tons, a length overall of 246 feet (75 m), and a beam of 24 feet 3.75 inches (7.4105 m). The destroyer was powered by three Yarrow oil-burning boilers connected to Parsons turbines, which delivered 10,000 shaft horsepower to three propeller shafts. PARRAMATA’s cruising speed was 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph), giving the ship a range of 2,690 nautical miles (4,980 km; 3,100 mi). Her maximum speed as designed was 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph), but during sea trials, she was able to achieve 27.3 knots (50.6 km/h; 31.4 mph). The ship's company consisted of between 66 and 73 personnel, including five officers.
PARRAMATTA, along with sister ships YARRA and WARREGO, were ordered on 6 February 1909; the first ships to be ordered for the Commonwealth Naval Forces, the post-Federation amalgamation of the Australian colonial navies. The ship was laid down by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited, at their shipyard in Govan, Scotland on 17 March 1909. She was launched on 9 February 1910 by Margot Asquith, wife of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith; the first new ship launched for the Australian navy. Construction was completed in August 1910, and the ship was commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS PARRAMATTA for the voyage out to Australia. PARRAMATTA and sister ship sailed from Portsmouth on 19 September. Once the ships arrived in Broome, they were transferred to the control of the Commonwealth Naval Forces.
Early career
After entering Australian control, the two ships sailed to Melbourne for a gala welcome. During the celebrations, the ship's engineering officer fell overboard and drowned. On 1 March 1911, PARRAMATTA was recommissioned as His Majesty's Australian Ship, although the HMAS prefix was not officially approved until 10 July, when King George V granted permission for the Commonwealth Naval Forces to be renamed the Royal Australian Navy.
On 4 October 1913, PARRAMATTA took part in a formal fleet entry into Sydney Harbour welcoming the battlecruiser HMAS AUSTRALIA.
World War I
During the early stages of World War I, PARRAMATTA operated with the Australian fleet in the search for the German East Asia Squadron, then was involved in the capture of German colonies in the South Pacific region, including German New Guinea, and the consolidation of Allied occupation in these regions. On 5 February 1915, PARRAMATTA and sister ships YARRA and HMAS WARREGO sailed for Australia, where they were used for convoy escort duties along the continent's eastern coast until November. The ships were refitted at Sydney, then sent to patrol the region around Malaya, the East Indies, and the Philippines. PARRAMATTA returned to Australia on 17 July 1916, and patrolled home waters until 17 May 1917, when she and her sister ships were ordered to Malta.
On arrival, the six River-class ships were to undergo anti-submarine training, but were instead immediately deployed on convoy escort operations from Port Said to Malta. On 16 August, lookouts aboard PARRAMATTA spotted the wake from a periscope. The destroyer sped to the area of the sighting, and dropped a depth charge on a submarine travelling just below the surface. After completing the convoy run, the Australian warships completed the training, and were assigned to patrols of the Adriatic. For this, PARRAMATTA was fitted with an observation balloon. On 16 November 1917, PARRAMATTA and several sister ships came to assist the Italian transport ORIONE, who’s stern had been destroyed by a torpedo. PARRAMATTA towed the stricken ship towards the mainland, while WARREGO and SWAN recovered survivors and YARRA chased the attacking submarine. Apart from this, the patrols were uneventful, and on 28 September 1918, PARRAMATTA underwent refit in Greece before joining Allied forces at Constantinople. During October 1918, following the surrender of Turkish forces, PARRAMATTA accepted the surrender of a German admiral assigned to the area. The destroyer was then used for mail runs between Constantinople and Sebastopol until December, when she sailed to Devonport, arriving on 14 January 1919.
During her career, PARRAMATTA received no honours or awards for her activities during World War I. Following an overhaul of the RAN battle honours system, completed in March 2010, the ship's wartime service was retroactively recognised with the honours "Rabaul 1914" and "Adriatic 1917–18".
Post-war
On 6 March 1919, PARRAMATTA sailed for home, in company with several other Australian ships. PARRAMATTA and YARRA ran out of fuel on 26 April, less than a day out from Darwin, and had to be towed into port by WARREGO. The destroyer paid off into reserve at Sydney on 22 July 1919. She was recommissioned for the period 17 May to 13 June 1920 for the visit of the Prince of Wales in HMS RENOW , then was returned to reserve. From October 1924 until November 1925, PARRAMATTA was based at Westernport, Victoria for use as a training ship, then spent time in Sydney, then Adelaide, before returning to Sydney in April 1928.
Decommissioning and fate
PARRAMATTA was paid off from service on 20 April 1928 and handed over to the Cockatoo Island Dockyard for dismantling on 17 October.
.PARRAMATTA and SWAN were stripped down, and their hulks were sold to NSW Penal Department and towed to Cowan Creek, where they were used to house prisoner labourers working on roads along the Hawkesbury River. The two hulks were then sold in 1933 for 12 pounds each to George Rhodes of Cowan, New South Wales, who intended to use them as accommodation for fishers. This was opposed, and the ships were sold on to a pair of fishermen, who used them to transport blue metal to Milson and Peat Islands.
On 2 February 1934, PARRAMATTA and SWAN were being towed down the Hawkesbury River for final breaking in Sydney, when gale conditions caused both hulls to break their tows; SWAN foundered and sank, while PARRAMATTA ran aground in mangroves...

Unknown ferry in Sydney Harbour

Most probably the ferry depict will be never identified only part of a deck is visible. By the photo after which the stamp was designed is given:
Embarkation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) for New Guinea. At the request of the British Government a special force, the Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force, was raised between 10 August 1914 and 18 August 1914, and despatched against the neighbouring German colonies. It was a volunteer force, enlisted partly from the naval reserves in the various states and partly from the militia. A portion of the military contingent is shown, being ferried down Sydney Harbour in course of embarkation. These were the first infantry to leave Australia.
Australia 2014 70c sg?, scott?

AE 1 HMAS submarine

Built as a submarine by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness, U.K for the Royal Australian Navy.
14 November 1911 keel laid down.
22 May 1913 launched as the HMAS AE1 one of the E class.
Displacement 760 ton surfaces, 820 ton submerged, dim. 55.2 x 6.86 x 3.81m. (draught)
Powered by two 8-cyl. diesel engines, 1.600 hp surfaced, battery driven by electric motors 840 hp when submerged. Twin shafts, speed 15 knots surfaced and 10 knots submerged.
Range 3000 mile at 10 knots at the surface and 65 mile at 5 knots when submerged.
Test dept 61 metre.
Armament 4 – 18 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 34.
28 February 1914 commissioned.

HMAS AE1 (originally known as just AE1) was an E-class submarine of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was the first submarine to serve in the RAN, and was lost at sea with all hands near East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, on 14 September 1914, after less than seven months in service. The wreck of the submarine has never been found, despite several searches.
Description
The E-class was an enlarged version of the preceding D-class submarine to accommodate an additional pair of broadside torpedo tubes. AE1 was 181 feet (55.2 m) long overall, had a beam of 22 feet 6 inches (6.9 m) and a draught of 12 feet 6 inches (3.8 m). She displaced 750 long tons (760 t) on the surface and 810 long tons (820 t) submerged. The E-class boats had a designed diving depth of 100 feet (30.5 m), but the addition of watertight bulkheads, strengthened the hull and increased the actual diving depth to 200 feet (61.0 m). The crew consisted of 34 officers and enlisted men.
The boat had two propellers, each of which was driven by an eight-cylinder 800-brake-horsepower (600 kW) diesel engine as well as a 420-brake-horsepower (313 kW) electric motor. This arrangement gave the E-class submarines a maximum speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) while surfaced and 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) submerged. They carried approximately 40 long tons (41 t) of fuel that gave them a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) while on the surface and 65 nmi (120 km; 75 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) while submerged.

AE1 had four 18-inch torpedo tubes, one each in the bow and stern, plus two on the broadside, one firing to port and the other to starboard. The boat carried one spare torpedo for each tube. No guns were fitted.
Construction
AE1 was laid down by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness, England on 14 November 1911, launched on 22 May 1913 and commissioned into the RAN on 28 February 1914.[6] After commissioning, AE1, accompanied by her sister ship AE2, the other of the Royal Australian Navy's first two submarines, reached Sydney from England on 24 May 1914. Both submarines were manned by Royal Navy (RN) officers with a mixed crew of sailors drawn from the RN and RAN.
Deployment and loss.
At the outbreak of World War I, AE1, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Thomas Besant, RN, was sent to capture German New Guinea as part of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. With her sister ship AE2, she took part in the operations leading to the occupation of the German territory, including the surrender of Rabaul on 13 September 1914. The submarine's involvement was recognised following an overhaul of the RAN battle honours system in 2010: AE1 retroactively received the honour "Rabaul 1914".
At 07:00 on 14 September, AE1 departed Blanche Bay, Rabaul, to patrol off Cape Gazelle with HMAS PARRAMATTA. When she had not returned by 20:00, several ships were dispatched to search for her. No trace of the submarine was ever found, and she was listed as lost with all hands. It is probable that she was wrecked on a reef or other submerged object. As well as Lieutenant Commander Besant, 2 other officers and 32 sailors were lost in this disaster. The disappearance was Australia's first major loss of World War I.
Searches
The Maritime Museum of Western Australia, sponsored by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, launched an unsuccessful attempt to locate the submarine in November 2003. The search area was concentrated to the south-east of the Duke of York Islands.
In February 2007, a new effort to locate the submarine was mounted by the RAN, when the survey ships BENALLA and SHEPPARTON attempted to locate the submarine off East New Britain, based on data compiled over the previous 30 years. BENALLA located an object of the appropriate dimensions using sonar on 1 March. Later identification conducted by HMAS YARRA found the object to be a rock formation with similar shape and dimensions to the submarine. A new search is planned for September 2014.

Australia 2014 70c sg?, scott? (she is the vessel in the foreground of the stamp, HMAS ENCOUNTER is depict on the right, while behind the submarine is HMAS PARRAMATTA.)

More info on the AE 1 you can find on http://www.AE1submarine.com
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS_AE1

HMAS ENCOUNTER 1905

On the net I found the photo after which this stamp is designed, on which is given that the submarine in the foreground is the HMAS AE 1, on the right the larger vessel is HMAS ENCOUNTER en behind the submarine is HMAS PARRAMATTA.
HMAS ENCOUNTER:
Built as a second class protected cruiser on the Devonport Dockyard, U.K. for the Royal Navy.
28 January 1901 laid down.
18 June 1902 launched as the HMS ENCOUNTER one of the Challenger class.
Displacement 5,880 tons standard, dim. 114.65 x 17.12 x 6.48m. (draught), length bpp. 108.20m.
Powered by a Keyham 4-cyl. triple expansion steam engine, 12,500 hp. Twin shafts, speed 21 knots.
Armament 11 – 6 inch, 9 – 12 pdr., 6 – 3 pdr. Guns, three machine guns and 2 – 18 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 475.
21 November 1905 commissioned.
HMAS ENCOUNTER was a second-class protected cruiser of the Challenger class operated by the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was built by HM Dockyard Devonport and completed at the end of 1905.
ENCOUNTER spent the first six years of her career operating with the RN's Australia Squadron, before being transferred to the newly formed RAN. During World War I, the cruiser became the first ship of the RAN to fire in anger when she bombarded Toma Ridge. ENCOUNTER operated in the New Guinea, Fiji-Samoa, and Malaya areas until 1916, when she returned to Australian waters. The ship spent the rest of the war patrolling and escorting convoys around Australia and into the Indian Ocean. In 1919, ENCOUNTER was sent to evacuate the Administrator of the Northern Territory and his family following the Darwin Rebellion.
ENCOUNTER was paid off into reserve in 1920, but saw further use as a depot ship until being completely decommissioned in 1929. In 1932, the cruiser was scuttled off Sydney.
Challenger class cruiser
Challenger class vessels had a standard displacement of 5,880 tons, a length of 376 feet 1.75 inches (114.6493 m) overall and 355 feet (108 m) between perpendiculars, a beam of 56 feet 2.125 inches (17.12278 m), and a draught of 21.25 feet (6.48 m). The cruisers were propelled by a Keyham 4-cylinder triple expansion steam engine, which provided 12,500 horsepower to two propeller shafts, allowing her to reach speeds just over 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph). Her economical cruising speed was 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph), which allowed the ship to travel 5,436 nautical miles (10,067 km) before exhausting her 1,314 tons of coal. In British service, the ship's company stood at 450, but while operated by the RAN, this was reduced to 29 officers and 269 sailors.
As completed, the ship's armament consisted of eleven BL 6-inch Mk VII naval guns, nine QF 12-pounder 12 cwt naval guns, six 3-pounder guns, three machine guns, and two 18-inch (450-mm) torpedo tubes mounted broadside. By the 1920s, the 6-inch and 12-pounder guns had been reduced to three and four respectively, although a 12-pounder field gun was added to the ship's arsenal. A single QF 3-pounder Hotchkiss gun replaced the six 3-pounders, while the original three machine guns were supplanted by four Maxim guns and two Lewis guns.
ENCOUNTER was laid down for the RN by HM Dockyard at Devonport in Plymouth on 28 January 1901. The ship was launched on 18 June 1902, commissioned into the RN on 21 November 1905, and completed on 16 December 1905.
Operational history
From April 1906 to June 1912, ENCOUNTER served as part of the RN Australia Squadron. On 1 July 1912, the ship was commissioned into the RAN on loan, for use until HMAS BRISBANE was completed.
Assigned to the Pacific Station during 1914–15, ENCOUNTER was part of the force which occupied German New Guinea. In the course of these operations she captured the steamer ZAMBEZI on 12 August and, on 14 September, bombarded Toma Ridge to support the Australian Military and Naval Expeditionary Force; this action made her the first RAN ship to fire in anger. She covered the landing at Madang on 24 September. While patrolling the Fiji-Samoa area she captured the German sailing vessel ELFRIEDE on 25 April 1915. The cruiser operated in the Malay Archipelago during 1915, but was recalled to Australian waters on 11 February 1916, as all other RAN ships had been deployed elsewhere.
In July 1916, during a visit by to an unnamed island off the coast of Western Australia, two bronze cannons were discovered by ENCOUNTER officers Commander C.W. Stevens and Surgeon Lieutenant W. Roberts. The latter described: approximately 25 paces from the water’s edge, we saw the two carronades protruding, through the sand 2/3rds of each being exposed so that they were easily lifted out. They were ... 6 feet apart and certainly had the appearance of leading marks ... a large number of the ship’s company landed and next day, shifted sand over practically the whole area for a considerable depth. The only other object found was a small portion of a brass bound chest. You can imagine the disappointment of the matelots who had visions of buried treasure
—Surgeon Commander Roberts, Letter from Surgeon Commander Roberts, 18 August 1933.
Since these guns were erroneously thought to be carronades, the place was named "Carronade Island".
On 12 January 1917, ENCOUNTER was ordered to New Zealand, where she met a convoy of Australian and New Zealand troopships. The cruiser remained with the convoy until a rendezvous point in the Indian Ocean, where responsibility was handed over to ships of the East Indies Station. In August, the cruiser assisted in the search for the missing merchantman SS METUNG; it was not known until 1918 that she had been a victim of the German raider WOLF. From December 1917 until April 1918, ENCOUNTER underwent refit in Sydney, then returned to Western Australia. The ship travelled between Fremantle and Sydney several times before the end of the war.
The cruiser's wartime activities were later recognised with the battle honour "Rabaul 1914".
In early 1919, ENCOUNTER was sent to Darwin to protect Administrator John Gilruth, following the Darwin Rebellion. Gilruth and his family boarded her on 20 February 1919 and were taken to Melbourne.
Decommissioning and fate.
ENCOUNTER paid off into reserve on 30 September 1920. She was assigned to the naval base at Garden Island as a depot ship in May 1923, and was renamed HMAS PENGUIN. The ship was decommissioned on 15 August 1929. She was scuttled on 14 September 1932 off Sydney. ENCOUNTER lies at a depth of around 74 metres (243 ft) and is dived regularly.
Australia 2014 70c sg?, scott? (She is the vessel on the right of the stamp, in the foreground is the submarine AE 1 and behind her the HMAS PARAMATTA.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS_Encounter_(1902)

GOLDEN IRIS cruise vessel

Palmer Gate, Haifa.
The stamp features Palmer Gate Street and the port; part of a ship at the corner; and a statue of a fish with a ship on its back, Zvika Cantor's City Fish, which was erected in 2010 on the Haifa-Boston Partnership square, located on the corner of Palmer Gate and Kdoshei Baghdad Street in Haifa.

The tap shows a cruise vessel which is identified as the GOLDEN IRIS. Mr Peter Crichton has identified the warship in the background as one of the Nirit class warships of Israel.
Peter suggests that the vessel on the stamp between the buildings could be one of the Russian Ivan Franko class passenger ships. The class has been scrapped except the MARCO POLO, but the funnel colours does not match. The MARCO POLO make calls at Haifa, and the funnel could be an artist’s impression.

Holocaust survivors rose from the ashes of the crematoriums and immigrated illegally to Eretz Israel during the British Mandate period. Under terrible conditions, on crowded decks of dilapidated immigrant ships, they made their way to the Promised Land, their hearts filled with hopes and dreams.
The city of Haifa was the first thing that most Holocaust survivors saw as they approached the coastline. The bare concrete docks of the Port of Haifa were, to them, the Holy Land for which they yearned. They were part of an extremely dramatic and historic step taken by the Jewish people - the establishment of the State of Israel.
Haifa Port was the entry point into Eretz Israel. Haifa was the Jewish people's home port, both for the illegal immigrants (ma'apilim) who arrived prior to the establishment of the State and for the waves of immigrants who came after the State of Israel was established.
Gate number five, which served for years as the mythological main entrance into the Port of Haifa, was later named Palmer Gate. The road leading out from the gate is also called Palmer Gate, named for Sir Frederick Palmer, a British engineer who planned and built the Port of Haifa from 1920 to its official opening in 1933.
Palmer Gate Street is crossed by Port St. (Rehov HaNamal), which housed the administrative and commercial center of the port, and today is at the heart of the Port Campus - the academic center of Haifa's downtown area.
The Port Campus is a challenging project, which will turn an entire section of Haifa's downtown into a complex of college campuses, dormitories and modern residential buildings, as well as supporting businesses that are typical of this type of complex.
The Port Campus is very significant for the city of Haifa. The project reshapes the character and appearance of the city's downtown, rejuvenates it and restores its past glory, and constitutes a critical phase in Haifa's development.
GOLDEN IRIS.
Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 859 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen for the Overseas National Airways, USA. During construction sold to Cunard Cruise Ships Ltd., Southampton.
2 December 1974 launched as the CUNARD CONQUEST, one sister the CUNARD COUNTES.
Tonnage 17,496 grt, 2,499 dwt, dim. 163,56 x 22.80 x 8.30m. (draught).
Powered by four B&W 7U50HU diesel engines, 15,447 kW, twin shafts, speed 21.5 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 947 passengers, crew 350.
30 October 1975 delivered to owners.
MS GOLDEN IRIS is a cruise ship owned and operated by the Israel-based Mano Maritime. She was built 1975 by the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark for Cunard Line as MS CUNARD CONQUIST, but her interior fittings were subsequently installed at the Navali Mechaniche Affini in La Spezia, Italy. Following re-delivery from Navali Mechaniche Affini in 1977 the ship was renamed MS CUNARD PRINCESS. In 1995 the ship entered service with StarLauro Cruises (later rebranded MSC Cruises), briefly retaining her previous name before being renamed MS RHAPSODY. Later during her career with MSC Cruises the ship came to be marketed as MS MSC Rhapsody, but her official registered name remained RHAPSODY throughout her MSC career. In 2009 the ship was sold to her current owners.
Concept and construction
The ship that eventually became known as the CUNARD PRINCESS was originally one of two ships ordered by the United States-based Overseas National Airways. Unusually Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, was involved in the design process of the ships, envisioning them as "floating Playboy Clubs". Order for the two ships was placed with the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, during construction the ships were sold to the United Kingdom-based Cunard Line. Although better known as luxury cruise operators, Cunard decided to maintain the original informal cruise concept developed for the ships by Overseas National Airways.
CUNARD CONQUEST, the second of the two sisters, was launched from dry-dock in December 1974. Instead of having the ships completed at Burmeister & Wain, Cunard decided that once the hulls of the ships were complete they would sail to the Navali Mechaniche Affini in La Spezia, Italy, where interior fittings would be installed. Therefore, following delivery to Cunard on 30 October 1975 the CUNARD CONQUEST sailed to La Spezia, where she arrived on 6 November 1975. While the ship was being fitted out Cunard decided to change her name to CUNARD PRINCESS. Following delivery to Cunard in early 1977 the ship sailed to New York City, where she was renamed by Princess Grace of Monaco.

1977-1995: CUNARD RINCESS
CUNARD PRINCESS set on her first cruise from New York City to Bermuda in April 1977, joining her elder sister MS CUNARD COUNTESS in the Caribbean cruise service after the Bermuda run. CUNARD PRINCESS sailed out of Ft Lauderdale, then after a charter to Lauro Line in 1979 she sailed a Caribbean run out of San Juan. (Ref Cunard Line Ltd written brochures.) At the time the CUNARD PRINCESS was registered in Southampton, but in 1980 she was moved to the Bahamian registry, with Nassau as her homeport. Later during her career with Cunard the ship started cruising around Europe, while the CUNARD COUNTESS remained in Caribbean service.
During the Gulf War the CUNARD PRINCESS was chartered to the United States Armed Forces Recreation Centre as a recreational facility for troops involved in the conflict. The ship arrived in Bahrain on 24 December 1990. Initially the plan was to operate the ship on three-day cruises around the Persian Gulf, but for economical reasons she was permanently moored in Bahrain instead. Following the end of her service in the Gulf War, the ship was docked at Valletta, Malta on 23 September 1991. She re-entered normal service with Cunard on 19 October 1991.
In 1993 the CUNARD PRINCESS was moved to the fleet of Cunard's newly created mid-market subsidiary Cunard Crown Cruises, joining her sister CUNARD COUNTESS and three ships chartered from EffJohn. Cunard Crown Cruises proved to be short-lived, and in 1995 the CUNARD PRINCESS was chartered to StarLauro Cruises, who were in need of a replacement for their MS ACHILLE LAURO that had sunk following a fire in 1994. Initially the CUNARD PRINCESS kept her older name in StarLauro service.
1995-2009: Rhapsody
After a short time under charter to StarLauro, the company acquired the CUNARD PRINCESS. Initially the ship was planned to be renamed HARMONY, but in the end she was renamed RHAPSODY. Coinciding with the change of ownership the ship was re-registered in Panama. Initially she was used for cruising around the Mediterranean out of Italy. Shortly after acquisition of the RHAPSODY StarLauro was rebranded as Mediterranean Shipping Cruises on 1 October 1995. Subsequently the company further rebranded themselves into MSC Cruises.
In 2001 the RHAPSODY was re-registered to Naples. On 9 April 2009 MSC Cruises sold the RHAPSODY to the Israel-based cruise operator Mano Maritime.
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ELENA yacht

The yacht depict on the 1.55 Euro stamp of Monaco I believe is the ELENA by comparing the stamp with photo’s of the yacht she looks the same, but I am a merchant man and my expertise on yachts is not great, so I could been wrong.
She was built as a steel hulled replica of a famous yacht ELENA designed by Nathanael G Hereshoff under yard No 706/Y103 by Factoria Naval de Marin, Galicia, Spain, I could not find an owner.
2009 Launched as the ELENA.
Displacement 215 ton, Dim. 55.00 x 8.14 x 5.20m. (draught), length on waterline 29.60m.
Two mast, schooner rigged, total sail area 1,800 m².
Auxiliary engine one MAN V12 D2482LE, 600 hp diesel engine, speed?, bow thrusther of 70 kW.
Accommodation for 10 guests, crew 8.
When built her asking price was 8.9 million Euro, and she was sold in June 2010.

She is for charter for cruising or racing.
http://www.charterworld.com/?sub=yacht- ... elena-1839 gives on the yacht:

Sailing Yacht ELENA was ‘born to sail’ as her predecessor was, almost one hundred years earlier. This Classic will provide a thrilling experience for any keen sailors wishing to take part in any of the Mediterranean or Caribbean Classic Regattas. With her expansive decks, luxurious interior and modern facilities, ELENA is also an excellent charter yacht for those just wishing to relax and enjoy her pure elegance. Below deck, ELENA is equipped with the latest navigation and communication equipment, entertainment systems and air conditioning.

With luxurious accommodation for up to ten guests, the layout remains true to the original drawings from Herreshoff. This modern version enjoys the addition of discrete extras to ensure guests can enjoy all the modern comforts. All guest cabins are exquisitely finished with mahogany paneling, while all interior ornamental details follow the original Herreshoff designs. The en-suite bathrooms have separate showers and toilets and are finished with elegant period fittings. Ample hanging and cupboard space is built in, while each cabin has its own privately controlled air conditioning system as well as an iPod docking station with televisions available on request. Overhead skylights and portholes offer an abundance of natural light while below deck.

After following the designs of the original ELENA so meticulously, there is no doubt that the rebirth of this spectacular yacht nearly one hundred years later can only be as successful as her original namesake. Her unforgettable blend of beauty and sheer speed ensure that she will turn heads wherever she goes. ELENA truly is one of the most remarkable charter yachts available today.

Monaco 2014 1.55 Euro sg?, scott?

Source: Various internet sites.

LADY MOURA yacht

In 2013 Monaco issued two stamps which depict yachts, the Monaco Post gives by the issues: The Principality is a favoured stop for super yachts and their owners. The presence of many architecture and design firms, major brokers, shipyards and luxury brands, makes Monaco a top location for all yachting professionals.
The motor yacht on the 1.00 Euro depict is the LADY MOURA.
Built as a yacht under yard No 964 by Blohm & Voss in Germany for the Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid.
1990 Launched as LADY MOURA.
Tonnage 6,359 grt, 1,500 dwt, dim. 104.85 x 19.00 x 5.40m. (draught).
Powered by two Deutz-MWM diesel engines each 6,868 hp, twin shafts, speed 20 knots.
Bow thruster.
Accommodation for 30 guests, crew 60.
Bahama flag and registration. Homeport Nassau.
LADY MOURA is a private luxury yacht. She was the ninth largest private yacht when she was launched in 1990, but has moved down the list in 2014 to number 28. She is owned by Saudi Arabian businessman, Nasser Al-Rashid.
Characteristics
Both the hull and the superstructure are made of steel. The propulsion plant consists of two KHD-MWM diesel engines, each with a power of 5050 kW (over 6700 bhp), and controllable pitch propellers producing a speed of over 20 knots. A crafty hydraulically operated system of shell ports, doors, flaps, roofs, bath platforms, gangways and cranes provide the most possible ease of operation and comfort. Even the boats, anchors, life-rafts and navigation lanterns are hidden behind covers and do not disturb the aesthetics of the yacht. Both the name and the escutcheon that can be seen at port, starboard and at stern are carved in 24 carat gold
Naval architect: Luigi Sturchio - Diana Yacht Design
Architectural Lighting Design: Maurizio Rossi Lighting Design
More information on the yacht: http://www.charterworld.com/?sub=yacht- ... moura-1889
Monaca 2013 1.00 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Wikipedia.
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The Thala Dan was built by Aalborg Vaerft, A/S., and launched in October 1957. A motorship, with machinery aft, her gross tonnage is 2,000, net 1,033, deadweight 2,130 tons. Length is 2461/2ft breadth 45 ft. 2 in. draft 20 ft. 7 in. and depth 24 ft. Burmeister and Wain oil engines, developing 1,970 b.h.p., drive a controllable pitch propeller to give the vessel a speed of 131/2 knots. SG119
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Re: Thala Dan

Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:04 pm

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Built under yard no 101 by Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg Denmark for Ocean and managed by J. Lauritzen A/S Esbjerg, Denmark.
08 May 1957 launched under the name THALA DAN.
Tonnage 2.000 gross, 1.033 net, 2.130 dwt., dim. 246.6 x 45.0 x 24.0ft., bpp. 215.0.
One 7 cyl. 2 S.C.SA diesel engine, type B&W 735-VBF-62, 1.970 bhp., speed 12 knots. One controllable pitch-propeller. The engine was manufactured by Burmeister & Waine Maskin- og Skibsbuggeri of Copenhagen. Bunker capacity 400 tons. Consumption 8 tons a day.
Fitted out with a crow-nest, and from the crow-nest the vessel was maneuverable when sailing in ice.
Accommodation for 36 passengers.
Built as a polar/research/supply vessel, specially strengthened for Arctic and Antarctic service. She was fitted out with an icebreaker stern, ice fins and ice cutter. ( Ice fins protect the propeller and rudder whilst moving ahead, and a ice cutter or ice knife gives the same protection when working astern.) Carried two DUKW amphibious vehicles and a Beaver aircraft. ( I think later replaced by an helicopter.)
Three hold, with a capacity of 1800 cubic meter, also a reefer compartment for the storage of 139 cubic meter frozen food and 40 cubic meter chilled food.
Nine derricks with a lifting capacity between 2 and 30 tons.
09 Oct. 1957, delivered to owners.

13 Oct. 1957 sailed for her maiden voyage from the shipyard to the Antarctic via Australia on time charter for the National Antarctic Research Expedition.
07 December 1957 she sailed from Australia for her first voyage to Macquarie Island about 1000 miles south of Tasmania. She was during the Antarctic summer season chartered by the Australian Anare Shipping, for supplying the Antarctic bases at Casey, Mawson and the summer bases at Commonwealth Bay.
During the Northerly summer seasons she was mostly used in the trade to Greenland.
In the 1959 season on 16 January 1959 she struck a rock off Davis and got holed, oil was flowing out. Temporary repairs were carried out at Davis station, before she returned to Australia for repairs. The submerged rock, which she struck, is now called the Thala Rock, and the rock is in a position of about 68 33S 77 52E.
Later also chartered by the French and used for the supply of there basis at Dumont D’Urville and the French Antarctic possessions. (I could not find out of she was chartered together with the Australian, or that she was only that voyages chartered by the French.)

From May 1975 until August 1975 rebuilt and modernized by the Frederikshavn Værft A/S Frederikshavn, Denmark.
Her passenger accommodation increased to 54. Crew 30.
Her open bridge wings enclosed. Cargo lifting gear increased, and fitted out with a powerful radio station to reach the Northerly radio stations from the Antarctic. A helicopter deck was fitted on the stern.
18 Feb. 1975 transferred to J.Lauritzen A/S.

22 Sept. 1982 sold to the Brazilian Government (Ministerio de Marinhal), Brasilia, Brazil and converted by the Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg into a surveying vessel for the Brazilian Navy.
Renamed in BARAO DE TEFFE. (H42)
Crew 75. and used as a lighthouse tender, logistics ship.
Displacement 5.500 tons full load.
During the summer of 1982/83 she made two voyages to the Antarctic.
2007 Sold by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Brazilian shipbreakers at Rio Janeiro and delivered October 2007to breakers.

Australian Antarctic Territory 1979 5c sg39, scottL38. 2003 $1 sg?, scott?
Brazil 1983 150cr sg2003, scott? As BARAO DE TEFFE.


Sources: http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/americas/brazil.htm http://www-old.aad.gov.au/goingsouth/Ex ... _thala.asp
J Lauritzen 1884 – 1984 by Søren Thorsøe. Log Book Vol 32 page 130.
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