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KURORT RATHEN (Germany)

Built in 1896 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH. Dresden as BASTEI.
Sidewheel river steamer, displacement:256 tons, L:57,15m. B:10,20m. Draught:0,81m. Cornish boiler, 2 cyl. oscillating compound engine with condensation by injection:140 hp. 10 km/h upstream, 15 km/h downstream, passengers:262.

1912 :Fitted with electrical illumination, the power being supplied by a 65 volt Lavall turbine.
1926 :Installation of a steam-powered rudder.
1927 - 1928 :The ship is reconstructed and an upper deck is added. The wooden buckets of the paddle wheels are replaced with steel buckets, the steamer receives a white paint scheme for the first time.
1956 :The name is changed to KURORT RATHEN.
1962 :The vessel receives a new electrical installation.
1968 :The upper deck is reconstructed and made of steel.
1974 :Collides with bridge pillar in Meissen.
1989 :Collides with bridge pillar in Meissen.
1993 - 1994 :Historically accurate reconstruction and return to service with a new boiler.

(Germany 2012, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer.

PIRNA (Germany)

Built in 1898 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH, Dresden as KÖNIG ALBERT.
Side wheel river steamer, displacement:241 tons, L:57,10m. B:10,40m. Draught:0,78m./1,14m. Cornish boiler, 2 cyl. oscillating compound steam engine with condensation:140 hp. built by Deutsche Elbschiffahrtsgeselschaft Uebigau Werken.
9 km/h upstream, 15 km/h downstream, pass:269.
1914 electric light is installed, 1919 name changed to PIRNA.
1928 - 1929 major reconstruction, with new paddle boxes, white paint scheme and the replacement of the wooden buckets with steel paddle wheels.
1960 - 1961 a small salon is added on the front-deck
1972 the steamer is taken out of service, following a fire in the coal bunker
1973 the ship returns to service, following repairs
1990 the ship is taken out service again, this time due to a defective boiler
1993 - 1994 complete refurbishment and historically accurate reconstruction.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer.

ISAAC ROBINSON and whaler

The stamp issued by Norfolk Island depict Isaac Robinson (1825-1912) the only consul of the US on Norfolk Island with in the background most probably a US whaler, who made calls at the island many times in the 19th century. I don’t have any details on the vessel depict, the whalers from the US were mostly about three years away from their homeport and for fresh provision and water were making regulars calls on the islands in the Pacific.
Isaac Robinson born at Tasmania was a trader who settled on Norfolk as agent for the shipping company Burns Philp & Co Ltd., later becoming Norfolk's Registrar of Lands and the island's first (and so far only) United States consul.
The idea of Norfolk having an American consul does sound slightly absurd today,” “but in those days American whalers made frequent calls.”
Robinson died at sea when he was underway to the U.K.

Norfolk Island 1986 33c sg385, scott? and sgMS?, scott?
Source various internet sites.

PRINCE REGENT packet

In 2006 Gibraltar issued a set of stamps depicting mail packet ships who regular visited Gibraltar, bringing mail to and from Gibraltar during the 1800s
I still had two ships of this set in my possession of which I could not find much information on, the PRINCE REGENT and CORNWALLIS both are very common names in shipping at that time.
At least I found on one, and most probably she is the right vessel on the stamp is the PRINCE REGENT.
Built in 1821 by Mr. Symonds in Plymouth as a packet ship, brig rigged.
Launched under the name PRINCE REGENT.

Then I found in the British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.
The ex-mercantile PRINCE REGENT packet, armed with 6 guns.
1926 Was she purchased by the Royal Navy and renamed CYNTHIA.
Tonnage 232 ton (bm), dim. 87.2 x 25ft.
Brig rigged.
Armament 2 – 9 pdrs, 4 – 9 pdrs. Carronades.
20 July 1826 commissioned under command of Lieut. John White for the Falmouth Packet service;
1 Sep 1826 fitting out as a packet at Devonport

2 Oct 1826 went out of Hamoaze into the Sound.

3 Oct 1826 arrived Falmouth from Plymouth.

3 Oct 1826 departed Plymouth Sound for Falmouth.

20 Oct 1826 departed Falmouth for Bueonos Ayres. (Buenos Aires)
Sailed from Falmouth 07 May 1827 with mail for the West Indies, but wrecked near Barbados on 06 July 1827. She was driven on the reef by the current.
The following brief report appeared in the Nautical Magazine for 1834 : CYNTHIA, a purchased packet, thirty-two persons on board, wrecked on the island of Barbadoes, on the 6th of June, 1827, by accident, in moderate weather. All on board saved.

Gibraltar 2006 68p sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/C/01248.html and internet.

RHADAMANTHUS HMS paddle steamer 1832

The vessel in front of HMS HASTINGS and depict in the margin of the stamp is the paddle steamer HMS RHADAMANTHUS towing the HASTINGS into the harbour of Valetta, Malta on 30 November 1838.

She was built as a second class sloop after a design made by Thomas Roberts by the Plymouth Dry-dock at Plymouth for the British Royal Navy.
12 January 1831 ordered.
September 1831 keel laid down.
16 April 1832 launched as the HMS RHADAMANTHUS, named after a son of Zeus.
Displacement 1,086 ton, 813 ton BM, dim. 164.7 x 32.10 x 17.10ft., length of keel 164.7ft, draught 13.0 ft aft.
Powered by a 2 cyl. side lever steam engine manufactured by Maudslay, Sons & Field, 220 nhp., speed 10 knots.
Armament when built: 1 – 10 inch, 2 – 32 pdrs, 2 – 6 pdrs, guns.
After her launch, sailed under a jury-rig to Woolwich, where her engine was fitted in and she was completed.
04 October 1832 commissioned under command of Commander George Evans.
02 November 1832 completed.

After completed she sailed to the Dutch coast for blockade duty, then to North America and the West Indies, she was the first Royal Navy steamer to cross the Atlantic.
21 April 1835 she paid off at Woolwich, she was refitted in 1836 there.
23 October 1836 recommissioned as a packet vessel for the coast of Spain.
13 July 1837 in service in the Mediterranean.
22 October 1840 paid off.
28 August 1841 recommissioned at Woolwich after she was fitted out as a transport in Sheerness.
13 February 1849 paid off at Woolwich.
March 1851 fitted out as a troopship, 07 March 1851 commissioned under command of Master John Belam for particular service.
11 June 1863 paid off at Sheerness.
08 February 1864 broken up completed in Sheerness, her steam engine survived and fitted in the HMS VIRAGO.

Malta 2016 3,50 Euro sgMS?, scott?
Source: British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.

STADT WEHLEN (Germany)

Built in 1879 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH. Dresden as DRESDEN.
Sidewheel paddle steamer, displacement:271 tons, L:59,21m. B:10,44m. Draft:0,88m. Lancashire boiler, 2 cyl. oscillating steam engine:180 hp. built by Ruston & Co., Prague in 1851.
8-10 km/h upstream, 12-15 km/h downstream, pass:287.
In 1914 major engine repairs and modifications, the steam engine is converted to a compound engine.
In 1926 renamed MÜLBERG, in 1962 in STADT WEHLEN.
In 1977 collides with a tree trunk and in turn bangs against the Augustus Bridge in Dresden.
In 1978 the steamer is taken out of service, due to a defective boiler, 1981-'82 general overhaul, including the replacement of the boiler, 1993-'94 historically accurate reconstruction and return to service.

PS “STADT WEHLEN is the oldest steamboat in the fleet, dating from 1879. It´s original oscillating steam engine is even older than that, having been transferred from a previous ship. It is the only steamer in the fleet with a beige colored funnel. The cozy salons invite all passengers to enjoy the nostalgic setting, while having a drink or a meal.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer
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Thala Dan

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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

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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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