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Battle between HMS Frolic and U.S.S.Wasp 1812

Escorted by the Cruizer class brig-sloop H.M.S. Frolic, a convoy of fourteen British merchant vessels departed the Gulf of Honduras on 12 September 1812, bound for England. Frolic was under the command of Thomas Whinyates.
On 16 October, about 300 miles north of Bermuda, the convoy was scattered by a strong gale. Frolic suffered damage to her rigging, the main yard being carried away. October 17 saw Frolic's crew making good her repairs, and as darkness fell she was re-joined by six of her merchant charges.
Meanwhile, the American sloop of war U.S.S.Wasp had departed the Delaware River on 13 October, running south-east to intercept ships sailing between Great Britain and the West Indies. Wasp had also suffered in the same gale by losing her jib boom. At 11:30 pm on 17 October, the crew of the U.S.S. Wasp alerted their Commander, Jacob Jones, to several vessels sailing downwind to the leeward. The wily Jones stayed his distance until dawn, when he identified them as merchantmen surrounding a Royal Navy brig.
By now the weather had improved, but there was still a strong wind blowing and a fretful sea. Both vessels shortened sail and prepared for action. The crew of Frolic took down the jury mainyard, lashing it tightly to the deck. Since both vessels carried a main armament of short-range carronades, there was no attempt at manoeuvering to gain advantage before the fight; instead, they closed to "within hail", opening fire at 11:30 am, with U.S.S. Wasp to starboard and H.M.S. Frolic positioned to port.
Wasp 's crew fired low into their opponent's hull, whilst Frolic 's gunners fired high into the enemy's rigging in an attempt to destabilise it. The furious action continued, the ships closed, and the American gunners struck Frolic's sides with their rammers.
After just twenty minutes, Wasp 's rigging suffered serious damage, with the main topmast, the mizzen topgallant mast and the gaff being shot away. Virtually every brace was severed, now rendering the ship unmanageable. Frolic suffered even more, with the crew sustaining heavy casualties. Both vessels were now effectively unmanageable. Suddenly, Frolic collided with Wasp, which now fired a final devastating broadside. The superiority of American gunnery was widely accepted by both sides, although the Americans applauded the courageous fight put up by the British.
At precisely 11:52 am, American sailors boarded H.M.S. Frolic to discover half the crew either dead or wounded and all British officers dead. By contrast, the Americans had suffered just ten casualties.
Just after the fighting ceased, both the Frolic 's masts collapsed. An American prize crew boarded her and attempted to repair her rigging. A few hours later H.M.S. Poictiers hove into view, a British ship of the line commanded by Captain Sir John Beresford. Frolic was still rendered unmanageable, but with its damaged rigging U.S.S. Wasp was soon overtaken and she was forced to surrender in the face of impossible odds. Captain Beresford was expected to join the fleet blockading the American coast, but he now deemed it vital to marshal Frolic 's convoy for safe conduct to Bermuda.
Master Commandant Jacob Jones and his crew were soon to be released in a prisoner exchange. He was subsequently promoted and appointed to the command of U.S.S . Macedonian, which had been captured from the Royal Navy on 25th October. Jones later served as second in command to Commodore Isaac Chauncey, commander of the naval forces on Lake Ontario. H.M.S. Frolic was sadly broken up in November 1813, her severe damage rendering her incapable of ever fighting again, whilst Wasp briefly served in the Royal Navy as H.M.S. Peacock, she in turn being wrecked in 1814.
The design stamp is made after mirror painting of Roy Cross:”British brig the “Floric”,battles the American Cruiser “Wasp” 18 October 1812”
Mali 2017;500f; ource:www.richardjoslin.com/print-view.php?The Naval Action Between U.S.S i Wasp i H.M.S. i Frolic i 18th October 1812 101.

CHINESE JUNK

Micronesia issued in 1997 a miniature sheet of the “Return of Hong Kong to China, in a continuous design, on the ms a Chinese junk is depict see: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14069&p=15794#p15794

Micronesia 1997 60c sgMS/, scott 259 b,c,e,f.

HMS Shannon captures USS Chesapeake,1813

On 9 April 1813 the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake returned to Boston after a cruise against British commercial shipping. Over the next several weeks she was refitted and received a new Commanding Officer, the recently promoted Captain James Lawrence. Many of her officers were replaced and a large percentage of her crew was newly enlisted. Though the ship was a good one, with a well-seasoned Captain, time would be necessary to work her men into a capable and disciplined combat team. However, the time was not available. Blockading off Boston was HMS Shannon, commanded for the past seven years by Captain Philip Broke, whose attention to gunnery practice and other elements of combat readiness was extraordinary. Shannon and Chesapeake were of virtually identical strength, though the American ship's crew was rather larger, and a duel between the two was attractive to both captains. Broke even issued a formal challenge, though it did not reach Lawrence, whose previous experience with British warships had convinced him that they were not likely to be formidable opponents. Chesapeake left Boston Harbor in the early afternoon of 1 June 1813. The two ships sailed several miles offshore, where Shannon slowed to await her opponent, who approached flying a special flag proclaiming "Free Trade and Sailors' Rights" in recognition of America's prewar grievances against British policies. Though Lawrence had a brief opportunity to rake, he did not do so, but closed to place his port broadside against Shannon's starboard battery. Somewhat before 6 PM the ships opened fire, both hitting, but the British guns did more damage and produced crippling casualties on Chesapeake's quarterdeck. Captain Lawrence was mortally wounded by small arms fire and had to be taken below, giving his final order "Don't give up the ship!" The American ship was soon out of control. The two frigates came together. Captain Broke led his boarding party onto Chesapeake's quarterdeck, where they met fierce but disorganized resistance. Assisted by cannon and small arms fire from on board Shannon, they soon gained control above decks, though Captain Broke was badly wounded in the process. Some fifteen minutes after the battle began, Chesapeake was in British hands. Casulaties were heavy: more than sixty killed on Chesapeake; about half that many on Shannon. The latter's cannon had made more than twice as many hits, and her boarding party demonstrated decisive superiority in hand-to-hand fighting. The action, which greatly boosted British morale, provided another of the War of 1812's many convincing examples of the vital importance of superior training and discipline in combat on sea and land.
Mali 2017;840f;SG?
Source:www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/OnlineLibrary/photos/events/war1812/atsea/ches-sn.htm

PK 10/130 UMS 1000 fire fighting boat

Ukraine issued in 2017 four stamps with firefighting craft of which one shows us a fire fighting and rescue boat in use in the Ukrainian waters.

The craft depict is the PK 10/130 (UMS 1000) which is sold by the Kompaniyatital 000 at Kiev. If they are the builder of the boat I am not sure, but I believe she are the agent for the builder.
Displacement 7000 kg. Full weight 3,500 kg. dim. 10.6 x 3.2 x 3.5m.
Powered by two Volvo Penta diesel engines each 330 hp, speed 45 knots.
For oil fighting she has a foam bag of 200 kg. and one fire pump.
Crew 8

Source: various internet sites.
Ukraine 2017 5k00 sg?, scott?

TRAUNSEE and paddlesteamer GISELA

By the issues is given:

About 35 Years UNPA at the Traunsee (1982 – 2017) - (Sheetlet Mint)
On 24 August 2017, UNPA will issue a personalized special event sheet celebrating “35 years UNPA at the Traunsee”. The sheet is composed of ten different € 0.68 denominated stamps. The stamps and the background image feature views of the Lake Traunsee, the City of Gmunden, the Castle “Schloss Ort” as well as the Villa Toscana. United Nations cancellations from the year 1982 are depicted on the tabs.
https://www.wopa-plus.com/en/stamps/product/&pid=38870#

The sheetlet has three maritime theme stamps, Two stamps shows us a paddlesteamer on the lake and a sail-yacht of the latter I do not have any information. The paddlesteamer must be the GISELA, the only old paddlesteamer on the lake, comparing the stamps with photos of the GISELA she is the vessel.
Her details and history are given on: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12854&p=15702&hilit=gisela#p15702

United Nations 2017 0.68Euro sgMS?, scott?

Transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil.1808

In 1807, at the outset of the Peninsular War, Napoleonic forces invaded Portugal due to the Portuguese alliance with the United Kingdom. The prince regent of Portugal at the time, John VI, had formally governed the country on behalf of Maria I of Portugal since 1799. Anticipating the invasion of Napoleon's army, John VI ordered the transfer of the Portuguese royal court to Brazil before he could be deposed. Setting sail for Brazil on November 29, the royal party navigated under the protection of the British Royal Navy, and eight ships of the line, five frigates, and four smaller vessels of the Portuguese Navy, under the command of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith. On December 5, almost halfway between Lisbon and Madeira, Sidney Smith, along with Britain's envoy to Lisbon, Lord Strangford, returned to Europe with part of the British flotilla. Graham Moore, a British sailor and career officer in the Royal Navy, continued escorting the Portuguese royal family to Brazil with the ships Marlborough, London, Bedford, and Monarch. On January 22, 1808, John and his court arrived in Salvador, Brazil. There, Prince John signed a law opening commerce between Brazil and "friendly nations" such as the United Kingdom. This new law, however, broke the colonial pact that had permitted Brazil to maintain direct commercial relations with Portugal only. Secret negotiations at London in 1807 by Portuguese ambassador Domingos António de Sousa Coutinho guaranteed British military protection in exchange for British access to Brazil's ports and to Madeira as a naval base. Coutinho's secret negotiations paved the way for Prince John's law to come to fruition in 1808. On March 7, 1808, the court arrived in Rio de Janeiro. On December 16, 1815, John created the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves (Reino Unido de Portugal, Brasil e Algarves), elevating Brazil to the same rank as Portugal and increasing the administrative independence of Brazil. Brazilian representatives were elected to the Portuguese Constitutional Courts (Cortes Constitucionais Portuguesas). In 1815, in the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat and the meeting of the Congress of Vienna convened to restore European political arrangements, the Portuguese monarch declared Brazil a co-equal to Portugal to increase Portugal's bargaining power. In 1816, with the death of Queen Maria, Prince John became king of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. After several delays, the ceremony of his acclamation took place in Rio de Janeiro in 1818. Owing to the absence of the king and the economic independence of Brazil, Portugal entered a severe political crisis that obliged John VI and the royal family to return to Portugal in 1821, otherwise he risked loss of his Portuguese throne. The heir of John VI, Pedro I, remained in Brazil. The Portuguese Cortes demanded that Brazil return to its former status as a colony and the return of the heir to Portugal. Prince Pedro, influenced by the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Senate (Senado da Câmara), refused to return to Portugal during the Dia do Fico (January 9, 1822). Brazil declared its independence on September 7, 1822, forming the Empire of Brazil, ending 322 years of colonial dominance of Portugal over Brazil. Pedro was crowned the first emperor in Rio de Janeiro on October 12, 1822, taking the name Dom Pedro I.
Mali 2017;600f;SG?
Source:wikipedia.org/wiki/Transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil
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Postby shipstamps » Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:49 pm

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The King Orry, (1,877 gross tons), was built in 1913 by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead and was the first ship in the Steam Packet's fleet to have geared turbines. In 1914 she was taken over as an armed boarding steamer and worked from Scapa Flow. In the latter part of the war she was adapted for battle practice work and on November 21, 1918 was the sole representative of the British Merchant Navy at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet.
The King Orry returned to Steam Packet service in 1919, and the only event to shatter the calm routine of her peace-time service was a stranding off New Brighton on August 19, 1921. She had an extensive over¬haul in 1935 and in 1939 was converted to oil burning. Then in September 1939 she went to war again, once more as the armed boarding steamer H. M. S. King Orry.
Based at Dover she was a natural choice when ships were being sought for the Dunkirk evacuation. She sailed from Dover on May 26, 1940 and was damaged on return passage with 1,131 troops on board.
She returned to Dunkirk on May 29 and was dive-bombed and damaged approaching harbour. She was at¬tacked again while alongside the East Pier, and was ordered to return to Dover light. Soon after the King Orry had cleared the harbour entrance she sank, fortunately without loss of life. SG173 and label
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Re: King Orry lll

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Built as a ferry under yard No. 789 by Cammell, Laird & Co., Ltd. Birkenhead for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd., Douglas, Isle of Man.
11 March 1913 launched under the name KING ORRY (III).
Tonnage 1.877 gross, dim. 313 x 43.1 x 16.11ft.
Powered by two geared steam turbines, 9.400 ihp, speed 20½ knots. Twin screws.
Passenger accommodation 1.600 passengers and 59 crew.
July 1913 completed.

She was the last ship built for the company before World War I and used in the ferry service between the U.K and Isle of Man.
29 October 1914 requisition by the British Navy.
Late November 1914 she was fitted out as a boarding vessel for the British Admiralty by Cammell Laird, and after completing sailed to Scapa Flow. Armament 1 – 4inch gun.
Used from there as patrol boarding vessel, putting prize crews aboard when necessary, she patrolled to the border of the German minefields off Helgoland.
After the Battle of Jutland was she used for target towing for gunnery practice.
During 1916 she was disguised as a peaceful trader and renamed in VIKING ORRY, she patrolled off the Norway coast and intercepted ships carrying contraband to Germany.
After the German fleet surrendered at Scapa Flow on 21 November 1918, she was the only merchant ship which took part in the capitulation ceremony.
28 January 1919 she went back to her owners. (When she got her old name back I could not find out.)

The only mishap in her career after the war was when she stranded near Rock Lighthouse, New Brighton when entering the Mersey on 19 August 1921. She was later refloated without any damage.
1934 She was extensively overhauled.
1939 Fitted out from coal to oil burning.
25 August 1939 requisitioned by the Royal Navy as a boarding vessel.
27 September 1939 commissioned and assigned to the Dover Command, Royal Navy crewed.
22 May 1940 taken of her duties and put standby for the Dunkirk evacuation.
She made one voyage with troops from Dunkirk. Landed 27 May, 1.139 troops at Dover, when off Calais that voyage she was hit by fire from the shore batteries; she was damaged and got some casualties.
29 May late in the afternoon she returned to Dunkirk, survived and air attack from a dive-bomber, but then e new attack took place, which put her steering gear out of action, and all instruments on the bridge, were shattered. She collided with the pier but was able to berth. After darkness some temporary repairs were made, heavily damaged, and needing the berth, she was ordered to sail, she left after midnight and got free of the harbour entrance. Then she got a heavy list to starboard, and her engine room flooded, she was abandoned and shortly after two in the morning of 30 May 1940 she sank just north of the port, all crew were saved by nearby vessels.

Isle of Man 2010 £1.50 sg?, scott? (the vessel in the backgrownd is the ferry TYNWALD (IV))

Sources: Register of Merchant vessels completed in 1913. Island Lifeline by Connery Chappell.
B.E.F Ships before, at and after Dunkirk by John de S. Winser. Short Sea Long War by John de S. Winser.
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