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RDA tug

The tug depict on this stamp has the inscription RDA, not a tug exist so far I could find out under that name in Cuba.
R.D.A. means Republica Democratica Alemania (East Germany, DDR) Remolcador is Spanish for tug.
Most probably the tug was a present of East Germany to Cuba.
Have not any info on the tug.

Cuba 1965 10c sg1315, scott1062.
Sources: EWA.


Built as a cargo (reefer) vessel under yard No 125 by Soc. Espanola de Const. Naval, Sestao (Bilbao), Spain for Empresa de Nav. Mambisa, Havana, Cuba.
Launched as the 13 DE MARZO.
Tonnage 9,390 grt, 3,693 nrt, 13,000 dwt, dim. 156.9 x 19.7 x 9.3m. (draught), length bpp. 143.3m.
Powered by one 6-cyl Sulzer 6 RD76 diesel,9,600 bhp., one shaft, speed 17 knots.
Cargo capacity: 612,052 cubic feet general cargo and 40,012 cubic feet reefer cargo.
August 1965 delivered to owners. Imo No 6517043.

After completing used in the service between Cuba to Hong Kong and China.
April 1991 sold, unknown owner, renamed MARZO, homeport Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
14 July 1991 arrived at Alang, India for scrapping by Goyal Traders.

Source: Miramar and Internet.
Cuba 1965 13c sg1316, scott1063.

Wooloomooloo –Clipper 1852

‘WOOLOOMOOLOO’ Built 1852. Wood ship of 627 Tons. Length; 154.7 ft. Breadth; 26.9 ft. Depth; 19.1 ft. Built at Aberdeen She was a member of the White Star line. Reg; Aberdeen. Master; Captain J.Ross. The clipper is named after the inner city of the eastern suburb of Sydney-«Woolloomooloo». Aberdeen Register of Ships (Aberdeen City Archives):Registered 27 September 1852,2 decks and half poopdeck and forecastle, 3 masts, standing bowsprit, female figurehead, Master Charles Stuart. Daily News, 27/10/1852 reports: Australian line of packets - for Sydney direct the splendid new Aberdeen clipper built ship WOOLOOMOOLOO, Charles Stewart Commander, now loading London Docks. This fine ship is expected to be one of the fastest in the Australian trade and has handsome accommodations for cabin Clipper begins flight passengers. 1853- Clipper begins voyage Aberdeen-Port Philipheads, Victoria, Australia. The Courier, Hobart, 2/3/1853, Quoting Sydney Herald, 19/2/1853: The WOOLOOMOOLOO - this beautiful clipper built vessel arrived yesterday after an excellent run of 87 days from Portsmouth. She is commanded by Captain Stuart, late of Prince of Wales, a gentleman well known in the Sydney trade... [She] sails remarkably fast, having been only 56 days from the line. She encountered very severe weather in the channel... but this her maiden voyage proves her to be all that could be wished... has on board £63,000 in specie for the various banks [during Australian Gold Rush]. (Source: Historic Australian Newspapers Online WOOLOOMOOLOO sailed from Sydney 27 Feb 1854 for London. Melbourne Age, 06/09/1855 About this voyage : [extracts from letter from passenger Per Maidot Judah] After rounding the horn scarcely anything but head winds and calms. On one of these days we fell in with good ship WOOLOOMOOLOO. Captain Stewart and a passenger came aboard and took tea wit us. WOOLOOMOOLOO arrived home shortly after us. On arrival she collided with a steamer «FALCON (S.S.)», which did some damage to the ship and killed a sailor boy instantaneously. But for Captain Stewart stooping over he would have met a similar fate. The newspapers reported 1857: WOOLOOMOOLOO in voyage from Sydney for London, 40 miles west of Wilson's Promontory [Victoria] losed her main and mizzen masts. She was steering west with a fair wind. WOOLOOMOOLOO arrived London 11 Feb. 1858 from Sydney 17 Nov. 23/4/1858 the vessel altered from rig of ship to barque-rigged. Maitland Mercury, 03/08/1858: Sydney shipping, WOOLOOMOOLOO - this old favourite arrived yesterday after passage of 91 days, considerably protracted by very heavy gales experienced since making land and which forced her to come round Van Diemen's Land. No vessels sighted since leaving the channel. 18/5/1859 the vessel altered from rig of barque to ship-rigged. WOOLOOMOOLOO sailed from Glasgow 20 July for Sydney. (Arrived 13 Oct, 97 days from Greenock, Master Henry - Sydney M.H., 20/10/1860). Ipswich (Queensland) Herald, 19/07/1861: Arrived London 12 May. She would have arrived in ample time for the May sales had it not been for succession of light winds and calms. In spite of these line was crossed on 61st day and on 26 April ship was within 200 miles of Land's End. At this point light winds and occasional gales from east kept her back in spite of every exertion by the captain to get in in time. 1868-69, Master John Stewart (died on return to Tilbury after round trip to Australia). She was sold to the Spaniards and was wrecked in 1885.Aberdeen-Australia service. The design stamp is made after painting of Richard Barnett Spencer.
Tchad 2013;250f. Source: ... ndex=99370. http://colonialtallshipsrayw1.blogspot. ... ndary.html


Built as an Expeditionary Transfer Dock under yard No 542 by National Steel (NASSCO), San Diego for the Military Sealift Command in the USA.
27 May 2013 ordered.
17 April 2012 laid down.
15 September 2013 launched as the USNS JOHN GLENN (T-ESD-2) one of the Montford Point class vessel of which 5 will be built.
Displacement 34,500 ton, tonnage 58,265 grt, 77,021 dwt, dim. 239.3 x 50.0m, length bpp. 232.2m
Powered diesel electric by four MAN/H&W medium speed diesels, diesel electric plant 24 MW, twin screws, speed 15 knots. A 2 MW azimuth bow thruster. Range by a speed of 15 knots, 9,500 mile.
Carried 3 Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) and can carry 2 MH-53 helicopters.
12 March 2014 in service.

USNS JOHN GLENN (T-ESD-2), (formerly MLP-2) is a United States Navy Expeditionary Transfer Dock ship named in honor of John Glenn, a Naval Aviator, retired United States Marine Corps colonel, veteran of World War II and the Korean War, astronaut, and United States senator.
The Expeditionary Transfer Dock is a new concept, part of the Maritime Prepositioning Force of the future. To control costs, the ships will not be built to combat vessel standards and are designed primarily to support three military hovercraft (such as the Landing Craft Air Cushion), vehicle staging with a sideport ramp and large mooring fenders. A decision was made to eliminate helicopter capability and ship-to-ship transfer of heavy equipment. The propulsion motors are of British design and build. Power conversion company Converteam was selected as the supplier of Integrated Power Systems with the award of an additional contract to design and supply the electric power, propulsion and vessel automation system.
An auxiliary support ship, its role would be a seagoing pier for friendly forces in case accessibility to onshore bases are denied. Such flexibility would be useful following natural disasters and for supporting US Marines once they are ashore. The ESD in its basic form possesses a core capability set that supports a vehicle staging area, side port ramp, large mooring fenders and up to three landing craft air cushioned vessel lanes.
The ship's keel was laid down on 17 April 2012 at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego, California. It was christened on 2 February 2014 and was attended by John Glenn and his family. Other Navy and Marine guest speakers that attended the ceremony include Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisitions) Sean Stackley, Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert, and Lieutenant General John A. Toolan.
The JOHN GLENN was delivered in 2014 to the Military Sealift Command's Maritime Prepositioning Force. As an ESD, the ship is under the command of the United States Navy's Military Sealift Command, and thus will not be commissioned into the US Navy (hence her designation prefix, "USNS").The ship will undergo further construction additions at the Vigor Shipyard in Portland, Oregon.
Ship re-designation
Effective 4 September 2015, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially announced the creation of a new ship designation, "E" for expeditionary support. Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) will be called Expeditionary Fast Transport, or EPF; the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) will be called Expeditionary Transfer Dock, or ESD; and the Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) variant of the MLP will be called Expeditionary Mobile Base, or ESB. The new designation was pursuant to a memorandum sent to Secretary Mabus from Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert dated 31 August 2015.

2017 In service. IMO No 9647526.

Gabon 2017 650F sgMS?, scott?


The stamp shows the packet vessel DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH ca 1802, there were two packet ships under that name, both owned and commanded by the famous packet captain John Bull.
The first built in 1801, the second built in 1806.
The stamp has the year 1802 on it, at that time the DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH (1) was in service in the Falmouth packet service.
Lloyds Registry of 1803 gives that she was owned by J. Ball (most probably wrongly given by Lloyds and was it J.Bull.), commanded by J. Ball? (Bull). 180 ton and built in Dartmouth.
It is given that she made voyages in the Packet service to the West Indies.
14 November 1803 sailed Falmouth for New York, made a call in the Scilly for bad weather, sailed from there on 27th November and arrived New York 17 January 1804, returned Falmouth 05 March 1804, that voyage under command of Capt. J. Bull.

July 1804 the DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH was captured by a French privateer, a musket ball passed during the action through Bull’s mouth knocking out two of his teeth and injuring his jaw. Before leaving his mouth to lodge in the mast. After the battle Bull retrieved the ball as a souvenir.
Lloyds Registry 1804 does not mentioned her more.
27 July 1804 the ARABELLA Packet arrived in the Leeward Islands with the news that the DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH was captured and carried in at Guadeloupe where she was fitted out as a privateer with 20 guns, other source gives 16 long French 6 pounders and a crew of 140.
Renamed in La DAME AMBERT.

After sailing from Guadeloupe she sighted the British warship HMS LILLY of the action is given by Wikipedia:
HMS LILLY was off the coast of Georgia in the afternoon of 14 July 1804 when she sighted two vessels. She sailed towards them but by sunset was only able to determine that one was a ship and the other a smaller vessel, possibly the larger vessel's prize. In the morning the larger vessel could be seen towing the smaller. As LILLY approached, the larger vessel dropped her tow and sailed to engage LILLY.
The enemy vessel proceeded to stay by LILLY's stern and to use her long guns at ranges LILLY's carronades could not match. The fire from the enemy vessel killed Compton and so damaged LILLY's rigging that she lost her ability to manoeuvre. Seeing that the enemy vessel was preparing to board, Lieutenant Samuel Fowler, who was now in command, wanted to surrender, but the warrant officers objected. As the two vessels came alongside LILLY was finally able to fire a broadside, which the French returned, and French fire killed Fowler. The British repelled several French attempts to board but eventually the French prevailed. LILLY's casualties were Compton and Fowler killed, and 16 men wounded.
The French vessel was La DAME AMBERT, a privateer of 16 guns. DAME AMBERT had been the British packet MARLBOROUGH (or MARLBORO, DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH or GENERAL MARLBOROUGH prior to her capture.
The French put their British prisoners onto a prize vessel and sent them into Hampton Roads. Once in America, a number of the British seamen deserted.

Could not find the fate of the La DAME AMBERT.

Belize 1985 25c sg848, scott? (The painting made by Jean_Basptista Henri Durand-Brager shows the action between HMS LILLY and La DAME AMBERT.)
Source: Internet and Lloyds Registry.

TAE GAK BONG (North Korea)

Built in 1983 by Chongjin Shipyard for Ocean Maritime Management, Pyongyang.
General Cargo, Gt:6587, Dw:9854, Loa:130,95m. B:18,40m. Draft:8m. IMO.8729884, call sign HMBO.
15-05-2009 renamed DAE GAK BONG.

North Korean freighter Dae Gak Bong abandoned, no news on vessel or crew fate
Monday, December 17, 2012
North Korean general cargo vessel Dae(Tae) Gak Bong issued distress signal on Dec 9 12 in position 41-29N 131-02E, some 50 miles off North Korean coast, Japan sea. Disabled vessel was adrift after engine failure and total blackout. MRCC Vladivostok relayed information to North Korean authorities. Notices to Mariners on Dec 15 reported that the 24 crew left the vessel on a life raft. No other information as to the fate of crew or vessel available.

(North Korea 1994, 30 ch. StG.?)

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Flying Cloud

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An extreme clipper launched on 15th April 1851, at the shipyard of Donald McKay, East Boston, for Enoch Train, Boston.
Length on keel 208ft. on deck 225ft. and over all, from the knight heads to the taffrail, 235ft. Extreme breadth of beam 41ft. Depth of hold 21%ft. (including 7ft. 8ins. height of between-decks, dead-rise at half floor 20ins. rounding of sides 6 ins. and sheer about 3ft.
If great length, sharpness of ends, with proportionate breadth and depth, conduce to speed, the Flying Cloud must be uncommonly swift, for in all these she is great. (These measurements and remarks were given by Duncan McLean in The Boston Daily Atlas, issue dated April 25, 1851)
Purchased by Grinell, Minturn & Co, New York, for $ 90.000. in April 1851.
On 2nd June the same year she sailed from New York to San Francisco in 89 days 21 hours under command of Captain Josiah Perkins Cressey. On July 31 she made 374 miles in 24 hours. 6th January 1852 she Sailed from Whampoa to New York in 94 days. 1't December Sailed from Whampoa back to New York in 96 days. Sailed from New York on 28th April 1853 to San Francisco in 105 days. Passed the Equator on May 15th in the record time of 17 days from Sandy Hook. The abstract log of this run was published by the Boston Daily Atlas. On 21st January 1854 left New York for San Francisco arriving in 89 days 8 hours. This is the record for the passage.
On 20th July 1854 she sailed from Whampoa to New York in 115 days and on 5th September 1855 left Whampoa for New York arriving in 99 days. Sailed from New York on 13th March 1856 for San Francisco in taking 185 days under command of Captain Reynard. She is reputed to have sailed 402 miles in 24 hours during that trip. She was partially dismasted en route San Francisco on 10th June 1856 and put into Rio de Janeiro for repairs where her spars were cut down before she proceeded. FLYING CLOUD was Laid Up in San Francisco on 14th December 1856. In April 1857 left San Francisco and was Laid Up at New York . Her spars were cut down once more in 1858.
24th May 1861 sailed from London (Deal) to Melbourne in 85 days. She was bought by
Mackay & Co, Liverpool in 1862, for their Queensland service, but instead mortgaged to the Forwood family, Liverpool and sailed for James Baines' "Black Ball Line". In February 1868 She sailed from Gravesend to Brisbane in 106 days, and then from Sydney to Gravesend in 112 days. 30th
30th August 1870 sailed from London to Hervey's Bay in 87 days under command of Captain Owen. After James Baines & Co. had suspended payment, in April 1871 Arthur Forwood took possession of the ship and sold her to Harry Smith Edwards of South Shields.
She went ashore on 19th June 1874 on the Beacon Island bar, St Johns and was condemned and sold.
In June 1857 she was burned for her copper and metal fastenings.
Liberia SG Australia SG1727, Dominica SG1087, Poland SG1465.Falk Is SG582 Micronesia SG306.

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Re: Flying Cloud

Postby Anatol » Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:37 am

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Flying Cloud 1851г.США.
The first clipper ships are the result of American ingenuity in 1840. The design of these ships was a radical departure from traditional concepts. Traditional bows round the body was replaced with a narrow body - which sliced through the roughest of waters, as the blade. Also, clipper ships were substantial length as long vessels allowed more maximum speed. Elegant Yankee miracles, they were quickly wooden ships of the time. Before the clipper ships, sailors considered themselves lucky to travel 150 miles a day. In 1850, the scissors were an average of 250 miles a day! Ship names such as Flying Clouds, lightning, "Meteor" and Champion of the Seas, often show their pride in the crew this newfound speed. “Flying Cloud” was a clipper ship that set the world's sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco, 89 days 8 hours. She held this record for over 100 years, from 1854-1989. “Flying Cloud” was the most famous of the clippers built by Donald McKay . She was known for her extremely close race with Hornet in 1853; for having a woman navigator, Eleanor Creesy, wife of Josiah Perkins Creesy who skippered Flying Cloud on two record-setting voyages from New York to San Francisco; and for sailing in the Australia and timber trades.
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Re: Flying Cloud

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The design stamp is made after painting of Jack Spurling:Clipper “Flying Cloud”. Wallis and Futuna 2016; 2300f;SG?
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Re: Flying Cloud

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