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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

HASTINGS HMS 1819

Maritime Malta - Series IV
This issue consists of a miniature sheet bearing one stamp portraying a lithograph of a drawing by Charles von Brocktorff, circa 1838.
It shows the entry of the dowager Queen Adelaide on board the HMS Hastings into the Valletta Grand Harbour on 30 November 1838.
Queen Adelaide married William IV in 1818. Together they helped to restore the popularity of the Royal Family at a time when Republicanism was taking over in Europe. Queen Adelaide outlived her husband, and remained the Dowager Queen until her death in 1849. She fell ill after her husband's passing away in 1837 and was advised that she needed to enjoy a good climate such as that found in the Mediterranean.
The news that the Queen Dowager Adelaide of England was to visit Malta was published in the Government Gazette (no. 1455) on 24 October 1838. This information stated that the Queen had left England on her way to the Mediterranean on 3 October in the 'Hastings'. On 14 November the Government Gazette informed that the 'Hastings' had arrived in Naples, and finally on 26 November news about the programme of the Queen's arrival was announced.
On the day, the 'Rhadamanthus' was ordered to prepare to tow the 'Hastings' into the harbour. The squadron was under the command of Admiral Sir Robert Stoppford and consisted of a total of eight ships; the Princess Charlotte 104, the Asia 84, the Vanguard 80, the Bellerophon 80, the Minden 74, theBarham 50, the Carysfort 26 and the Wolverene 16.
The entrance of the Queen into harbour was marked by a royal salute fired from Fort Ricasoli and Fort Saint Elmo, and afterwards twenty-one guns were fired from each of the man-of-war.
Battalions of soldiers assembled on the most prominent batteries in order to cheer the Queen as she passed by. People were overjoyed with the arrival of the Queen it being the first time that the flag of a crowned head had entered within Grand Harbour.
The Queen left Malta on 1 April 1939. The Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul in Valletta remains known as a monument to this visit as during her visit the Dowager Queen contributed £10,000 for the construction, furnishing and endowing of the Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in 1839 to the final designs of William Scamp.
http://wopa-stamps.com/index.php?contro ... e&id=31059
Built as a wooden sailing vessel by Kyd & Co in Bombay as speculation for the British East India Company.
08 January 1818 launched as the HASTINGS, named after Warren Hastings who was at that time Governor General of India.
Tonnage 1,763 ton (bm.), dim. Length of gundeck 53.9 x 14.8 x 6.4m.
Armament: Lower deck 28 – 32pdrs, upper deck 28 – 18 pdrs, quarter deck 4 – 12 pdrs and 10 – 32pdrs. Carronades, forecastle 2 – 12 pdrs, and 2 – 32 pdrs carronades.
Crew 600.
HASTINGS was built of the highest quality "saul", "sissoo", "Pegue", and "Java" teak wood, following Sir Robert Seppings's principles, which resulted in a vessel both longitudinal and transverse support. Her construction cost Sicca ruppees (Sa.Rs.) 8,71,406 (£108,938), which the merchants of Calcutta and other patriotic individuals subscribed via shares. The full cost of getting her ready for sea was Sa.Rs. 8,71,406 (£116,375).
Captain John Hayes sailed HASTINGS from Calcutta on 28 March 1818. She reached Madras on 13 April, and Port Louis on 2 July. From there she reached St Helena on 15 September, and arrived at The Downs on 3 November
The Admiralty purchased HASTINGS on 22 June 1819. It paid about half of what the vessel had cost the shareholders in Calcutta that had subscribed to her construction. The belief in Calcutta was that the jealousy of the Thames shipbuilders led to the undervaluation of the ship.
In Woolwich she was bought by the Royal Navy for £ 56,320, who registered the vessel on 22 June 1819.
Sailed to Chatham in June 1819 and was laid up, housed over from poop forwards.
February 1833 till April 1834 fitted out for sea service.
07 April 1834 commissioned as HMS HASTINGS under command of Captain Henry Shiffner as flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir William Hall Gage based at Lisbon.
31 January 1838 under command of Captain Francis Erskine Loch she sailed to the Mediterranean.
01 April 1838 sailed from the U.K. to convoy Lord Durham and his entourage to Canada.
07 October 1838 she was fitted out at Portsmouth to convey the Queen Dowager to Malta.
04 June 1839 under command of Captain John Lawrence took part in the Mediterranean operations on the coast of Syria in 1840.
15 September 1840 took part in the capture of Batroun, Lebanon
03 February 1842 paid off at Portsmouth.
10 April 1848 recommissioned under command of Captain James William Morgan and fitted out for sea.
04July 1848 Flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Francis Augustus Collier and sailed for the East Indies.
Sailors and marines from HASTINGS fought Chinese pirates at the Battle of Tonkin River in 1849.
21 January 1850 under command of Captain Francis William Austen as flagship of his uncle Rear-Admiral Charles John Austen in the East Indies in the Second Anglo-Burmese War from September till October 1852.
06 May 1853 paid off at Portsmouth.
1853-1855 Converted to a 60 gun screw block ship at the Portsmouth Dry-dock.
A steam engine installed, manufactured by Maudslay, Sons & Field, 597 ihp.
12 May 1855 work completed.
06 February 1855 commissioned under command of Captain James Crawford Caffin and she sailed for the Baltic. Later based at Queenstown, Ireland.
12 May 1856 paid off at Portsmouth.
Fitted out for coastguard duties, and on 03 April 1857 recommissioned at Liverpool.
01 February 1860 paid off at Liverpool and was again recommissioned on 04 February 1860 as a RNR drill-ship at Liverpool.
08 October 1862 as flagship of Rear-Admiral Lewis Tobias Jones at Queenstown, Ireland.
18 May 1866 paid off and used as a coal hulk in 1870 at Devonport.
September 1885 sold, and broken up in 1886.

Malta 2016 3.50 Euro sgMS?, scott?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hastings_(1819) British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.

MEISSEN (Germany)

Built in 1885 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH, Dresden as KONIG ALBERT.
Side wheel river steamer, displacement:331 tons, L:64,34m. B:11,28m. Draft:0,89m.
2 cylinder oscillating steam engine:226 hp. compounded in 1914.
Entered service in 1885, renamed SACHSEN in 1898 and MEISSEN in 1928
Lengthened from 60.7 m in 1928 and aft deck saloons added.
Used to evacuate civillians from Dresden during the Allied bombing attacks of 1943.
Forward deck saloon added in 1968.
Major reconditioning in 1983/84 and 1992/93.

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

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Inanda (T&J Harrison)

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Launched 24th February 1925 by Swan Hunter and sailed on her maiden voyage from London to West Indies.
13th August 1936 the two Osborne brothers, who had earlier absconded from Britain with the fishing vessel GIRL PAT, were placed in custody by the master of Inanda and transferred to the authorities in London.
21st June 1940 she sailed on the final voyage of Harrison passenger service to West Indies.
27th Aug 1940. On return requisitioned by Admiralty as an Ocean Boarding Vessel. In September she was struck by bombs from German aircraft whilst fitting out in Royal Albert Dock, London.
She was refloated and taken over by UK government and rebuilt as a cargo vessel.
11th Feb 1942 registered under the ownership of the Ministry of War Transport and renamed EMPIRE EXPLORER.
8yh July 1942 torpedoed by German submarine U575 on passage from Demerara to Barbados. Hit by a second torpedo and then the Uboat shelled her until she sank.
Only 3 of the 71 crew were reported missing.
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Re: Inanda (T&J Harrison)

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:46 pm

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Built in 1925 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne for Charente Steamship Co Ltd. (operated by T & J Harrison Ltd.)
Cargo/passenger ship, Gt:5985, Nt:3746, Dw:6900, L:124,05m. (407’) B:15,90m. (52’2”) D:8,66m. (28’5”) draught:7,80m. (25’7¼”) Wallsend Slipway Co. Ltd. quadruple expansion steam engine:606 nhp. 13 kn. passengers:100, crew:130.

Inanda was launched on 24 February 1925 and was completed in May. She was built for the Charente Steamship Co Ltd and placed under the management of T & J Harrison Ltd. Her port of registry was Liverpool. She was allocated the United Kingdom Official Number 137410 and Code Letters KSNF. On 3 February 1932, Inanda was on a voyage from London to the West Indies when she suffered a broken propellor. She put into Swansea, Glamorgan for repairs.Following the changes to Code Letters in 1934, Inanda was allocated GLMB.
Inanda was a member of Covnoy OA 7, which departed from Southend, Essex on 19 September 1939 and dispersed at sea on 22 September. She was bound for Antigua, where she arrived on 3 October. She departed that day and sailed to Saint Kitts, arriving later that day. On 4 October, Inanda sailed for Grenada arriving on 6 October and departing that day for Trinidad, where she arrived the next day. On 9 October, she sailed for Demarara, British Guiana, arriving the next day and departing on 14 October for Trinidad, where she arrived on 15 October. Departing on 20 October, Saint Vincent and Grenada were visited before Inanda arrived at Saint Lucia, from where she sailed on 25 October for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She arrived on 2 November, sailing on 8 November as a member of Convoy HXF 8, which arrived at Dover, Kent, United Kingdom on 21 November. Inanda was carrying general cargo, rum and sugar. She then sailed to Southend to join Convoy FN 46, which departed on 1 December and arrived at Methil, Fife the next day. She left the convoy at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire on 2 December.
Inanda sailed from Middlesbrough on 11 December to join Convoy FS 53, which had sailed from Methil that day and arrived at Southend on 12 December. She then joined Convoy OA 53, which sailed on 14 December and dispersed at sea on 16 December. She was carrying a cargo of sulphite as well as a number of passengers and her captain was the convoy's Vice Commodore. Inanda was bound for Demerara, which was reached on 9 January 1940 via Barbados and Trinidad. She departed on 13 January for Montserrat, from where she sailed on 15 January for Trinidad. She departed on 16 January for Galveston, Texas, United States, arriving on 22 January and sailing on 3 February for Halifax, where she arrived on 13 February. Inanda was a member of Convoy HX 20, which departed on 16 February and arrived at Liverpool on 4 March. She was carrying general cargo.
Inanda departed from Liverpool on 29 March as a member of Convoy OB 119, which dispersed at sea on 1 April. She was performing the rôle of a convoy rescue ship and sailed to London after the convoy had dispersed. She then sailed to Southend, from where she departed on 8 April as a member of Convoy OA 125G, which formed Convoy OG 25 on 10 April. Inanda was carrying general cargo bound for Antigua, arriving on 24 April and sailing that day for Saint Kitts, where she arrived on 24 April. She sailed the next day for Saint Lucia, from where she departed on 26 April for Grenada, arriving on 29 April. She spent the next few weeks sailing around the West Indies, arriving at Bermuda on 20 May. Carrying general cargo, Inanda was a member of Convoy BHX 64, which departed on 7 August and joined with convoy HX 64 on 12 August. Convoy HX 64 departed from Halifax on 8 August and arrived at Liverpool on 23 August. Inanda was bound for London, which was reached by leaving the convoy and sailing to the Methil Roads, where she arrived on 24 August. She then joined Convoy FS 262, which departed on 25 August and arrived at Southend on 27 August.
Inanda was then hired by the Royal Navy for use as an ocean boarding vessel. On 7 September, she was berthed at London Docks when she was sunk in an air raid.
She was salvaged and rebuilt as a cargo ship, Inanda was renamed Empire Explorer, she was passed to the MoWT and placed under the management of T & J Harrison Ltd. Her port of registry was changed to London although she retained the Code Letters GLMB.
Empire Explorer was a member of Convoy FN 632, which departed from Southend on 15 February 1942 and arrived at Methil two days later. She left the convoy at the Tyne on 16 February, to load general cargo. She sailed four days later to join Convoy FN 636, which had departed from Southend on 19 February and arrived at Methil on 21 February. She then joined Convoy EN 50, which departed the next day and arrived at Oban, Argyllshire on 23 February. She left the convoy at Loch Ewe and sailed to Saint Kitts, arriving on 17 March. Empire Explorer spent the next five weeks sailing around the West Indies, arriving at the Cape Verde Islands on 20 April and sailing two days later for Halifax, where she arrived on 30 April. She joined Convoy HX 188, which departed on 3 May and arrived at Liverpool on 15 May. She was carrying general cargo, sugar and 38 bags of mail. She left the convoy at the Clyde, arriving on 15 May.
Empire Explorer sailed on 1 June to join Convoy OS 30, which departed from Liverpool that day and arrived at Freetown, Sierra Leone on 19 June. She was in ballast and armed with a 4-inch or 4.7-inch gun, eight machine guns and a number of kites. She was stated to be bound for George, South Africa. She arrived at Demerara on 21 June, sailing nine days later for Trinidad, where she arrived on 1 July. Empire Explorer sailed from Trinidad on 8 July, carrying 200 bags of mail, 1,000 long tons (1,000 t) of pitch and 4,000 long tons (4,100 t) of sugar and bound for Barbados. At 02:47 German time on 9 July, Empire Explorer was torpedoed, shelled and sunk at
11°40′N 60°55’W. by the U-575, which was in the command of Günther Heydemann. Of her 70 crew and 8 DEMS gunners, three crew were killed. The survivors were rescued by HMS MTB 337 and landed at Tobago.
(Barbados 1994, 70 c. StG.1033; St. Kitts 1990, 40 c. StG.316)
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