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Built as one of the type 054 A frigate by the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai for the Chinese Navy.
27 April 2011 launched as the PLAN YANCHENG 546.
Displacement 3,600 ton standard, 4,053 ton full load, dim. 134.1 x 16m.
Powered CODAG by four Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC diesels, 7,600 hp (5,700 kW), speed 27 knots.
Range about 8,025 miles.
Armament 1 – 32 cell VLS H)-16 SAM anti-submarine rockets launcher. 2 – 4 C-803 anti-ship/land attack cruise missiles. 1 – PJ26 76mm dual purpose gun. 2 – Type 730 7 barrel 30mm CIWA guns. 2 – 3 324 YU-7 ASW torpedo launchers. 2 – 6 Type 87 240mm anti-submarine rocket launchers, carried 36 rockets. 2 Type 726-4 18-tube decoy rocket launchers.
Carried 1 Kamov Ka-28 Helix or Harbin Z-9C helicopter.
Crew 165.
05 June 2012 commissioned, where after she joined the North Sea Fleet in China.

The Type 054A (NATO codename Jiangkai II) frigate is a Chinese multi-role warship class, the first of which entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy in 2007. The class is planned to comprise 22 vessels. As of 2014, 16 were in service, 4 were fitting out, and 2 were under construction. It is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons.
The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005.

The Type 054A carries HQ-16 medium-range air defence missiles and various anti-submarine rockets in a VLS system. The HQ-16 provides area air defence from all engagement angles up to a range of 50 km, a considerable improvement over the HQ-7 carried on the Type 054 which have inferior range and limited engagement angles. Contrary to HQ-9 VLS on Type 052C destroyer which adopts a cold launch method, HQ-16 appears to adopt a hot launch method instead, with the same design principle of US Mk 41 VLS: a shared common exhaust system is sited between the two rows of rectangular launching tubes. The VLS system is also capable of firing anti-submarine missile.
The 4 AK-630 close-in weapon systems (CIWS) of the Type 054 were replaced with 2 Type 730 CIWS on the Type 054A. The autonomous Type 730 provides improved reaction time against close-in threats.
The 100 mm main gun on earlier Type 054 class is replaced by H/PJ26 stealthy 76 mm dual purpose gun mount, which is a Chinese development of Russian AK-176. The adoption of smaller calibre gun is the result of the need of higher rate of fire for air defense, including sea-skimming anti-ship missiles. H/PJ26 utilizes advanced synthetic material such as fibre glass to a much greater degree than the original AK-176, resulting in over 30% of weight reduction to 11.5 ton of H/PJ26, as opposed to the 16.8+ tons of AK-176.
Another improvement of Type 054A over the original Type 054 (as well other older ships in the People's Liberation Army Navy) is its information systems (IS) for maintenance and inventory control, which automatically provides information to shore based facilities or supply ships on the parts in need, to the last detail, so that parts in need can be provided more quickly. The resulting down time due to maintenance & repair is reduced to a fraction of what it is for older vessels without this IS system. The Chinese have termed this IS for maintenance and inventory control another force multiplier because it increased availability for deployment by reducing downtime.
The Type 054A retains its predecessor's stealth features, including sloped hull design, radar absorbent materials, and a clean profile.
An improved variant, sometimes called the Type 054A+, launched from Huangpu Shipyard in 2009.
Type 054A frigate made first operational deployment to Gulf of Aden, when FFG-570 HUANGSHAN set sail as part of 2nd Escort Flotilla/Task Group 167 on 2nd April 2009, the Escort Flotilla arrive there on 13th April 2009, and take over form 1st Escort Flotilla/Task Group 169 on 15th April 2009. Since then 11 type 054A have deployed to Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations.
In the lead-up to the Libyan civil war, the FFG-530 XUZHOU was deployed from anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden to help evacuate Chinese nationals from Libya.
In January 2014, the FFG-546 YANCHENG was redeployed from anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden to the eastern Mediterranean Sea to escort Syrian chemical weapons destined for destruction. She escorted seven rounds of escort for vessels removing chemical weapons from Syria before returning to the waters off Somalia.

Namibia 2014 3.30N$ sg?, scott?


In 1977 Togo issued a set of four stamps and a miniature sheet to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lafayette’s arrival in America.
The 60Fr stamp shows us the arrival of Lafayette on board the American vessel CADMUS in New York on 15 August 1824.
1818 Built as a wooden hulled packet ship by Sidney Wright, New York for the Havre Union Line (William Whitlock Jr.), New York.
Launched as the CADMUS.
Tonnage 306 ton, dim. 97.6 x 26.6 x 13.4 ft. (depth of hold).
Brig rigged.
She was the first ship of this line used in the packet service between New York and Europe from 1823.
When the American Congress invited Lafayette to revisit the US the CADMUS was put to his disposal to make the voyage from France to the USA.
14 June 1824 she arrived at Le Havre where Lafayette and his family boarded, sailed 13 July and arrived 15 August 1824 in New York. At that time she was under command of Captain Francis Allyn.
The book “Queens of the Western Ocean” has the following:
Lafayette had expressed, early in 1824, a desire to revisit America. On learning this the (US) government offered to send a frigate for him, but he refused, saying that he preferred to come as a private citizen. Moved by an impulse that seems to have been decidedly at variance with a lifelong practice, Whitlock directed Captain Allyn to send his freight and passengers by another ship and place the CADMUS at the disposal of the General.
When the CADMUS arrived in New York the morning of August 15th with Lafayette and his suite, she was greeted by the greatest demonstration the city had ever held. Down the harbour, as far as the eye could see, the waters were covered with crafts of every description, freighted with cheering thousands. Ships were dressed; bells clanged; fog horns blared; and canon boomed. Even the brand-new ferryboat THISTLE was on hand, with her skipper. A youth named Vanderbilt, peering curiously out of the pilothouse. Six of the largest steamboats of the port, crowded to capacity, went down to meet the ship and escort the General to the Battery, where other thousands waited to see him step ashore after an absence of more as 30 years.
The new frigate BRANDYWINE sailed from Norfolk on 09 September 1825 with on board Lafayette after his visit of more as 1 year to the US.
As given by Watercraft Philately that she was bought by Atkins Adams, Fairhaven, Mass. Is not true, that was another whaler with the same name lost on 03 August 1842 what is now known as Cadmus Island in the Pacific.
She was indeed sold and refitted in 1827 as a whaler but she was whaling out from Sag Harbor, NY.
Her whaling voyages you can find on:
1849 She sailed for California and never returned. Fate unknown.

Togo 1977 60Fr sg1242, scottC329 and miniature sheet sgMS1244, scott C330A
Source: Watercraft Philately and internet.


The men in this painting are peasants, a part of a class of a caste system they will never leave. They will work to the end of their lives in this menial nowhere job. They are mere oxen or mules, harnessed, controlled, breaking their backs and spirits pulling the barges up and down the vast Volga River when there is no wind to fill the sails. They are slaves to this scene – their feet are bare or wrapped only in rags.
This great painting by Repin, Barge Haulers on the Volga, tells a hopeless story that is told over and over and understood by all – the hopelessness of it all. All the figures are leaning forward stooped over by the back breaking, endless labor. Their faces, necks and hands are leather burnt crisp by the sun. Their eyes are empty and lost. The lone young man is new to the group, a new recruit. He is being broken. He stands upright because he still can. His spirit may not yet be broken; he still may manage to have hoped that somehow he can manage to find a better life. His skin is light and fresh – yet to be worn out, but being reddened burnt by the harsh sun. An image or icon of hope may be the small cross worn around his neck. He adjusts the strap, his harness is uncomfortable and he struggles with it.
The rest of the group has given up – the only struggle they see is to pull. This great large painting by Repin says volumes about the culture and ways of this type of peasant life. This way of life has gone on for generations and will continue to do so – these men are poor slaves to a way of life. Off in the distance there is a small accent or detail to the painting, a plume of smoke shows evidence of a new steamship. This new invention will revolutionize this whole scene one day. In the future the sails of these barges will be replaced with steam and power making this hard journey obsolete.
The colors and harmony used by Repin show the heat, the stress and strain of the environment, this utter desperation is felt by the viewer. Life is so hard and worn out in this listless scene of no wind and no hope. A great story of emotion and pain is seen and felt in this huge painting by Ilya Repin.

Navicula gives on the barge type as follows:

She is a”rasschiva” a boat type used on the River Volga and Caspian Sea from the end of the 18th century till the begin of the 19th century.
She has a mast with a height of 20-30m and rigged with a square sail, as seen on the painting on the left in the background.
Deadweight between 100 to 500 tons, dim. Length 30-50m., beam 10-12 m., draught 1.2 – 1.8m.
Russia 1956 40k sg 1999, scott1866.

Russia 1956 40k sg 1999, scott1866. ... the-volga/


For the first visit of Chinese warships in Walvis Bay from 11 to 13 June 2014 Namibia issued two stamps and a MS which shows use the three warships of the 16th Escort Task Group of the Chinese Navy.
The Task Group will visit eight African countries before she are heading back to China.
The Task Force sailed from China on 30 November 2013 for the Gulf of Aden were she arrived on 22 December on a mission to protect and escort merchant ships in pirate-infested waters off Somalia.
After completing the escort mission, the Task Group of three ships the LUOYANG, YANCHENG and TAIHU made a good-will call via the Suez Canal to eight African countries, Tunisia, Dakar, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Angola, Namibia and South Africa before returning home.
PLAN LUOYANG was built as one of the Type 053H3 frigate’s by Hudong Shipyard for the Chinese Navy.
The details of this ships are given as known till now.
August 2004 launched as the PLAN LUOYANG 527.
Displacement 2,250 tons standard, 2,393 tons full load, dim. 112 x 12.4 x 4.3m (draught).
Powered: CODAD by 2 x 18E390VA diesels, 14,000 hp and two MTU diesels, 8.840 hp. Twin shafts, maximum speed 28 knots.
Range 5,000 miles by a speed of 15 to 16 knots.
Armament: 8- YJ-83 SSM in 2 x 4-cell launchers. 1 – 8-cell HQ-7 Surface-to-air missile system. 1 – PJ33A dual 100mm automatic gun. 4 – Type 76A dual-37 mm AA guns. 2 – 6-tube Type 3200 ASW rocket launchers (36 rockets). 2 – DC racks and launchers. 6 torpedo launchers. 2 – Type 946/PJ-46 15-barrel decoy rocket launchers.
Fitted out with a hangar and carried a Harbin Z-9C helicopter.
Crew 168.
September 2005 commissioned.

2014 In service.
Source: Wikipedia and internet.
Namibia 2014 N$6.60 sgMS?, scott?


The yacht CHAMPOSA was built by James Betis Enterprise, Anacortes WA, USA for the Sam Enterprises Group.
Designed by Bruce Nelson, she is one of the IOR 50ft class yachts.
Dim. 15.24 x 4.45 x 2.93m. (draught)
Hull manufactured of carbon composite.
1988 Completed as the CHAMPOSA V.
More info on the yacht and her whereabouts welcome.

Grenadines of St Vincent 1988 $1 sgMS558, scott
Source: Various internet sites.

Archimedes (Steamer) 1846

So few info about this steamer. She was listed as having a certificate dated 15 Aug 1846 (doubtful). She was built for Elbe-Humber D.G., Hamburg, Germany. Tonnage; 263, lenght; 45,47 m, beam; 7 m, draft; 3,6 m. Single screw.

She was rebuilt in 1852. On 24 Jul 1858, she was sold to H.J.Perlbach & Co., Hamburg, Germany.

She grounded on the Dutch coasts in Mar 1864 and was lost.

The stamp desing is based on an 1859 painting by Lorenz Peterson.

Paraguay 1984, S.G.?, Scott: 2122c.

Source: Seeschiffs-Verzeichnis der Hamburger Reedereien 1824-1888, Vols. 1 & 2 by H.G. Hermann


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Built as an iron passenger-cargo vessel under yard 111 by the yard of Tod & McGregor, Glasgow for M. Langlands & Son, Glasgow and managed by the Glasgow & Liverpool Steam Packet.
20 June 1861 launched under the name PRINCESS ROYAL.
Tonnage 494 gross, 828 ton burden, dim. 196.9 x 27.3 x 16ft.
Powered by a 2-cyl steam engine, two boilers, one screw, speed 11 knots.
Schooner rigged
1860 Delivered to owners.

Ostensibly she was built for the Glasgow & Liverpool Steam Packet, but her appearance was more like a blockade-runner for the Confederacy than an Irish Channel steamer.
1862 Taken over by Fraser, Trendholm & Company, Charleston S.C. and she crossed the North Atlantic loaded with two badly needed marine engines and boilers for some ram-ships, under construction in Charleston. Other cargo on board was 600 barrels of gunpowder, 6 - 70-pound Whitworth cannons, 930 steel-headed Whitworth shells, 35 tons of projectile steel, a machine for molding and some provision, the total value of the cargo was £78.808.

Sailed from London and via Newfoundland, arrived mid January 1863 at Bermuda, she was heavily loaded with a draught of 11 feet, with this draught was she slow, and not very suitable to be used as a blockade runner.
Early in the morning of 29 January 1863 she approached the entrance of Charleston, where she was sighted by the schooner G.W. BLUNT that opened fire and warned the other vessels of squadron.
The steamer USS UNADILLA forced the PRINCESS ROYAL aground, but when boarding parties reached the vessel, most of the crew and passengers had left the ship. Only some British sailors stayed behind on board.

After Union warships towed her free, she was brought north, still with the British sailors on board who were hired by the federal commander, he was short of sailors.
The prize court at Philadelphia sold her and her cargo for $342.000.

18 March 1863 sold to the U.S. Navy Department for $112.000, and she was armed with 2 – 30 pound Parrot rifles, 1 - 11 inch Dahlgren gun and four 24-pound howitzers.
29 May 1863 commissioned under command of Melancthon B. Woolsey as USS PRINCESS ROYAL.
Crew 150.

Assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron.
28 June 1863 had a sharp engagement with some Confederate forces at Donaldsonville, LA, in which USS KINEO and WINONA also participated, driving the enemy forces off.
10 August 1863 she captured the British schooner FLYING SCUD loaded with cotton near Matamoros off the Rio Oranda, Tex.
The rest of 1863 and 1864 used in the blockading service, and she captured several small brigs and schooners.
07 December 1864 together with USS CHOCURA she captured the schooner ALABAMA, which was underway from Havana.
07 February 1865 off Galveston Tex. She and the USS BIENVILLE took several small schooners.

In the summer of 1865 she was ordered to head north and she arrived at 21 July at Philadelphia, where she was decommissioned.

17 August 1865 during a public auction sold to Samuel C.Cook for $54.175, and he renamed her in GENERAL SHERMAN.
Thereafter he sent the vessel to China, which at that time was in chaos because of the Taiping upraising.
The Chinese Government hired some foreign mercenaries of which some defected to the Taiping rebels.
A group of these defectors under command of the American Henry A. Burgevine boarded the GENERAL SHERMAN and on board of her he sailed to Formosa (Taiwan), but the Royal Navy captured her during the voyage. In the encounter Burgevine was killed.

Then her ownership became murky, most probably she was bought by the British firm Meadows & Co in Tientsin (Tianjin), and was she bought or chartered by a American merchant W.B. Preston, who sent the ship to Korea.
She was loaded with merchandise and on 09 August 1866 she sailed from Tientsin, under command of Capt. Page with a crew of 28 and the missionary/interpreter, Robert Thomas, the owner Preston was also on board, after a call at Chefoo (Yantai) for fresh water she sailed to Korea, arriving off the mouth of the Daedong River on 18 August.

05 September 1866 was she attacked near Pyongyang, and the complete crew was killed, the vessel was set on fire. For the attack and killing of the crew see
The GENERAL SHERMAN did not sink she was grounded, but she was not lost, as some sources give; when the river levels rose she was refloated and moved to Seoul.
She was repaired and for some time was she the first engine powered warship of the Korean Navy. Under pressure of China she was handed back to her former American owner Samuel C. Cook in 1867.
Early 1868 bought by William F.Weld Co. Boston, Mass., who was building up his Merchants of Boston SS Co.
After a recondition and alternation she was put in the service from Boston to New Orleans service with accommodation for some passengers.
Her last voyage was, when she left on 04 January 1874 New York with on board a crew of 42 men and 4 passengers and general cargo consigned to New Orleans.
During the voyage the weather worsened and on 07 January at 02.00am. she sprung a leak, and the pumps could not manage the water level pouring in.

Her crew were rescued by the schooner SPRAY and FLORENCE and salvaged some cargo and the baggage of the passengers who disembarked at Wilmington N.C.
10 January the steam tug BRANDT steamed out from Wilmington and found the GENERAL SHERMAN still afloat, she managed to put a hawser on the ship and started towing.
Near Tub’s Inlet, twenty-seven miles from Cape Fear the GENERAL SHERMAN sank.

Korea North 2006 140ch sg?, scott?

Source: Clyde built ships. Lifeline of the Confederacy by Stephen R. Wise. Some other web-sites, a Google search give plenty on the ship.
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Postby markhuggins » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:28 pm

Had no idea of the history of this ship. I did several scuba dives on it in the late 1980's.
Picked up several lead shot, a rifle slug, several buttons and a belt buckle.
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