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Vera Cruz (Ship) 1866

Knight (Cavaliere) Giuseppe Tonello (Captain Gaspare Perissa, 1866-71) Trieste, Austria/Italy; San Marco, near Trieste, Austria; 850 tons; 19’ draught; oak hull sheeted and copper fastened, single deck; four cannons; crew 12.

She was registered on May 12, 1866, as a long distance trader. Giuseppe Tonello died in 1869, and after two years of an inheritance process, his widow, Anna Tonello (née Stamare) became the sole owner of the vessel. (Their daughter Virginia was married into the Fiume branch of the Cosulich family.) The original tonnage of 850 tons was only reduced to 710 tons (corresponding to the Moorsome rule) in 1880, (although the American Register of 1870, indicated only 775 tons).

In Lloyd’s of 1870, her captain is still listed as Perissa, and in 1872, her owners are listed as: Anna Vedovaand Tonello and Antonioas Bilaffer as captain. In 1877, the captain was Diodato G. Bilaffer, and in 1878, her owners were listed as “Giovanni and Maria Ragusin and the late Marco.” Giovanni Ragusin was the captain. The Registry
from 1881 lists her tonnage as 710. She was abandoned on December 1, 1879, near (Cap) Finistere.

It should also be noted, that there was a brig of 406 tons named Vera-Cruz, that was lost in 1864, in a storm near Cape St. Vincent.

Yugoslavia 1998 , 2.00d S.G.?, Scott: 2421 .

Source: Watercraft Philately (Article by Auke Palmhof)

Akizuki IJN (Type B Class Destroyer) 1942

Akizuki was the lead ship of her class of destroyer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means “Autumn Moon.” Built in Maizuru Naval Arsenal. Laid down in 30 July 1940. Launched in 2 July 1941. Completed in 11 June 1942. Commissioned in 11 June 1942, Yokosuka Chinjufu.

Displacement: 2,700 tons standard; 3,700 tons full load; 440'3" x 38'1" x 13'7" (draught); Machinery: 2-shaft geared turbines: 52,000 SHP; 33 knots; 8,300 miles at 18 knots; Armament: 8 x 3.9"/65 cal. DP guns (4 x 2); 4 x 25 mm. AA guns (2 x 2); 4 x 24" TT (1 x 4); 6 depth charge throwers; 72 depth charges; Complement: 263.

In October 1944 Akizuki was part of the Northern Force commanded by Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo, in the Japanese attack on the Allied forces supporting the invasion of Leyte. On 25 October, in the Battle off Cape Engaño, it was sunk, probably by torpedo, ENE of Cape Engaño, during the initial U.S. air attack on the Northern Force. Most sources credit the hit to aircraft of Task Force 38, but some give credit to submarine USS Halibut (SS-232).


The largest, most handsome and, in the Japanese estimation, most successful destroyers in the Imperial fleet were those of the Akizuki class. Known as the "Type B," these ships were designed primarily as antiaircraft escorts for the carrier force.

As originally conceived, they would not even have carried torpedoes, but a later desire to add an offensive capability saw the inclusion in the design of a quadruple 24" torpedo mount amidships. The main features distinguishing this class from other Japanese destroyers were their size and innovative armament. Some 50 feet longer and 700 tons heavier than the preceding Kagero’s and Yugumo’s, the Akizuki’s were able to carry a fourth main-battery turret without suffering any topweight problems as a result. These turrets were large, fully-enclosed and power-operated, and each mounted twin 3.9" high-velocity guns. Though designed as AA weapons, their high rate of fire and range of 20,000 yards made them at least the equal of their American 5-inch counterparts. From 1943 on, each destroyer was also equipped with 15 to 51- 25 mm. machine guns, the number increasing as the war progressed, and a full array of Types 21 and 22 radars.

The ships of the Akizuki class were built concurrently with those of the Yugumo class, with the first six ordered under the 1939 program and another 10, known as the Shimotsuki group, under the 1941 program. Of the latter, four were never built, Michizuki being broken up on the stocks in March 1945 to make way for suicide craft, while Hazuki, Kiyotsuki and Ozuki were all cancelled. A large number of succeeding vessels, hull numbers 777-785 of the 1942 program and 5061-5083 of the modified 1942 program, proved nothing more than expressions of wishful thinking.

Twelve Akizukis were actually built, most of them serving in the 41st and 61st Destroyer Divisions. Six survived the war, but four of those, Yoizuki, Haruzuki, Hanazuki and Natsuzuki, were completed too late to see action outside of Japanese home waters. Though favorite targets of U.S. submarines, only one ship of the class was actually sunk by a submarine. Two were lost to air attack and three in surface actions – an interesting breakdown considering their original design as antiaircraft escorts.

Their swept-back lines and large single funnel made the Akizukis very similar in appearance to light cruiser Yubari, and in fact U.S. forces would consistently misidentify these ships as cruisers. And that appreciation was not so wide of the mark, considering their frequent employment in place of cruisers as squadron flagships. Their bridges were actually a bit too cramped for the addition of an admiral and his staff, and their turn of speed inferior to that of most of their contemporaries. But the Akizukis continued as favorites in the role of destroyer leader, and three were lost while so employed.

All in all, the Akizuki class represented an excellent, versatile design, and the vessels turned in solid performances. Lead-ship, Akizuki herself, compiled the most impressive record, fighting from Guadalcanal to Leyte Gulf with but one significant break in service due to damage. And Teruzuki surely dealt her enemies some terrible blows one bloody night in Ironbottom Sound. But the most notable action of any of the class was

Hatsuzuki's last fight off Cape Engano, an exhibition of such tenacity and selflessness as to rank with that of the American destroyers off Samar.

Grenada Grenadines 1995 $2,00, S.G.?, Scott: 1721Ae.

Source: Watercraft Philately (Article by Myron Molnau).

Source: Wikipedia

Ashigara IJN (Heavy Cruiser) 1929

Ashigara was a Myōkō-class heavy cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The other sister ships of her class were Myōkō, Nachi, and Haguro. She was named after a mountain on the border of Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures, also known as Mount Kintoki.

The ships of this class displaced 13,300 tons, were 204 m (669 ft) long, and were capable of 36 knots. They carried one aircraft and their main armament were ten 8 inch guns. Ashigara was laid down at the Kawasaki shipyard in Kobe on April 11, 1925, launched on April 22, 1928, and was commissioned into the Imperial Navy on August 20, 1929.

In World War II she took part in the Invasion of the Philippines in December 1941. In the Battle of the Java Sea on March 1, 1942 she shared in the sinking of the cruiser HMS Exeter and the destroyer HMS Encounter.

From 1942 to 1944 she was assigned to guard duties and troop transportation and saw no action.

In the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 24, 1944, Ashigara, with Captain Hayao Miura in command, was assigned to Vice Admiral Kiyohide Shima's force along with Nachi and eight destroyers. This force entered Surigao Straiton October 25 after Admiral Shoji Nishimura's First Raiding Force had been destroyed, following the losses of Fusō and Nishimura's Yamashiro along with their escorts in the hands of Rear Admiral Jesse B. Oldendorf's fleet and aircraft, in which during this action Nishimura was killed aboard the Yamashiro. Ashigara and Nachi fired their torpedoes and retreated (Nachi with damage from a collision with Mogami).

In December 1944 Ashigara took part in an attempted attack on the American landings on Mindoro in the Philippines along with the Ōyodo and the destroyers Kiyoshimo, Asashimo, Kasumi, Kaya, Kashi, and Sugi. On December 26 she came under air attack and was damaged by a 227 kg (500 lb) bomb, but was able to shell the American beachhead on December 27 of the same year.

On June 8, 1945, Ashigara left Batavia for Singapore with 1,600 troops on board, escorted by the destroyer Kamikaze. In the Bangka Strait the two ships came under attack from three Allied submarines, USS Blueback, HMS Trenchant and HMS Stygian. Kamikaze attacked Trenchant with gunfire, forcing her to submerge, and then with depth charges, but Trenchant's C.O., Commander Arthur Hezlet, spotted Ashigara and fired eight torpedoes at her at about 12:15. Ashigara was hit five times at a range of 4,000 yards and capsized at 12:37 Kamikaze rescued 400 troops and 853 crew, including C.O. Miura.

Grenada Grenadines 1995, S.G.?, Scott: 1721Ag.

Tanzania 1995, S.G.?, Scott: 1352g.

Source: Wikipedia

CUMBERLAND privateer 1757

CUMBERLAND (or DUKE OF CUMBERLAND is given in Jersey Sailing Ships) I did find both names for the ship which was used as a privateer under command of Captain Philip Seward in 1757.
The Jersey Post gives by this stamp:
In 1757 the CUMBERLAND under Captain Seward chased a large French ship across the Bay of Biscay. The French captain however, decided not to engage in a fight and the entire crew of 30 men lowered the ship’s boats and rowed away. Seward ordered his crew to row across to the abandoned vessel but a storm blew up and they were never seen again leaving Seward with insufficient crew to continue his privateering pursuits.
The CUMBERLAND was owned by D. Messervy in Jersey and of 70 tons and used as a privateer from 1757-58 under command of Captain Seward. She lost one man in action Jean Arthur.
She was armed with 10 carriage guns and 10 swivel guns.
From the net I got that on 10 June 1759 the DUKE OF CUMBERLAND under command of John Ellsworthy imported 348 slaves in Barbados, if she is the same vessel I can’t find, the name CUMBERLAND and DUKE OF CUMBERLAND are very common in the ship registers.
Fate unknown.
(I believe the ship in the background is the French ship, she looks a little too large for a 70 ton vessel and the boat in the foreground is the shipsboat from the CUMBERLAND rowing to the French abandoned ship.)

Jersey 2014 69p sg?, scott?
Source: Jersey Sailing Ships by John Jean. Jersey Post.

SANTANDER SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

A stamp in the Sports series is being issued, dedicated to the Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014.
The Sailing World Championships is the most important event organized by the International Sailing Federation. It takes place every four years, two before the Olympic Games, and is used to allot 75% of the places for countries taking part in the Games.
Santander is hosting the 4th World Sailing Championships over the first two weeks of September, when it will welcome about 1000 yachts and 1400 crew from more than 95 countries. The eleven Olympic categories will take part in the competition. Countries which qualify can participate in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.
The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV) has set up several sites in the capital city of Cantabria, such as the marshland of the Santander Real Club Marítimo to moor the organization’s and keeled boats, the Star and the Elliots of the Women's Match Race, and the CEAR Príncipe Felipe (Specialist Centre for High Performance in Sailing), as well as other port areas nearby.
The first World Sailing Championships were held in Spain in 2003 in the Bay of Cadiz. Spanish philately marked this competition by issuing a commemorative stamp.
The second Championships were held in Cascais in Portugal in 2007, where 1350 sailors from 76 countries attended.
The third took place in Perth in Australia in 2011, with 1200 sailors from 79 countries.
Spain currently holds fourth place in the medals table in the World Sailing Championships, following the 2011 event, with three gold’s, one silver and two bronze.
The stamp recreates the blue waves of Cantabria, around yachts with sails billowing in the wind in front of the Magdalena Palace, an iconic building in Santander.
Spain 2014 Euro

Source: Spanish Post.

HAUNTED CANADA sailing vessel

Friday the 13th June 2014 Canada Post has issued five stamps that are sure to get the hairs raising on the back of your neck. The collection is the first in a multi-year series telling some of Canada’s most inexplicable and popular ghostly tales.
In every region across Canada, there are reports of apparitions, eerie sounds, phantom lights and spirits trapped between this world and the next.

Only one of this stamps which shows us a burning sailing vessel is interesting for the ship on stamp collectors.

The Northumberland Strait: The tale has been told by residents for at least 200 years of a vision of a burning ship on the waters between New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. On several occasions, onlookers have tried to rescue the ship but as soon as rescuers come close, the ship disappears into the mist.

Canada 2014 sg?, scott?

Source: Canada Post.
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GENERAL SHERMAN

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GENERAL SHERMAN

Postby shipstamps » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:55 pm


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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 http://www.kimsoft.com/2000Sherman.htm
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. http://www.kimsoft.com/2000/shermanr.htm Some other web-sites, a Google search give plenty on the ship.
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Re: GENERAL SHERMAN

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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