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ALLEN GARDINER schooner 1854

The Falkland Islands Post issued in 1994 a set of stamps for the South American Missionary Society, the 65p stamp shows us the wooden missionary schooner ALLEN GARDINER which was built in 1854, at the Kelly’s yard in Dartmouth,
01 November 1853 keel laid down.
11 July 1854 launched as the ALLAN GARDINER.
She was 50 ton burthen, dim. 19.5 x 5.2 x 3.2m.
It is given that she was first fitted out with an auxiliary engine which was removed around 1887.
24 October 1854 she sailed from Bristol under command of Captain William Parker Snow.
ALLEN GARDINER was a schooner owned by the South American Mission Society, based in England. Built in 1854, the schooner was named after Captain Allen Gardiner, the founder of the society. He had died of starvation with the rest of his mission party on Picton Island in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in 1852, after resupply was delayed.
The schooner was sailed to Keppel Island, Falklands, to support the missionary effort there and in Tierra del Fuego. In the fall of 1858, it was used to return some Yahgan natives to Wulaia after their months-long visit on Keppel. After the ship did not return, the missionary society sent out the NANCY to try to discover what had happened. In 1860, the captain and crew found one British survivor at Wulaia. They learned that the captain and rest of the crew of the ALLEN GARDINER were all killed by the Yahgan on November 1, 1859 after a conflict. SAMS withdrew for some time from trying to establish a mission in Tierra del Fuego, but one was established in 1871.
In 1858 ALLEN GARDINER was used to return a Yahgan family to Wulaia, and it brought others to Keppel Island to study with missionaries. Homesick, they departed after several months in October 1858, again on the ALLEN GARDINER. The idea had been to educate the Yahgan in English and Christianity. They and the British suffered serious cultural misunderstandings. When the ALLEN GARDINER failed to return to Keppel Island, Captain William Horton Smyley was sent to Tierra del Fuego in 1860 on the ship NANCY to investigate. Smyley discovered the ship afloat at Wulaia, but stripped of all valuable possessions. He learned from the one survivor, the cook, that Captain Fell, four mates, two seaman, and the catechist, Garland Philips, were all killed by Yahgan while on shore on November 6, 1859.
The ship's cook and sole survivor of the massacre, Alfred Cole, was rescued by Captain Smyley. Cook later described the attack:
One of the sailors complained to Captain Fell that several articles belonging to the crew had been stolen. Captain Fell gave orders for the [natives'] bundles to be searched. When the bundles were examined, the missing property was found in them and returned to its rightful owners.
The Yahgan natives were angered by the search. While on board the ship, one attacked the captain, grasping him by the throat. Captain Fell threw off the man and sent all the Yahgan on the ship to shore. On November 6, 1859, Yahgan men attacked and killed Fell and most of the crew while they were holding church services on shore.
Wreck
On August 10, 1893, ALLEN GARDINER, under command of Captain Robert Thompson, was seriously damaged during a storm. Captain Thompson was found to have acted wrongly by attempting to sail the ship in poor conditions. He received "severe censure".
The wreck report is given on this site: http://www.plimsoll.org/resources/SCCLi ... /16527.asp

Falkland Islands 1994 65p sg726, scott623.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Gardiner_(schooner) and various internet sites.

KWEILIN

Built as a cargo vessel under yard no 473 by Taikoo Dock Yard & Engene Co. Ltd., Hongkong for China Navigation Co. Ltd, Hongkong.
12 September 1961 launched as the KWEILIN.
Tonnage 5,9092 grt, 3,213 nrt, 6,477 dwt, dim. 128.7 x 17.1 x 7.31m. (draught), length bpp.128.7m
One 4-cyl. Doxford diesel manufactured by the shipbuilder, 4,450 bhp., one shaft, speed 14.5 knots.
January 1962 delivered to owners.

After delivery used in the liner services of the company.
January 1974 sold to Rogers & Co Ltd, Port Louis, Mauritius and renamed ROGERS TRADER.
1982 Sold to Pacific International Lines (pte) Ltd,, Singapore and renamed in KOTA BERJAYA.
14 February 1986 arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan and was broken up by the Jilani Corp.

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Sources: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Beancaker to Boxboat by Dick and Kentwell. Merchant ships World Built Vol. X 1962.

COAT OF ARMS MURMANSK

The coat of arms of Murmansk is a rectangular heraldic shield divided into two parts – azure and gold ones. There are golden silhouettes of aurora polaris and a ship in azure field, there is a silhouette of fish in golden field.

Colours on the shield have the following meanings: azure and gold represent the polar night and the day, the golden colour of the lower part represents the wealth of the seas, which lets Murmansk fishermen earn their living. The silhouette of a ship reflects Murmansk as a major seaport, and a silhouette of fish represents the main industry of the city – the fishing. Aurora polaris underlines the geographical location of the city – in the Arctic Circle.

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http://www.rusmarka.ru/en/catalog/marka ... 30531.aspx

DUYFKEN (Australia)

The Duyfken Replica Project founder was Dutch-born Australian historian Michael John Young who became aware of Duyfken as early as 1976 and lobbied extensively for a new replica project after the launch of the Endeavour replica in Fremantle, Australia in the mid-1990s.

The Duyfken Replica committee was established in 1995 with Michael Young and the late Dr. Kees de Heer and late journalist James Henderson. This led to the establishment of the 'Friends of the Duyfken' group then ultimately with John Longley's support, the 'Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation'. The Foundation was initially chaired by the dynamic late entrepreneur Michael G. Kailis of Perth, who led the charge in raising the $3.5 million building budget.

On 27 March 1997, Dutch Crown Prince William-Alexander laid the Duyfken Replica's Keel at the Duyfken Replica Ship Yard in front of the Fremantle Maritime Museum in Fremantle, Western Australia.


Decorated stern of the Duyfken replica in Cooktown harbour in 2009
A full size reproduction of the Duyfken was built by the "Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation" jointly with the Maritime Museum of Western Australia and launched on 24 January 1999 in Fremantle. She then undertook goodwill tours to Sydney, Queensland, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, South Africa, and finally Texel in the Netherlands. While in the Netherlands, the floor of the hold was replaced by antique Dutch bricks.

For a period in 2005, the Duyfken was berthed alongside the Old Swan Brewery on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia. The replica was open for visits by the public.

In 2006, Western Australia played a big role in the 400th anniversary of the original Duyfken's visit to Australia and a national group, Australia on the Map: 1606–2006, was formed to commemorate the arrival of the Duyfken and to mark this important milestone in Australia's history, by also giving recognition to all who followed her and contributed to the mapping of the Australian coast.

The Duyfken was berthed at the Queensland Maritime Museum in Southbank, Brisbane, Queensland until early 2011, when she was then placed on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. In September 2012 the Western Australian Government committed funds for 10 years to see the "Duyfken" stay in Perth.
Type:Pinas.
Displacement:110 tons, L:19,90m. (65.4’) B:6m. (19.7’) Draft:2,40m. (8’) 7 kn. Armament:8 cannons.

Duyfken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdœyfkən]; Little Dove), also spelled Duifken or Duijfken, was a small ship built in the Dutch Republic. She was a fast, lightly armed ship probably intended for shallow water, small valuable cargoes, bringing messages, sending provisions, or privateering. The tonnage of Duyfken has been given as 25-30 lasten (50-60 tons)

In 1606, during a voyage of discovery from Bantam (Banten), Java, captained by Willem Janszoon, she encountered the Australian mainland. Janszoon is credited with the first authenticated European discovery of Australia. In 1608, the ship was damaged beyond repair.

(Nederland 2016, 1, StG.?)

MASIRAH

Built as a cargo vessel under yard No 511 by Wm. Hamilton & Co. at the Glen yard Port Glasgow for T & J Brocklebank Ltd., Liverpool.
23 October 1956 launched as the MASIRAH the first of five sisterships.
Tonnage 8,733 grt, 10,530 dwt. Dim. 151.5 x 19.3 x 8.53m., length bpp.142.6m.
Powered by three geared Rowan steam turbines, 6,250 shp. one shaft, speed 15 knots.
Cargo capacity 548,479 cubic ft.
All the masts are of the Bipod type, has sixteen 10 ton derricks, two 5 ton derrick and one of 70 ton.
February 1957 delivered to owners.

Was used by the owner in his services from the United Kingdom to the Middle East and Far East and United States ports.
1968 Transferred to Cunard SS Co Ltd., Liverpool.
1972 Sold to Cia Maritima San Basilio SA, Piraeus, Greece and renamed EURYSTHENES.
On a voyage from Hamburg via Charleston to Yokohama with a general cargo she ran aground on Calantas Rock in the San Bernardino Strait of the east coast of the Philippines between Samar and Luzon Island on 25 April 1974.
After being refloated on 21 May she was towed to Manila where she was declared a constructive total loss due to the severity of the damage sustained and she was sold to Taiwan shipbreakers.
03 October 1974 she arrived at Kaohsiung and was broken up by Pai Chou Steel.

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Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Merchant Ships Vol VI 1957. Modern Shipping Disasters 1963-1987.

THÉO VAN RYSSELBERGHE painting MAN ON RUDDER

The stamp shows us a painting made by the Belgium painter Theo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) and shows us a man on the helm of a partly visible sailing vessel, while in the background you can see what looks like a barque rigged vessel. Not any information on the ships depict.
More info is given on the painter by Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9o ... sselberghe.

Belgium 1992 30f sg3132, scott1456.
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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.

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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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