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MINNE-HA-HA stern-wheeler

Depict on this stamp is a miniature of an old-fashioned Mississippi stern-paddle steamer and it looks that the design of the steamer has been taken from a photo on page 62 of Steamboats Today, 1986 by Tom Rhodes and Harley Scott according Mr. Jack Standen in Watercraft Philately 1988 page 76.
02 October 1968 laid down on the shipyard of the Lake George Steamboat Company at Baldwin, NY for the account of the company.
06 December 1968 launched.
Displacement 200 tons, dim. 103 x 30 x 3.5ft. (draught).
Powered by 200 hp steam engine manufactured by Semple Engine Co. of St louis which drive a 12’ x 12’ sternwheel, the stern-wheel has fourteen paddles and turns at 13 rpm for a speed of 8 mile.
One diesel driven bow-thruster.
30 July 1969 christened as the MINNE-HA-HA.

The MINNE-HA-HA is a sternwheel steamboat on Lake George, New York. It is owned and operated by the Lake George Steamboat Company.
History
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Lake George Steamboat Company owned and operated two ships on Lake George. They were the TICONDEROGA (II), a retired navy ship from World War 2, and the MOHICAN (II), a dieselized steamer who was built by the Steamboat Company in 1907-1908. During the 1960s, these two ships would make daily trips on the lake. The TICONDEROGA would make trips up and down the lake, while the MOHICAN would make two trips into Paradise Bay. In 1968, with the increasing volume of tourists to Lake George Village, the primary docking point of the Lake George Steamboats, requests for hour-long cruises became more frequent. It became evident that a third boat was needed to satisfy the people who did not have time for the longer cruises provided by the "Mo" and "Ti". Wilbur Dow, the company's owner at the time, wanted to make the boat itself an attraction and that it should be powered by steam. A sidewheeler was originally considered to keep with the tradition of the older steamboats on the lake, but the ship, at an estimated 100-foot design, would have appeared to be too wide and short. It was then decided to construct a sternwheel steamboat.
Creation of the ship
The ship was designed by H.M. Tiedemann Company of New York City. The construction started on October 2, 1968 at the Steamboat Company's shipyard in Baldwin, which is located near Ticonderoga, NY, on the other side of Lake George. The hull of the new ship was launched on December 6, 1968, and it was towed by the MOHICAN to the Steel Pier, her future dock, in Lake George Village. The building of the boat was then picked up there, and completed over the winter at a cost of $270,000. The new boat was 103 feet long, had a 30-foot beam, and a draft of 3.5 feet. She had a displacement of 200 tons and could go up to 7 miles per hour. Wilbur Dow's wife, Ruth, struck the champagne bottle against the boat on July 30, 1969, and the ship was christened "MINNE-HA-HA", meaning "laughing waters". She is the second boat by the Lake George Steamboat Company to have this name, sharing it with a sidewheeler that served from 1857-1878.
20th Century
Starting from August 1, 1969, the "Minne" has made six daily hourly trips during the running months, and over its years a seventh hour cruise has been added, as well as a moonlight cruise on Saturday nights. She also sported a calliope that played soothing tunes after each cruise. The fact that it was not only a true steamboat, but also provided short, slow paced cruises showered the new ship with immediate popularity.
Renovation
The ship became so popular over the years that the current owner of the Steamboat Company, Bill Dow, Wilbur Dow's son, decided to modify the "Minne". Since she did not fit the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, meaning she was not handicapped accessible, and she also had to be navigated quite carefully because of her low speed, the only option was to lengthen the vessel. On September 14, 1998, she sailed up to the drydock at Baldwin and her hull was redesigned and replaced with a well-designed and shaped hull. She was then cut into two pieces, and 34 feet of hull was added to connect these two sections. On December 9 of that year, she was put back into the lake and was towed by her sister ship, the MOHICAN, who towed the "Minne" back in 1968, to the steel pier. Here, her superstructure was completed, and in late May 1999, her renovation was complete. Aside from her being lengthened and her hull being redone, she was also given a handicap access elevator to connect her first and second floors. A propeller powered by a caterpillar diesel engine was added to assist the much larger "Minne" in its difficult docking process. Her signature twin split-stacks were removed and replaced by a 30 foot tall sleek single stack, but they are still viewable from their spot on the steel pier. She retains her steam calliope and still plays it after every cruise. A 12x20 foot skylight was also put on her top deck. She is now 137 feet long, with a beam of 30 and a draft of 3 feet and 9 inches. With her propeller, she can now go at a max speed of 8.5 miles per hour.
21st Century
The "Minne" has continued in Lake George. In 2001, her paddle wheel was rebuilt. After the 2007 season, her skylight was removed and replaced with an elevated seating area, which provides more seats with an escalated view. In 2008, she played "Happy Birthday" on her calliope to honor the 100th birthday of her sister ship, the MOHICAN.
In 2013, the Steamboat Company revived an old tradition of the steamers plying their calliopes as they enter Lake George Village, as the "Minne" would do just that, in addition to when she would play it after each cruise. As of 2015, the Steam Ship MINNE-HA-HA II has been in service for 46 years, and serves with her two sister ships, the M/V MOHICAN II and the M/V LAC DU SAINT SACREMENT.

Anguilla 1986 $4 sg704, scott672. (The photo shows her after lengthening with one funnel.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MINNE-HA-HA_II

YMS-1 class minesweeper (USA)

It was 4 March 1941 in the Henry B. Nevins, Inc. Shipyard in City Island, NY, when the keel was laid of the first United States "Yard class Minesweeper" designed by this company and listed as YMS-1. Launched on 10 January 1942, it was completed two months later on 25 March 1942. This yard held the distinction of building this ship in 3 months, 18 days. The first wooden minesweeper of this class was to gain prominence in all theaters during World War II. A total of 561 were built at 35 U. S. yards. Originally a class of Motor Minesweepers, "Yard " was added to distinguish them from other classes. Referring to a "Naval Yard or Naval Base." This type was not expected to go beyond adjacent waters from their base. Built at 35 yacht yards, rather than larger shipyards; 12 on the East Coast; 19 on the West Coast, and four in the Great Lakes. It has been established by the U. S. Navy that this is the reason for the "Yard" designation. Records show that YMS' were used in the United States Navy to sweep mines laid by enemy subs as early as 1942 off the ports of Jacksonville, FL and Charleston, SC. One of their greatest losses being on 9 October 1945, when seven U.S. YMS' were sunk in a typhoon off Okinawa.

The wood-hulled YMS proved to be one of the U.S. Navy's more durable and versatile types through a quarter-century of service, filling a variety of roles for a number of navies. All 481 ships of this type had the same general characteristics. The only significant variation within the type was one of appearance; YMS-1 through 134 had two stacks, YMS-135 through 445, 480, and 481 had one, while YMS-446 through 479 had none. Originally rated as service craft, they were used during World War II for inshore sweeping to prepare the way for amphibious assaults. Surviving YMS's were reclassified as AMS in 1947, given names, and rerated as mine warfare ships; in 1955 they received the new type symbol MSC(O), changed to MSCO in 1967. These ships bore much of the mine warfare burden in Korea, formed a major portion of our minecraft strength through the 1950's, and provided underway training for Naval Reservists in the 1960's. Ruff (MSCO-54), originally YMS-327, the last of her kind in U.S. service, was struck from the Navy List in November 1969.

Displacement:270 tons, L:41,45m. (136') B:7,47m. (24' 6") Draft:2,44m. (8') 2 General Motors 8268A diesels, each:880 bhp. 2 shafts, 15 kn. complement:32, armament:1-3"/50 caliber gun, 2-20 mm. guns, 2 depth charge projectors.

(Somaliland 2011, 2500 a. StG.?)
Internet.

MANXMAN HMS M-70

Built in 1939-'41 by Alexander Stephen & Sons, Govan, Glasgow, for the Royal Navy, laid down 24-04-1939, launched 05-09-1940, commissioned 20-06-1941.
Minelayer of the 'Abdiel' class, diplacement:2693/3470 tons, Loa:127m. (418') Lbpp:122,07m. (400' 6") B:12m,20m. (40') Draft:3,43/4,50m. (11' 3"/14' 9") 4 Admiralty 3-drum water tube boilers, Parsons geared steam turbines:72.000 hp. 2 shafts, 38 kn. range:1000 nm/38 kn. complement:242, armament:6 × QF 4 in (100 mm) L/45 Mark XVI guns on twin mounts HA/LA Mk.XIX, 4 × QF 2 pdr L/39 Mk.VIII on quadruple mount Mk.VII, 8 × Vickers .50 machine guns on quadruple mount Mk.I (later up to 12 × 20 mm Oerlikons on single mounts P Mk.III or twin mounts Mk.V) 156 mines.

Commissioned on 7 June 1941, her first mission was the delivery of mines to Murmansk. Manxman then transferred to the Mediterranean, where she was employed on relief runs to Malta. In August she took part in Operation Mincemeat, which involved mine-laying in the Gulf of Genoa while disguised as the French vessel Leopard. From October 1941 to February 1942, Manxman was returned to the Home Fleet and took part in a number of mine-laying operations in the North Sea and the English Channel. In March, she joined the Eastern Fleet at Kilindini in the Indian Ocean. After escort and patrol duties, on 8 October she participated in the assault and capture of the island of Nosy Be on the north west coat of Madagascar, which was occupied by Vichy French forces.
Transferring to the Mediterranean again, Manxman was sent with supplies to Malta followed by mine-laying in the Sicilian Channel. On 1 December, whilst in transit from Algiers to Gibraltar, she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-375 and severely damaged on the position 36°39′N 0°15′E. Following emergency repairs at Oran and Gibraltar, she returned to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for extensive repair work.
Manxman re-commissioned on 10 April 1945 and made ready to join the British Pacific Fleet. She arrived at Geelong shortly after VJ Day and she was used for repatriation and supply operations.
Returning to the UK in June 1946, she had a further spell with the Pacific Fleet before joining the Reserve Fleet at Sheerness. Following a refit, Manxman joined the Mediterranean Fleet in 1951. In 1953, she appeared in the film Sailor of the King as the German cruiser Essen. She was fitted for the film with enlarged funnels and mock-up triple-gun turrets over her 4" guns. The 'torpedo damage' which forces her delay at 'Resolution Island' was painted on the side of her port bow. The scenes when she is holed up for repairs were filmed in the semi-circular Dwejra bay, guarded by Fungus Rock on the west coast of Gozo Island in Malta. In 1953 she also took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1956, she was deployed for headquarters duties during the Suez operation. A story - or legend - has grown that, during the Suez Crisis of 1956, Manxman outran an American Carrier Group. Manxman reportedly shadowed them; the US Admiral increased speed, eventually to over thirty knots - and then Manxman swept past at full speed, showing the signal "See you in Egypt". It is far from clear whether this episode happened; 'knowledge' about it was common in the Merchant Navy of the 1970s. This story was often told in the Royal Navy (not the Merchant Navy which is not technically an organisation), long before 1956; it was supposed to have happened in the Pacific at the end of World War II.
After a spell in reserve at Malta and two refits, she was commissioned in 1963 as a support ship for minesweepers and was stationed at Singapore. Returning to the UK in 1968, Manxman was used for engineering training at Devonport and following a fire, was transferred to the reserve at Chatham Dockyard until broken up at Newport in 1973, by J. Cashmore.

(Somaliland 2011, 2500 a. StG.?)
Internet.

LUPO 1938 (Italy)

Built in 1936-'38 by C.N.Q., Fiume, for the Italian Navy.
Torpedo boat, 'Spica' class, (32 units) 'Alcione' group, displacement:808/1040 tons, Loa:83,50m (273' 11") B:8,10m. (26' 7") Draft:2,55m. (8' 4") 2 Yarrow boilers, 2 Tosi geared steam turbines:19.000 hp. 2 shafts, 34 kn. complement:116, armament:3 × 100 mm (3.9") 100/47 dual-purpose guns, 9–11 × 20 mm (0.79") Breda 20/65 mod. 35 AA guns, 2 × 13.2 mm (0.52") anti-aircraft machine guns, 4 × 450 mm (18") torpedo tubes (2 × triple mounts) up to 20 mines.
Along with Libra, torpedoed the British tanker Desmoulea(8120 tons) in the Kasos straits on 31 January 1941 at the position 35°33′32″N 25°34′14″E, disabling her for the rest of the war. The tanker was part of the convoy AN.14, and had departed Alexandria for Piraeus. Captained by Francesco Mimbelli during the reconquest of Kastelorizo and the Battle of Crete, where she survived a battle against three cruisers and five destroyers, saving half of a small ships convoy.
Sunk 2 December 1942 by destroyers HMS Jervis,HMS Javelin, HMS Janus and HMS Kelvin while picking up survivors from the Italian cargo ship Veloce en route to Tripoli. Two other steamers, part of the same convoy, eventually reached home.

(Somaliland 2011, 1500 a. StG.?)
Internet.

JOHN QUILLIAM

Captain John Quilliam RN (born Marown, Isle of Man 29 September 1771 - died Michael, Isle of Man 10 October 1829) was a Royal Navy officer and the First Lieutenant on HMS VICTORY at the Battle of Trafalgar. He was a farmer’s son from the Isle of Man who was impressed in the Royal Navy in 1794.
Career
The eldest son of John Quilliam and Christian Clucas of Ballakelly, he was apprenticed to a stonemason, and then worked as a labourer until he was impressed into the Royal Navy in 1794.
Unlike most impressed sailors, Quilliam rose rapidly in the Royal Navy. He is first recorded in 1797 at the Battle of Camperdown when he was made a Lieutenant by Admiral Duncan. He was a Third Lieutenant on HMS ETHALION. On 7 October 1799 Quilliam's share of prize money for the capture of the 36 gun Spanish treasure ship THETIS was over £5000. He was First Lieutenant aboard HMS AMAZON at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, his gallantry and calmness under fire following the death of Captain Edward Riou and all the senior officers on his ship was rewarded with being made First Lieutenant on HMS VICTORY by Horatio Nelson.
Quilliam soon repaid the faith Nelson had placed in him as the following extract from James's Naval History of Great Britain shows, he assisted in steering her into action at Trafalgar: - "Just as she (the VICTORY) had got about 500 yards of the larboard beam of the BUCENTAURE the VICTORY's mizzen-topmast was shot away, about two-thirds up. A shot also struck and knocked to pieces the wheel; and the ship was obliged to be steered from the gun room, the first lieutenant (John Quilliam) and master (Thomas Atkinson) relieving each other at the duty.
After Trafalgar he was promoted to Captain and placed in command of HMS ILDEFONSO. He returned to the Isle of Man and in 1807, he was elected a member of the House of Keys.
In 1808, he was captain of Admiral Stopford's flagship, HMS SPENCER. In 1812, he was captain of HMS CRESENT and served as such until the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. During this time he captured a 14 gun American privateer, the ELBRIDGE GERRY during the War of 1812.
He then returned to the Isle of Man and resided at the White House in Kirk Michael. He was re-elected a member of House of Keys in 1817.
Qulliam died in 1829 and was buried in the graveyard at Kirk Arbory.
Memorial
There is the following inscription on his tombstone;
"Sacred to the memory of John Quilliam, Esq., Captain in the Royal Navy. In his early service he was appointed by Adml. Lord Duncan to act as lieutenant at the Battle of Camperdown; after the victory was achieved, this appointment was confirmed. His gallantry and professional skill at the Battle of Copenhagen attracted the notice of Lord Nelson, who subsequently sought for his services on board his own ship, and as his lordship's first lieut. he steered the VICTORY into action at the Battle of Trafalgar. By the example of Duncan and Nelson he learned to conquer. By his own merit he rose to command: above all this he was an honest man, the noblest work of God. After many years of honourable and distinguished professional service, he retired to this land of his affectionate solicitude and birth, where in his public station as a member of the House of Keys, and in private life, he was in arduous times the uncompromising defender of the rights and privileges of his countrymen, and the zealous and able supporter of every measure tending to promote the welfare and the best interests of his country. He departed this life on 10 October 1829 in the 59th year of his age. This monument is erected by Margaret C. Quilliam to the memory of her beloved husband."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Quilliam

The stamp shows us:
6p When John Quilliam was pressed in service of the Royal Navy. Stanley Gibbons give that the HMS LION is depict in the background of the stamp. Quilliam first ship was HMS LION.
8p Shows the steering system of the VICTORY in the gunroom by jury ropes.
13p HMS SPENCER and Captain John Quilliam. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14330&p=16339&hilit=john+quilliam#!lightbox[gallery]/0/
15p Shows John Quilliam in front of the Rushen Castle where at that time the meeting of the members of the House of Key’s took place, and fishing vessel in the port of Castletown.
Isle of Man 1979 6p/15p sg 189/162, scott?

BRITANNIA cruise vessel 2015

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6231 by Fincantieri Italiana at Monfalcone, Italy for Carnival PLC, Southampton.
2011 Ordered.
15 May 2013 laid down, (Miramar gives laid down 20 December 2010.)
14 February 2014 floated out of her building dock as the BRITANNIA.
Tonnage 143,730 grt, 11,793 dwt, dim. 330 x 38.38 x 8.30m. (draught), length bpp. 306.07m.
Powered diesel electric two Wärtsilä 12V46F and two Wärtsilä diesel engines, 36,000 kW, two VEM Sachsenwerk GMBH electric motors driven twin shafts, speed 21 knots.
Accommodation for 4,324 passengers and 1,398 crew.
27 February 2015 delivered to owners, building cost £473 million.

The same day sailed from Monfalcone via Gibraltar to Southampton.
10 March 2015 christened by Queen Elizabeth II in Southampton.
14 March 2015 sailed for his maiden cruise from Southampton.
MV BRITANNIA is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. She was built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
At 143,000 GT, BRITANNIA is the largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises and she is also the flagship of the fleet, taking the honour from ORIANA. She officially entered service on 14 March 2015. and was named by Queen Elizabeth II. Her first captain was Paul Brown.
BRITANNIA features a 94 metres (308 ft) Union Flag on her bow, the largest of its kind in the world.
Naming & construction
BRITANNIA was ordered in 2011 and was laid down on 15 May 2013. The ship was built at the Fincantieri yard at Monfalcone in Italy.
The name BRITANNIA was announced on 24 September 2013 and has historical importance for P&O, as there have been two previous ships named BRITANNIA connected with the company. The first entered service in 1835 for the General Steam Navigation Company, which went on to become the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company. The second, which entered service in 1887, was one of four ships ordered by the company to mark the golden jubilee of both Queen Victoria and P&O itself.
The ceremonial float out of the third BRITANNIA took place on the afternoon of 14 February 2014, with the traditional champagne bottle smashed against the vessel's hull.
BRITANNIA departed the Fincantieri ship yard on 27 February 2015 for Southampton via Gibraltar. BRITANNIA was officially named on 10 March 2015 by Queen Elizabeth II at the Ocean Terminal.
Facilities
On board, BRITANNIA features 13 bars as well as 13 restaurants and cafés.
It has been announced that TV chef James Martin will develop The Cookery Club on board BRITANNIA and will feature celebrity chefs/cooks such as Mary Berry, James Tanner, Antonio Carluccio, Paul Rankin and Pierre Koffman. Eric Lanlard will have his own patisserie in the ship's atrium called Market Café and is also creating an upgraded afternoon tea service at the Epicurean restaurant, Atul Kocchar will feature his own restaurant Sindhu (as also seen on fleetmates VENTURA and AZURA and Marco Pierre White will also have a restaurant aboard. The ship features a 936-seat theatre.
BRITANNIA has a total of 1,837 cabins on board with 27 of those being single cabins (inside and balcony), in addition to conventional inside and balcony cabins as well as 64 suites. For the first time on a P&O Cruises ship, all outside cabins have balconies.
BRITANNIA will have four pools with a dedicated pool for teenagers and the Oasis Spa.
Maiden voyage & itineraries
BRITANNIA's maiden voyage took place 14–28 March 2015, and included visits to Spain, Italy and France.
During her summer season, BRITANNIA will sail to the Mediterranean, Norwegian fjords, the Baltic, Canary Islands and Atlantic Islands. In winter, the ship will sail 14-night Caribbean itineraries.
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway was recorded and shown live on board as the final show of the 13th series, on 2 April 2016.
Similar ships
In 2013 Princess Cruises began operating the lead vessel in its Royal Class, ROYAL PRINCESS. BRITANNIA is built to the same template, but is very different in its character and exterior appearance. The second ship of the Royal Class, REGAL PRINCESS was delivered 11 May 2014 to Princess Cruises. The latest Royal Class ship, MAJESTIC PRINCESS, will launch in the Summer 2017.
2016 BRITANNIA in service, IMO No 9614036.

Sierra Leone 2016 Le 6000 sg?, scott?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_BRITANNIA_(2015)
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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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