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C-EXPLORER 5 submersible

The C-EXPLORER 5 a submersible is one of the types made by U-Boat Worx, Breda, Netherlands for recreational byers.
Weight without passengers 7,250 kg. Dim. 5.14 x 3.00 x 2.27m (height)
Payload 550 kg.
Powered by 2 – 5.5 kW thrusters horizontal and 4 – 6.4 kW thrusters vectored vertical, surface speed 4 knots, submerged 3 knots.
Operational autonomy 16 hours.
Survival period 96 hours.
Diving depth 200 metre.
Capacity for 1 pilot and 4 passengers.

More info is given on:

Solomon Islands 2013 $7 sg?, scott?
Source: U-Boat Worx.


In 2007 Italy and San Marino both celebrate the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Garibaldi’s birth, Italy issued one stamp and San Marino three stamps.
The Italian stamp shows the port of Nice designed after an old photo of the port with ships which can’t be identified, the home were Garibaldi was born., and a close-up of Giuseppe Garibaldi.
The San Marino stamps, only one stamp depict a watercraft, a landings-boot used during the landing on 11 May 1860 at Marsala, most probably a boat from one of the ships who transported Garibaldi and his troops to Marsala, the man standing in the bow of the boat looks like he is Garibaldi.
Garibaldi and his troops were welcomed by revolutionary troops who joined the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The conquest is represented with the landing in Marsala.

Italy 2007 0.65 Euro sg?, scott?
San Marino 2007 1.40 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Italy and San Marino Post.

SEAWOLF (SSN-21) USS submarine

Built as a nuclear attack submarine under yard No 253 by General Dynamics Electro Boat Co., Groton for the USA Navy.
25 October 1989 laid down.
24 June 1995 launched as the USS SEAWOLF (SSN-21) one of the Seawolf class. one sisters, the last of this class is longer.
Displacement 7,460 tons standard, 9,137 tons full load, dim. 1007.6 x 12.9 x 11m. (draught).
Powered by one S6W PWR nuclear reactor, 52,000 shp, one shaft, pumpjet propulsor, speed + 35 knots.
Range, unlimited, endurance, till food supplies run out.
Diving depth + 800 feet.
Armament: 8 – 26 inch torpedo tubes, 40 torpedoes, 50 missiles or 100 mines.
Crew 140,
19 July 1997 commissioned.
USS SEAWOLF (SSN-21), the lead ship of her class, is the fourth submarine of the United States Navy named for the seawolf, a solitary fish with strong, prominent teeth and projecting tusks that give it a savage look. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics and Newport News Shipbuilding on 9 January 1989 and her keel was laid down on 25 October 1989. She was launched on 24 June 1995, sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Dalton, and commissioned on 19 July 1997 with Commander David M. McCall in command.
USS SEAWOLF was a product of the Cold War, designed as a replacement for the Los Angeles-class submarines and as a response to the Soviet Akula class. According to the Navy's "Undersea Warfare" magazine, SEAWOLF is quieter at high speed than a Los Angeles submarine is pierside. Originally 29 were planned for production, but with the end of the Cold War, the cost was judged to be prohibitively high and only three were built (SEAWOLF , CONNECTICUT and JIMMY CARTER) in favor of the smaller Virginia-class submarines, which were expected to be about 10% cheaper.
Between 25–27 March 2006, a series of anti-submarine warfare exercises were held in Hawaiian waters that included SEAWOLF; Carrier Strike Group Nine; the nuclear-powered attack submarines CHEYENNE, GREENVILLE, TUCSON and PASADENA, as well as land-based P-3 Orion aircraft from patrol squadrons VP-4, VP-9, and VP-47.
On 22 July 2007, the submarine transferred from her previous homeport of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, to permanently reside at SubBase Bangor in Silverdale, Washington.
Adding support personnel as well as ship's crew, there are 140 personnel attached to SEAWOLF.
USS SEAWOLF featured in a 1998 episode of the documentary Super Structures of the World: SEAWOLF. The programme followed her construction and sea trials.
2015 In service.

TRITON submersible

The submersible TRITON 3300/3 is built by Triton Submarines LLC at Vero Beach, Florida USA.
Weight 8000 kg, dim. 4.0 x 3.0 x 2.5m. (height).
Main thrusters 2 x 5 hp, speed 3 knots. Vertran thrusters 2 x 5 hp.
Endurance 10 hours.
Reserve oxygen for 96 hours.
Payload 350 kg.
Diving depth 1,000 metres
1 Pilot and 2 passengers.

It is the most popular type built by the company and available to civilian buyers for recreational use. She is a type manufactured by the company and her name is given for the depth she can dive 3300 ft.
The first 3300/3 made his maiden dive in 2011, work on number 3 had commenced in January 2012, and all three were built for use on superyachts.
Building cost USA$ 3 million.

Solomon Islands 2013 $7 sg?, scott1507a.
Source: Triton submersible website and various other web-sites.


Built as an iron hulled barque under yard No 75 by Bartran, Haswell & Co., at South Dock, Sunderland U.K for Thomas Dunlop & Co., Glasgow.
18 February 1874 launched as the CLAN MACLEOD, christened by Mrs. McCallum.
Tonnage 671 grt, 646 nrt, 629 tons underdeck, dim. 54.71 x 9.54 x 5.33m.
Her building cost was £11,375. Homeport Glasgow.
Crew 17 men.
April 1874 completed.

Her maiden voyage was under Captain William Alexander with coal to the west coast of South America via Cape Horn.

The JAMES CRAIG is a three-masted, iron-hulled barque restored and sailed by the Sydney Heritage Fleet, Sydney, Australia.

Built in 1874 in Sunderland, England, by Bartram, Haswell, & Co., she was originally named CLAN MACLEOD. She was employed carrying cargo around the world, and rounded Cape Horn 23 times in 26 years. 1887 Was she sold to Sir Roderick W. Cameron, Glasgow not renamed. In 1900 she was acquired by Mr J J Craig, renamed JAMES CRAIG on 14 December 1905, named after a son of the owner. After she was bought by Craig she began to operate between New Zealand and Australia until 1911.
1911 Sold to British New Guinea Development Co., striped and used as a copra hulk in Port Moresby.
1919 Sold to H. Jones & Co. (Pioneer Line) and was re-rigged in Sydney. Used in the trade between the USA and Australia and New Zealand. Like many other sailing ships of her vintage, she fell victim to the advance of steamships, and was first laid up, then used as a hulk
Unable to compete profitably with freight cargo, she was sold to the Catamaran Coal Company in late 1925 who used the JAMES CRAIG as a coal hulk in Recherche Bay to serve as a bunker for the coal brought to the wharf., until eventually being abandoned at Coal Pit Bay in Tasmania in 1930. In 1932 she was sunk by fishermen who blasted a 3-metre hole in her stern.
Her register was closed on 15 February 1957.
Restoration of JAMES CRAIG began in 1972, when volunteers from the 'Lady Hopetoun and Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum' (now the Sydney Heritage Fleet) refloated her and towed her to Hobart for initial repairs. Brought back to Sydney under tow in 1981, her hull was placed on a submersible pontoon to allow work on the hull restoration to proceed. Over twenty-five years, the vessel was restored, repaired by both paid craftspeople and volunteers and relaunched in 1997. In 2001 restoration work was completed and she goes to sea again. A DVD on her restoration has been produced and available from the Sydney Heritage Fleet.
Current situation
JAMES CRAIG is currently berthed at Wharf 7 of Darling Harbour, near the Australian National Maritime Museum. She is open to the public, and takes passengers out sailing on Sydney Harbour and beyond. She is crewed and maintained by volunteers from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. The cost of maintaining her is approaching $1 million a year and the ship relies on generating income from visitors alongside, charters, events, and regular fortnightly daysails with up to 80 passengers.
The ship has now made historic return voyages to Hobart (2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013) and to Port Philip (Melbourne and Williamstown) in 2006 and 2008. The voyages to Hobart to coincide with the Wooden Boat Festival (one of the largest in the world).
In October 2013 James Craig participated in the International Fleet Review 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
Historical value
JAMES CRAIG is of exceptional historical value in that she is one of only four 19th century barques in the world that still go regularly to sea. She sails out through the Sydney heads fortnightly, when not on voyages to Melbourne, Newcastle or Hobart. As such she is a working link to a time when similar ships carried the bulk of global commerce in their holds. Thousands of similar ships plied the oceans in the 19th and early 20th centuries linking the old world, the new world, Asia and Oceania. She is sailed in the traditional 19th Century manner entirely by volunteers from the Master to the galley crew. Her running rigging consists of 140 lines secured to belaying pins and spider bands. Many of the crew know each rope by name. She achieved 11.3 knots on a return voyage from Melbourne in February 2006 and "she was loving every minute of it!"

More information on her history is given on: ... aig-story/

Solomon Island 2015 $12.00 sg?, scott?
Source: Internet. Lloyds Registry.


Built as a wooden yacht by the Estaleiro Maccarini, Navegantes S.C., Brazil for Frank Walker a Brazilian industrialist. He was also the designer of the ship.
1986 Laid down.
1989 launched under the name AVANY.
Displacement 400 ton, dim. 48.16 x 10.36 x 4.72m. (draught) length at waterline 33 metre, on deck 38 metre.
Powered by two Cummins diesel engines, each 400 hp, twin screws, speed 14 knots.
Accommodation for 8 passengers and 7 crew.
Completed ?

PEACEMAKER is an American barquentine owned by the Twelve Tribes religious group.
The PEACEMAKER, originally named AVANY, was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods, and was launched in 1989. The original owner and his family motored in the southern Atlantic Ocean before bringing the ship up through the Caribbean to Savannah, Georgia, where they intended to rig it as a three-masted staysail Marconi rigged motor sailer. The work was never done, however, and in the summer of 2000, it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes, a religious group with 50 or so communities in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. They spent the next seven years replacing all of the ship’s mechanical and electrical systems and rigging it as a barquentine. The refit vessel set sail for the first time in the spring of 2007, under the name PEACEMAKER.
Barquentine rigged. Sail area 930 m³
Accommodation for 6 crew and 5 trainees.
The Peacemaker is used to travel between the communities of the Twelve Tribes while providing an apprenticeship program for their youth in sailing, seamanship, navigation, and boat maintenance.
The ship has a United States Coast Guard attraction vessel permit and is available for festivals and dockside hospitality events.
The PEACEMAKER has a large deckhouse and spacious cabins finished in mahogany, modeled after the interior of the CUTTU SARK. It also has an innovative transom that can be lowered while in port to reveal a watertight bulkhead with two large doors opening into a cargo area and fully equipped workshop.
Present day
In 2013, the PEACEMAKER participated in the Tall Ships 1812 Tour, a pan-provincial event that traveled throughout Ontario during the summer of 2013, commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Sixteen ports participated in this event which partnered with the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2013 series. The first port of call for the tour was Brockville, Ontario, June 14-16, 2013.
On August 15-17, 2014, the PEACEMAKER will be docked in Port Washington, WI, and featured during the 2014 Port Washington Maritime Heritage Festival.
Over Independence Day weekend 2014, The PEACEMAKER will participate in the 14th Annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary/Heritage Center in Alpena, Michigan.
The ship was at port in Ludington, Michigan, on July 12-13 available for public tours.
2015 She is for sale, asking price 3 million dollar.

Solomon Island 2015 $12.00 sg?, scott?
Source: Internet.


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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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