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COXLESS SCULL Biglin brothers

This stamp is designed after a painting made by Thomas Eakins and shows the Biglin Brothers ... ver_-_1872
The painting was made in 1872 and is now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington and shows the Biglin Brothers in a coxless scull of which Wikipedia gives:

A coxless pair is a rowing boat used in the sport of competitive rowing. It is designed for two rowers, who propel the boat with sweep oars.
The crew consists of a pair of rowers, each having one oar, one on the stroke side (rower's right hand side) and one on the bow side (rower's lefthand side). As the name suggests, there is no coxswain on such a boat, and the two rowers must co-ordinate steering and the proper timing of oar strokes between themselves or by means of a steering installation which is operated by foot from one of the rowers. The equivalent boat when it is steered by a cox is referred to as a "coxed pair".
Racing boats (often called "shells") are long, narrow, and broadly semi-circular in cross-section in order to reduce drag to a minimum. Originally made from wood, shells are now almost always made from a composite material (usually carbon-fibre reinforced plastic) for strength and weight advantages. Pairs have a fin towards the rear, to help prevent roll and yaw. The riggers are staggered alternately along the boat so that the forces apply asymmetrically to each side of the boat.
A coxless pair is often considered the most difficult boat to row, as each rower must balance his/her side in cooperation with the other, apply equal power, place their catch and extract the blade simultaneously in order to move the boat efficiently. It requires excellent technique, communication and experience.
"Coxless pair" is one of the classes recognized by the International Rowing Federation and is competed in the Olympic Games
USA 1967 5c sg ?, scott1335.

BUNGO or BONGO dugout

The ‘bungo” or “bongo” is in Panama a large 18th century dugout canoe, that carried passengers and cargo on the Rio Changres across the isthmus from Panama City to Porto Bello.

During the gold rush to California it carried the forty-niners the nickname for the first passengers to the gold fields in 1844 from the Rio Charges at Gorgona to Las Cruises a distance of forty-mile which took three to four days. From there the passengers were taken overland to Panama City, to board a passenger vessel for San Francisco.
The bongo was partly covered with a palm-thatched shelter as seen on the stamp, to protect the passengers against the sun and rain.
The bongo was paddled by a crew of 18 – 20 . Length ca 37 m. Could carry only a few passengers with their luggage. The stamp shows only three crew poling the bongo.
More on this set of stamps is given on viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7055#!lightbox[gallery]/1/

Source: Various internet sites and Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.
Canal Zone 1949 6c sg 196, scott 143.

Gabon ships on stamps 1965.

This stamps issued by Gabon were designed by the French marine painter Roger Chapelet (1903 – 1995)

25Fr. Vaisseau an French term for ship. The stamp issued by Gabon in 1965 shows a ship of the 16th Century.
It looks that a model of a galleon is depict. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11966

50F. Vaisseau, merchant ship of the XVII century. The merchantman at that time was used for trading and commerce but she was also armed to protect her for pirate attacks.

85 Fr. In the 18th century, the term frigate referred to ships that were usually as long as a ship of the line and were square-rigged on all three masts (full rigged), but were faster and with lighter armament, used for patrolling and escort. In the definition adopted by the British Admiralty, they were rated ships of at least 28 guns, carrying their principal armaments upon a single continuous deck — the upper deck — while ships of the line possessed two or more continuous decks bearing batteries of guns.
Source: Wikipedia.

The stamp shows a two-masted brig. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11973

Gabon 1965 85f sg230/233, scott ?


As given by Watercraft Philately the small dinghy is a “pram dinghy” with a length of 6ft.
A small rowboat used as a tender and also used as a small racing yacht. Normally rowed, when used for racing fitted out with a sail and an outboard rudder.
In the past often used as a tender by the yachts anchored in the harbour, but have now been mostly replaced by a small inflatable.

Cayman Islands 1962 1sh 9p sg176, scott 164.
Source: Internet.


Canada issued in 1967 a set of stamps with paintings, the 20c stamp shows us a painting made by James Wilson Morrice ... n-morrice/
The painting combines three views: the train station at Lévis at the St Lawrence River, and a view of Cape Diamond taken from the ferry on the St Lawrence River in the centre of the painting, sailing between Lévis and Quebec. The painting is now in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
The painting was made in 1906 and at that time the ferry service was owned by the Quebec & Levis Ferry Co., Quebec, and in 1906 the company owned four ferries, which ferry is shown is not known.

The ferries owned by the company were steam ferries.

SOUTH, built as a wooden ferry by A. Russell at Levis in 1885, tonnage 349 ton.
1924 Sold to T. Hardy, Quebec, not renamed.
First quarter of 1934 broken up.
POLARIS, built as a wooden ferry by R. Sample, Levis in 1883, tonnage 533 ton.
1924 Sold to H. Lizotte, Quebec, not renamed.
Second quarter of 1928 broken up.
PILOT, built as a wooden ferry by R. Sample, Levis in 1884, tonnage 427 ton.
18 November 1917 she was wrecked at Red Island, St Lawrence.
QUEEN, a wooden ferry built by E. Samson, Levis in 1886, tonnage 367 ton.
1924 Sold to La Traverse de Levis Ltee, Quebec, not renamed.
1927 Broken up.

It looks that in 1924 the Quebec & Levis Ferry Co., was going out of business.

Canada 1967 20c sg 587, scott464.
Source: and internet


The stamp issued in 1973 by France shows us the largest lock in France, also three cargo ships, one is leaving the lock, the ships look like bulkers, and have not been identified.

The lock is the François Premier lock in Le Havre in north France, and the lock provide access to a huge basin and shipping terminals located upstream of the industrial port area of Le Havre.
The lock was completed in 1971, with a length of 400 metre and wide of 67 metres.

Source: Internet
France 1973 0.90Fr. sg 1998, scott 1364.

Manxman (1955)

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Manxman (1955)

Postby john sefton » Sun May 10, 2009 8:51 pm

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Built by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead in 1955, she is a vessel of 2,495 gross, 946 net tons. Length 34' 10ins, beam 50ft, and draft 12ft 3in. Two steam turbines double reduction geared to two screw shafts give her a speed of 21 knots.
Sea Breezes May 1974 IOM SG27
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Re: Manxman (1955)

Postby aukepalmhof » Mon May 18, 2009 2:19 am

05 July 1973 the Isle of Man issued a set of stamps of which the 9p depict three ferries of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co., Ltd.
The ship approaching the entrance is the MONA’S QUEEN, the vessel berthed on the inside of the pier is the MANXMAN and on the outside is berthed BEN-MY-CHREE.
The details of the MONA’S QUEEN and BEN-MY-CHREE you can find in the shipsonstamp list, the details of the MANXMAN are given below.

Built as a ferry under yard No. 1259 by Cammell Laird & Ltd., Birkenhead for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd.
24 March 1953 ordered.
15 April 1954 keel laid down.
08 February 1955 launched under the name MANXMAN (II).
Tonnage 2.945 grt, 946 net, 550 dwt. Dim. 105.11 x 15.24 x 3.73m.
Powered by two Pametrada steam turbines, manufactured by Cammell Laird, 8.000 shp, twin screws, speed 21 knots.
Accommodation for 2.393 passengers, crew 68.
12 May 1955 sea trials.
14May 1955 completed, building cost £847.000.

21 May 1955 maiden voyage from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool, also used for the service to Belfast, Dublin, Androssan and Llandudno.
04 September 1982 sailed for the last voyage from Liverpool in the ferry service to Douglas, returning the same day in Liverpool, thereafter laid up.
03 October 1982 sold to Marda (Squaash) Ltd., England, for about £100.000, not renamed, moved to Preston for lay up as a floating restaurant.
05 November 1990 towed from Preston to Liverpool, again in use as a floating restaurant.
16 April 1994 towed from Liverpool for Hull.
August 1997 a fire broke out on board seriously damaged many of the vintage wood panels of the ship interior.
12 September 1997 arrived under tow at Sunderland, berthed near the Pallion Engineering Company Ltd.

12 July 1999 alongside her berth at Pallion’s Shipyard, Sunderland she sank, when water entered through a hole near the engine room, not any work would seem to have taken place since she arrived there 12 September 1997.
15 July 1999 refloated.
2008 It looks she is still around berthed by the shipyard, but her future looks bleak, and most probably she will be scrapped.

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Re: Manxman (1955)

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:51 pm

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Letter dated 9 April 2010 from Bill Ogle
Chairman Manxman Steamship Company

Dear Friend of Manxman

You may be aware of the many rumours surrounding the fate of Manxman and, sadly yet inevitably, I can now confirm that the plans for her dismantling are proceeding. In fact contracts have just been signed for the initial phases. I'm sure most of you will realise that her condition continues to deteriorate and that restoration costs are escalating rapidly.

I can also confirm that Pallion Engineering at Sunderland, as agents for her owners, would like to give Manxman enthusiasts and the wider community the opportunity of purchasing some of the memorabilia onboard. There are many significant pieces including the logo badge, name, lifeboats and davits, original interior panelling, wood decking, handrails, portholes windows and many more. Please enquire by email to or telephone 0191 564 0404 and speak to Julie Robson. In fact this process has already started.

So far as the Trust is concerned we can now move into the next stages of the winding up process as required by the Charity Commission. We will advise you when the final position is known both with regard to the amount of residual funds, and distribution.

I can also tell you that I am aware of a letter which you may have received from former Trustees of the Manxman Steamship Company. This will be properly dealt with as a matter of urgency. Meanwhile I can say that if your address was obtained from a copy of our records of the Friends of Manxman then it was taken without our knowledge or approval.

Kind regards
Bill Ogle
Manxman Steamship Company

Rwanda 2000 300f sg?, scott? (she is the white hulled ship in the bacground of the stamp)

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