AEGEAN ! cruise vessel

Hungary issued a stamp of 80ft in 2000 for Istavan Türr (1825-1908) who was a Corinth Canal architect see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istv%C3%A1n_T%C3%BCrr
The stamp shows also the Corinth Canal see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinth_Canal
The stamp depict a cruise vessel passing the canal, I have been passing the canal a few times with a vessel, so it could be not a large cruise vessel, after some time I found on the net the photo after which the stamp was designed which made the task a little bit easier to identify the cruise vessel. http://marciaminersroomwithaview.blogsp ... chive.html The image of the stamp is not so clear.
The stamp was issued in 2000 so the vessel had been in service before this time, comparing the small cruise vessels at that time sailing in the Mediterranean I am pretty sure she is the AEGEAN I under that name she was sailing from 1996 till 2010 in the Mediterranean.
She was built as a ro-ro cargo vessel under yard No 617 by Santierul Naval Galatz at Galati, Rumania for Zim Israel Navigation Co, Haifa, Israel.
Launched as NARCIS four sisters the PALTINIS, IRIS, PASCANI and PERIS.
Tonnage 8,224 grt, 3,928 net, 4,147 dwt, dim. 111.51 x 20.50 x 6.57m
Powered by two 14-cyl. Pielstick-Crossley diesel engines, 10,300 kW, speed 17 knots.
August 1973 delivered to owners.

1985 Sold to Dolphin Hellas Shipping, Piraeus, Greek and renamed ALKYON.
1986 Converted to a cruise vessel by Perema Shipyard, Perema, Greek, length 140.5m, 11563 grt. Renamed AEGEAN DOLPHIN.
Passenger’s accommodation for 720 passengers.
1988 In service as a cruise vessel in the Mediterranean based at Venice. Managed by Dolphin Hellas Shipping.
1989 Renamed in DOLPHIN after chartered by a new formed cruise company the South Pacific Cruises and planned to use her in a service from Sydney, Australia.
It was planned to commence a weekly cruise service between Sydney and New Caledonia, but before the service was started it became apparent that the vessel could not maintain the charter speed as given in the charter party, which meant that she could not maintain a weekly service, the charter was cancelled and became the subject of a lengthy lawsuit. South Pacific Cruises went out of business without having operated a single cruise with the DOLPHIN.
September 1989 renamed again in AEGEAN DOLPHIN.
31 October 1994 laid up at Piraeus.
1996 Renamed in AEGEAN I and chartered by Discovery Cruises for service in the Mediterranean.
April 1996 chartered by Renaissance Cruises.
1998 Managed by Golden Sun Cruises, Piraeus.
2005 Chartered by Louis Hellenic Cruises.
February 2008 owned by Aegean Experience MC, Piraeus.
April 2010 owned by Aegean Experience Maritime-Mta, Piraeus and renamed AEGEAN ODYSSEY.
She was refitted and renovated in Ermoupoli, Greek, passenger accommodation for 380 passengers and 180 crew.
2014 Same name and owners, under Malta flag and registry, IMO No 7225910.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Aegean_Odyssey http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/narcis_1973.htm Australian Cruise ships by Peter Plowman.

LENA CLASS POLAR SHIPS

Hungary issued 6 stamps for the International Geophysical Year 1957-1959 of which only the 20 Fi stamp depict a research ship, in an e-mail from Mr Sitnikov he suggested that she is the OB by comparing the stamp with a photo of the ship, and after conformation from Mr. Crichton that she is one of this class, I searched the net and found that six ships of this class were built in Holland by the Kon. My de Schelde in Vlissingen (Flushing). between 1954 and 1957 the LENA, OB, YENISEY, ANGARA, BAYKAL and INDIGIRKA and only two visited around this time the Antarctic, the OB and LENA which of the two is depict is doubtfully but the stamps were issued in 1959 most probably the OB is depict she was the only of the two which was used in the third expedition 1957-1959.
Wikipedia has on this expeditions: The First Soviet Antarctic Expedition was led by Mikhail Somov; his scientific deputy was V. G. Kort. The expedition lasted from 30 November 1955 to 1957 and involved 127 expedition members and 75 crew members.
Three diesel-electric ships were used to transport the expedition. They were RV "OB" (flagship; captain I. A. Man), RV "LENA” (Captain A. I. Vetrov) and the refrigerator ship No. 7 (Captain M. A. Tsygankov) (she was later renamed in ZVAYGZNE). The final ship was used only for transporting perishables. OB and LENA were icebreakers 130m long and displacing 12,600 tons.
On the 30 November 1955 the first ship ("OB") left port at Kaliningrad.
The principal task of the expedition was to organise the main base, Mirny, and perform limited scientific observations. Other tasks were reconnaissance of sites for the inland bases Vostok and Sovetskaya; and oceanography of the Indian Ocean.

The Second Soviet Antarctic Expedition was led by Aleksei Treshnikov on the continent; the marine expedition on the "OB" was led by I. V. Maksimov. The "OB" left Kaliningrad on 7 November, 1956.
Three ships were used to transport the expedition, all diesel-electric. The two main ships were as for the first expedition: RV OB (flagship; captain I. A. Man) and RV "LENA” (Captain A. I. Vetrov). The third ship was KOOPERATSIYA (Captain A. S. Yantselevich), used mainly as a transport vessel.
The tasks of the expedition were:
Relief of the first expedition
Full scale scientific work for the International Geophysical Year (IGY)
Organisation of two IGY scientific stations near the south geomagnetic pole and pole of relative inaccessibility
An inland tractor-sledge traverse for glaciology
Oceanography


The Third Soviet Antarctic Expedition (1957–59) was led by Yevgeny Tolstikov on the continent; the marine expedition on the OB was led by I V Maksimov.
Two diesel-electric ships were used to transport the expedition. RV Ob (flagship; captain I A Man) and KOOPERATSIYA (captain A S Yantselevich), used mainly as a transport vessel. The ships arrived in Antarctica in November – December 1957. Together with the ships crews the expedition consisted of 445 men, of whom 183 were scheduled for wintering.
The tasks of the expedition were:
Relief of the 1956–1958 continental expedition and continuation of the IGY programme
Organisation of the Sovetskaya station at the pole of relative inaccessibility
Continuation of tractor-sledge traverses in central Antarctica
Oceanographic work on the OB in the southern oceans, and cartography of the coast from Mirny to the Bellingshausen Sea
The programme included 6 stations: (Mirny; Vostok; Sovetskaya; Oasis; Pionerskaya and Komsomol'skaya).
The first tractor-train to the interior left on 26 December, with 32 men. On 2 January 1958 the train arrived at Pionerskaya, and left again on the 8th. On the 17th they reached Komsomol'skaya; conditions of travel were difficult. A portion of the train (7 tractors and sledges) left on the 20th to relieve Vostok, arriving on the 27th, and delivering over 100 tons of cargo. On the 28th the train left for Komsomol'skaya, arriving on the 31st. On 3 February the train, with 27 men, left to found Sovetskaya; they reached 78° 24′ S, 87° 35′ E on the 10th, at an altitude of 3570 m. The station was rapidly constructed, and the train left on the 18th, returning to Mirny on 4 March, having completed a round trip of 4,000 km (2,500 mi).
After spending the Antarctic winter at Mirny, the Expedition undertook a second set of tractor traverses starting in September 1958. One team reached the pole of inaccessibility and established The Pole of Inaccessibility station there on 14 December.
Hungary 1959 20 fi sg1553, scott?
Russia 1956 40k sg2026, scott
1957 Prestamped envelope LENA and OB seen from behind. Lena is the ship on the left of the envelope.
1978 prestamped card

BAY QUEEN

Built as a steel hulled excursion ship by Blount Marine Corporation at Warren, Rhode Island, USA for Rent a Cruise.
Launched as the BAY QUEEN.
Tonnage 99 grt, 80 net, dim. 33.46 x 12.46 x 2.77m.
Powered by ?, speed 10 knots.
Accommodation for 400 guests 2014.
1978 Completed.

She has also carried the names STAR OF CHICAGO III and STAR OF MILWAUKEE.
It looks that she has been rebuild, with a new deck added, when you compare the ship on the stamp with a photo of the ship as the CORNUCOPIA PRINCESS.
2014 Owned by Cornucopia Cruise Lines Inc. Perth Amboy, New York and carries now the name CORNUCOPIA PRINCESS.
In use as a party boat in New York harbour.
Liberia 1987 15c sg1660, scott1066b.
Source: http://shipbuildinghistory.com/history/ ... blount.htm
http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/pls/webpls/ ... _name_list and internet.

DRAGON

Have not much on her, only that her homeport is Gdynia, Poland, summers she makes short trips and during the winter season she is in use as a restaurant moored in Gdynia, since 2007. Where built and when I could not find.
Galleon DRAGON is a mock pirate ship, designed for tourist cruises on the high seas, even in winter. It has a length of 45 m, width 8.20 m, 4 masts and can carry 200 passengers. In addition to the open deck - also has an extensive room on the lower level. The central part of this room is - the heart of DRAGON - a large bar. The bartenders, masters of their profession, were chosen from among the best in the country.
Guinea 2013 40000 Fc sg?, scott? (The tall sailing ship in the margin is the DAR MLODZIEZY.)
Source: various internet sites.

KOSSUTH ss (Hungary)

Built in 1914 by Ganz-Danubius, Budapest for MFRT as FERENCZ FERDINAND FOHERCZEG.
Sidewheel steamer, Length:61,80m. Beam:15,54m. Depth:2,50m. Draft:1,30m. 2 cyl. compound diagonal engine:580 hp. Passengers:1350.
Passenger steamer on the Danube.
Renamed RIGO (1919), then LEANYFALU (1930)
Heavily rebuilt after World War II and returned to service in 1953 named KOSSUTH.
Reboilered in 1965 with second hand boiler from the sunken German paddle tug REGENSBURG.
Withdrawn after the 1978 season.
Moored at Ujpest and used as the house boat and refectory for employees of MAHART
In 1984 she became a floating sanatorium, but in 1986 she was converted to a museum ship.
Eventually moored at the Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid) in central Budapest as a restaurant with a small maritime museum owned by the Budapest Transport Museum.
In 1995, due to lack of finances, the Museum subcontracted the ship's operation and maintenance to the private company, Kossuth Múzeumhajó Kft (Kossuth Museum Ship Ltd)
The 5-year contract required the company to pay a monthly fee to the museum and to renovate the vessel before a 10-year extension to the operation contract was granted.
The hull was renovated in 2000 by SKL at Komarno.
Later water ingress led to contractual argument between the various parties as to the exact scale of work undertaken during the renovation contract which is yet to be resolved.
Now marketed as the Venhajo Restaurant, run by EURÓPA Rendezvényiroda Kft. who also operate modern vessels on Danube cruises.
The company are also partners in the ZOLTAN FOUNDATION, which owns the Nezmely Ship Museum, which provides technical management for the museum on the KOSSUTH.
Entry to the small museum display on the engine room companionway is free. The ship is also a public restaurant with rooms available for private hire.
Taken to Komarno docks for major reburbishment work in the summer of 2008.
(Hungary 1964,1,5 Ft. StG.2028) Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer +Steamships of Europe, A. Deayton + Internet.

CAP MALEAS

In 2013 the Solomon Islands issued some Miniature Sheets for “Special Transport” of which only one depict a ship, the container ship CAP MALEAS.
Built as a containership under yard No 313 by Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard, Guangzhou, China for St Samuel Shipping Company Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus.
08 June 2004 laid down.
25 September 2004 launched as the KONRAD SCHULTE.
Tonnage 18,334 grt, 10,287 net, 23,679 dwt., dim. 175.0 x 27.43 x 14.3m., length bpp. 165.0m, draught 10.9m.
Powered by one MAN B&W 7S60MC diesel engine, 15,785 Kw, one shaft speed 19 knots.
One bow thruster 900 kW.
Container capacity 1740 teu’s including 260 reefer containers.
Handling gear two 40 tons cranes.
03 January 2005 completed and delivered as the CAP MALEAS.

On delivery chartered by NYK, Japan for the service between the Far East and east coast South America or between the Far East and Durban, South Africa.
Spring 2008 renamed again KONRAD SCHULTE and chartered by Hamburg-Sud for 12 months.
2014 Chartered by Safmarine for the West Africa service.
Equasis gives for 2014 same name and owner, IMO NO 9292125, managed by Schulte Shipmanagement-Cypres, Limassol. Under Cyprus flag.
Solomon Islands 2013 $7 sg?, scott?
Source: Various internet sites, http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz

VAKA

The importance of sea transport to Tokelau is something that has not diminished over time. It is still an essential part of Tokelauan life, for getting between islands, and for fishing and retrieving materials. Issue information
The Tokelau vaka has aspects of canoe design that are unique to Tokelau. A vaka is a large five-man canoe made for fishing, which reflects Tokelau’s communal approach to catching fish. The vaka’s distinctive features include how it is constructed.
Unlike smaller canoes, the vaka is constructed in segments from different trees and ‘sewn’ together with a cord. This technique is not practiced elsewhere due to other Polynesian islands having larger trees to work with than Tokelau. The reasoning for building the vaka in sections is it is made from the kanava tree, which grows in a tapering and twisting fashion. This means only the lower sections of the trunks of the tree are fit for sculpting into the vaka.
45c Traditional Vaka
The vaka is a central tool in Tokelau, not only for fishing, but for travelling between atolls. The islands of Tokelau differ in their natural resources, so it is necessary to travel between the islands to retrieve them.
$1.40 Sculpting the Vaka
After the vaka has been carved and ‘sewn’ together, it is then caulked with coconut fibre or marine glue to make it watertight.
$2.00 Fishing from Vaka
There are several different types of canoes constructed in Tokelau, though a vaka usually refers to a large five-man canoe made for fishing. This reflects Tokelau’s communal approach to catching fish.
$3.00 Returning to Shore
This stamp shows the vaka in action as the men return to shore with their catch for the day. The importance of sea travel in day-to-day life continues to shape Tokelauan society today.
Tokelau 2014 45/300C SG?, Scott? and sgMS?, scott?
Tokelau FDC.
Source: New Zealand Post web-site.
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BREADALBANE

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BREADALBANE

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun May 17, 2009 9:17 pm

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Built in 1843 as a wooden three masted ship, on the yard of Henderick & Rowan, Glasgow for account of McNeil & Co., Glasgow.
Tonnage 428 tons, dim. 107.7 x 24.4 x 18.2ft.
Bark rigged.
Delivered July 1843.

Built for the trade between the U.K and India.
26 March 1853, chartered by the British Government for three years as transport vessel.
22 May 1853 she sailed from London, under command of Capt. John McKenzie, for Baffin Bay in search for the lost Sir John Franklin expedition. Her ice master was George Sabiston, I can remember that even in the 1960s ships of the company I was sailing for used ice masters when they were loading in Greenland ports, the ice master or pilot is mostly a experienced captain who knows the waters and ice situation well in that area. On that voyage she had a crew of 20 (21other source) men including the master and ice master.


07 Oct. 1853 it was reported that she was lost, when her companion ship the PHOENIX arrived at Thurso, North Scotland. It was reported that on 21 August 1853 she was crushed by shifting ice and sank in 15 minutes off Beechey Island. The crew was saved by the PHOENIX.
19 October 1853 the rescued crew arrived at London.

The following is an excerpt from the August 21, 1853 journal entry by William H. Fawckner, Royal Navy Officer on the BREADALBANE.

About ten minutes past four a.m., the ice passing the ship awoke me, and the door of my cabin from the pressure opened: I immediately hurriedly put on my clothes, and on getting up found some hands on the ice, endeavoring to save the boats, but they were instantly crushed to pieces; they little thought, when using their efforts to save the boats, that the BREADALBANE was in so perilous a situation. I went foreward to hail the PHOENIX, for men to save the boats, and whilst doing so, the ropes by which we were secured parted, and a heavy nip took the ship making every timber in her creak, and the ship tremble all over. I looked in the main hold, and saw the beams given away; I hailed those on the ice and told them of our critical situation, they not for one moment suspecting it. I then rushed to my cabin, hauled out my portmanteau on the deck, and roared like a bull to those in their beds to jump out and save their lives. The starling effects on them might be more easily imagined than described. On reaching the deck those on the ice called out to me to jump over the side, that the ship was going over…

Everyone then abandoned the ship, with what few clothes they saved – some with only what they had on… The ship now began to sink fast, and from the time her bowsprit touched the ice, until her mastheads were out of sight, did not occupy above one minute and a half. It was a very sad and unceremonious way of being turned out of our ship. For the first time the first nip took her, until her disappearance, did not occupy more that fifteen minutes.
I, as well all the spectators of the last of BREADALBANE, was astonished at the rapid manner in which she went down… I can not easily imagine why the two missing Arctic ships (EREBUS and TERROR) have never been heard of, and it is but too probable in my mind, they were lost not many miles from my old vessel, and that all hands met with a watery grave.

On 13 August 1980 the hull of the BREADALBANE was rediscovered by a team of scientists in a position 74 41 N and 91 50W.

On the stamp, only her steering wheel is depict.

Canada 1987 36c sg1239, scott?


Information I got from the World Ship Society:
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Re: BREADALBANE

Postby john sefton » Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:16 am

Extract from an article by J B Maclnnis National Geographic July 1983.
Far below the surface of the hostile sea, tomorrows technology unlocks the secrets of a long‑dead vessel.
She is BREADALBANE, a British Bark launched in 1843 and lost a decade later in the ice of Canadas Northwest Passage while aiding in the search for survivors of the ill‑fated Franklin Expedition. She is the nothernmost shipwreck ever discovered on the seafloor.
During his six long years of research and exploration for BREADALBANE Dr Maclnnis got his real first view of the vessel on 13 August 1980 in a ghostly side scan sonar image.
Entombed beneath six feet of surface ice and 340 feet of arctic water, the ship appeared far beyond human reach or ability to explore. Yet only 3 years later, in early May, a diver touched down on BREADALBANE'S deck in a revolutionary submersible destined to extend mans reach under the sea. Dubbed WASP for its resemblance to that insect, it is also referred to as “a submarine you wear''. The 'wheel of misfortune' that guided BREADALBANE in her final moments before storm driven ice punctured her hull and sent her to the bottom off Beechy Island in Canadas high Arctic was beautifully preserved by near‑freezing temperatures and an absence of pollution or marine borers, was promptly flown to the world famous Parks Canada conservation facility in Ottawa.
By some miracle all the 21 crewmen aboard managed to scramble to safety on the surrounding ice and joined an accompanying ship.

Stamp issue: Canada 1987.. SG1239. shows BREADALBANE' S wheel
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