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The national days of the 31st March and 8th September are marked by unique activities including boat races called Regattas. The Regatta is held in the Grand Harbour, which serves as a magnificent backdrop for the colourful Maltese boats, driven by rowing teams mainly from the towns around the inner harbour area. A snapshot of these rowing races is captured on the 0.59 stamp. More info on the boats is given on: ... index.html

Malta 2015 0.59 Euro sg?, scott?
Source : Malta Post.

Battle of Tenerife 1797

TENERIFE 1797. Spanish General Antonio-Gutierrez (1729-1799) defeated British invasion fleet of 8 ships under Nelson - Spain 1979. 5p. SG2584 (K R Berry)

Battle of St Vincent 1797

ST VINCENT 1797. Fought between a British fleet of fifteen ships of the line under Admiral Sir John Jarvis and a Spanish fleet of twenty-seven ships of the line under Admiral Don Jose de Cordova. The Spaniards were sailing from Cartagena to Brest to join the combined fleet of France and Holland. On the morning of 14th February 1797 they were off Cape St Vincent, due to the weather they were in considerable disorder with many ships making their way independently to Cadiz. They therefore lacked all cohesion as a fleet when they were sighted by Jarvis early on that morning, being in two loose, widely separated groups. Jarvis led his fleet in line ahead between the two groups and engaged the lee division of ships. The larger weather division were sailing in roughly parallel but opposite course to the British and would have escaped had not Commodore Nelson on his own initiative worn out of line to cut across the escaping Spaniards. Nelson sailed the CAPTAIN across the bows of the Spanish squadron followed by the EXCELLENT (Collingwood). Badly damaged the CAPTAIN succeeded in coming alongside the 80 gun Spanish SAN NICHOLAS which had fallen foul of the 112 gun SAN JOSEPH. Nelson boarded first the SAN NICHOLAS and then swept on from her deck to take the SAN JOSEPH as well. In the overall battle four Spanish ships of the line were captured and the demoralised remainder made the best way they could to safety. - Guernsey 1986 29p SG362: Upper Volta 1976 200f SG417

Battle of Samos

SAMOS. Himerios had some successes against the allied Saracen squadrons in 910, but suffered a heavy defeat at the Battle of Samos in 911. The battle took place between the island of Samos and. Chios and during it he lost the greater part of the Byzantine navy. On returning to Constantinople in 912 he found that Alexander had succeeded Leo VI on the latter's death and was consigned by Alexander to a monastery for losing the Empire its effective fleet. - Greece 1971 3d SG1172

BRIN submarine

Built as a submarine by Tosi in Taranto, Italy for the Italian Navy.
03 February 1936 laid down.
03 April 1938 launched as the BRIN, one of the two Brin class submarines.
Displacement 913 ton surface, 1,245 ton submerged. Dim. 72.5 x 6.7 x 4.5m.(draught).
Powered by two Tosi diesels, 3,200 hp, twin shafts, speed surface 17 knots, two electric motors, 1,200 hp, speed submerged 8 knots.
Range by a speed of 10 knots, 18,000 mile, surface.
Armament 1 – 100mm deck gun, 4 – 13.2mm AA. 8 – 21 inch torpedo tubes, 4 bow, 4 stern. Carried 14 torpedoes.
Crew 58.
18 April 1939 commissioned.
30 June 1938 completed.
This was the submarine after which the Brin class was named. Deriving from the Archimede class, it retained the previous class excellent characteristics and performances.

Amongst the improvements, the deck gun was installed aft of the cunning tower higher than the deck. This way, it was assumed that the use of the deck gun in high seas would be easier. In actuality, this solution ended up not being too practical thus, during the conflict, he gun was reposition forward of the cunning tower.

The Brin class were later added two new boats slightly different from the original three in both dimensions and displacement. While nearly completed, the Regia Marina transferred to the Spanish Nationalist Navy the ARCHIMEDE and TORRICELLI of the “Archimede” class. To replace them, it was decided to lay down at the Tosi Shipyard of Taranto two new submarines. At the two new boats were assigned the names of the two units transferred to Spain, thus ARCHIMEDE and TORICELLI. Despite the few differences, they were still classified as belonging to the Brin class.

In peace time, the BRIN completed training and in 1939 operated along the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. At the beginning of the conflict, Lieutenant L. Longanesi Cattaneo completed four war patrol in the Mediterranean, however fruitless, and in 1940 the boat was ordered to the Atlantic at the base in Bordeaux.

On October 28th, 1940 the BRIN left Messina to reach the French base and, on November 4th, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar. Having surfaced at 3:30 PM two miles off Cape Malabata, in Spanish territorial waters, it was attacked by two British motorboats which, although did not use firepower in Spanish waters, attempted to ram the boat, however failing, while this was entering the port of Tangiers.

The BRIN remained in Tangiers the time necessary to repairs an issue with the batteries and, the night of the 12th, left port for Bordeaux along with the BIANCHI. While approaching the Gironde, the BRIN was attacked by the British submarine HMS TUNA which launched six torpedoes to which the BRIN replied with two without any damage to either boat. Soon after midday on the 18th, the BRIN entered the harbor.

In Atlantic the BRIN completed five patrols obtaining good results. Amongst the most important successes it should be mentioned the action of June 13th, 1941 off the Azores Islands. Then, the BRIN attacked a convoy on the surface and in a very short period of time sank the British steamer DJURDJURA (3460 t.) with a torpedo and the Greek steamer EIRINI KYRIAKIDES. Probably, it damaged two other ships, all belonging to “SL76” a convoy from Sierra Leone to Great Britain.

On August 20th, 1941 the BRIN departed Le Verdon for the Mediterranean, reaching Messina on September 10th. Thereafter, it had intense activity but without scoring further successes. On September 8th, 1943 (Armistice Day) the BRIN was at sea and, as ordered, it reached Bona surrendering to the British authorities which sent the boat to Malta. In October it returned to Taranto where it underwent refitting. In May 1944, it was sent to Colombo (then India) where it assisted in training British antisubmarine units. It returned to Taranto in December 1945 and on February 1st, 1948 was removed from service and later scrapped.

In Mediterranean, the BRIN completed 17 patrols and 16 transfers between bases for a total of 26,426 nautical miles.

Translated from Italian by Cristiano D'Adamo
Micronesia 2015 $1 sg?, scott? ... d=1&cid=51

Battle of Philippines (No name)

PHILIPPINES (No name for the Battle fought off the Philippines) Anson set sail June 1740 with 5 men of war, a sloop and two supply ships to harass Spanish ports and shipping in the Pacific by the time Anson's squadron had rounded Cape Horn and rendezvoused at Juan Fernandez only the CENTURION, GLOUCESTER and the sloop TRYAL were left all were short handed due to scurvy and ship fever. After a series of raids on minor ports and an attempt to capture the Acapulco treasure galleon, Anson set sail across the Pacific to China reaching Macao. in Nov. 1742 with only the CENTURION and a ships company of 200 having been forced to abandon GLOUCESTER for lack of men to work on her. On 20 June 1743 Anson met the Acapulco galleon NUESTRA SENHORA DE COVADONGA off the Philippines and captured her with treasure worth f4000 000 but for Ansons success the year of 1743 would have proved to have been much to the advantage of the Spaniards, they had captured 262 British vessels worth £567,000. Stamp shows fight between CENTURION and Spanish ship NUESTRA SENORA DE COVADONGA in 1743 - Turks & Caicos 1983 8c SG771 (A Palmhof. T Broadley)


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Postby aukepalmhof » Tue May 19, 2009 9:02 pm

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The wreck seen on this MS sheet of Aruba issued in 2007, “Wrecks and Reefs from Aruba” is given by Log Book as JANE, but not a ship under that name is a wreck on Aruba, but the JANE SEA is.

She was built as a cargo vessel under yard No 157 by N.V. Scheepswerf Westerbroek, Westerbroek, Netherlands for S.W. Coe & Metcalf Shipping Ltd. Liverpool.
30 December 1959 launched under the name BLACKTHORN.
Tonnage 749 grt, 360 net, 1.052 dwt, dim. 57.76 x 10.32 x 3.89m.
One MAN diesel engine manufactured by Grossley Bros, 907 bhp., speed 11 knots.
Bunker capacity 64 ton.
1960 Completed.

1976 Sold to Effluents Services Ltd, renamed RUDYARD, thereafter in use as a sludge and mud carrier.
1984 Sold by Essandee Shipping Ltd., to De Roche Enterprise Ltd, Shoreham U.K. not renamed.

Thereafter here whereabouts are obscure, it is believed that she later was owned by a company from Venezuelan, and used in the transport of cement from Venezuela to Aruba

She was arrested and confiscated by authorities in Aruba after finding cocaine on board, when her owners did not reclaim her; she was taken by local divers who made her easily accessible for divers and thereafter scuttled off Aruba in September 1988. She is now one of the best dive sites in Aruba.

Aruba 2007 500c sg?, scott304c
Aruba 2012 100c sg?, scott?

Sources: Lloyds Registry 1985/86 Marine News 1981/375, 1984/449. Some web-sites.
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