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100 years ago, in February/March 1915, the Allied Powers in World War I began what became known as the Gallipoli Campaign - an attempt to control the sea route to Russia that was, ultimately, a disaster.
It began with a failed naval attack by British and French ships on the Dardanelles Straits and was quickly followed by a major land invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25 by 70,000 men from Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand along with troops from France. This also failed, after eight months’ fighting, owing to an underestimation of the fighting ability of the Turkish army, a lack of sufficient intelligence and a complete ignorance of the terrain.
The campaign was one of the greatest Ottoman (Turkish) victories during the war and is regarded as a defining moment in the nation’s history. It is also considered the birth of national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand and the date of the landing, April 25, is known as Anzac Day.
Unfortunately, Irish battalions suffered extremely heavy losses during the “V” beach landing at Cape Helles, which was defended by entrenched Turkish machine gun posts. The main force was deployed from the SS River Clyde and included the 1st Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers plus two companies of the 2nd Battalion, of the Royal Hampshire Regiment and one company of the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Another invasion attempt was made in August at Suvla Bay, but this also failed with significant losses to the 10th Division. Evacuation began in December 1915 and was completed early the following January.
The stamps were designed by Vermillion Design. The 68c stamp shows Irish soldiers in a trench at Gallipoli. The second stamp, the €1 value, features an image of the SS
RIVER CLYDE. This was a landing ship that played a very important part of the invasion, carrying 2,000 troops of the invasion force.
Source: Ireland Post website

RIVER CLYDE: This cargo vessel was built under yard No 537 by Russel & Co., Port Glasgow for the SS River Clyde Co. Ltd. (Ormond, Cook & Co.), Glasgow.
23 February 2005 launched as the RIVER CLYDE.
Tonnage 3,913 gross, 2,526 net, 6,400 dwt. Dim. 109.2 x 15.2 x 5.5m. (draught), length bpp. 105.1m.
Powered by one 3-cyl. triple expansion steam engine, manufactured by J.C. Kincaid & Co., Greenock, 374 nhp. Speed 10 knots.
March 1905 completed, homeport Glasgow.
SS RIVER CLYDE was a 3,913 GRT British collier built by Russell & Co of Port Glasgow on the Firth of Clyde and completed in March 1905. In the First World War the Admiralty requisitioned her for the Royal Navy and in 1915 she took part in the Gallipoli landings. After the war she was repaired and sold to Spanish owners, with whom she spent a long civilian career trading in the Mediterranean before being scrapped in 1966.
RIVER CLYDE had nine corrugated furnaces with a combined grate area of 169 square feet (16 m2) that heated three 180 lbf/in2 single-ended boilers with a combined heating surface of 6,150 square feet (571 m2) to raise steam for her three-cylinder triple expansion engine. The engine was built by J.G. Kincaid & Co of Greenock and was rated at 374 NHP.
1915 Sold to Sefton SS Co., Ltd., (H.E. Moss & Co.), Glasgow, 12 April 1915 purchased by the British Admiralty. RIVER CLYDE was adapted to be a landing ship for the joint French and British invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Openings were cut in her steel hull as sally ports from which troops would emerge onto gangways and then to a bridge of smaller boats from the ship to the beach. Boiler plate and sandbags were mounted on her bow, and behind them a battery of 11 machine guns was installed. The machine gun battery was manned by Royal Naval Air Service men commanded by Josiah Wedgwood. Work began on painting RIVER CLYDE’s hull sandy yellow as camouflage, but this was incomplete by the time of the landing.
By 11 April 1915 RIVER CLYDE was in the natural harbour of Moudros[ on the Aegean island of Lemnos, where French and British ships were assembling in final preparation for the landings. The troop ship HMT ARAGON reached Moudros from the Port of Alexandria in Egypt and transferred the 4th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment to RIVER CLYDE. Both Battalions were units of the 88th Brigade, which was part of the 29th Division.
On 25 April 1915 RIVER CLYDE sailed to take part in the landing at Cape Helles. She was commanded by Commander Edward Unwin, formerly of the Dryad-class torpedo gunboat HMS HUSSAR. She was carrying 2,000 soldiers; mostly from 86th Brigade units of the 29th Division: the 1st Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers and men from the 1st Battalion, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Unwin beached RIVER CLYDE at V Beach beneath the Sedd el Bahr castle, on the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula. The plan failed and the RIVER CLYDE, beached under the guns of the Turkish defenders, became a death trap. Three attempts to land made by companies of Munsters, Royal Dublins and Hampshires all ended in costly failure. Further landing attempts were abandoned and the surviving soldiers waited until nightfall before trying again.
Members of RIVER CLYDE’s crew maintained the bridge from the ship to the beach and recovered the wounded. For their bravery six of them were decorated with Victoria Crosses: Commander Unwin (aged 51), Midshipmen George Drewry (20) and Wilfred Malleson (18), Able Seaman William Williams (34) and Seaman George Samson (26), plus Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Tisdall (24) of the Royal Naval Division (RND). Williams was killed in the landing and was decorated posthumously. Samson was severely wounded the next day but survived. On his return to Scotland he was handed a white feather while wearing civilian clothes. Tisdall was killed on 6 May when the 6th (Hood) Battalion RND advanced along Kanlı Dere in the Second Battle of Krithia. Drewry, Samson and Williams had come with Unwin from HMS HUSSAR. Malleson, who died in 1975, served on the Duncan-class battleship HMS CORNWALLIS.
After the Helles beach-head was established, V Beach became the base for the French contingent and the RIVER CLYDE remained beached as a quay and breakwater. Her condensers provided fresh water and her holds became a field dressing station. She remained a constant target for Turkish gunners ashore.
Return to civilian service
RIVER CLYDE was refloated, towed to Mudros were temporary repairs were made, thereafter was she towed by a trawler to Malta, at that time she had a crew of 20 arrived Malta July 1919, and sold unrepaired to the civilian Spanish owner Arturo Pardo at Santander. He brought her to Palermo for repairs. Repairs were completed on 26 February 1921. He operated her as a tramp steamer, renaming her ANGELA. Her first voyage was in ballast from Palermo to the United States, loading phosphate in Tampa then she went to New York for completing loading general deck cargo, she sailed to Santander were she arrived on August 1921. Then made a voyage to Melilla with disassembled barracks for the Spanish troops who were fighting there in the Moroccan Campaign. Then used in tramping to the U.K. 1927 Was she chartered by the British government to transport coal from Newport News, USA to the U.K. after the Welsh coal miners got on strike. Then chartered by Compania Trasatlantica...


On the Victory & Liberation stamps two stamps depict watercraft, the 57 p depict HMS BEAGLE: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5881 ,while the 73p depict the Swedish cargo vessel VEGA viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6198
Six stamps and a Miniature Sheet marking 70 years since Jersey’s liberation from the German occupation will be issued by Jersey Post on 9 May 2015. A collaboration between Hat-Trick Design and master engraver, Martin Mörck, the issue traces the victory of the allied forces in Europe that led to the Island’s joyous liberation in 1945.
During the first year of World War Two, as western Europe fell to the forces of Nazi Germany and France became occupied, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill decided to demilitarise the Channel Islands to save them from destruction. German troops arrived in Jersey on 1 July 1940 to take the surrender and the Channel Islands became the only part of the British Isles to be invaded and occupied during the Second World War.
“The surrender of German forces in Europe on 8 May 1945 saw the war in Europe come to an end and the following day, the islands of Jersey and Guernsey were officially liberated,” explains Chris Elligott, Jersey Post’s Philatelic Production Co-ordinator. “Liberation Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Islanders each year on 9 May and we felt it was important to commemorate such an important anniversary.”
The six stamps feature a series of graphic illustrations, each of which incorporates a symbolic ‘V’ for ‘Victory’ and the Miniature Sheet shows a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill together with a powerful quote from his famous victory speech ‘...and our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed today’. Chris continues: “We commissioned master engraver Martin Mörck to produce the hand engraved portrait based on an original photograph by acclaimed photographer Yousuf Karsh. A special intaglio print technique has been used which gives the sheet a unique, textured feel.”

Norwegian artist and stamp engraver, Martin Mörck, began the commission with a traditional line-drawing and describes the portrait as the most difficult engraving he has completed within his 40 year career. For the Miniature Sheet, the portrait has been combined with designs created by Hat-Trick Design, who also produced the artwork for the stamps. Islanders are able to see Martin’s original line drawing which has been signed and framed and is currently on display at Broad Street post office in St Helier.
Liberation Day falls on Saturday this year and, as a mark of respect, Jersey’s Broad Street and Rue des Pres post offices will be closed to allow all islanders the opportunity to join in the celebrations on this special day.

Jersey 2015 47/95p sg?. Scott? sgMS?, scott?


New Caledonia issued in June 2015 three stamps to celebrate the centenary of the Caledonians involvement in the First World War.
Two stamps depict passenger’s ships which transported the troops from Caledonia to and from France.
The stamp on the left depict the SONTAY embarking 713 troops at Noumea for Marseille, on 23 April 1915.
The most right stamp depict the EL KANTARA, viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7022&p=14235&hilit=kantara#p14235
which returned the survivors home on 10 May 1919.
SONTAY built as a passenger-cargo vessel under yard No 133 by Messageries Maritimes, La Ciotat, France for account of Cie des Messageries Maritimes in Marseille.
01 December 1907 launched as the SONTAY.
Tonnage 7,236 gross, 8,000 dwt, dim. 141.35 x 16m, length bpp. 136.3m.
Powered by two triple expansion alternative coal fired steam engines, 3,300 hp, twin shafts, speed 13 knots.
Accommodation for 45 first, 194 second class passengers and 718 tween-deck passengers.
April 2008 completed.
After completing in the service between Dunkirk, Marseille, Saigon and Haiphong the maiden voyage was in June 1908.
1914 to 1916 used also as a mail-boat.
1915 She made a voyage to New Caledonia to bring troops from Noumea to France, sailed Noumea on 23 April 1915.
Requisitioned as a troopship fitted out with a 90mm gun at the stern, transported troops to Salonika, Greece.
March 1916 transported 2,250 Russian troops from the Dalny region from Saigon to Marseille.
Thereafter used as a troop transport in the Mediterranean.
24 December 1916 with on board troops from Salonika she avoided a torpedo attack by most probably the German submarine UB-47, when sailing in convoy in the Ionian Sea.
16 April 1917 when under command of Captain Lt. Mages and 325 troops and a crew of 100, from Milo to Marseille, torpedoed by the German submarine U-33 under command of Capt. Gustav Siess between Malta and Tunisia in position 35 02N 16 28E. After the impact she sank very quickly
Survivors were picked up by the gunboats MOQUEUSE and CAPRICIEUSE, 317 troops and 69 crew were rescued, Captain Mages and 39 troops/crew were missing, presumably drowned.

New Caledonia 2015 35f sg?, scott? ... res&id=889

CHALLENGER Customs Patrol Boat

Jersey 2002 38p sg?, scott?

Not any info.


1765 Discovery of king Georges islands

Born on 8th November 1723 in Nottingham, John BYRON joined the English Navy at the age of 8.

In 1740, he took part in Commodore Anson’s expedition. His ship wrecked in the Magellan Strait and it was only after 13 months of incredible sufferings that the crew got rescued.

In 1763, after the Seven Year's War, the rivalry between
France and Great Britain took on an economic form and the
two governments decided to take hold of the Falkland Islands, as the former were the gateway to the Pacific. Louis Antoine de Bougainville and John Byron were appointed by their respective governments to carry out that mission.

In June 1764, John BYRON left England with two ships: the frigate DOLPHIN and the sloop TAMAR . He officially took possession of the Falkland Islands, where settlers of Bougainville had
already built a camp, without him knowing it.
He then followed the wakes of Magellan, Le Maire and Roggeveen.
This is how he sailed past the Polynesian atolls of NAPUKA and TEPOTO on 7th June 1765, without being able to land because of the heavy swell and of the many armed savages lined up along the beach.

On 11th June 1765, he landed on the atoll of TAKAROA, in order to get supplies of coconuts and scurvy grass that was indispensable for his ill seamen. His account of that day remains one of the few evidences of what life was like on the atolls before the arrival of the Europeans.
He then tried to land on the atoll of TAKAPOTO, where, 43 years earlier, Roggeveen’s ship AFRICAANSCHE GALEY had wrecked, but the islanders rebuffed all landing attempts.

He gave the name “King George Islands” to the group made of 4 atolls: Ahe – Manihi – Takapoto – Takaroa and to the uninhabited island of Tikei.
Then he continued on his way, narrowly missing the discovery of Tahiti, just like Le Maire and Roggeveen before him.
In May 1766, he was back in England, completing a round-the-world voyage in less than two years – a record.

In 1769, John BYRON was appointed Governor of Newfoundland.
He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron in 1778, and then Rear Admiral of the White Squadron in 1780.
He died on 10th April 1786, and rests in Twickenham, near the Chapel of St Mary’s Church.

HMS DOLPHIN: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7660
HMS TAMAR: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9096

French Polynesia 2015 190F sg?, scott? ... 015&id=285


December 1996 British government approved the purchase of a Fishery Protection Vessel at a cost of £550.000.
Built by Souter Marine Ltd., Cowes for the British Government.
04 December 1997 at Cowes named as the NORMAN LE BROCQ, named after the Jersey politician Norman Le Brocq (1922-1996)
Tonnage 17.72 ton, dim. 15.1 x 6.0 x 1.31m. (draught).
Powered by two Scania diesel engines, 550 hp, cruising speed 22 knots.
Carried a 4.7m Searider RIB with a 75hp outboard motor.
20 December 1997 she arrived at Jersey. Based at La Collette.
07 February 1998 the vessel was officially named by Mrs. Le Brocq outside the Maritime Museum at Jersey.
She can be operated as fishery protection vessel, fisheries research or as a patrol vessel. When needed she can also be used as emergency vessel. At sea she is always available to assist in any serious maritime emergencies.
2009 Was she re-engined and re-fitted at Goodchilds in Great Yarmouth, Engeland.
03 June 2012 took part in in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant on the River Thames at London.
2015 In service same name and owners.

Jersey 2002 68p sg?, scott?
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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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