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For the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup 2007 the Spanish syndicate Desafio Espanol had four yachts the ESP 65, ESP 67, ESP 88 and ESP 97.
The yacht depict on the Micronesia stamp with this hull colours must be the ESP 88, while the Spanish stamp shows a yacht from the syndicate but not a sail number is visible.
ESP 88 was built as an IACC class yacht by King Marine boatyard in Valencia, Spain.
April 2006 christened ESP 88.
The ESP 65 and ESP 67 were used as training yachts, while the other two were used in the Louis Vuitton race in Valencia in 2007. The ESP 88 was not racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup 2007 but more used as a tune boat for the ESP 97.
2014 Where is she???

Micronesia 2007 26c sg?, scott? (she is the yacht on the right, the left yacht not identified yet.)
Spain 2007 0.30 Euro sg?, scott?

FRA-60 ex BLACK MAGIC (II) NZL-60 yacht

The yacht depict on this 80g stamp of Micronesia with sail number FRA-60 is the yacht used by the French syndicate K-Challenge Areva Challenge in the Louis Vuitton Cup race in Valencia in 2007.
Built for Team New Zealand for the 2000 America Cup races in Auckland, built by Cookson Boatyard in Auckland.
Designed by Laurie Davidson & Clay Oliver.
October 1999 completed as BLACK MAGIC (II) NZL-60.
Under skipper Russell Coutts she was defender in Auckland against the challenger the Italian yacht LUNA ROSA ITA-45.
The BLACK MAGIG (II) winning five races to nil and the America Cup stayed in New Zealand.

For the Louis Vuitton Cup races in 2007 was she leased by K-Challenge Areva Challenge as a training boat, renamed in FRA-60.
I am not sure when she came back to New Zealand but she is now (2014) in the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland and owned by SailNZ waiting for restoration.

Micronesia 2007 80c sg?, scott?
Maldives 2008 rf10 sg?, scott?, (AREVA the hull colour is black most probably the FRA-60 is depict??)
Source: Internet various sites.


The yacht depict on this stamp issued by Nevis is the SHOSHOLOZA built as a challenger for the 2008 America Cup in Valencia, Spain.
2007 Built as an ACC Rule V5 class yacht at the team boat yard in Somerset West near Cape Town for the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
Chief designer Jason Kerr.
November 2004 commenced building.
Weight 24 tonnes, dim. 26.0 x 4.5m.
April 2005 the hull was put on board a MSC container vessel for Valencia were she will be fitted out and mast and keel placed. MSC was also one of the sponsors for the yacht.
19 May 2005 was she officially launched as the SHOSHOLOZA RSA-83 by Rita Barbera the mayor of Valencia.
2007 Was she complete overhauled and modified.
2007 In the Louis Vuitton Race at Valencia she ended as 7th with 9 wins and 11 defeats.
2008 Took part in the Velalonga Regatta in Naples.
2009 Competed in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland, where she defeated defending champions ALINGHI in the last day of the regatta’s first Round Robin.
2014 Still owned by South Africa owners.

Nevis 2008 $3 sg?, scott? (she is the yacht on the left of the stamp, the yacht on the right could be one with sail number NZL-?)
Maldives 2008 RF10 sg?, scott?
Source: Internet.
Not a yachting fanatic all corrections and additional info welcome.

Pytheas of Massalia

Pytheas (Πυθέας), (ca. 380 BC – ca. 310 BC) was a Greek merchant, geographer and explorer from the Greek colony Massalia (today Marseille, France ). He made a voyage of exploration to northwestern Europe around 325 BC . He probably travelled around a considerable part of Great Britain , circumnavigating it between 330 and 320 BC. Pytheas is the first person on record to describe the Midnight Sun , the aurora and polar ice , and the first to mention the name Britannia and Germanic tribes . He may have been the first Mediterranean observer to distinguish between the Germanic and Celtic "barbarian" peoples of northern and western Europe. Pytheas described his travels in a periplus titled On the Ocean (Περί τού Ωκεανού). It has not survived; only excerpts remain, quoted or paraphrased by later authors, most familiarly in Strabo and Pliny's Natural History , who never saw Pytheas' text at firsthand. [3] Some of them, Polybius and Strabo, accused Pytheas of documenting a fictitious journey he could never have funded. His story is, however, geographically plausible. Pytheas estimated the circumference of Great Britain within 2.5% of modern estimates. There is some evidence reference required he used the Pole Star to fix latitude and understood the relationships between tides and phases of the Moon. In northern Spain , he studied the tides , and may have discovered that they are caused by the Moon . This discovery was known to Posidonius . Pytheas was not the first person to sail up into the North Sea territories and around Great Britain. Trade between Gaul and Great Britain was routine; fishermen and others would travel to Orkney , Norway or Shetland . The Roman Avienus writing in the 4th century mentions an early Greek voyage, possibly from the 6th century BCE. A recent conjectural reconstruction of the journey Pytheas documented has him traveling from Marseille in succession to Bordeaux , Nantes , Land's End , Plymouth , the Isle of Man , Outer Hebrides , Orkney, Iceland , Great Britain's east coast, Kent , Helgoland , returning finally to Marseille. The start of Pytheas's voyage is unknown. The Carthaginians supposedly had closed the Strait of Gibraltar to all ships from other nations. Some historians therefore believe that he travelled overland to the mouth of the Loire or the Garonne . Others believe that, to avoid the Carthaginian blockade, he may have stuck close to land and sailed only at night. It is also possible he took advantage of a temporary lapse in the blockade, known to have taken place around the time he travelled.Cornwall was important because it was the main source of tin . Pytheas studied the production and processing of tin there. During his circumnavigation of Great Britain, he found that tides rose very high there. He recorded the local name of the islands in Greek as Prettanike , which Diodorus later rendered Pretannia . This supports theories that the coastal inhabitants of Cornwall may have called themselves Pretani or Priteni , 'Painted' or 'Tattooed' people, a term Romans Latinised as Picti ( Picts ). He is quoted as referring to the British Isles as the "Isles of the Pretani." Pytheas visited an island six days sailing north of Great Britain, called Thule . It has been suggested that Thule may refer to Iceland or Greenland but parts of the Norwegian coast, Shetland and Faroe Islands have also been suggested by historians. Pytheas says Thule was an agricultural country that produced honey . Its inhabitants ate fruits and drank milk , and made a drink out of grain and honey. Unlike the people from Southern Europe, they had barns , and threshed their grain there rather than outside. He said he was shown the place where the sun went to sleep, and he noted that the night in Thule was only two to three hours. One day further north the "congealed" sea began, he claimed. As Strabo says (as quoted in Chevallier 1984):Pytheas also speaks of the waters around Thule and of those places where land properly speaking no longer exists, nor sea nor air, but a mixture of these things, like a "marine lung", in which it is said that earth and water and all things are in suspension as if this something was a link between all these elements, on which one can neither walk nor sail. The term used for "marine lung" (which caused much discussion in the past) actually means jellyfish , and modern scientists believe that Pytheas here tried to describe the formation of pancake ice at the edge of the drift ice , where sea, slush, and ice mix, surrounded by fog . Besides its texture, the appearance [1] of pancake ice is perhaps reminiscent of a group of jellyfish. After completing his survey of Great Britain, Pytheas travelled to the shallows on the continental North Sea coast. He may also have visited an island which was a source of amber . According to " The Natural History " by Pliny the Elder :Pytheas says that the Gutones, a people of Germany, inhabit the shores of an estuary of the Ocean called Mentonomon, their territory extending a distance of six thousand stadia; that, at one day's sail from this territory, is the Isle of Abalus, upon the shores of which, amber is thrown up by the waves in spring, it being an excretion of the sea in a concrete form; as, also, that the inhabitants use this amber by way of fuel, and sell it to their neighbours, the Teutones. The island could have been Helgoland , Zealand in the Baltic Sea or even the shores of Bay of Danzig , Sambia and or Curonian Lagoon which were historically the richest sources of amber in the North Europe (Pliny's Gutones might have been Germanic Goths or Balt Galindians ).Pytheas may have returned the way he came; or by land, following the Rhine and Rhône rivers.
Statue of Pytheas outside the Palais de la Bourse , Marseilles .

Hanno the Navigator

Hanno the Navigator was a Carthaginian explorer of the sixth or fifth century BC, best known for his naval exploration of the western coast of Africa. The only source of his voyage is a Greek periplus .
Carthage dispatched Hanno at the head of a fleet of 60 ships to explore and colonize the northwestern coast of Africa . He sailed through thestraits of Gibraltar , founded or repopulated seven colonies along the African coast of what is now Morocco, and explored significantly farther along the Atlantic coast of the continent. Hanno encountered various indigenous peoples on his journey and met with a variety of welcomes.
At the terminus of Hanno's voyage, the explorer found an island heavily populated with what were described as hirsute and savage people. Attempts to capture the males failed, but three of the females were taken. These were so ferocious that they were killed, and their skins preserved for transport home to Carthage. The skins were kept in the Temple of Tannit on Hanno's return and, according to Pliny the Elder , survived until the Roman destruction of Carthage in 146 BC, some 350 years after Hanno's expedition. The interpreters travelling with Hanno called the peoplegorillae , and when European explorers first encountered gorillas in the 19th century, the apes were given this name on the assumption that they were the "people" Hanno described.
The primary source for Hanno's expedition is a Greek periplus , supposedly a translation of a tablet Hanno is reported to have hung up on his return to Carthage in the temple of Ba'al Hammon , whom Greek writers identified with Kronos . The full title translated from Greek is The Voyage of Hanno, commander of the Carthaginians, round the parts of Libya beyond the Pillars of Heracles , which he deposited in the Temple of Kronos . The text was known to Pliny the Elder and Arrian , the latter mentioning it at the end of his Anabasis of Alexander VIII (Indica):
Moreover, Hanno the Libyan started out from Carthage and passed the Pillars of Heracles and sailed into the outer Ocean, with Libya on his port side, and he sailed on towards the east, five-and-thirty days all told. But when at last he turned southward, he fell in with every sort of difficulty, want of water, blazing heat, and fiery streams running into the sea. A number of modern scholars have commented upon Hanno's voyage. In many cases, the analysis has been to refine information and interpretation of the original account. Harden states a general consensus exists that the expedition reached at least as far as Senegal . Some agree he could have reached Gambia .
Antigua&Barbuda1991;10d;SG1503. Madagascar 1993;15f;SG1000.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The Argonauts ( Ancient Greek : Ἀργοναῦται Argonautai ) were a band of heroes in Greek mythology , who in the years before the Trojan War , accompanied Jason to Colchis in his quest to find the Golden Fleece .Their name comes from their ship, the Argo , named after its builder, Argus . "Argonauts" literally means "Argo sailors". They were sometimes called Minyans , after a prehistoric tribe in the area.
After the death of King Cretheus , the Aeolian Pelias usurped the Iolcan throne from his half-brother Aesonand became king of Iolcus in Thessaly (near the modern city of Volos ). Because of this unlawful act, an oracle warned him that a descendant of Aeolus would seek revenge. Pelias put to death every prominent descendant of Aeolus he could, but spared Aeson because of the pleas of their mother Tyro . Instead, Pelias kept Aeson prisoner and forced him to renounce his inheritance. Aeson marriedAlcimede , who bore him a son named Jason. Pelias intended to kill the baby at once, but Alcimede summoned her kinswomen to weep over him as if he were stillborn. She faked a burial and smuggled the baby to Mount Pelion . He was raised by the centaur Chiron , the trainer of heroes.
When Jason was 20 years old, an oracle ordered him to dress as a Magnesian and head to the Iolcan court. While traveling Jason lost his sandal crossing the muddy Anavros river while helping an old woman ( Hera in disguise). The goddess was angry with King Pelias for killing his stepmotherSidero after she had sought refuge in Hera's temple.
Another oracle warned Pelias to be on his guard against a man with one shoe. Pelias was presiding over a sacrifice to Poseidon with several neighboring kings in attendance. Among the crowd stood a tall youth in leopard skin with only one sandal. Pelias recognized that Jason was his nephew. He could not kill him because prominent kings of the Aeolian family were present. Instead, he asked Jason: "What would you do if an oracle announced that one of your fellow-citizens were destined to kill you?" Jason replied that he would send him to go and fetch the Golden Fleece , not knowing that Hera had put those words in his mouth.
This golden ram's fleece now hung from a tree in the grove of the Colchian Ares, guarded night and day by a dragon that never slept. Pelias swore before Zeus that he would give up the throne at Jason's return while expecting that Jason's attempt to steal the Golden Fleece would be a fatal enterprise. However, Hera acted in Jason's favour during the perilous journey.
Jason was accompanied by some of the principal heroes of ancient Greece . The number of Argonauts varies, but usually totals between 40 and 55;traditional versions of the story place their number at 50.
Some have hypothesized that the legend of the Golden Fleece was based on a practice of the Black Sea tribes; they would place a lamb's fleece at the bottom of a stream to entrap gold dust being washed down from upstream. This practice is still in use, particularly in the Svaneti region of Georgia .


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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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