Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6223 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy for Carnival Plc, Hamilton, Bermuda.
20 October 2011 keel laid down.
16 August 2012 floated out.
Tonnage 142,714 grt, 12,512 dwt, dim. 330 x 38.40 x 8.60m. (draught) length bpp. 306m.
Powered: diesel electric by four Wärtsilä and two Wärtsilä 14V46 diesel engines 62,400 kW connected to two 18 MW SAM electronics motors, twin shafts, speed 23.0 knots. Six thrusters.
Accommodation for 4380 passengers and 1346 crew.
05 June 2013 delivered. Managed by Princess Cruises Lines Ltd. Valencia, California.
MS ROYAL PRINCESS is a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, and the third ship to sail for the cruise line under that name. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. ROYAL PRINCESS is the flagship of the Princess fleet, a designation held up to that point by GRAND PRINCESS.
Princess Cruises ordered ROYAL PRINCESS, as well as the sister ship REGAL PRINCESS both at the time unnamed, on 17 February 2010. The final contract was signed on 4 May 2010.
Construction of ROYAL PRINCESS began on 15 March 2011 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy when the first plate was cut. The next major milestone in construction occurred on 20 October 2011, when the ship's keel was laid. She was launched in August 2012; fitting out continued, and Fincantieri delivered her to Princess Cruises in spring 2013.
The ship measures 141,000 GT and has a capacity of 3,600 passengers. Her amenities include a pair of public areas cantilevered over the side of the ship on the top deck—a walkway on the starboard side and a bar on the port side. She also has fewer pools than previous Princess Cruises ships and features expanded public areas, including the movie theatre, the "Sanctuary" bar and the central Piazza atrium. The ship will also have more dining options than previous Princess vessels. The ships of this class are one of the first passenger vessels built compliant to the new safe return to port requirements.
On 9 April 2013, it was announced that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge will name ROYAL PRINCESS in a naming ceremony in Southampton on 13 June 2013. The ceremony upheld British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines and the pipers of the Irish Guards. Royal Princess arrived at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton on Friday 7 June, where a series of events commenced for customers and travel agents, including a special naming gala on the evening of Wednesday 12 June. The ship’s inaugural celebrations concluded with her maiden voyage on 16 June.
Maiden Voyage
ROYAL PRINCESS underwent what was marketed as a preview cruise on 9 June 2013, lasting for two nights, going from Southampton to St. Peter Port, Guernsey and back to Southampton. Then it undertook an Iberia Cruise departing on 16 June 2013 from Southampton to Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga and Barcelona.
Sister Ships
One year after the launch of the ROYAL PRINCESS, Princess Cruises will launch its sister ship, the new REGAL PRINCESS. Dimensions and capacity will be the same, as with other sister ships in the Princess fleet. Also in 2015, Princess Cruises sister brand P&O Cruises will be launching its new vessel BRITANNIA that has many similarities to the Royal class ships.
Incidents and accidents On 22 September 2013, ROYAL PRINCESS suffered a power outage while sailing between Mykonos and Naples in the Mediterranean. The power failure occurred at 1:30 pm local time and emergency generators kicked in to provide hotel services to the passengers.
Prior to the power loss, the anchor motor failed and left 90 feet of anchor hanging for over four hours until a new motor could be installed. It delayed the ship on its trip from Mykonos to Naples.
The second half of the cruise was cancelled and all of the passengers were flown home early with flights out of Rome and Naples. The ROYAL PRINCESS cancelled her visits to Rome, Livorno, Toulon, and sailed directly to Barcelona effecting repairs on the way and embarked her next cruise in Barcelona as planned.

2014 in service, same name and owners, IMO No 9584712.
Central African Republic 2013 3000 F sgMS?, scott?


Built as a cruise passenger vessel under yard No 1354 by Aker Finnyard, Abo, Finland for Independence of the Seas Inc., (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) Nassau, Bahamas.
02 April 2005 building contract signed.
23 March 2006 laid down.
14 September 2007 floated out as the INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS, one of the Freedom class of Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Tonnage 154,407 grt, 127,545 nrt, 10,500 dwt. Dim. 338.72 x 39.03 x 11.7m., length bpp. 303.17m, draught 8.8m.
Powered by six Wärtsilä 12V46C diesel engines, 75,600 kW, propulsion by three ABB Azipod podded electric propulsion units, two of them azimuthing and the central one being fixed. Fitted out with eight bow thrusters, one each side of the hull four thrusters. Service speed 21.5 knots.
Accommodation for 4370 passengers and 1,360 crew.
17 April 2008 completed.
MS INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line that entered service in April 2008. The 15-deck ship can accommodate 4,370 passengers and is served by 1,360 crew. She was built in the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, builder of FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and LIBERTY OF THE SEAS, her sister ships of the Freedom class. At 154,407 gross tons, she joined FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and LIBERTY OF THE SEAS as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels yet built. She is 1,112 feet (339 m) long, and typically cruises at 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph). The vessel operates from Southampton, England and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is the third of the Freedom-class vessel. In October 2009, OASIS OF THE SEAS, the first ship in the Oasis-class, displaced the Freedom-class as the world's largest passenger ships.
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS generally sails from Southampton, England in the summer months and from Fort Lauderdale in the winter months. Between 2010 and 2012, INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS sailed from Southampton, England year-round.
On 2 May 2013 INDEPENDENCE arrived in Southampton following a dry-dock enhancement offering a series of new itineraries including more shorter cruises such as two-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris, and three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS will also offer eight night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12-night cruises to the Canary Islands.
Like the other Freedom-class vessels, INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS features an interactive water park, the H2O Zone, a dedicated sports pool for volleyball and basketball, and whirlpools which extend from the ship's sides. It houses an internal shopping "street", the Promenade, lined with shops, pubs and wine bars. The Promenade features a "sky bridge" which can be lowered from the ceiling to provide a performance space above the crowds during parades. There is also the two story Alhambra theatre, seating 1,200, and a complete conference centre. The show cabaret lounge, called the Pyramid Lounge, is themed to ancient Egypt. On a lower level is an ice skating rink named Studio B, which home to a series of professional ice shows and is also available for personal skating. This facility was first featured on the Voyager-class and INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is the eighth ship to feature a rink. The ship also features a range of eating outlets, Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity throughout, and flat-screen televisions in all staterooms. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is also the first Royal Caribbean ship to feature heated, fresh water pools, although the pools are only heated when sailing from the UK. On the Sports Deck, there is a rock climbing wall, a basketball/hockey court, a mini golf course, and a FlowRider for surfing. It also has 3 seating areas around the FlowRider to allow people to watch.
2014 In service, same name and owners, IMO No 9584712.
Central African Republic 2013 3000F sgMS?, scott?
Source: Norske Veritas. and various other web-sites.


Built as a cruise ship under yard No 688 by the Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany for Magical Cruise Co. Ltd. ( Disney Cruise Line) at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.
23 April 2007 ordered.
11 February 2011 keel laid down.
08 January 2012 floated out of the building dock as the DISNEY FANTASY.
Tonnage 129,750 grt, 9500 dwt, dim. 339.80 x 37.00 x 8.30m. (draught)
Powered by 2 MAN 14V48/60CR and 3 MAN 12V48/60CR diesel engines, 77,190 kW., twin shafts, speed 22 knots. 5 thrusters.
Accommodation maximum for 4000 passengers and 1450 crew.
09 February 2012 delivered at Bremerhaven, Germany, the DISNEY FANTASY is registered in the Bahamas with homeport Nassau. Building cost US$ 900 million.
16 February 2012 she left Germany bound for New York where she arrived on 28 February 2012.

DISNEY FANTASY is a cruise ship of the American cruise company Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company. DISNEY FANTASY is the fourth ship in the cruise line.
In February 2007, Disney Cruise Line announced that it had commissioned two new ships for its fleet. The first steel-cut, for scrollwork on the ship's hull, took place in March 2009 at the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany. Later that month, the two ships were named, with the DISNEY FANTASY set to enter service on March 31, 2012, a little over a year after its sister vessel, the DISNEY DREAM.
The ship's keel was laid on February 11, 2011. Disney Cruise Line president, Karl Holz, along with Minnie Mouse, officially placed a magic coin beneath the ship's hull. The coin is identical to that which was placed beneath the Disney Dream, however featured the hull number S688, and the date of the keel laying.
On September 13, 2011, on the Official Disney Cruise Line Facebook Page it was announced that the stern character on Disney Fantasy would be Dumbo, the Flying Elephant.
On December 9, 2011, Meyer Werft found several water lines open on the cruise ship. 48 cabins were damaged at a cost of approximately €1 million.
DISNEY FANTASY was floated out of the building dock on January 8, 2012, at Meyer Werft.
DISNEY FANTASY was delivered to Disney Cruise Line on February 9, 2012, in Bremerhaven, Germany and departed on February 16, 2012.
DISNEY FANTASY arrived in the United States for the first time, calling on New York, on February 28, 2012 where many locals gathered to see the sight of this new ship. The ship was christened on March 1, 2012 in New York City. The godmother of the ship is Mariah Carey. The christening was held on the ship featuring performances in the Walt Disney Theatre. Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Christening ceremony. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld performed during the show.
DISNEY FANTASY, structurally, is almost identical to DISNEY DREAM, with gross tonnage of 130,000,a length of 340 m (1,120 ft) and a width of 42 metres (138 ft. DISNEY FANTASY has 1,250 staterooms.
Additional features, such as on-board services and amenities, are mostly similar to those on DISNEY DREAM Disney Fantasy has included the popular AquaDuck, matching the one on the Dream, being the first water coaster at sea. The Nightclub District, called Europa, features a re-imagined and expanded Skyline Club. The Tube, La Piazza, O'Gills Pub and Ooh La La, all adult only lounges, are all new to the Fantasy. The shows in the Walt Disney Theater include Disney's Believe, Disney Wishes, and Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular.
DISNEY FANTASY is based at Disney Cruise Line's terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida.The ship will embark on alternating Eastern and Western 7 night Caribbean cruises, and will call on Disney's private island Castaway Cay.
Differences from the DISNEY DREAM.
DISNEY FANTASY is very much like her sister ship, DISNEY DREAM, with a few small differences. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is included on DISNEY FANTASY, making it the first Boutique at sea. This Boutique is similar to the boutique at Disney Parks where girls can get made over into a princess. On special themed nights, such as the "Pirates in the Caribbean" night, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique gets transformed into the Pirates League. The Pirates League lets kids of all ages get transformed into a pirate.
The Aqualab, water play area, is an area added to Fantasy, as well.
The Adult Entertainment district has different theming than Dream, transforming this area into "Europa". The nightclub area transforms into "districts" representing different cities and countries of Europe. The Tube is a dance club themed after the London Underground, complete with white subway tile, subway map carpet, and handlebars at the booths. Ooh La La is a champagne bar reminiscent of an elegant French boudoir. O'Gill's Pub is an Irish themed pub representing the lively neighbourhood pubs throughout Ireland. La Piazza is in the heart of the Europa district, inspired by the decorative plazas throughout Italian cities. Skyline Lounge, carried over from the Disney Dream, is rethemed a bit; adding European cities to its backdrop. Satellite Falls is an adults-only pool deck added to the top deck of the Fantasy, for an added quiet retreat.
The ship is designed to reflect the glamour of the golden age of cruising during the 1930s, that lend to the Art Nouveau style throughout the ship; whereas the DISNEY DREAM is more represented with the Art Deco style.
While the Animator's Palate on DISNEY DREAM presents a dinner show with Crush the Sea Turtle from Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, the Fantasy, in addition, presents an "Animation Magic" dinner show hosted by Sorcerer Mickey, where guests have a chance to draw their own characters and see their drawings come to life.
2014 In service, same name and owner IMO No 9445590.
Central African Republic 2013 900F sgMS?. Scott? (In margin of sheet)
Source: and various other web-sites.


The stamp inscription gives that she is the CARNIVAL DREAMSEA but not any cruiseship under that name exist, it must be the CARNIVAL DREAM. See viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12744&p=13878#p13878
Central African Republic 2013 900F sg?, scott?

QUANTUM OF THE SEAS cruise vessel

The stamp is designed after plans, the QUANTUM OF THE SEAS is still on the yard of the Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany for the Royal Caribbean International, and the planned delivery will be on 23 November 2014.


Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6132 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy for Carnival Corp. Hamilton, Bermuda. Management P&O Cruises UK. Ltd.
29 August 2006 laid down.
08 June 2007 floated out as the VENTURA, three sisters the CROWN PRINCESS, EMERALD PRINCESS and AZURA.
Tonnage 116,017 grt, 85,676 nrt, 8,044 dwt, dim. 291,40 x 36.00 x 36.00m, draught 8.00m.
Powered: Diesel electric by 6 Wärtsilä diesel engines, 90,116 hp (67,200 kW).
Accommodation for 3092 passengers and 1220 crew.
29 March 2008 delivered to owners, homeport Hamilton, Bermuda. Building cost £330 million.

06 April 2008 arrived at Southampton.
11 April 2008 made a mini cruise to Belgium.
16 April 2008 christened by the movie star Dame Hellen Mirren in Southampton.
MV VENTURE is a Grand-class cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At 116,017 tonnes and 291.4 m (956 ft), Ventura is the largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises, and one of the largest in Europe. She is the sister ship of MS AZURA . She officially entered service with the company in April 2008 and was named by Helen Mirren.[5]Ventura underwent a refit at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, during March and April 2013, and re-entered service on 7 April 2013 with a voyage to Spain and Portugal.
MS VENTURA is owned by Carnival UK and operated by P&O Cruises. She entered service in April 2008, and is one of the largest cruise ships built for the British market, at 116,017 tonnes. VENTURA can accommodate 3,192 passengers, and has 1,550 cabins, of which about 60% possess private balconies. She has fourteen public decks, eight restaurants, six boutiques, five pools (Endless pool, Beachcomber pool, Laguna pool, and the Terrace pool) and three show lounges, including the largest theatre on a British ship. Passengers are also able to walk to the very front of the ship to the bow, which is not possible on any other P&O ship except AZURA MV VENTURE is a Grand-class cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At 116,017 tonnes and 291.4 m (956 ft), Ventura is the largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises, and one of the largest in Europe. She is the sister ship of MS AZURA . She officially entered service with the company in April 2008 and was named by Helen Mirren.[5]Ventura underwent a refit at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, during March and April 2013, and re-entered service on 7 April 2013 with a voyage to Spain and Portugal.
MS VENTURA is owned by Carnival UK and operated by P&O Cruises. She entered service in April 2008, and is one of the largest cruise ships built for the British market, at 116,017 tonnes. VENTURA can accommodate 3,192 passengers, and has 1,550 cabins, of which about 60% possess private balconies. She has fourteen public decks, eight restaurants, six boutiques, five pools (Endless pool, Beachcomber pool, Laguna pool, and the Terrace pool) and three show lounges, including the largest theatre on a British ship. Passengers are also able to walk to the very front of the ship to the bow, which is not possible on any other P&O ship except AZURA .
The ship is intended to be family friendly, offering The Reef youth club, and appearances by the children's character Noddy. The ship includes outdoor children's play areas and two pools specifically for families with one pool exclusively to adults.
After being handed over on the 29 March, VENTURA arrived in Southampton in the morning of 6 April 2008, ahead of its first mini cruise to Belgium on 11 April, and her Maiden voyage on 18 April.
British actress Dame Helen Mirren officially christened VENTURA and became the ship's Godmother, prior to her maiden cruise to the Mediterranean Sea. In a break with tradition, instead of Dame Helen simply pressing a button to send a cradled champagne bottle towards the ship, she commanded a team of Royal Marine Commandos to assist her in naming Ventura in a dramatic abseil.
Decks and dining
Main restaurants
VENTURA features three main dining rooms. The largest is the Bay Tree Restaurant, with the Saffron and Cinnamon restaurants being two similar sized smaller restaurants. Both the Bay Tree and Saffron restaurants feature traditional set time dining, whereas the Cinnamon restaurant features freedom dining, allowing passengers to choose which time to eat.
Other restaurants
VENTURA has three alternative restaurants. East is an Asian styled restaurant offering Asian and Pacific cuisine. The Glasshouse is a winebar and restaurant, replacing Ramblas (an informal Spanish themed restaurant) from April 2013. Located on Deck 15 is the Waterside Restaurant which is VENTURA’s main self-service buffet restaurant, which is open 24 hours a day. The Beach House is part of the main buffet during the day, and becomes an informal family restaurant in the evening. Frankie's Pizzeria and Grill are located by the Laguna pool and are inspired by the informal restaurant chain created by Marco Pierre White and Frankie Dettori. The White Room, located on Deck 17 is a restaurant also created by chef Marco Pierre White, and serves Mediterranean style fine cuisine. Tazzine, located on Deck 5, is an Italian style coffee bar, serving hot and cold beverages, light snacks and desserts.
Cirque deck
Both the sports court and golf nets are situated on Cirque Deck. This is the ships highest deck that is available to passengers.
Sky Deck
Sky Deck is the location of Metropolis, a bar and observation lounge at the aft of the ship.Also an access point to the Cirque deck.
Sports deck
Marco Pierre White's restaurant The White Room is situated at the aft end of Sports Deck, and the Oasis Pool is located forward.
Sun deck
The ships gymnasium and spa are located forward on Sun Deck, along with The Reef youth center at the aft of the ship.
Lido Deck
The Lido Deck is the main pool deck on Ventura, with the Beachcomber and Laguna pools situated midships. At the aft of Lido Deck are the Waterside and Beach House self-service restaurants. Forward of the pool deck are suites, balcony and inside cabins.
Riviera Deck
The Terrace Pool is located on Riviera Deck at the aft of the ship. This deck also has suite, balconies, and inside cabins.
A Deck
A Deck (Australia Deck) is a passenger cabin deck, with suites, balconies and inside cabins.
B Deck
B (Barbados Deck) Deck is a passenger cabin deck, with balconies and inside cabins.
C Deck
C (Canada Deck) Deck is a passenger cabin deck, with suites, balconies and inside cabins.
D Deck
D (Dominica Deck) Deck is a passenger cabin deck, with suites, deluxe and regular balconies and inside cabins.
E Deck
E (Ecuador Deck) Deck is a passenger cabin deck, with suites,deluxe and regular balconies, outside and inside cabins.
Promenade Deck
Promenade Deck is the ships main entertainment deck, with several bars, shops, restaurants and lounges, along with the top level of the atrium. The upper tier of the Arena Theater and the wrap-around outdoor promenade are also located on Promenade Deck.
F Deck
F (Fiji Deck) Deck is the location of the casino and the lower tier of the Arena Theater, as well as the middle level of the atrium, which is the location of several shops and the guest services desk. Two of the main restaurants, the Bay Tree and Saffron are situated on this deck.
P Deck
P (Panama Deck) Deck is the lowest passenger deck on the ship, and is the location of the bottom level of the atrium, which is surrounded by the library, internet lounge, art gallery, Tazzine cafe and the Cinnamon restaurant.


Built 1947 as a cargo passenger vessel by A.W. Setree, Huskinson, NSW, Australia for W. R Carpenter & Co.
Launched as KOMAIWAI
Tonnage 140 grt, 91 nrt, dim. 77.0 x 19.6 x 8 ft.
One Caterpillar 6-cyl. diesel engine 100 bhp. Speed 6 knots.
Wooden hull with 6 passenger cabins, 50 deck passengers, crew 17.
1947 completed.

In service in Fiji in short interisland trips. Principal cargo copra on the stamp she is loading copra at Tavenui Island. Copra transported between shore and ship in vessel own boats.
1947 Sold to Island Transport Ltd.
1960 Hulked and scrapped in Fiji.
Fiji 1954 ½d sg280, scott152.
Source: Log Book 6/45. Compendium of Australasian Merchant Ships 1831-2008.

UNIMAK USS seaplane tender

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Built as a seaplane tender by Associated Shipbuilders Inc.,Harbor Island, Seattle, Washington for the USA Navy.
15 February 1942 laid down.
27 May 1942 launched as the USS UNIMAK (AVP-31), sponsored by Mrs. H.B. Berry the wife of Captain H.B.Berry, the personnel officer of the 13th Naval District. Named after the Unimak Bay on the southern side of Unimak Island, Alaska. She was one of the Barnegat class.
Displacement 1.766 tons light, 2.592 tons full load. Dim. 94.7 x 12.5 x 4.1m. (draught).
Powered by two Fairbanks-Morse diesels, 6.080 bhp, twin shafts, speed 18 knots.
Armament 1 – 5 inch, 4 – 40mm AA, 8 – 20mm AA guns, 2 – depth charge tracks and 2 Mousetrap depth charge projectors.
Crew 215 without aviation unit.
31 December 1943 commissioned under command of Commander Hilfort C. Owen.

She carried supplies, spare parts, repairs and berthing for some seaplanes squadron. Aviation bunkers 302.833 liters.
Following shakedown and fitting-out into late January 1944, the small seaplane tender departed San Diego, Calif., on 20 March, bound for the Canal Zone. Arriving at Balboa eight days later, the seaplane tender operated on the Pacific coast of Central America into April, providing logistics support to advanced seaplane bases at Santa Elena Bay, Ecuador, and at Aeolian Bay, Battra Island, in the Galapagos group. She soon shifted to Coco Solo on the Caribbean side of the Canal and transported men and materiel to Barranquilla’s Colombia, arriving there on 25 April.
After escorting SS GENEVIEVE LYKES back to Coco Solo on 23 and 24 June, UNIMAK conducted routine exercises with patrol planes into July. On 4 July, she received reports that a tanker near her position had been torpedoed and headed for the damaged ship. When she arrived on the scene late that day, she found the tanker still underway, making for the Panama coast. She immediately commenced screening the disabled ship and, aided by an escort of Army and Navy planes, shepherded the tanker safely to Colon late on the following afternoon.
Soon thereafter, UNIMAK shaped her course towards the last reported position of Navy blimp K-58. At 1532 on 9 July the seaplane tender sighted two yellow rubber rafts and the wreckage of the crashed blimp floating on the water. At 1558, UNIMAK took on board nine survivors and sank the unsalvageable blimp by collapsing the bag with 40-millimeter gunfire; the ship then landed the survivors at Portland Bight, Jamaica.
A few days later, on 12 July, UNIMAK joined with JOHN D. EDWARDS (DD-216) in hunting for a submarine reported to be lurking nearby. Within a few days, word of a crashed plane sent the two ships speeding for the last reported position of an aircraft. UNIMAK located only wreckage and one body and buried it at sea on 16 July.
UNIMAK remained in the Caribbean through the autumn, tending patrol planes, conducting logistics support missions for advanced seaplane bases, and occasionally towing targets for the patrol planes training in the area. On 15 December, ROCKAWAY (AVP-29) relieved UNIMAK, releasing her to steam north via Norfolk to Boston, Mass.
Arriving there at the end of December 1944, UNIMAK underwent availability at the Boston Navy Yard for the entire month of January 1945. She got underway for England on 14 February, but an engineering casualty forced the ship to return to Boston for a major propeller shaft alignment which lasted into March.
On 7 April, UNIMAK got underway for the British Isles and proceeded, via Bahia Praia in the Azores, to Bristol, on the first of two voyages to England to bring back supplies and men from decommissioned Navy patrol plane squadrons in the British Isles. On the second voyage, from 5 to 15 June, UNIMAK transported the men and materiel of Patrol Bomber Squadrons 103 and 105 from Bristol to Norfolk.
Departing Hampton Roads on 20 July, bound for the west coast, the ship transited the Panama Canal on the 26th and arrived at San Diego on 3 August. She got underway for Pearl Harbor on the 12th. The seaplane tender subsequently operated in the Hawaiian chain until 7 September when she headed for the Aleutians.
She operated in northern climes (calling at Adak, Kodiak, and Attu, Alaska; and once at Petropavlovsk Siberia) into November of 1945 before heading southward to prepare for inactivation. Subsequently reporting to Commander, 19th Fleet, in December, UNIMAK was decommissioned on 26 July 1946. She remained in reserve until transferred to the Coast Guard on 14 September 1948.
She served the Coast Guard as UNIMAK (WAVP-379).
The UNIMAK was home ported in Boston from 3 January 1949 to 1 September 1956 and used primarily for law enforcement, ocean station, and search and rescue operations. In June 1956, she patrolled the Newport, RI to Bermuda race. She was subsequently stationed at Cape May, NJ from 1 September 1956 to 7 August 1972 and used primarily for training reservists, including training cruises to Brazil and Nova Scotia. She took part in the cadet cruise of August 1965. On 7 March 1967 she rescued six Cuban refugees in the Yucatan Channel. On 10 March 1967 she rescued survivors from F/V BUNKIE III in Florida waters. Five days later, she rescued 12 Cuban refugees who were stranded on an island. On 29 May 1969, UNIMAK towed the disabled F/V SIROCCO 35 miles east of Fort Pierce, FL, to safety. On 3 April 1970, UNIMAK stood by the grounded M/V VASSILIKI near Mayaguana Island until a commercial tug arrived.
From 7 August 1972 to 31 May 1975, the UNIMAK was stationed at Yorktown, VA, and was again used to train reservists. Between 31 May 1975 and August 1977 she was placed out of commission and stored at Curtis Bay. MD. On 22 August 1977, UNIMAK was reactivated and was home ported at New Bedford, MA, until 1988. She was used primarily for fishing patrol.
On 6 October 1980, she seized M/V JANETH 340 miles southeast of Miami, FL, carrying 500 bales of marijuana. On 14 October 1980, she seized P/C RESCUE carrying approximately 500 bales of marijuana and P/C SNAIL with two tons of marijuana in the Gulf of Mexico. Three days later, she seized M/V AMALAKA southwest of Key West, FL, carrying 1,000 bales of marijuana. On 19 October 1980, UNIMAK seized F/V WRIGHT’S PRIDE southwest of Key West, carrying 30 tons of marijuana. In March of 1981, while on an OCS training cruise, UNIMAK intercepted M/V MAYO with 40 tons of marijuana. On 9 December 1982, she towed the disabled F/V SACRED HEART away from Daid Banks, 45 miles east of Cape Cod, in 30-foot seas.
Between 28 January and 9 March 1983, the UNIMAK was again deployed to the Caribbean for law enforcement patrol. On 27 and 28 February 1983, she towed the dismasted WANDERING STAR to Mathew Town, Great Iguana. On 3 March 1983, she towed the disabled M/V YADRINA to Mathew Town. On 30 November 1984, UNIMAK seized the sailboat LOLA 100 miles north of Barranquilla, Colombia, carrying 1.5 tons of marijuana. Another drug bust occurred on 2 November 1985, when the UNIMAK seized tugboat ZEUS 3 and a barge 200 miles south of the Dominican Republic carrying 40 tons of marijuana.
After her return to the Navy in April of 1988, she was expended as an artificial reef off the Virginia coast.
Tuvalu 1990 30c sg579, scott544.
Dictionary of American Fighting Ships. USA Coastguard web-site.
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