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SAWA PZ-35 yacht

The yacht depict on this Polish stamp issued in 1965 is according the sail number PZ-35, which belong to the type Conrad II which was designed by R Langera and K Michalskiego in 1958.
The Conrad II type was built on a yard in Szczecin. Altogether 14 of this type were built and the PZ-35 was the last of this type built.
It was a wooden sea-going cabin-cruiser yacht.
Weight 7,000 kg., dim. 10.10 x 2.68 x 1.98m. (draught)
Sail area 50.40m³. Sloop rigged.
Accommodation for 7 crew.
Delivered in 1961 under the name SAWA sail No PZ 35. Not an engine installed.

She was managed by the League of Friends of the Soldiers in Warsaw, later taken over by the Warsaw OZZ and managed by the Nautical Club PTTK Breeze.
10 September 1978 she grounded off the coast of Estonia, but was refloated
27 March 1990 renamed in BUSHI with sail number PZ-135.
2017 Still sailing under same name and number.
The type is often confused with type Vega which succeeded her, and was fitted out with an auxiliary diesel.

Poland 1965 60g sg1569, scott?
Source: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_II ... -.3E_Bushi

WODNIK

Navicula gives that the WODNIK is depict on this stamp;

She was a 3 masted galleon built around 1623 in Gdansk.
Tonnage around 100 last, (200 ton). Dim. approx. length of deck 25m. beam 6.8m.
Armament 1- 7pdr., 2 – 6pdr.bronze guns, 7 – 6pdr. iron guns, 3 – 5pdr, 2 – 3pdr, iron guns, 2 falconets and 3 bronze stone thrower guns.
Crew 45-49 and 80 soldiers (Marines).

WODNIK (Aquarius) - Polish ship of war - a small galleon , probably built in 1623. In Gdansk . The ship is in the sources listed under the German name "Meerman" Polonised as "Aquarius". Today, this name carries a training ship ORP AQUARIUS.
History
During the war with Sweden , WODNIK under the command of (most likely) Captain Herman Witte , along with ships, KRÓL DAWID (King David) and ARKA NOEGO (Noah's Ark) , participated in the first battle with a fleet of Swedish warships, encountering on 17 May 1627. In the vicinity of Hel the Swedish more numerous ships, were bound for Piława. After an exchange of gunfire, the two squadrons parted, Polish sailed west. The next day, May 18 there was a skirmish at the height of Białogóry near Leba with a convoy of 24 Swedish vessels. After an artillery duel, with few casualties, Polish ships managed to break away from the enemy and sailed to Kolobrzeg. After several days at sea the Polish ships returned to Wisloujscie , breaking through the lines of the Swedish blockade of the Gulf of Gdansk .
WODNIK distinguished himself during the victorious battle with the Swedish squadron of Oliwa on November 28 1627. His Captain Herman Witte was before the battle appointed Vice-Admiral and commander of the Polish fleet, so that the WODNIK served as the flag-ship. Its skipper was Piotr Wedeman. During the battle, WODNIK attacked and entered wherafter his crew boarded the larger Swedish galleon SOLEN. After a fierce battle, the Polish soldiers gained the upper hand, The captain of the Solen blew his ship up rather than allowing it to be captured. The four surviving Swedish ships quickly headed towards the open sea and managed to escape pursuit. Both admirals were killed in the battle, also 23 members of the crew of WODNIK were killed (a further 10 were killed in the course of previous clashes).
May 2 1628: The new captain of the ship, replacing Witte, who died in November 1627, was Hans Schröder. During the attack of Swedish troops supported by artillery on Polish ships at the mouth of the Vistula River near Fortress Wisłoujście after midnight of July 6 1628 , WODNIK was sailing upstream to help the PHOENIX which was stuck on a sandbank when trying to retreat up the river after she was damaged by artillery fire of the Swedish troops.She managed, however, under the protection of WODNIK and TIGER to refloat, where after she was escorted to the second group of Polish ships in the area of Polish Haku.
In January 1629 year, WODNIK together with other Polish ships was commissioned by King Sigismund III Vasa to the service of the Habsburg Catholic League in the ongoing Thirty Years War , arriving Wismar on February 8. Polish ships stationed in Wismar fought against a fleet of Danish and Swedish ships in occasional minor skirmishes. January 22 1632 after the surrender of Wismar, Polish ships were captured by the Swedes and incorporated into their fleet; WODNIK served as MEERMAN in the Swedish fleet. The further fate of the ship is not known.

Poland 1964 2Z sg1462, scott?
https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wodnik_(1623)

Disembarkation «Braves of Mindelo»1832.

Disembarkation of Mindelo is the name given to the landing of the Liberal troops north of Porto on July 8, 1832, during the Liberal Wars, name by which the Portuguese Civil War (1828-1834) was known. The squadron organized by D. Pedro IV, counted on 60 ships, about 8,300 men , under the command of the British Admiral George Rose Sartorius. About 7,500 men who came to be known by the name of "Bravos do Mindelo" came ashore. [2] Among them were many mercenaries and auxiliaries, English, French, Belgians, Poles, Italians, Germans and Spaniards, exceeding 6,600 foreigners, who represented more than 80% of the total troops. At dusk on July 7, 1832, there was panic between the military forces and the absolutist authorities of Porto: the Liberal fleet was in sight, much to the surprise of the miguelistas who had never foreseen an invasion by this point of the country. However, D. Pedro advanced with his fleet towards Vila do Conde, where he planned the landing. On the morning of July 8, Major Bernardo de Sá Nogueira, the future Marquis of Sá da Bandeira, was sent ashore to parley with the military forces stationed there. The negotiations were, however, completely barren, with that emissary being received with threats of firing. Frustrated, then, that it was these attempts at peaceful landing, it was decided to do so in a war-time. The choice of this site, which historiographically perpetuated this military operation as "Disembarkation of Mindelo", was due to the fact that it could be carried out with ease and safety, since the sea presented "quite deep almost to the sand" . This indication was given, according to tradition, by one of the 7,500 "bravos", of its name Francisco José da Silva, native of Paiço, parish of the Lavra. The landing was fast and did not encounter any resistance, being, immediately, taken the strategic points of the region. The battalions of Hunters # 2 and # 3 occupied the crests of the elevations that extend until the right margin of the river Leça. The landing allowed the liberal forces to take the city of Oporto on July 9, 1832, catching by surprise the miguelista army that would submit them to the prolonged Siege of Porto. D. Miguel ended up capitulating in 1834, with the Évora Monte Concession, opening the way to the definitive implantation of Liberalism.
Azores.Portugal1982;33e50;SG445.
Source:https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desembarque_do_Mindelo

PYROSCAPHE (France)

Pyroscaphe was an early experimental steamship built by Marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans in 1783. The first demonstration took place on 15 July 1783 on the river Saône in France. After the first demonstration, it was said that the hull had opened up and the boiler was letting out steam, faults common in early steamboats. In this case, it seems to have been easily repaired as the boat was said to have made several trips up and down the river. A month later, on 19 August, the boat carried several passengers who signed a witness protocol for a successful journey.

Built of wood at Ecully, near Lyons, Length: 13 m. Beam: 4,5 m. Displacement: 163ton, Complement: 3.
The Pyroscaphe was propelled by a horizontal double-acting steam machine, diameter 25.6” (0.65m.) by 77” (1.956m.) stroke, constructed by Messrs. Frérejean & Cie., Lyons, it was enclosed in the boiler and its piston rod was connected to a double ratchet device to produce the continuous rotating motion of the side paddle-wheels, diameter 13.1’(3.99m.) and had 8 radial paddles or floats each.

(France 2016, €1.25, StG.?)
Internet + book From Paddle-steamer to Nuclear Ship by W.A. Baker.

Eivind Astrup explorer of North(1890-1895)

Eivind Astrup (1871-1895) could easily have become one of the pillars of Norwegian polar history - if not to say the polar history of the world. At nineteen years-old, he joined (with very poor English skills) Robert Peary's two expeditions to North Greenland, and it was primarily his meticulous observations and documentation that finally established Greenland as an island and not part of an Arctic continent as many had believed. In his lifetime, Astrup became as popular, if not more popular than Fritjof Nansen himself. For Roald Amundsen, Astrup was the great ideal of a successful polar explorer.
Astrup crafted sleds for the Peary expedition - copied from the nearby Inuit families - and taught Peary and the other explorers how to ski. His only book, With Peary Near the Pole , reveals a deep respect and understanding of the local Inuit culture. He was the first to combine dog sleds with skis - and thus laid the ground for the future success of both Nansen and Amundsen.
Once returned to Norway, Astrup planned great expeditions, combining native equipment such as sleds and reindeer clothing with modern tools like hot air balloons to conquer the poles. However, he was infected with typhoid fever, almost certainly obtained by eating rotten pemmican during the second Peary expedition, and became very ill. During Christmas weekend of 1895, he went for a ski trip in the mountains and never returned.
Although some newspapers soon speculated suicide, Astrup's death was covered up for many years. It was said that he fell and slipped on some ice and cracked his head on a rock. However, rumors of a gunshot soon grew in a nearby village, and that a fired gun had been taken from the death scene. Today Astrup's suicide is a fact, though the reasons are not fully understood. It is more likely that he could not cope with the fact that he was ill and never would be well enough to achieve his goals as a polar explorer.

Guinea 2011;5000gf;SG?
Source: http://thefanhitch.org/V15N1/V15,N1Astrup.html

EXPEDITION cruise vessel

Built as a ro-ro ferry under yard No 398 by Helsingör Værft, Elsinore, Denmark for Jydsk Færgefart A/S, Hundested, Denmark.
Tonnage 3,960 grt, 1,441 nrt, 925 dwt. Dim. 104.04 x 18.93 x 4.37m.
Powered by two HSM-B&W 10U45HU diesels, 8,096 kW. Twin shafts, speed 17 knots.
Accommodation for 1,200 passengers. 34 berth.
14 July 1972 delivered to owners.

15 July 1972 in service between Grená and Hundested.
30 December 1977 last voyage in this service.
02 March 1978 sold to Midland Montague Leasing (U.K.) Ltd, London for P&O Normandy Ferries Ltd., London
06 March 1978 arrived Vlissingen Oost (Flushing East), Netherlands and laid up.
14 April 1978 arrived by Caillard S.A., Le Havre for a refit.
09 June 1978 renamed in nf TIGER, in service between Dover and Boulogne.
04 January 1985 registered for Townsend Car Ferries Ltd., Dover, renamed TIGER, in service between Dover and Boulogne.
18 July 1986 last voyage in this service, thereafter laid up at Chatham. U.K.
November 1986 sold to Finlandshamnen Ab, Norrtälje, Sweden (subsidiary of SF Line, Mariehamn, Finland.
11 December 1986 arrived at the Tyne for a refit.
22 December 1986 arrived by the Öresundsvarvet for further redevelopment, renamed in ALANDSFÄRJAN.
29 April 1987 arrived Mariehamn.
18 May 1987 in the service of the Viking Line between Kapellskär and Mariehamn, from 1993 also Mariehamn to Nådendal with cargo, the ship did not have more any berths.
1995 Transferred to the Ab Viking Line, Norrtälje.
03 January 2002 till 03 February 2002 rebuild and fitted out with stern sponsons at the Baltic Shiprepairs, Tallinn, Estonia. Tonnage 6.336 grt, 1,900 dwt.Dim. 105.20 x 18.93 x 4.71m
15 February 2002 in the service between Kapellskär and Mariehamn.
Thereafter every year in the winter months laid up.
05 July 2005 on arrival Mariehamn port at 18.30 the port propeller got out of control full ahead and the ship hit a pile mooring, a car on the car-deck turned over and hit a woman who was hospitalized. Four cars were damaged. The ferry sailed for Kappellskär for repair.
After a few days repair she was back in service.
23 October 2007 she hit Marbådan off Mariehamn, she proceeded to Mariehamn were severe damage was found during a survey. Taken out of traffic for repair.
October 2007 sailed to Tallinn for hull damage port side repair.
23 November 2007 again in service.
27 May 2008 sold to G.A. P. Shipping Ltd., Hamilton, Barbados for takeover in June.
29 May 2008 last sailing in the ferry service.
26 June 2006 sailed from Mariehamn to Rauma, Finland
27 June 2008 handed over to new owners and renamed in EXPEDITION. Liberian flag and registry, homeport Monrovia.
The same day her rebuilding in a cruise ship commenced by the Aker yard in Rauma.
2008 Her owners given as Expedition Shipping Co. Ltd, Monrovia, tonnage 6,334 grt, 1,900 nrt, 965 dwt.
Accommodation for 137 passengers.
April 2009 in service as a cruise vessel.
November 2009 arrived in Las Palmas with engine problems.
January 2010 again in service.
2017 In service same name and owners IMO No 7211074, managed by G. Adventures, Toronto.

British Antarctic Territory 2016 £1.22 sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/kattegat_1972.htm http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz
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UNIMAK USS seaplane tender

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UNIMAK USS seaplane tender

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:54 pm

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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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Unimak_(AVP-31)
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