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JOHN QUILLIAM

Captain John Quilliam RN (born Marown, Isle of Man 29 September 1771 - died Michael, Isle of Man 10 October 1829) was a Royal Navy officer and the First Lieutenant on HMS VICTORY at the Battle of Trafalgar. He was a farmer’s son from the Isle of Man who was impressed in the Royal Navy in 1794.
Career
The eldest son of John Quilliam and Christian Clucas of Ballakelly, he was apprenticed to a stonemason, and then worked as a labourer until he was impressed into the Royal Navy in 1794.
Unlike most impressed sailors, Quilliam rose rapidly in the Royal Navy. He is first recorded in 1797 at the Battle of Camperdown when he was made a Lieutenant by Admiral Duncan. He was a Third Lieutenant on HMS ETHALION. On 7 October 1799 Quilliam's share of prize money for the capture of the 36 gun Spanish treasure ship THETIS was over £5000. He was First Lieutenant aboard HMS AMAZON at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, his gallantry and calmness under fire following the death of Captain Edward Riou and all the senior officers on his ship was rewarded with being made First Lieutenant on HMS VICTORY by Horatio Nelson.
Quilliam soon repaid the faith Nelson had placed in him as the following extract from James's Naval History of Great Britain shows, he assisted in steering her into action at Trafalgar: - "Just as she (the VICTORY) had got about 500 yards of the larboard beam of the BUCENTAURE the VICTORY's mizzen-topmast was shot away, about two-thirds up. A shot also struck and knocked to pieces the wheel; and the ship was obliged to be steered from the gun room, the first lieutenant (John Quilliam) and master (Thomas Atkinson) relieving each other at the duty.
After Trafalgar he was promoted to Captain and placed in command of HMS ILDEFONSO. He returned to the Isle of Man and in 1807, he was elected a member of the House of Keys.
In 1808, he was captain of Admiral Stopford's flagship, HMS SPENCER. In 1812, he was captain of HMS CRESENT and served as such until the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. During this time he captured a 14 gun American privateer, the ELBRIDGE GERRY during the War of 1812.
He then returned to the Isle of Man and resided at the White House in Kirk Michael. He was re-elected a member of House of Keys in 1817.
Qulliam died in 1829 and was buried in the graveyard at Kirk Arbory.
Memorial
There is the following inscription on his tombstone;
"Sacred to the memory of John Quilliam, Esq., Captain in the Royal Navy. In his early service he was appointed by Adml. Lord Duncan to act as lieutenant at the Battle of Camperdown; after the victory was achieved, this appointment was confirmed. His gallantry and professional skill at the Battle of Copenhagen attracted the notice of Lord Nelson, who subsequently sought for his services on board his own ship, and as his lordship's first lieut. he steered the VICTORY into action at the Battle of Trafalgar. By the example of Duncan and Nelson he learned to conquer. By his own merit he rose to command: above all this he was an honest man, the noblest work of God. After many years of honourable and distinguished professional service, he retired to this land of his affectionate solicitude and birth, where in his public station as a member of the House of Keys, and in private life, he was in arduous times the uncompromising defender of the rights and privileges of his countrymen, and the zealous and able supporter of every measure tending to promote the welfare and the best interests of his country. He departed this life on 10 October 1829 in the 59th year of his age. This monument is erected by Margaret C. Quilliam to the memory of her beloved husband."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Quilliam

The stamp shows us:
6p When John Quilliam was pressed in service of the Royal Navy. Stanley Gibbons give that the HMS LION is depict in the background of the stamp. Quilliam first ship was HMS LION.
8p Shows the steering system of the VICTORY in the gunroom by jury ropes.
13p HMS SPENCER and Captain John Quilliam. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14330&p=16339&hilit=john+quilliam#!lightbox[gallery]/0/
15p Shows John Quilliam in front of the Rushen Castle where at that time the meeting of the members of the House of Key’s took place, and fishing vessel in the port of Castletown.
Isle of Man 1979 6p/15p sg 189/162, scott?

BRITANNIA cruise vessel 2015

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6231 by Fincantieri Italiana at Monfalcone, Italy for Carnival PLC, Southampton.
2011 Ordered.
15 May 2013 laid down, (Miramar gives laid down 20 December 2010.)
14 February 2014 floated out of her building dock as the BRITANNIA.
Tonnage 143,730 grt, 11,793 dwt, dim. 330 x 38.38 x 8.30m. (draught), length bpp. 306.07m.
Powered diesel electric two Wärtsilä 12V46F and two Wärtsilä diesel engines, 36,000 kW, two VEM Sachsenwerk GMBH electric motors driven twin shafts, speed 21 knots.
Accommodation for 4,324 passengers and 1,398 crew.
27 February 2015 delivered to owners, building cost £473 million.

The same day sailed from Monfalcone via Gibraltar to Southampton.
10 March 2015 christened by Queen Elizabeth II in Southampton.
14 March 2015 sailed for his maiden cruise from Southampton.
MV BRITANNIA is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. She was built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
At 143,000 GT, BRITANNIA is the largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises and she is also the flagship of the fleet, taking the honour from ORIANA. She officially entered service on 14 March 2015. and was named by Queen Elizabeth II. Her first captain was Paul Brown.
BRITANNIA features a 94 metres (308 ft) Union Flag on her bow, the largest of its kind in the world.
Naming & construction
BRITANNIA was ordered in 2011 and was laid down on 15 May 2013. The ship was built at the Fincantieri yard at Monfalcone in Italy.
The name BRITANNIA was announced on 24 September 2013 and has historical importance for P&O, as there have been two previous ships named BRITANNIA connected with the company. The first entered service in 1835 for the General Steam Navigation Company, which went on to become the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company. The second, which entered service in 1887, was one of four ships ordered by the company to mark the golden jubilee of both Queen Victoria and P&O itself.
The ceremonial float out of the third BRITANNIA took place on the afternoon of 14 February 2014, with the traditional champagne bottle smashed against the vessel's hull.
BRITANNIA departed the Fincantieri ship yard on 27 February 2015 for Southampton via Gibraltar. BRITANNIA was officially named on 10 March 2015 by Queen Elizabeth II at the Ocean Terminal.
Facilities
On board, BRITANNIA features 13 bars as well as 13 restaurants and cafés.
It has been announced that TV chef James Martin will develop The Cookery Club on board BRITANNIA and will feature celebrity chefs/cooks such as Mary Berry, James Tanner, Antonio Carluccio, Paul Rankin and Pierre Koffman. Eric Lanlard will have his own patisserie in the ship's atrium called Market Café and is also creating an upgraded afternoon tea service at the Epicurean restaurant, Atul Kocchar will feature his own restaurant Sindhu (as also seen on fleetmates VENTURA and AZURA and Marco Pierre White will also have a restaurant aboard. The ship features a 936-seat theatre.
BRITANNIA has a total of 1,837 cabins on board with 27 of those being single cabins (inside and balcony), in addition to conventional inside and balcony cabins as well as 64 suites. For the first time on a P&O Cruises ship, all outside cabins have balconies.
BRITANNIA will have four pools with a dedicated pool for teenagers and the Oasis Spa.
Maiden voyage & itineraries
BRITANNIA's maiden voyage took place 14–28 March 2015, and included visits to Spain, Italy and France.
During her summer season, BRITANNIA will sail to the Mediterranean, Norwegian fjords, the Baltic, Canary Islands and Atlantic Islands. In winter, the ship will sail 14-night Caribbean itineraries.
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway was recorded and shown live on board as the final show of the 13th series, on 2 April 2016.
Similar ships
In 2013 Princess Cruises began operating the lead vessel in its Royal Class, ROYAL PRINCESS. BRITANNIA is built to the same template, but is very different in its character and exterior appearance. The second ship of the Royal Class, REGAL PRINCESS was delivered 11 May 2014 to Princess Cruises. The latest Royal Class ship, MAJESTIC PRINCESS, will launch in the Summer 2017.
2016 BRITANNIA in service, IMO No 9614036.

Sierra Leone 2016 Le 6000 sg?, scott?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_BRITANNIA_(2015)

JORGE DE MENEZES and Portuguese galleon

The two stamps shows us a Portuguese galleon in which Jorge de Menezes arrived in Papua New Guinea, not a name for the ship is given, and I believe there is not a painting or drawing which shows the ship or Jorge de Menezes. Most probably a ship of that time frame is shown.

Jorge de Menezes (c. 1498 – 1537) was a Portuguese explorer, who in 1526–1527 landed on the islands of Biak (Cenderawasih Bay), whilst he awaited the passing of the monsoon season, and on the northern coasts of the Bird's Head Peninsula, calling the region Ilhas dos Papuas. He is thus credited with the European discovery of New Guinea.
Jorge de Menezes was the Portuguese Governor of the Moluccas from 1527 until 1530, residing on Ternate. While in office, he plundered a Spanish fort on Tidore, poisoned the sultan of Ternate and committed atrocities against the local population. Subsequently he was arrested and sent to India. After his return to Portugal he was banished to Brazil, where he died in combat against Indians in 1537.

Papua New Guinea 1987 60t sg553, scott? and sgMS861, scott673
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_de_Menezes

HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY fregate

Built as a frigate as one of Project 1135.1under yard no 208 by Zalvy Shipbuilding, Kerch for the Russian Border Control.
09 July 1991 keel laid down.
29 March 1992 launched as the KIROV.
Displacement 3,150 ton standard, 3,566 ton full load. Dim. 123.5 x 14.3 x 4.7m. (draught).
Powered COGAG by two gasturbines-32, 40,000 shp (30,000 kW) and 2 cruise gas turbines M-62, 14,950 shp (11,150 kW), twin shafts, speed 32 knots, cruising 14 knots.
Range by a speed of 30 knots, 900 mile.
Armament: 1 – twin 9K 33 OSA SAM missile launcher, 33 missiles. 1 – single 100 mm AK 630 CIWS. 2 – sextuple 30mm AK-630 CIWS. 2 – quad 533mm torpedo tubes, 2 – RBI-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers.
Carried maximum 2 Ka-27 helicopters
Crew 180.
June 1992 taken over by Ukraine.
02 April 1993 commissioned.
18 June 1993 renamed in HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY.
05 July 1993 completed.

HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY (Ukrainian: Гетьман Сагайдачний) is a frigate of the Ukrainian Navy that was originally built as a patrol ship of Nerei / Menzhinskiy-class. Homeported at Odessa (since March 2014), she is the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy.
Built at the Zalyv Shipbuilding yard, the ship was intended to be used by the Soviet Border Troops as KIROV However, on 4 July 1993, the newly named (after Petro Konashevych-Sahaidachny) HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY raised the flag of the Ukrainian Navy. She was given the identification number of U130.
In 1994, HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY set sail for France to take part in the 50th anniversary commemorations of the Allied invasion of Normandy.
In 1995, HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY visited Abu Dhabi during the "Idex-95" exhibitions. With KOSTIANTYN OLSHANSKY, the frigate visited Norfolk, Virginia in the United States.
The vessel has also visited ports in Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Georgia, Gibraltar, Israel, Portugal, Russia and Turkey.
Between November 2006 and November 2007, she underwent major repairs in Mykolaiv at a cost of 15 million hryvnia.
In 2008, HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY took part in "Operation Active Endeavour" in the Mediterranean Sea.
In February 2013, it was announced that she would be taking part in NATO's "Operation Ocean Shield", an anti-piracy campaign off the Horn of Africa.
HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY joined the Naval Force of the European Union (EUNAVFOR) in early January 2014 for anti-piracy operations. As she refueled in Greece, while Russian forces seized control of Crimea, Russian Senator Igor Morozov claimed on 1 March 2014 that the ship's crew had defected to Russia and raised the Russian flag. Shortly afterwards, independent news organizations reported that the ship was still flying the Ukrainian flag in port in Crete. The commander of the ship confirmed that the crew had never defected to the Russians. It arrived in Odessa under the Ukrainian flag on March 5. On 14 March, the ship encountered a Russian naval group in Ukrainian territorial waters. As HETMAN SAHAYDACHNIY approached the group, they withdrew into international waters. In September, the frigate entered Odessa to undergo repairs.
2016 In service.

Ukraine 2016 5.40K sg?, scott? See also: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10571
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian ... hniy_(U130)

MATALIKI

Tokelau’s population of approximately 1,400 relies entirely on shipping for the transport of passengers and goods, as there are no flights to and from the atolls. This nautically inspired stamp issue celebrates Tokelau’s new ferry MV MATALIKI, which set off from Apia, Samoa on 3 February 2016 on its first journey to Tokelau.

Issue information

MATALIKI has been specifically designed with a focus on passenger transport, and a greater number of proper berths have been established. The ship provides more comfort during the 24-hour journey than previous vessels, with larger seats and sleeping areas. As well as having a cargo deck, the design of the ferry includes a sick room for medical evacuations between hospitals, and mounted solar panels to help reduce power consumption.

45c - MV MATALIKI
Commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, MV MATALIKI is an international passenger ship. The ferry, which was custom made by Western Marine Shipyard, can transport up to 60 international passengers and 120 passengers between atolls, as well as seven 10-foot shipping containers.

$1.40 - Plain sailing from Apia
MV MATALIKI’s standard round trip begins in Apia, Samoa then it sails onto Fakaofo, Nukunonu and Atafu, Tokelau’s three atolls. The ferry travels at up to 11.5 knots, taking around 24 hours to complete the first leg of the journey from Apia to Fakaofo and four to six hours between villages, a slightly shorter trip than its predecessors.

$2.00 - Freight
Growing and harvesting crops in the coral atolls of Tokelau is difficult. Therefore Tokelau imports fresh crops and other essentials from neighbouring Samoa. Although MV MATALIKI operates mainly as a passenger ferry, it can also carry up to 490 tonnes of cargo. (Which can’t be right must be much less)

$3.00 - The final leg
Tokelau’s three atolls are surrounded by fringing reef, which no ferries or freighters can enter, meaning all freight and passengers are transported to land by barge. All passengers are made to wear lifejackets while on board the barge - safety first!

A closer look at MV MATALIKI
Alongside the set of four stamps in this issue there are a miniature sheet, a first day cover and a miniature sheet first day cover. Resembling a blueprint, the miniature sheet first day cover delves into MV MATALIKI’s technical specifications. The first day cover focuses on the lengthy round trip that MATALIKI takes from Apia, Samoa to Tokelau’s three atolls.

https://stamps.nzpost.co.nz/



Built as a passenger-cargo vessel under yard no 130 by Western Marine, Chittagong Bangladesh for the Transport Tokelau Corp., Rarotonga , Cook Islands.
Launched as the MATALIKI.
Tonnage 498 grt, 198 dwt, dim. 44.32 x 9.9m, length bpp. 38.56m.
Powered by 2 Yanmar diesel engines, each 480 kW, speed 13-15 knots.
Accommodation for 60 passengers (international), 120 passengers between the three atolls in Tokelau.
Cargo capacity20 tons including 5 tons of frozen cargo.
Delivery was delayed one year due to stability problems in the initial design.
20 December 2015 she left the yard, building cost NZ$12 paid by the New Zealand Government.
Registered at the Cook Islands.

After stopovers in Singapore, Deli, East Timor she arrived on 18 January in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Tokelau 2016 sgms?, scott? stamps NZ$0.45/3.00, scott?
Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz and various internet sites.

LANING USS DE-159

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport.
Laid down, 23 April 1943, as LANING (DE-159), at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va.
Launched, 4 July 1943
Commissioned USS LANING (DE-159), 1 August 1943, CDR. Edwin C. Woodward in command.
Converted to a 'Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport', at Philadelphia, Pa., 24 November 1944 to 14 February 1945, Redesignated (APD-55), 24 November 1944.
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full) Loa:93,27m. (306') Lbpp:91,44m. (300')
B:11,20m. ( 36' 9") Draft:3,20m. (10' 6")
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kn. Range: 6,000 nm/ 12 kn.
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks. complement:213.

During World War II USS Laning was assigned initially to the Europe-Africa-Middle East
Decommissioned, 28 June 1946, at Green Cove Springs, Fl.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs.
Recommissioned, 6 April 1951, at Green Cove Springs, CDR. John D. Patterson in command.
Decommissioned, 13 September 1956, at Bayonne, N.J.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk, Va.
Reclassified as Amphibious Transport, Small, redesignated (LPR-55), 1 January 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1975.
Sold for scrapping, 30 September 1975, to Trebor Marine Corp., Camden, N.J. for $53,000.00.
USS Laning (DE-159) earned one battle star for World War II service.

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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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