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PINERO

Built as a passenger ship by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia for the Wilmington Steamboat Co., Wilmington, USA.
Launched as the CITY OF TRENTON.
Tonnage 458 tons, dim. 51 x (47.4 bpp) x 9.8 x 2.25m.(draught)
Powered by a steam engine,?hp, speed?
1901 Completed.
She was not long in the service of the Wilmington Steamboat Co., in August 1901 her boiler exploded, killing at least nine and scores of passengers were seriously injured, some passengers were missing. When the explosion happened she was underway with her daily trip from Philadelphia to Trenton.
After the explosion the CITY OF TRENTON got on fire and grounded in the marshes opposite Torresdale, with her hold filled with water.
She was anyhow salvaged and repaired her next owner in 1902 was the Long Island Railroad Co., New York and she was renamed SAGAMORE.
Her engine was replaced by two 6-cyl 4SA oil engines, manufactured by New London S & E.B. Co., New London, Conn.
1916 Sold to Barclay Johnson, Philadelphia and renamed PRINCETON.
1927 Sold to the Isle of Pines SS Co, Nueva Gerona, Cuba for 150,000 Pesos and renamed PINERO. At that time she had 25 passengers’ cabins with double berths.
Used in the service between Batabanó and Nueva Gerona, Isle of Pines, at that time a new prison was built there, and most of the material and men for building the prison was transported by the PINERO.
She was the first ship in use in Cuba fitted out with an oil engine.
When the prison was ready she transported criminals and political prisoners to and from the prison.
On 15 May 1955 after Castro landed with the GRANMA at 09.00 a.m. she sailed from Nueva Gerona with on board the political prisoners who got amnesty from the Castro Government to Havana, where the comrades were met by Fidel Castro.
The prison was then used by Fidel Castro Government for his political prisoners and criminals, and the PINERO transported again this prisoners to the Presidio Modelo prison.
When she was taken out of service I don’t known, but she is no in a dry berth at Nueva Gerona as a national monument.
1987 Lloyds Registry deleted her in 1987.

Cuba 2015 75p sg?, scott?
Source: Internet. Lloyds Registry http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Los Angeles Herald 29 August 1901.

MARIGOLD and CHRISTOPHER

MARIGOLD or MARYGOLD a wooden barque rigged vessel built in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and transferred to Plymouth in 1576.
Tonnage 30 tons burthen, armed with 16 guns.
Crew ca. 29 men.
She took part in Francis Drake expedition of five ships, which left 13 December 1577 Plymouth, at that time the MARIGOLD was under command of Captain John Thomas.
It was given that the fleet of five ships were heading for the River Nile on a trading voyage, when reaching the Morocco port Mogador it was revealed that the ships were heading for the Pacific via the Strait of Magellan.
The fleet sailed via the Cabo Verde Islands to southern Brazil were a landfall was made on 05 April 1578. During the crossing some Spanish ships were taken under which the SANTA MARIA, which was renamed in MARY, she had a Portuguese pilot Nuño da Silva on board who knew the waters of the Pacific. Then the fleet headed south along the South American coast to Puerto San Julián, Patagonia where the fleet arrived on 15 June 1578, Drake decide to overwinter there.
Three small ships the SWAN, CHRISTOPHER and MARY were abandoned there and the crew divided over the other three ships.
17 August sails were set and the three vessels headed south for the Strait of Magellan, which she entered three days later. 6 September she had passed the Strait of Magellan. Then the small fleet ran out of luck when she were running in a heavy storm which the ships scattered, the MARIGOLD was lost in the storm with all hands.
(An old story gives that Captain Thomas of the MARIGOLD used the storm to get rid of Drake and deserted the fleet, if this is true is unknown but of the MARIGOLD noting was heard again.)

CHRISTOPHER a wooden pinnace of 15 tons burthen, with 1 gun under command of Captain Tom Moone was abandoned in Puerto San Juliá.

British Virgin Island 1997 40c sg979, scott876d.
Source: Various internet sites. The complete Encyclopedia of sailing ships by Batchelor & Chant.

VIIC type U-BOAT

Type VIIC
Displacement 769 ton surfaced, 871 ton submerged, dim. 67.10 x 6.20 x 4.74m (draught) length bpp 50.50m, height 9.60m.
Speed 17.7 knots surface, 7.06 knots submerged. Range 8,500 mile by a speed of 10 knots on surface and 80 mile by a speed of 4 knots, submerged.
Armament 1 – 88/45 deck-gun with 220 rounds. 4 bow and 1 stern torpedo tubes, 14 torpedoes.
Crew 44 – 52 men.
Maximum depth circa 220 meter.
The Type VIIC was the workhorse of the German U-boat force, with 568 commissioned from 1940 to 1945. The first VIIC boat commissioned was the U-69 in 1940. The Type VIIC was an effective fighting machine and was seen almost everywhere U-boats operated, although its range of only 6,500 nautical miles was not as great as that of the larger Type IX (11,000 nautical miles), severely limiting the time it could spend in the far reaches of the western and southern Atlantic without refueling from a tender or U-boat tanker. The VIIC came into service toward the end of the "First Happy Time" near the beginning of the war and was still the most numerous type in service when Allied anti-submarine efforts finally defeated the U-boat campaign in late 1943 and 1944.
Type VIIC differed from the VIIB only in the addition of an active sonar and a few minor mechanical improvements, making it 2 feet longer and 8 tons heavier. Speed and range were essentially the same. Many of these boats were fitted with snorkels in 1944 and 1945.
They had the same torpedo tube arrangement as their predecessors, except for U-72, U-78, U-80, U-554, and U-555, which had only two bow tubes, and for U-203, U-331, U-351, U-401, U-431, and U-651, which had no stern tube.
On the surface the boats (except for U-88, U-90 and U-132 to U-136 which used MAN M6V40/46s) were propelled by two supercharged Germaniawerft, 6 cylinder, 4-stroke M6V 40/46 diesels totaling 2,800 to 3,200 PS (2,800 to 3,200 shp; 2,100 to 2,400 kW) at 470 to 490 rpm.
For submerged propulsion, several different electric motors were used. Early models used the VIIB configuration of two AEG GU 460/8-276 electric motors, totaling 750 PS (740 shp; 550 kW) with a max rpm of 296, while newer boats used two BBC GG UB 720/8, two GL (Garbe, Lahmeyer & Co.) RP 137/c electric motors or two Siemens-Schuckert-Werke (SSW) GU 343/38-8 electric motors with the same power output as the AEG motors.
Perhaps the most famous VIIC boat was U-96, featured in the movie Das Boot.

Maldives 2015 22Rf sg?, scott? (The stamp is designed after the Revell model kit RV5093.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Ty ... #Type_VIIC U-boat net.

GLOBAL CHALLENGE ISLE OF MAN

In 2000 the Isle of Man issued 6 stamps with a value of 22p to 65p for the BT Global Challenge 2000/1, in which the yacht ISLE OF MAN took part, the yacht is visible on the FDC, but on the stamps only the sails with logo is visible.
The 22p stamp shows also a cruise vessel which is identified as the VISTAFJORD viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8616&p=17043&hilit=vistafjord#p17043
I am wondering what has happened with the ISLE OF MAN after the race, I can’t find a trace of here.
BT Global Challenge 2000/1
On 10 September, a new fleet of 72 ft (22 m) steel cutters made their debut in this race. The winner, Conrad Humphreys and crew on LG FLATRON, won four of the six legs.
QUADSTONE collided heavily in a port and starboard incident with SAVE THE CHILDREN in Wellington, NZ, and QUADSTONE retired from this leg. Skipper Alex Philips later resigned. Both boats had to be extensively repaired in New Zealand.
For the first time the race was scored on points, with equal points for each leg, though combined elapsed times are shown here for comparison.
Overall place Yacht name Skipper Points Combined
elapsed time
1 LG Flatron Conrad Humphreys 95 171d 13h 33m 49s
2 Compaq Will Oxley 86 173d 14h 59m 43s
3 BP Mark Denton 78 175d 09h 54m 33s
4 Logica Jeremy Troughton 71 175d 20h 46m 04s
5 TeamSpirit Andy Dare, John Read 68 176d 22h 34m 43s
6= Spirit of Hong Kong Stephen Wilkins 62 178d 21h 34m 43s
6= Quadstone Alex Phillips, Richard Chenery 64* 179d 11h 58m 14s
8 Norwich Union Neil Murray 60 180d 07h 58m 14s
9= Isle of Man Lin Parker 56 180d 21h 41m 18s
9= Save the Children Nick Fenton 56* 176d
10 Olympic Manley Hopkinson 37* 183d
* These teams did not finish all legs, a requirement for a position in the overall standings, but their positions are shown without displacing any other team
Kate Middleton, who married HRH Prince William to become the Duchess of Cambridge, worked as corporate crew during the buildup of the 2000/1 race.
Challenge 72 Specifications
Hull type Monohull
Builder Ten of the twelve yachts were built by Devonport, UK, the other two by Kim's Yacht Company in China.
Displacement (half load) 40 tonnes
Draught full load 10 ft (3.05m)
Ballast 12.5 tonnes
Designer Rob Humphreys
Length overall 72 ft (22 m)
Length waterline 61 ft (19 m)
Air draught 95 ft (29 m)
Hull 50A mild steel
Deck Stainless steel
Sail area (windward) 2,825 sq ft (262.5 m2)
Sail area (downwind) 4,020 sq ft (373 m2)
Water capacity 390 gal (1,775 lt)
Fuel capacity 475 gal (2,150 lt)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Ch ... e_2000.2F1

ANOREP 1 submersible

On this two MS of Niger issued in 2015 you can find COUSTEAU ship CALYPSO and the submersible ANOREP 1 built in 1966 and which now stands outside the Oceanographic Museum in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Have not any details on her.

Centenary of the creation of the Peruvian submarine fleet

See corrections as given by Mr Peter Crichton below.

Peru issued two stamps in 2011 for the 100th anniversary of the submarine forces of Peru.
The two stamps depicting 7 submarines (at that time Peru had only 6 submarines in service, (one has to be a decommissioned submarine.), So far I know the submarines have not be named. I will give the details of the six Peru submarines at that time in service.
All were built by the Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG, Kiel, Germany.
Two types were built the ISLAY and ARICA of type 209/1100 and ANGAMOS, ANTOFAGASTA, PISAGUA and CHIPANA of type 209/1200.
ISLAY: built under yard No 53 as a coastal patrol submarine. Type 209/1100.
15 March 1971 laid down.
11 October 1973 launched as the ISLAY (SS-35).
Displacement 1,105 ton surfaced, 1,230 ton submerged, dim. 54.4 x 6.2 x 5.9m. (draught)
Powered by 4 MTU type 12v493 AZ80 GA3H dieselengines, 1 Siemenselectric motor, 4,600 hp, one shaft, speed 11 knots surfaced, 21 knots submerged.
Mission endurance 50 days.
Range by a speed of 4 knots, 11,300 mil surfaced. Submerged range by a speed of 20 knots, 20 mile
Armament 8 – 21 inch torpedo tubes, 14 SST-4 torpedoes.
Maximum depth 500 metre.
Crew 36.
29 August 1974 commissioned. All submarines have as homeport San Lorenzo, Peru.

ARICA: built under yard No 54. Type 209/1100
01 October 1973 laid down
05 April 1974 launched as the ARICA (SS-36)
Same details of the ISLAY.
21January 1975 commissioned.

ANGAMOS: built under yard No 131 type 209/1200
12 August 1976 ordered.
15 July 1977 laid down.
31 August 1979 launched as the ANGAMOS (SS-31).
Displacement surface 1,180 ton, submerged 1,290 ton, dim. 55.9 x 6.2 x 5.5m. (draught)
Powered diesel electric by 4 MTU type 12V493 AZ80 GA31l diesel engines, 4,600 hp, one Siemens electric motor, one shaft, speed 11 knots surfaced, 21 knots submerged.
Range by a speed of 4 knots, 11,300 mile.
Armament 8 – 21 inch torpedo tubes, 14 SST-4 torpedoes.
Crew 33.
19 December 1980 commissioned.

ANTOFAGASTA built under yard No 132 as a type 209/1200.
03 October 1977 laid down.
19 December 1979 launched as the ANTOFAGASTA (SS-32)
20 February 1981 commissioned.
Details the same as ANGAMOS.

PISAGUA built under yard No 133 as a type 209/1200.
15 August 1978 laid down.
19 October 1980 launched as the PISAGUA (SS-33).
12 July 1983 commissioned.
Same details as ANGAMOS.

CHIPANA built under yard No 134 as a type 209/1200.
01 November 1978 laid down.
19 May 1981 launched as the CHIPANA (SS-34).
20 September 1982 commissioned.
Same details as ANGAMOS.

Peru 2011 7$20c sg?, scott?
Wikipedia. http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ ... -specs.htm

From Mr. Peter Crichton I received the following update on the stamps.
He gives two pennant numbers are easily readable on the left hand stamp.
Pennant No 42 (the boat at sea in foreground) is the ABATO, see her history and career.
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7845&p=7841&hilit=abtao#p7841
Outermost of the moored boats with pennant No 43 is ANGAMOS completed in 1957 as ATUN.
Built as a patrol submarine under yard No 145 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Connecticut, USA for the Peruvian Navy. The design is based on that of the US Mackerel class. All this boats belong to the Abtao class.
27 October 1956 laid down.
05 February 1957 launched as the ATUN.
Displacement 825 ton surfaced, 1,400 ton submerged, dim. 74.1 x 6.7 x 4.3m. (draught)
Powered by two General Motors Corporation 278A diesels, 2,400 shp., and electric motors delivering power to two shafts, speed 16 knots surfaced, 15 knots submerged.
Armament 6 – 21 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 85.
01 July 1957 commissioned
1960 renamed in ANGAMOS (S-43).
Stricken 1990.

The innermost boat is either DOS DE MAYO (S-41) or IQUIQUE (S-44).
DOS DE MAYO built under yard No 140 by Electric Boat Co., Groton.
12 May 1952 laid down.
06 February 1954 launched as the LOBO.
Same details as the ATUN. Except that she had also a 1 – 5 inch deck-gun aft the conning tower..
14 June 1954 commissioned.
1957 Renamed in DOS DE MAYO (S-41).
Stricken 1999.

IQUIQUE built under yard No 146 by Electric Boat Co., Groton.
27 October 1955 laid down.
05 February 1957 launched as the MERLIN.
Same details as the ATUN.
01 October 1957 commissioned.
1960 renamed in IQUIQUE (S-44).
Stricken 1993.
The other three boats are a mixture of photos of the 209 class.

Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz. The World’s Navies edited by Chris Chant.
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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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