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SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

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MONKCHESTER 1865

Built as a composite clipper ship built of wood with iron frames by the yard of Messrs Peverill in Sunderland for A, Strong in North Shields. Till her end was she owned by the Strong family.
Launched as the MONKCHESTER.
Tonnage 549 gross, dim. 148 x 30 x 18ft.
Barque rigged, and sheated in felt and yellow metal, fastened with copper bolts.
1865 Delivered to owners.

She was built for the trade between the U.K and Australia, with general cargo to Australia and mostly wool as return voyage.
Her second voyage she made in 95 days from the Lizard to Cape Moreton
Of all the years in service I can’t find much on her, she was a lucky ship without much mishap.
October 1876 she left the U.K under command of Captain Lees and a crew of 18 men bound for Brisbane, were she safely arrived, I found that she on 30 January 1877 sailed from Queensland fully loaded with a cargo of coal bound for Hong Kong, the last what was heard of her was on 3rd April 1877. Can’t not figure out what has happened with her, most probably the cargo of coal got on fire where after she foundered with all hands.
The stamp design is based on the 1865 painting by John Scott, a noted English oil painter from Newcastle.

Australia $1.40 sg?, scott?
Various internet sites. Press release of Australian Post.

ARABIAN 1852

Built as a wooden ship by James Nevins, St John’s N.B., Canada most probably a speculation, at that time many ships were built in Canada, were shipbuilding was much cheaper at that time, compared with the British built ships.
Launched as the ARABIAN.
Tonnage 1,067 ton, dim. 163.2 x 31.3 x 22.9ft.
Ship rigged.
1852 completed.
She sailed from Canada most probably loaded with timber to the U.K. were she was bought for £14,000 by Pilkington and Wilson in Liverpool (White Star Line).
26 October 1852 she sailed from Liverpool under command of Captain Bannatyne with on board 292 steerage passengers bound for Melbourne, were she arrived on 15 February 1853. The passage took 84 days.
She loaded then coal for Calcutta.
After arrival in Melbourne the passengers complained that she were shamefully treated during the voyage, the food was below all standers from what you could expect. Captain Bannatyne was in Liverpool later fined with a fine of £50.
03 January 1854 she sailed from Liverpool with 350 steerage passengers to Portland, Australia were she arrived on 19 September 1854.
Thereafter used in the cargo trade between U.K. and Australia.
12 November 1860 when moored alongside the Railway Pier, Sandridge (Melbourne), she arrived there with a full general cargo from the U.K. Most cargo was already unloaded except some iron what was still on board.
Captain Harding who had also his wife on board got instructions after discharging to proceed to Chili.
At 11pm that day after he had already retired to bed, he was awaked by the ringing of the ship’s bell. After arriving on deck he found his ship on fire in the forecastle. All hands were called and with the assistance of the crews from the LIGHTNING and RESULT, efforts were made to control the flames. The fire spread rapidly to the fore hatch and the tug SOPHIA was sent to tow the ARABIAN clear of the pier. She was soon a mass of flames fore and aft, the flames spreading to the rigging and rising to the royal masthead. At midnight the fore and main-masts went over the side following shortly after by the mizzen.
Attempts to scuttle her failed and she eventually sank. Later was she salvaged and sold as a hulk in 1867. The cause of the fire is still a mystery.

Australia 2015 $1.10 sg?, scott?

Source: Wooden ships and Iron Man by Frederick W. Wallace. Log of Logs by Ian Nicholson. The Australian Run by Jack Loney and Peter Stone. Internet.

JOLLE ROSKILDE FJORD

I could not find much on the “Jolle Roskilde Fjord” the design is made after a photo taken in the 1920’s which shows the young Christan Nielsen with a wooden boat under sail and steering with an oar. By the photo is given that it is a “Lynaes jolle” which were used a lot in the Roskilde Fjord at that time.
Clinker built with dim. of about 3.04 x 1.31m, not a drawing was made and the boat was built after the builders measurements. “jolle” is the Scandinavian term for “dinghy”.
Mostly used for inshore and lake fishing. Rowed or skulled and can set a mast which carried a spritsail.

Denmark 1994 3k50 sg1074, scott1052.
Source: Various internet sites.

IRAQ patrol boat Swift class

For the Army Day the Post of Iraq has issued four stamps to honour the Iraqi forces, the 250 Dinar shows us a patrol boat of the Swiftships Model 35PB1208 E-1455.
12 Ships has been built for the Iraqi Navy, the first got the pennant No P-301, which one is depict I can’t tell. All are in service in 2015.
Dim. 35.06 x 7.25 x 2.59m. (draught).
Powered by three MTU 16V2000 Marine diesels, 900shp. Each, three shafts, speed 30 knots.
Range by a speed of 12 knots, 1,500 mile.
Armament 1 – MSI 30mm DS30M Mark 2 cannon, 1 – 50 cal/12.7 mm MG and 2 – 7.62 mm MGs.
Crew 25.
The Model 35PB1208 E-1455 patrol boat was ordered by the Iraqi Navy from Swiftships Shipbuilders in September 2009. The first was accepted into service in October 2010. Five others have since been delivered, the sixth in September 2011. The total order is for 12, with an option for a three more vessels.
Order History
In Dec 2008 the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Iraq’s formal request to buy up to 20 Coastal Patrol Boats in the 30-35 meter range, and 3 Offshore Support Vessels in the 55-60 meter range.
In July 2009 the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced that Swiftships Shipbuilders would provide the Iraqi Navy with a patrol boat fleet of up to 15 Coastal Patrol Boats (CPBs).
In Sept 2009 Swiftships Shipbuilders received a $181 million contract for the detail design and construction of 9 patrol boats plus spare parts, and technical services.
In Sept 2010 the first boat, PB 301, is formally welcomed into the Iraqi Navy.
Design Features
The hull and superstructure are constructed of all-welded aluminium alloy. The hull includes 7 watertight bulkheads forming 8 watertight compartments.
Boats can be refuelled at sea using side by side procedures, and run on #2 diesel fuel.
Weather survivability includes Sea State 5 survival at the best heading, and full operational capability at Sea State 3, including 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) patrol speed and 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) sustained loitering speed for 12 hours.

Iraq 2015 250D sg?, scott?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiftships ... 208_E-1455

Windhuk 1906

The original entry for this vessel was incorrect (Thanks, Auke Palmhof). The write up was for the 1936 vessel which has probably not featured on a stamp.
If anyone would like to give a description of this vessel, it would be appreciated.

MASHHOUR cutter suction dredger

After the blunder with the first Egyptian issues for the Suez Canal, a new set of stamps were issued in 2014 all of Le2.
All three stamps shows ships but only the middle one I could identify as the “cutter suction dredger MASHHOUR” the other two are container vessels, of which the right one is one of the fleet of the Danish company Maersk which one is impossible to say, Maersk has a large fleet. The left one maybe one of the visitors of the site can identify her.
The cutter suction dredger was built by IHC Merwede at Kinderdijk, Netherlands for the Suez Canal Authority, Egypt.
Ordered October 1994, it was the 32nd craft built by IHC for the Suez Canal Authority since 1901.
04 January 1996 launched as the MASHHOUR.
Dimension: 140.30 x 22.40 x 7.20m., draught 4.95m.
Maximum dredging depth 35.00m.
Total installed power 22,795 kW.
Accommodation for 73 persons.
During the summer of 1996 she was transported to Egypt for undergoing trials on the job deepening and widening the Suez Canal.
22 October 1996 after the successful trials handed over to the new owners.

At that time she was the largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger of its kind in the world, and was designed to dredge very abrasive sand and gravel compacted sand, sticky clay and rocks in the widening and deepening of the Suez Canal.
2015 In service same name and owners.
More information is given on: MIGHTY MASHHOUR, a) MUNCHING MILLIONS

Egypt 2014 le2 sg?, scott?
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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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