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ISAAC ROBINSON and whaler

The stamp issued by Norfolk Island depict Isaac Robinson (1825-1912) the only consul of the US on Norfolk Island with in the background most probably a US whaler, who made calls at the island many times in the 19th century. I don’t have any details on the vessel depict, the whalers from the US were mostly about three years away from their homeport and for fresh provision and water were making regulars calls on the islands in the Pacific.
Isaac Robinson born at Tasmania was a trader who settled on Norfolk as agent for the shipping company Burns Philp & Co Ltd., later becoming Norfolk's Registrar of Lands and the island's first (and so far only) United States consul.
The idea of Norfolk having an American consul does sound slightly absurd today,” “but in those days American whalers made frequent calls.”
Robinson died at sea when he was underway to the U.K.

Norfolk Island 1986 33c sg385, scott? and sgMS?, scott?
Source various internet sites.

PRINCE REGENT packet

In 2006 Gibraltar issued a set of stamps depicting mail packet ships who regular visited Gibraltar, bringing mail to and from Gibraltar during the 1800s
I still had two ships of this set in my possession of which I could not find much information on, the PRINCE REGENT and CORNWALLIS both are very common names in shipping at that time.
At least I found on one, and most probably she is the right vessel on the stamp is the PRINCE REGENT.
Built in 1821 by Mr. Symonds in Plymouth as a packet ship, brig rigged.
Launched under the name PRINCE REGENT.

Then I found in the British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.
The ex-mercantile PRINCE REGENT packet, armed with 6 guns.
1926 Was she purchased by the Royal Navy and renamed CYNTHIA.
Tonnage 232 ton (bm), dim. 87.2 x 25ft.
Brig rigged.
Armament 2 – 9 pdrs, 4 – 9 pdrs. Carronades.
20 July 1826 commissioned under command of Lieut. John White for the Falmouth Packet service;
1 Sep 1826 fitting out as a packet at Devonport

2 Oct 1826 went out of Hamoaze into the Sound.

3 Oct 1826 arrived Falmouth from Plymouth.

3 Oct 1826 departed Plymouth Sound for Falmouth.

20 Oct 1826 departed Falmouth for Bueonos Ayres. (Buenos Aires)
Sailed from Falmouth 07 May 1827 with mail for the West Indies, but wrecked near Barbados on 06 July 1827. She was driven on the reef by the current.
The following brief report appeared in the Nautical Magazine for 1834 : CYNTHIA, a purchased packet, thirty-two persons on board, wrecked on the island of Barbadoes, on the 6th of June, 1827, by accident, in moderate weather. All on board saved.

Gibraltar 2006 68p sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/C/01248.html and internet.

RHADAMANTHUS HMS paddle steamer 1832

The vessel in front of HMS HASTINGS and depict in the margin of the stamp is the paddle steamer HMS RHADAMANTHUS towing the HASTINGS into the harbour of Valetta, Malta on 30 November 1838.

She was built as a second class sloop after a design made by Thomas Roberts by the Plymouth Dry-dock at Plymouth for the British Royal Navy.
12 January 1831 ordered.
September 1831 keel laid down.
16 April 1832 launched as the HMS RHADAMANTHUS, named after a son of Zeus.
Displacement 1,086 ton, 813 ton BM, dim. 164.7 x 32.10 x 17.10ft., length of keel 164.7ft, draught 13.0 ft aft.
Powered by a 2 cyl. side lever steam engine manufactured by Maudslay, Sons & Field, 220 nhp., speed 10 knots.
Armament when built: 1 – 10 inch, 2 – 32 pdrs, 2 – 6 pdrs, guns.
After her launch, sailed under a jury-rig to Woolwich, where her engine was fitted in and she was completed.
04 October 1832 commissioned under command of Commander George Evans.
02 November 1832 completed.

After completed she sailed to the Dutch coast for blockade duty, then to North America and the West Indies, she was the first Royal Navy steamer to cross the Atlantic.
21 April 1835 she paid off at Woolwich, she was refitted in 1836 there.
23 October 1836 recommissioned as a packet vessel for the coast of Spain.
13 July 1837 in service in the Mediterranean.
22 October 1840 paid off.
28 August 1841 recommissioned at Woolwich after she was fitted out as a transport in Sheerness.
13 February 1849 paid off at Woolwich.
March 1851 fitted out as a troopship, 07 March 1851 commissioned under command of Master John Belam for particular service.
11 June 1863 paid off at Sheerness.
08 February 1864 broken up completed in Sheerness, her steam engine survived and fitted in the HMS VIRAGO.

Malta 2016 3,50 Euro sgMS?, scott?
Source: British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.

STADT WEHLEN (Germany)

Built in 1879 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH. Dresden as DRESDEN.
Sidewheel paddle steamer, displacement:271 tons, L:59,21m. B:10,44m. Draft:0,88m. Lancashire boiler, 2 cyl. oscillating steam engine:180 hp. built by Ruston & Co., Prague in 1851.
8-10 km/h upstream, 12-15 km/h downstream, pass:287.
In 1914 major engine repairs and modifications, the steam engine is converted to a compound engine.
In 1926 renamed MÜLBERG, in 1962 in STADT WEHLEN.
In 1977 collides with a tree trunk and in turn bangs against the Augustus Bridge in Dresden.
In 1978 the steamer is taken out of service, due to a defective boiler, 1981-'82 general overhaul, including the replacement of the boiler, 1993-'94 historically accurate reconstruction and return to service.

PS “STADT WEHLEN is the oldest steamboat in the fleet, dating from 1879. It´s original oscillating steam engine is even older than that, having been transferred from a previous ship. It is the only steamer in the fleet with a beige colored funnel. The cozy salons invite all passengers to enjoy the nostalgic setting, while having a drink or a meal.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer

HASTINGS HMS 1819

Maritime Malta - Series IV
This issue consists of a miniature sheet bearing one stamp portraying a lithograph of a drawing by Charles von Brocktorff, circa 1838.
It shows the entry of the dowager Queen Adelaide on board the HMS Hastings into the Valletta Grand Harbour on 30 November 1838.
Queen Adelaide married William IV in 1818. Together they helped to restore the popularity of the Royal Family at a time when Republicanism was taking over in Europe. Queen Adelaide outlived her husband, and remained the Dowager Queen until her death in 1849. She fell ill after her husband's passing away in 1837 and was advised that she needed to enjoy a good climate such as that found in the Mediterranean.
The news that the Queen Dowager Adelaide of England was to visit Malta was published in the Government Gazette (no. 1455) on 24 October 1838. This information stated that the Queen had left England on her way to the Mediterranean on 3 October in the 'Hastings'. On 14 November the Government Gazette informed that the 'Hastings' had arrived in Naples, and finally on 26 November news about the programme of the Queen's arrival was announced.
On the day, the 'Rhadamanthus' was ordered to prepare to tow the 'Hastings' into the harbour. The squadron was under the command of Admiral Sir Robert Stoppford and consisted of a total of eight ships; the Princess Charlotte 104, the Asia 84, the Vanguard 80, the Bellerophon 80, the Minden 74, theBarham 50, the Carysfort 26 and the Wolverene 16.
The entrance of the Queen into harbour was marked by a royal salute fired from Fort Ricasoli and Fort Saint Elmo, and afterwards twenty-one guns were fired from each of the man-of-war.
Battalions of soldiers assembled on the most prominent batteries in order to cheer the Queen as she passed by. People were overjoyed with the arrival of the Queen it being the first time that the flag of a crowned head had entered within Grand Harbour.
The Queen left Malta on 1 April 1939. The Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul in Valletta remains known as a monument to this visit as during her visit the Dowager Queen contributed £10,000 for the construction, furnishing and endowing of the Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in 1839 to the final designs of William Scamp.
http://wopa-stamps.com/index.php?contro ... e&id=31059
Built as a wooden sailing vessel by Kyd & Co in Bombay as speculation for the British East India Company.
08 January 1818 launched as the HASTINGS, named after Warren Hastings who was at that time Governor General of India.
Tonnage 1,763 ton (bm.), dim. Length of gundeck 53.9 x 14.8 x 6.4m.
Armament: Lower deck 28 – 32pdrs, upper deck 28 – 18 pdrs, quarter deck 4 – 12 pdrs and 10 – 32pdrs. Carronades, forecastle 2 – 12 pdrs, and 2 – 32 pdrs carronades.
Crew 600.
HASTINGS was built of the highest quality "saul", "sissoo", "Pegue", and "Java" teak wood, following Sir Robert Seppings's principles, which resulted in a vessel both longitudinal and transverse support. Her construction cost Sicca ruppees (Sa.Rs.) 8,71,406 (£108,938), which the merchants of Calcutta and other patriotic individuals subscribed via shares. The full cost of getting her ready for sea was Sa.Rs. 8,71,406 (£116,375).
Captain John Hayes sailed HASTINGS from Calcutta on 28 March 1818. She reached Madras on 13 April, and Port Louis on 2 July. From there she reached St Helena on 15 September, and arrived at The Downs on 3 November
The Admiralty purchased HASTINGS on 22 June 1819. It paid about half of what the vessel had cost the shareholders in Calcutta that had subscribed to her construction. The belief in Calcutta was that the jealousy of the Thames shipbuilders led to the undervaluation of the ship.
In Woolwich she was bought by the Royal Navy for £ 56,320, who registered the vessel on 22 June 1819.
Sailed to Chatham in June 1819 and was laid up, housed over from poop forwards.
February 1833 till April 1834 fitted out for sea service.
07 April 1834 commissioned as HMS HASTINGS under command of Captain Henry Shiffner as flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir William Hall Gage based at Lisbon.
31 January 1838 under command of Captain Francis Erskine Loch she sailed to the Mediterranean.
01 April 1838 sailed from the U.K. to convoy Lord Durham and his entourage to Canada.
07 October 1838 she was fitted out at Portsmouth to convey the Queen Dowager to Malta.
04 June 1839 under command of Captain John Lawrence took part in the Mediterranean operations on the coast of Syria in 1840.
15 September 1840 took part in the capture of Batroun, Lebanon
03 February 1842 paid off at Portsmouth.
10 April 1848 recommissioned under command of Captain James William Morgan and fitted out for sea.
04July 1848 Flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Francis Augustus Collier and sailed for the East Indies.
Sailors and marines from HASTINGS fought Chinese pirates at the Battle of Tonkin River in 1849.
21 January 1850 under command of Captain Francis William Austen as flagship of his uncle Rear-Admiral Charles John Austen in the East Indies in the Second Anglo-Burmese War from September till October 1852.
06 May 1853 paid off at Portsmouth.
1853-1855 Converted to a 60 gun screw block ship at the Portsmouth Dry-dock.
A steam engine installed, manufactured by Maudslay, Sons & Field, 597 ihp.
12 May 1855 work completed.
06 February 1855 commissioned under command of Captain James Crawford Caffin and she sailed for the Baltic. Later based at Queenstown, Ireland.
12 May 1856 paid off at Portsmouth.
Fitted out for coastguard duties, and on 03 April 1857 recommissioned at Liverpool.
01 February 1860 paid off at Liverpool and was again recommissioned on 04 February 1860 as a RNR drill-ship at Liverpool.
08 October 1862 as flagship of Rear-Admiral Lewis Tobias Jones at Queenstown, Ireland.
18 May 1866 paid off and used as a coal hulk in 1870 at Devonport.
September 1885 sold, and broken up in 1886.

Malta 2016 3.50 Euro sgMS?, scott?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hastings_(1819) British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863 by Rif Winfield.

MEISSEN (Germany)

Built in 1885 by Werft Blasewitz, Dresden for the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrts GmbH, Dresden as KONIG ALBERT.
Side wheel river steamer, displacement:331 tons, L:64,34m. B:11,28m. Draft:0,89m.
2 cylinder oscillating steam engine:226 hp. compounded in 1914.
Entered service in 1885, renamed SACHSEN in 1898 and MEISSEN in 1928
Lengthened from 60.7 m in 1928 and aft deck saloons added.
Used to evacuate civillians from Dresden during the Allied bombing attacks of 1943.
Forward deck saloon added in 1968.
Major reconditioning in 1983/84 and 1992/93.

(Germany 2011, €0,40, private stamp)
Internet + Historic Ships, Norman J. Brouwer
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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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