SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

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SAIL MANABI 2014 Ecuador

Ecuador issued in 2014 a set of 7 stamps all $ 0.75 and a label in a miniature sheet for “Sail Manabi 2014” in which school ships from South American countries visited Manabi , Ecuador from 4 till 6 May 2014.
The following ships are depict from left to right.
1) CISNE BRANCO from Brazil.
2) CUAUHTEMOC from Mexico.
3) GLORIA from Colombia.
4) LIBERTAD from Argentina.
5) ESMERALDA from Chile.
6) GUAYAS from Ecuador
7) SIMON BOLIVAR from Venezuela.
All this school ships has appeared already on stamps and can be found in the index.

Ecuador 2014 $ 0.75 sg?, scott?

CHARMING BETTY privateer

The Jersey Post gives by the stamp: The Jersey privateer CHARMING BETTY captured the French Bark ST CHARLES off Point L’Abbé on 16 January 1744 in Brittany, France. Armed with cutlasses and pistols, the crew boarded to find the French vessel leaking and almost unseaworthy so decided to let her go for a ransom of 20,000 livres. The ships captain was unable to pay and so selected a certain Thomas Garnier from the French crew to be held for ransom in Jersey where he remained detained until 1748.
In the book Jersey Sailing Ships is she given as a sloop and used as a privateer under command of Captain Nic. Fiott and owned by Lemprié & Fiott and used as a privateer from 1758-59 in the same book is given that Nicolas Fiott was a privateering captain from 1734 till 1763 on board the CHARMING BETTY and CHARMING NANCY.
If privateers captured a French vessel and found that neither the boat nor its cargo were particularly valuable, it was accepted practice for them to take a crew member as hostage on the understanding that a ransom would be paid.
But the crew of the vessel concerned were not always particularly quick to carry out their side of the bargain and restore the release of their comrade.
So it was in 1744, when the CHARMING BETTY captured the French barque ST CHARLES and demanded a ransom of 2,000 livres, which was certainly more than the vessel was worth.
Thomas Garnier was chosen as a hostage and taken to Jersey where, despite several letters now in the city archives of St Malo demanding to know why he had not been ransomed, he was to languish for four years, until the money was paid in 1748.
Captain Fiott
The same Jersey privateer was active in the Channel a decade later. In 1757, under the command of Capt Fiott, it captured a French brigatine, loaded with a valuable cargo of sugar.
The following year Fiott and his crew, accompanied by LE BURNETT took the ADVENTURER, a London vessel, away from French privateers who had captured her on a voyage from Jamaica. The prize became Fiott's and the cargo, sugar, spice, logwood, mahogany, rum, coffee and cottons fetched a great deal of money.
Returning to Jersey the CHARMING BETTY, although short-handed after putting a prize crew on the ADVENTURER, captured a Dutch vessel carrying 200 tunnes of wine from Bordeaux to St Malo.
Capt Fiott was in action again in 1759 when he captured two more ships, which together with their unidentified cargoes, are known to have been sold for 30,000 livres. That was an enormous sum at the time and shows just how profitable privateering could be if the captains and their crews were both adventurous and lucky.
Her fate not known.
The ship in the foreground is the French ST CHARLES and in the background is the CHARMING BETTY. Have not any details on the ST CHARLES.

Jersey 2014 56p sg?, scott?
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KENWOOD CUP

The event, based in Hawaii, began in 1978 and is raced every second year. It carried the name Clipper Cup however in 1986, when a new sponsor was found, the series became known as the Kenwood Cup. The contest has evolved to the classic five-race format: two 27 mile Olympic course races; the 150 mile windward-leeward Molokai race from Honolulu to Maui and back; a 27 miler; and the testing 775 mile Round the State race. New Zealand held the trophy in 1987.

New Zealand 1987 $1.05 sg1419, scott869
Source: New Zealand Post.

Vera Cruz (Ship) 1866

Knight (Cavaliere) Giuseppe Tonello (Captain Gaspare Perissa, 1866-71) Trieste, Austria/Italy; San Marco, near Trieste, Austria; 850 tons; 19’ draught; oak hull sheeted and copper fastened, single deck; four cannons; crew 12.

She was registered on May 12, 1866, as a long distance trader. Giuseppe Tonello died in 1869, and after two years of an inheritance process, his widow, Anna Tonello (née Stamare) became the sole owner of the vessel. (Their daughter Virginia was married into the Fiume branch of the Cosulich family.) The original tonnage of 850 tons was only reduced to 710 tons (corresponding to the Moorsome rule) in 1880, (although the American Register of 1870, indicated only 775 tons).

In Lloyd’s of 1870, her captain is still listed as Perissa, and in 1872, her owners are listed as: Anna Vedovaand Tonello and Antonioas Bilaffer as captain. In 1877, the captain was Diodato G. Bilaffer, and in 1878, her owners were listed as “Giovanni and Maria Ragusin and the late Marco.” Giovanni Ragusin was the captain. The Registry
from 1881 lists her tonnage as 710. She was abandoned on December 1, 1879, near (Cap) Finistere.

It should also be noted, that there was a brig of 406 tons named Vera-Cruz, that was lost in 1864, in a storm near Cape St. Vincent.

Yugoslavia 1998 , 2.00d S.G.?, Scott: 2421 .

Source: Watercraft Philately (Article by Auke Palmhof)

Akizuki IJN (Type B Class Destroyer) 1942

Akizuki was the lead ship of her class of destroyer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means “Autumn Moon.” Built in Maizuru Naval Arsenal. Laid down in 30 July 1940. Launched in 2 July 1941. Completed in 11 June 1942. Commissioned in 11 June 1942, Yokosuka Chinjufu.

Displacement: 2,700 tons standard; 3,700 tons full load; 440'3" x 38'1" x 13'7" (draught); Machinery: 2-shaft geared turbines: 52,000 SHP; 33 knots; 8,300 miles at 18 knots; Armament: 8 x 3.9"/65 cal. DP guns (4 x 2); 4 x 25 mm. AA guns (2 x 2); 4 x 24" TT (1 x 4); 6 depth charge throwers; 72 depth charges; Complement: 263.

In October 1944 Akizuki was part of the Northern Force commanded by Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo, in the Japanese attack on the Allied forces supporting the invasion of Leyte. On 25 October, in the Battle off Cape Engaño, it was sunk, probably by torpedo, ENE of Cape Engaño, during the initial U.S. air attack on the Northern Force. Most sources credit the hit to aircraft of Task Force 38, but some give credit to submarine USS Halibut (SS-232).


The largest, most handsome and, in the Japanese estimation, most successful destroyers in the Imperial fleet were those of the Akizuki class. Known as the "Type B," these ships were designed primarily as antiaircraft escorts for the carrier force.

As originally conceived, they would not even have carried torpedoes, but a later desire to add an offensive capability saw the inclusion in the design of a quadruple 24" torpedo mount amidships. The main features distinguishing this class from other Japanese destroyers were their size and innovative armament. Some 50 feet longer and 700 tons heavier than the preceding Kagero’s and Yugumo’s, the Akizuki’s were able to carry a fourth main-battery turret without suffering any topweight problems as a result. These turrets were large, fully-enclosed and power-operated, and each mounted twin 3.9" high-velocity guns. Though designed as AA weapons, their high rate of fire and range of 20,000 yards made them at least the equal of their American 5-inch counterparts. From 1943 on, each destroyer was also equipped with 15 to 51- 25 mm. machine guns, the number increasing as the war progressed, and a full array of Types 21 and 22 radars.

The ships of the Akizuki class were built concurrently with those of the Yugumo class, with the first six ordered under the 1939 program and another 10, known as the Shimotsuki group, under the 1941 program. Of the latter, four were never built, Michizuki being broken up on the stocks in March 1945 to make way for suicide craft, while Hazuki, Kiyotsuki and Ozuki were all cancelled. A large number of succeeding vessels, hull numbers 777-785 of the 1942 program and 5061-5083 of the modified 1942 program, proved nothing more than expressions of wishful thinking.

Twelve Akizukis were actually built, most of them serving in the 41st and 61st Destroyer Divisions. Six survived the war, but four of those, Yoizuki, Haruzuki, Hanazuki and Natsuzuki, were completed too late to see action outside of Japanese home waters. Though favorite targets of U.S. submarines, only one ship of the class was actually sunk by a submarine. Two were lost to air attack and three in surface actions – an interesting breakdown considering their original design as antiaircraft escorts.

Their swept-back lines and large single funnel made the Akizukis very similar in appearance to light cruiser Yubari, and in fact U.S. forces would consistently misidentify these ships as cruisers. And that appreciation was not so wide of the mark, considering their frequent employment in place of cruisers as squadron flagships. Their bridges were actually a bit too cramped for the addition of an admiral and his staff, and their turn of speed inferior to that of most of their contemporaries. But the Akizukis continued as favorites in the role of destroyer leader, and three were lost while so employed.

All in all, the Akizuki class represented an excellent, versatile design, and the vessels turned in solid performances. Lead-ship, Akizuki herself, compiled the most impressive record, fighting from Guadalcanal to Leyte Gulf with but one significant break in service due to damage. And Teruzuki surely dealt her enemies some terrible blows one bloody night in Ironbottom Sound. But the most notable action of any of the class was

Hatsuzuki's last fight off Cape Engano, an exhibition of such tenacity and selflessness as to rank with that of the American destroyers off Samar.

Grenada Grenadines 1995 $2,00, S.G.?, Scott: 1721Ae.

Source: Watercraft Philately (Article by Myron Molnau).

Source: Wikipedia

Ashigara IJN (Heavy Cruiser) 1929

Ashigara was a Myōkō-class heavy cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The other sister ships of her class were Myōkō, Nachi, and Haguro. She was named after a mountain on the border of Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures, also known as Mount Kintoki.

The ships of this class displaced 13,300 tons, were 204 m (669 ft) long, and were capable of 36 knots. They carried one aircraft and their main armament were ten 8 inch guns. Ashigara was laid down at the Kawasaki shipyard in Kobe on April 11, 1925, launched on April 22, 1928, and was commissioned into the Imperial Navy on August 20, 1929.

In World War II she took part in the Invasion of the Philippines in December 1941. In the Battle of the Java Sea on March 1, 1942 she shared in the sinking of the cruiser HMS Exeter and the destroyer HMS Encounter.

From 1942 to 1944 she was assigned to guard duties and troop transportation and saw no action.

In the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 24, 1944, Ashigara, with Captain Hayao Miura in command, was assigned to Vice Admiral Kiyohide Shima's force along with Nachi and eight destroyers. This force entered Surigao Straiton October 25 after Admiral Shoji Nishimura's First Raiding Force had been destroyed, following the losses of Fusō and Nishimura's Yamashiro along with their escorts in the hands of Rear Admiral Jesse B. Oldendorf's fleet and aircraft, in which during this action Nishimura was killed aboard the Yamashiro. Ashigara and Nachi fired their torpedoes and retreated (Nachi with damage from a collision with Mogami).

In December 1944 Ashigara took part in an attempted attack on the American landings on Mindoro in the Philippines along with the Ōyodo and the destroyers Kiyoshimo, Asashimo, Kasumi, Kaya, Kashi, and Sugi. On December 26 she came under air attack and was damaged by a 227 kg (500 lb) bomb, but was able to shell the American beachhead on December 27 of the same year.

On June 8, 1945, Ashigara left Batavia for Singapore with 1,600 troops on board, escorted by the destroyer Kamikaze. In the Bangka Strait the two ships came under attack from three Allied submarines, USS Blueback, HMS Trenchant and HMS Stygian. Kamikaze attacked Trenchant with gunfire, forcing her to submerge, and then with depth charges, but Trenchant's C.O., Commander Arthur Hezlet, spotted Ashigara and fired eight torpedoes at her at about 12:15. Ashigara was hit five times at a range of 4,000 yards and capsized at 12:37 Kamikaze rescued 400 troops and 853 crew, including C.O. Miura.

Grenada Grenadines 1995, S.G.?, Scott: 1721Ag.

Tanzania 1995, S.G.?, Scott: 1352g.

Source: Wikipedia
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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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