GOLDEN IRIS cruise vessel

Palmer Gate, Haifa.
The stamp features Palmer Gate Street and the port; part of a ship at the corner; and a statue of a fish with a ship on its back, Zvika Cantor's City Fish, which was erected in 2010 on the Haifa-Boston Partnership square, located on the corner of Palmer Gate and Kdoshei Baghdad Street in Haifa.

The tap shows a cruise vessel which is identified as the GOLDEN IRIS. Mr Peter Crichton has identified the warship in the background as one of the Nirit class warships of Israel.
Peter suggests that the vessel on the stamp between the buildings could be one of the Russian Ivan Franko class passenger ships. The class has been scrapped except the MARCO POLO, but the funnel colours does not match. The MARCO POLO make calls at Haifa, and the funnel could be an artist’s impression.

Holocaust survivors rose from the ashes of the crematoriums and immigrated illegally to Eretz Israel during the British Mandate period. Under terrible conditions, on crowded decks of dilapidated immigrant ships, they made their way to the Promised Land, their hearts filled with hopes and dreams.
The city of Haifa was the first thing that most Holocaust survivors saw as they approached the coastline. The bare concrete docks of the Port of Haifa were, to them, the Holy Land for which they yearned. They were part of an extremely dramatic and historic step taken by the Jewish people - the establishment of the State of Israel.
Haifa Port was the entry point into Eretz Israel. Haifa was the Jewish people's home port, both for the illegal immigrants (ma'apilim) who arrived prior to the establishment of the State and for the waves of immigrants who came after the State of Israel was established.
Gate number five, which served for years as the mythological main entrance into the Port of Haifa, was later named Palmer Gate. The road leading out from the gate is also called Palmer Gate, named for Sir Frederick Palmer, a British engineer who planned and built the Port of Haifa from 1920 to its official opening in 1933.
Palmer Gate Street is crossed by Port St. (Rehov HaNamal), which housed the administrative and commercial center of the port, and today is at the heart of the Port Campus - the academic center of Haifa's downtown area.
The Port Campus is a challenging project, which will turn an entire section of Haifa's downtown into a complex of college campuses, dormitories and modern residential buildings, as well as supporting businesses that are typical of this type of complex.
The Port Campus is very significant for the city of Haifa. The project reshapes the character and appearance of the city's downtown, rejuvenates it and restores its past glory, and constitutes a critical phase in Haifa's development.
GOLDEN IRIS.
Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 859 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen for the Overseas National Airways, USA. During construction sold to Cunard Cruise Ships Ltd., Southampton.
2 December 1974 launched as the CUNARD CONQUEST, one sister the CUNARD COUNTES.
Tonnage 17,496 grt, 2,499 dwt, dim. 163,56 x 22.80 x 8.30m. (draught).
Powered by four B&W 7U50HU diesel engines, 15,447 kW, twin shafts, speed 21.5 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 947 passengers, crew 350.
30 October 1975 delivered to owners.
MS GOLDEN IRIS is a cruise ship owned and operated by the Israel-based Mano Maritime. She was built 1975 by the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark for Cunard Line as MS CUNARD CONQUIST, but her interior fittings were subsequently installed at the Navali Mechaniche Affini in La Spezia, Italy. Following re-delivery from Navali Mechaniche Affini in 1977 the ship was renamed MS CUNARD PRINCESS. In 1995 the ship entered service with StarLauro Cruises (later rebranded MSC Cruises), briefly retaining her previous name before being renamed MS RHAPSODY. Later during her career with MSC Cruises the ship came to be marketed as MS MSC Rhapsody, but her official registered name remained RHAPSODY throughout her MSC career. In 2009 the ship was sold to her current owners.
Concept and construction
The ship that eventually became known as the CUNARD PRINCESS was originally one of two ships ordered by the United States-based Overseas National Airways. Unusually Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, was involved in the design process of the ships, envisioning them as "floating Playboy Clubs". Order for the two ships was placed with the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, during construction the ships were sold to the United Kingdom-based Cunard Line. Although better known as luxury cruise operators, Cunard decided to maintain the original informal cruise concept developed for the ships by Overseas National Airways.
CUNARD CONQUEST, the second of the two sisters, was launched from dry-dock in December 1974. Instead of having the ships completed at Burmeister & Wain, Cunard decided that once the hulls of the ships were complete they would sail to the Navali Mechaniche Affini in La Spezia, Italy, where interior fittings would be installed. Therefore, following delivery to Cunard on 30 October 1975 the CUNARD CONQUEST sailed to La Spezia, where she arrived on 6 November 1975. While the ship was being fitted out Cunard decided to change her name to CUNARD PRINCESS. Following delivery to Cunard in early 1977 the ship sailed to New York City, where she was renamed by Princess Grace of Monaco.

1977-1995: CUNARD RINCESS
CUNARD PRINCESS set on her first cruise from New York City to Bermuda in April 1977, joining her elder sister MS CUNARD COUNTESS in the Caribbean cruise service after the Bermuda run. CUNARD PRINCESS sailed out of Ft Lauderdale, then after a charter to Lauro Line in 1979 she sailed a Caribbean run out of San Juan. (Ref Cunard Line Ltd written brochures.) At the time the CUNARD PRINCESS was registered in Southampton, but in 1980 she was moved to the Bahamian registry, with Nassau as her homeport. Later during her career with Cunard the ship started cruising around Europe, while the CUNARD COUNTESS remained in Caribbean service.
During the Gulf War the CUNARD PRINCESS was chartered to the United States Armed Forces Recreation Centre as a recreational facility for troops involved in the conflict. The ship arrived in Bahrain on 24 December 1990. Initially the plan was to operate the ship on three-day cruises around the Persian Gulf, but for economical reasons she was permanently moored in Bahrain instead. Following the end of her service in the Gulf War, the ship was docked at Valletta, Malta on 23 September 1991. She re-entered normal service with Cunard on 19 October 1991.
In 1993 the CUNARD PRINCESS was moved to the fleet of Cunard's newly created mid-market subsidiary Cunard Crown Cruises, joining her sister CUNARD COUNTESS and three ships chartered from EffJohn. Cunard Crown Cruises proved to be short-lived, and in 1995 the CUNARD PRINCESS was chartered to StarLauro Cruises, who were in need of a replacement for their MS ACHILLE LAURO that had sunk following a fire in 1994. Initially the CUNARD PRINCESS kept her older name in StarLauro service.
1995-2009: Rhapsody
After a short time under charter to StarLauro, the company acquired the CUNARD PRINCESS. Initially the ship was planned to be renamed HARMONY, but in the end she was renamed RHAPSODY. Coinciding with the change of ownership the ship was re-registered in Panama. Initially she was used for cruising around the Mediterranean out of Italy. Shortly after acquisition of the RHAPSODY StarLauro was rebranded as Mediterranean Shipping Cruises on 1 October 1995. Subsequently the company further rebranded themselves into MSC Cruises.
In 2001 the RHAPSODY was re-registered to Naples. On 9 April 2009 MSC Cruises sold the RHAPSODY to the Israel-based cruise operator Mano Maritime.
2009...

ELENA yacht

The yacht depict on the 1.55 Euro stamp of Monaco I believe is the ELENA by comparing the stamp with photo’s of the yacht she looks the same, but I am a merchant man and my expertise on yachts is not great, so I could been wrong.
She was built as a steel hulled replica of a famous yacht ELENA designed by Nathanael G Hereshoff under yard No 706/Y103 by Factoria Naval de Marin, Galicia, Spain, I could not find an owner.
2009 Launched as the ELENA.
Displacement 215 ton, Dim. 55.00 x 8.14 x 5.20m. (draught), length on waterline 29.60m.
Two mast, schooner rigged, total sail area 1,800 m².
Auxiliary engine one MAN V12 D2482LE, 600 hp diesel engine, speed?, bow thrusther of 70 kW.
Accommodation for 10 guests, crew 8.
When built her asking price was 8.9 million Euro, and she was sold in June 2010.

She is for charter for cruising or racing.
http://www.charterworld.com/?sub=yacht- ... elena-1839 gives on the yacht:

Sailing Yacht ELENA was ‘born to sail’ as her predecessor was, almost one hundred years earlier. This Classic will provide a thrilling experience for any keen sailors wishing to take part in any of the Mediterranean or Caribbean Classic Regattas. With her expansive decks, luxurious interior and modern facilities, ELENA is also an excellent charter yacht for those just wishing to relax and enjoy her pure elegance. Below deck, ELENA is equipped with the latest navigation and communication equipment, entertainment systems and air conditioning.

With luxurious accommodation for up to ten guests, the layout remains true to the original drawings from Herreshoff. This modern version enjoys the addition of discrete extras to ensure guests can enjoy all the modern comforts. All guest cabins are exquisitely finished with mahogany paneling, while all interior ornamental details follow the original Herreshoff designs. The en-suite bathrooms have separate showers and toilets and are finished with elegant period fittings. Ample hanging and cupboard space is built in, while each cabin has its own privately controlled air conditioning system as well as an iPod docking station with televisions available on request. Overhead skylights and portholes offer an abundance of natural light while below deck.

After following the designs of the original ELENA so meticulously, there is no doubt that the rebirth of this spectacular yacht nearly one hundred years later can only be as successful as her original namesake. Her unforgettable blend of beauty and sheer speed ensure that she will turn heads wherever she goes. ELENA truly is one of the most remarkable charter yachts available today.

Monaco 2014 1.55 Euro sg?, scott?

Source: Various internet sites.

LADY MOURA yacht

In 2013 Monaco issued two stamps which depict yachts, the Monaco Post gives by the issues: The Principality is a favoured stop for super yachts and their owners. The presence of many architecture and design firms, major brokers, shipyards and luxury brands, makes Monaco a top location for all yachting professionals.
The motor yacht on the 1.00 Euro depict is the LADY MOURA.
Built as a yacht under yard No 964 by Blohm & Voss in Germany for the Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid.
1990 Launched as LADY MOURA.
Tonnage 6,359 grt, 1,500 dwt, dim. 104.85 x 19.00 x 5.40m. (draught).
Powered by two Deutz-MWM diesel engines each 6,868 hp, twin shafts, speed 20 knots.
Bow thruster.
Accommodation for 30 guests, crew 60.
Bahama flag and registration. Homeport Nassau.
LADY MOURA is a private luxury yacht. She was the ninth largest private yacht when she was launched in 1990, but has moved down the list in 2014 to number 28. She is owned by Saudi Arabian businessman, Nasser Al-Rashid.
Characteristics
Both the hull and the superstructure are made of steel. The propulsion plant consists of two KHD-MWM diesel engines, each with a power of 5050 kW (over 6700 bhp), and controllable pitch propellers producing a speed of over 20 knots. A crafty hydraulically operated system of shell ports, doors, flaps, roofs, bath platforms, gangways and cranes provide the most possible ease of operation and comfort. Even the boats, anchors, life-rafts and navigation lanterns are hidden behind covers and do not disturb the aesthetics of the yacht. Both the name and the escutcheon that can be seen at port, starboard and at stern are carved in 24 carat gold
Naval architect: Luigi Sturchio - Diana Yacht Design
Architectural Lighting Design: Maurizio Rossi Lighting Design
More information on the yacht: http://www.charterworld.com/?sub=yacht- ... moura-1889
Monaca 2013 1.00 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Wikipedia.

400 YEARS OF THE 1st EDITION OF PEREGRINACAO

400 Years of the 1st Edition of Peregrinação

The stamp shows two ships most probably used by Pinto, the type at that time in use was mostly the carrack’s or nau’s and this vessels are most probably showed.

Four hundred years have passed since the first edition of Peregrinação (Pilgrimage), a majestic account of an extended journey to the Orient that earned Fernão Mendes Pinto, “a hero made of human flesh”, his immortality (1510-1583).
The course of history would eventually distinguish this extraordinary autobiographical book as a masterpiece of universal literature, written by a great Portuguese traveller of the 16th century who was an adventurer, a merchant, an ambassador, a mercenary, a beggar, a sailor and a pirate. And was also “held captive thirteen times and sold seventeen times (...)”.
Throughout 266 emotion-filled and adventure-packed chapters, the author describes in a fresh, spontaneous and colloquial tone the impressions of a European in contact with Asian civilisation, its peoples, traditions, cults and landscapes. At the same time, he reveals the impact of the Portuguese in the Orient, often providing the reader with critiques and satirical notes.
Earliest title of the “travel literature” genre, Peregrinação stands out for its picaresque spirit that runs through the entire work, evidenced as a clear inversion of the heroic style. Some call it an anti-epic. Showing “what miseries make up a man”, the characters lay bare all their weaknesses and fears.
This vast and complex narrative also has the merit, remarkable for that period, of gathering the two sides of Portuguese exploits in the Far East, giving an account, with realism and vivacity, of the sunny side and the dark side of voyages.
For all of these reasons, most recent scholars point out its collective meaning and its remarkable humanist value, emphasising its major importance in the raising of awareness of the Other.
The voyage of Fernão Mendes Pinto lasted for 21 years. Born into a poor family from Montemor-o-Velho, he went to Lisbon to work as a servant in 1521. Later he moved to Setúbal, from where he set off to Diu, in India, in 1537.
He visited several places in the Orient, namely India, Malacca, Sumatra, Java, China, Macau and Japan, and had the most incredible experiences, “occupations and life-threatening situations”. He returned in 1558 and settled on a farm in Pragal, in Almada, where he spent a decade writing the work that would immortalise him. He was almost 70 years old when he completed it.
Having been written years after the facts took place explains the mixture of truth and fiction, some flaws or alterations of reference, marks that led to a prolonged debate on the authenticity of the account. However, the artistic grandeur of Peregrinação eventually transcended that discussion.
Its publication only took place posthumously, in 1614, due to unknown reasons. In other words, 34 years after the manuscript had been completed. Nonetheless, there are bibliographic references to its contents as far back as 1582, proving that it was already known at that time.
The work has had great success, having been republished several times in Spain, France, England, Germany and Holland. It was, for a long time, the most read and translated Portuguese book, second only to Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads), the epic poem of Luiz de Camões.
Portugal 2014 1.00 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Portuguese Post info

ELIYAHU GOLOMB

The first day cover features a photograph of the illegal immigration ship ELIYAHU GOLOMB docked in the port of Haifa.

Built as steel hulled cargo vessel under yard no 51 by N.V. Scheepswerf Welgelegen in Harlingen, Netherlands for the N.V. Zeevaart Mij “Groningen” in Groningen, Netherlands.
Launched as the ROTTERDAM.
Tonnage 208 gross, 161 net, dim. 32.8 x 8.62 x 10.7m.
Powered by an auxiliary 2-cyl oil engine, manufactured by D.Goedkoop. Jr., Amsterdam, 44 nhp.
Schooner rigged.
1918 Delivered to owners.

Early 1920 sold to E.L. Allain, Trinite-sur-Mer, France, not renamed, the same year already sold to Courset & Cie, Lorient, France and renamed in JOCELYN.
1923 Sold to D. Ienardi & Cie., Algiers, not renamed.
1934 Sold to Davide Zolezzi, Genoa, Italy and renamed in ALMA. The 44 nhp engine was replaced by a 6-cy Humboldt-Deutzmotor, Koln
1936 rebuilt, tonnage 304 gross, 168 net, dim. 37.9 x 7.3m.
1938 Sold to SA Armatoriale “Liburnum” Leghorn, Italy, renamed in ENRICO M.
1946 Sold to Cia Genovese di Armamento, Genoa, Italy and renamed in FENICE.
She was then chartered by the Israeli Aliyah Bet to transport Israeli emigrants from La Spezia to Israel, renamed in ELIAHU GOLOMB named after the Haganah Commander Eliahu Golomb (1893-1945).
She left La Spezia on 08 May 1946 under command of Captain Anssaldo and 339 persons bound for Israel where she arrived on 13 May.
It is one of the most well-known affairs in the illegal emigrant trade to Israel when the DOV HOZ with holocaust survivors on board was not allowed by the British Authorities to sail from La Spezia. A hunger strike was organized and published in the media around the world, which caused the British Government to let her sail together with the ELIAHU GOLOMB (see http://www.palyam.org/English/Hahapala/hf/hf_La_Spazia )
1949 Sold to C. Bonino, Genoa, she was then again named FENICE.
1952 Sold to Kesarya Marine Business Co.Ltd., Haifa, Israel and renamed BRACHA FOLD. (a source gives that she under that name two more voyages made with emigrants to Israel.)
1957 Sold to Luigi Rolandi, Savona, Italy and renamed PINELLA.
1961 Sold to Francesco Sigona, Naples, Italy. Not renamed.
1965 Sold to SpA Servizi Ausiliari, Portoferraio, Italy. Not renamed.
In the night of 29/30 November 1965 the PINELLA foundered near Bastia during heavy weather, when her cargo of cement shifted, she was on a voyage from Portoferraio to Olbia. Her crew was saved.
Israel FDC 1914.
Source: Lloyds Registers various years. http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz and various web-sites. http://www.palyam.org/English/Hahapala/hf/hf_La_Spazia

Pirate dhow entering the river Tamarind

The stamp shows a pirate dhow entering the river Tamarind in Ile de France, (now Mauritius) the shipstamp site gives a lot of information on the dhow’s which I will not repeat.
Mauritius has its own history of pirates, treasure and secrets. Between 1685 and 1730 the Indian Ocean was alive with a thousand pirates sailing under the Jolly Roger. The pirates set up their bases in Ile de France, Reunion, Seychelles and the Comoros islands. From there they launched their attacks on vessels sailing the Indian Ocean. Famous pirate names such as John Bowen, George Booth, Henry Avery (Long Ben), Olivier Le Vasseur (La Buse) and Olivier Misson are part of the stories that include the island of Mauritius. Treasure hunting in the 1900s took place at Flic en Flac, Black River, Bel Ombre and lately Souillac.
When the British occupied the island during the Napoleons Wars, the piracy came to an end from Mauritius.
Mauritius 1972 15c sg459 scott395.
http://www.expatmauritius.com/the-basics.asp

LIMERICK

For the remembering of World War I the New Zealand post issued a set of 10 stamps and 2 miniature sheets in 2014, one of this stamps the 80c shows us the New Zealand troopship LIMERICK departing from Wellington in 1914. http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo ... roops-1914 gives the photo after which the stamp is designed.
By the stamp is given: The LIMERICK, also known as HMNZT 7, was one of ten troopships that took the NZEF, their horses and equipment to Egypt in 1914 meeting up with the Australian Imperial Forces en route.

Built as a cargo- passenger-reefer vessel under yard No 148 by Workman Clark & Co. Ltd., Belfast for the Rippingham Grange Steamship Co. Ltd., (managed by Houlder Bros & Co. Ltd.), London.
18 April 1898 launched as the RIPPINGHAM GRANGE named after an Irish county.
Tonnage 5,790 gross, dim. 128.0 (bpp.) x 16.5 m
One triple expansion steam engine, 558 nhp, one shaft, speed 11.5 knots.
Passenger accommodation for ? passengers.
08 October 1898 completed. She was built for the Australian trade.

16 March 1899 was she transferred to the Houlder Line Ltd.
1911 Chartered by the British India Steam Navigation Co, for their service between the U.K. and Queensland, Australia.
1912 Transferred to the Federal-Houlder-Shire Line consortium.
1912 Sold to the New Zealand Shipping Co., London after they bought the Federal Line, renamed LIMERICK. She was bought together with three other Houlder ships.
1913 The management was transferred to Union SS Co. of New Zealand.
When World War I broke out fitted out as a troopship with No HMNZT 7.
16 October 1914 the LIMERICK sailed from Wellington with other transports. On board the N.Z. Field Artillery Brigade, 21 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain, 495 men and 348 horses and their equipment.
The ships assembled in the King George’s Sound, Albany Western Australia and together with Australian transports she transported the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces to Egypt. The convoy of 38 transports and 3 British warships and 1 Japanese cruiser the IBUKI sailed from the King George’s Sound on 1st November 1914.
The LIMERICK thereafter was not more used as troopship but returned to the liner service of the Union SS Co.
28 May 1917 on a voyage from Sydney to London with frozen meat and general cargo she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-86 in position 48 53N 9.45W about 140 miles SW of Bishop Rock. She sunk with the loss of 8 men of her crew.
New Zealand 2014 80c sg?, scott?
Source: North Star to Southern Cross by J.A. Maber . Union Fleet by Ian Farquhar. Various web-sites.
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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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