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Norfolk Island has not a deep water harbour, ships are required to anchor about a kilometre or so off shore. The cargo is then transferred from the hold of the ship to lighters. The 30 feet lighters, which are a local adaption of wooden whaling boats, are then towed by launch to the jetty.
Of the whalers used on Norfolk Island after which the lighters were built see: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13176&p=14506&hilit=blessing+of+the+whalers#p14506

Loading jetties are located at Kingston and Cascade, but ships cannot get close to either of them. When a supply ship arrives, it is emptied by whaleboats towed by launches, five tonnes at a time. Which jetty is used depends on the prevailing weather on the day. The jetty on the leeward side of the island is often used. If the wind changes significantly during unloading/loading, the ship will move around to the other side. Visitors often gather to watch the activity when a supply ship arrives.

Much more is given on the following URL: ... nic-fleet/ ... olk_Island
Norfolk Island 1988 39 and 55c sg452/53, scott?. 1990 5c and10c sg483/84, scott?. 1993 45c sg 541, scott? 1996 $3.70 sg627, scott?, and 45c sg 629, scott? 2000 sgMS 731, scott? 2001 45c/$1.50 sg?, scott?


The Isle of Man issued two stamps in 1974 for the 1000th centenary of King Magnus Haraldson.

Under which name he was known has in the years many times spelled differently in the documents, but most probably it was King Magnus Haraldson, when born is also not known.
He was King of the Isle of Man and on the 8p stamp his fleet is seen. Twice in the year he sailed with this fleet of between 3600-4800 sails around the British Islands as admiral of the fleet to clear the waters around the islands from pirates especially the Danes and Normans. Also his coat of arms is depict on the stamp. Why are she rowing she are under sail, and why carry the shields outboard, so far I know the shields were only used during battle in this way, and clearly not a battle took place on this stamp.
The 4p stamp shows Magnus Haraldson in a stately barge with King Edgar of England on the River Dee in Wales. The skyline of the town in the background is of the town of Chester, a mistake has been made. The skyline of the town is from a drawing of the 14th century. Of the barge I have not any info, looks she is rowed by kings, all wearing a crown, King Edgar standing in the stern.
King Magnus Haraldson died in 977, but also other years have been given.

Source: Various internet sites.
Isle of Man 1974 4½p and 8p sg51/52, scott?


Felucca served as a cargo carrier, passenger vessel, man-of-war, corsair, and guardian of ports. Terra has been applied to a number of differ¬ent types of vessels during a long history that ended in the 19th century. Small types generally both rowed and sailed; large vessels only sailed, stepping 1-3 masts. Generally set lateen sails, although a sprit rig was common on some small open feluccas in the 17th century. Some As many as 20 banks of oars used and, on older types, outboard gangways supported standing rowers. Sharp ends, flat floors, shallow keel, flared sides. Most had a low beak. The later Spanish craft had a very tall stem extension. Most had an overhang¬ing poop deck, some had a cabin aft, and larger vessels were fully decked. On some, the helm could be placed at either end as needed. The corsair carried ca. 20 men. Reported lengths 9-19m, widths 1.8-3.7m, depths 0.7-1.12m.
Feluccas are the traditional sailboats of Egypts Nile . Egyptians and foreigners alike enjoy a relaxing felucca ride, as they are perfect for catching the breeze on a hot summer night, The felucca has remained, over the centuries, the primary transportation of the Nile . Its ancient form still graces the river as it has been done since the time of the Pharaohs. The felucca relies entirely on the breeze which builds during the day, and the Nile River's current. Egypt is blessed with a predominant southerly wind that pushes sailboats upriver, while allowing them to return on its current downstream.
Egipt 2014;le4. Dominica 1998; 90c; SG2459. Monaco 1979;1f50; SG1396. Uganda 1998;3000s;SG Ms1973b. (In margin of sheet).
Source: A Dictionary of the world’s Watercraft from Aak to Zumbra. ... rev=search

LILIAN GRANDIN in a sampan on the Yangtze River.

Jersey issued in 1976 a set of four stamps to commemorate that 100 years ago Mrs. Lilian Grandin was born on the island. One stamp the 7p has a maritime theme, it shows Mrs. Grandin in a sampan on the Yangtze River in China.

Of the river sampan is given: She was used by Mrs. Grandin on the Yangtze River, this sampan is a passenger sampan which is decked and covered, steered with a long sweep. poled or rowed, set a single square sail.

Lilian Grandin, born in St Helier in 1876 (a commemorative plaque on the building where she was born gives the date as 1896, but commemorative stamps were issued by Jersey Post Office in 1976 to commemorate the centenary of her birth), was Jersey's first woman doctor. She went to China as a Methodist missionary, where she met and married journalist Edwin John Dingle. She died in 1924 of typhus after setting up a clinic and leper colony in Yunnan province.

Jersey 1976 7p sg 165, scott?


Tonga issued in 1988 a miniature sheet for the Australian Bicentennial, the sheet depict the 200th anniversary of colonization of Australia.
Only one stamp the second of the top row depict a ship, most probably a convict ship, the first emigrant ships did arrive after 1800. It looks like the stamps have been designed after paintings, drawing or photos but a search on the net did not find the ship, and so her name is still unknown.
The person depict on the stamp is the first governor of Australia Captain Arthur Phillip, who arrived with the First Fleet in 1788.
The first stamp of the top row shows a painting of Captain Cook with what looks like part of his log book for his voyage to Australia.

Tonga 1988 42s sgMS 989, scott ?


On the sheetlet of Gabon depict famous sails of the XIX-XX.
600f- DOM FERNANDO II e GLORIA- see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 11124.
880f- СUTTY SARK - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 9027.
1150f- FLYING CLOUD - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 8507.
1500f- KRUSENSTERN - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 8107.
Gabonaise 2017;600f;880f;1150f;1500f;Ms.

Black Prince (cruise liner)

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Black Prince (cruise liner)

Postby john sefton » Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:48 pm

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The Black Prince is a cruise ship owned by Fred. Olsen Cruises.
It was built in 1966 at Lubecker Flender-Werke in germany, has a gross tonnage of 11,209t and has been in service as a cruise ship since 1987.
Stamp illustration from a photograph Norwegian Maritime Museum.
Detail from Norway Post.
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Re: Black Prince (cruise liner)

Postby petecc » Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:29 am

This is not the 1966 built BLACK PRINCE but the one Launched by Akers of Oslo
on 22.12.37; completed in May 1938 for Fred Olsen Line. Length: 111.3m;
Breadth: 16.2m.

She operated between Oslo, Kristiansand and Newcastle

Renamed LOFJORD in 1941.

1941 seized by Germans for a submarine depot ship, bombed at Danzig in
December 1941, later salved but constructive total loss and scrapped.
November 1951.

Sources: Miramar - check out the figureheads on
this site !
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Re: Black Prince (cruise liner)

Postby john sefton » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:44 pm

It would appear that the Norwegian Postal Service has made a mistake on this one!
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Re: Black Prince (cruise liner)

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:03 pm

The ship on this stamp issued in Norway in 2009 is identified by Mr. Crichton as the BLACK PRINCE built in 1938. He identified her on her figure-head and I agree she is the ship.
As given by the Norway Post:

Norwegian Shipowners’ Association centenary
Norway's first shipowners' association was founded in Bergen in 1899, and Stavanger, Kristiania, Arendal and Kristiansand followed suit. In 1909, representatives of the local associations met in Kristiania. After securing the support of half of the country's tonnage, they convened on 15 September 1909 to found the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (Norges Rederforbund), with former Prime Minister Christian Michelsen as president. The Norwegian merchant fleet played a significant role during both world wars. In 1917 a tonnage agreement was signed with Britain, placing 130 Norwegian vessels at the disposal of the British, and in the spring of 1940 the Scheme Agreement, brokered by the Shipowners' Association, gave Britain the use of 150 tankers and dry cargo vessels totalling 450,000 tonnes. This agreement formed the basis for the establishment of Nortraship and the merchant fleet's support of the Allied forces. Norway's contribution at sea was extremely important, but the price was high. More than half of Nortraship's 1081 vessels were lost and nearly 4000 seamen lost their lives.

During the reconstruction of Norway after the war, the merchant fleet continued to give a helping hand. Nortraship's income during the war and compensation for sunk ships provided huge foreign currency earnings. This made it possible to import large quantities of goods before exports of Norwegian goods could start up. These earnings also provided the initial capital for the purchase of new vessels. In the course of a ten-year period Norway's
merchant fleet grew to become the fourth largest in the world.

After the discovery of oil on Ekofisk in 1969, Norwegian shipping began to focus on the offshore market. Exploration,
supply and auxiliary services, seismic surveys and other specialized services were first directed at the Norwegian continental shelf, but are today world-wide and internationally competitive.

In the 1970s and 80s, during the shipping crisis, many shipowners transferred their vessels to other flags and replaced Norwegian crews with crews hired under international terms. To counteract this trend, the authorities established the Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS) in 1987. In 1984 the Association changed its name to Norges Rederiforbund. Today, 163 shipping companies, with a total of 1467 vessels and rigs, are members of the Association. Norway is the fifth largest shipping nation in the world.

Built as a passenger- cargo vessel under yard No 473 by Akers Mekanniska Verkstad, Oslo for Fred Olsen, Oslo.
22 December 1937 launched as the BLACK PRINCE one sister the BLACK WATCH.
Tonnage 5.039 gross, 3.431 net, 2.935 dwt., dim. 117.58 x 16.15 x 5.64m. (draught).
Two 9-cyl B&W diesel engines, 5.600 bhp, speed 18 knots.
Accommodation for 290 passengers.
May 1938 completed.

July 1938 used in the service between Oslo, Kristiansand to Newcastle, U.K.
From September 1939 due to the World War II out of service and laid up in Oslo.
May 1940 seized by the Germans, where after she was used from 24 August as a Luftwaffe accommodation ship.
31 March 1941 taken over by the German Navy in Oslo and used there as an accommodation ship.
15 May 1941 used as a U-boat depot in Danzig for the 25th U-boot Flottile.
11 October 1941 renamed LOFJORD.

14 December 1941 got on fire at Danzig-Neufahrwasser and burnt out, 28 men killed and 11 were missing of heavily wounded.

From 02 June 1942 used as Luftwaffe target hulk.

1946 Was she refloated.
Hulk sold to Sigurd Herlofson, Norway and in 1950 to Willy Burns, Germany, but she was not refitted.
16 November 1953 arrived at Antwerp for demolition.

Source: Register of Merchant Ships completed in 1938. ... rince.html
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Re: Black Prince (cruise liner)

Postby john sefton » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:12 pm

I contacted Norwegian Post and received this reply:-

In our information leaflet No. 4/09, we wrote
that M/S “Black Prince”, the subject of NK 1733
for the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association’s
centenary, was built in 1966. The ship was built
by Akers Mekaniske Verksted in Oslo and handed
over to Fred. Olsen in 1938. It was taken over by
the occupation forces during World War II and
was used as an accommodation ship, among
other things, by the German Luftwaffe. It was
broken up in Antwerp in 1951
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Re: Black Prince (cruise liner)

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:57 pm

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Re: Black Prince (cruise liner)

Postby john sefton » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:17 am

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The figurehead on the latest Black Prince is quite different.
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