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In 2007 Italy and San Marino both celebrate the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Garibaldi’s birth, Italy issued one stamp and San Marino three stamps.
The Italian stamp shows the port of Nice designed after an old photo of the port with ships which can’t be identified, the home were Garibaldi was born., and a close-up of Giuseppe Garibaldi.
The San Marino stamps, only one stamp depict a watercraft, a landings-boot used during the landing on 11 May 1860 at Marsala, most probably a boat from one of the ships who transported Garibaldi and his troops to Marsala, the man standing in the bow of the boat looks like he is Garibaldi.
Garibaldi and his troops were welcomed by revolutionary troops who joined the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The conquest is represented with the landing in Marsala.

Italy 2007 0.65 Euro sg?, scott?
San Marino 2007 1.40 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Italy and San Marino Post.

SEAWOLF (SSN-21) USS submarine

Built as a nuclear attack submarine under yard No 253 by General Dynamics Electro Boat Co., Groton for the USA Navy.
25 October 1989 laid down.
24 June 1995 launched as the USS SEAWOLF (SSN-21) one of the Seawolf class. one sisters, the last of this class is longer.
Displacement 7,460 tons standard, 9,137 tons full load, dim. 1007.6 x 12.9 x 11m. (draught).
Powered by one S6W PWR nuclear reactor, 52,000 shp, one shaft, pumpjet propulsor, speed + 35 knots.
Range, unlimited, endurance, till food supplies run out.
Diving depth + 800 feet.
Armament: 8 – 26 inch torpedo tubes, 40 torpedoes, 50 missiles or 100 mines.
Crew 140,
19 July 1997 commissioned.
USS SEAWOLF (SSN-21), the lead ship of her class, is the fourth submarine of the United States Navy named for the seawolf, a solitary fish with strong, prominent teeth and projecting tusks that give it a savage look. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics and Newport News Shipbuilding on 9 January 1989 and her keel was laid down on 25 October 1989. She was launched on 24 June 1995, sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Dalton, and commissioned on 19 July 1997 with Commander David M. McCall in command.
USS SEAWOLF was a product of the Cold War, designed as a replacement for the Los Angeles-class submarines and as a response to the Soviet Akula class. According to the Navy's "Undersea Warfare" magazine, SEAWOLF is quieter at high speed than a Los Angeles submarine is pierside. Originally 29 were planned for production, but with the end of the Cold War, the cost was judged to be prohibitively high and only three were built (SEAWOLF , CONNECTICUT and JIMMY CARTER) in favor of the smaller Virginia-class submarines, which were expected to be about 10% cheaper.
Between 25–27 March 2006, a series of anti-submarine warfare exercises were held in Hawaiian waters that included SEAWOLF; Carrier Strike Group Nine; the nuclear-powered attack submarines CHEYENNE, GREENVILLE, TUCSON and PASADENA, as well as land-based P-3 Orion aircraft from patrol squadrons VP-4, VP-9, and VP-47.
On 22 July 2007, the submarine transferred from her previous homeport of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, to permanently reside at SubBase Bangor in Silverdale, Washington.
Adding support personnel as well as ship's crew, there are 140 personnel attached to SEAWOLF.
USS SEAWOLF featured in a 1998 episode of the documentary Super Structures of the World: SEAWOLF. The programme followed her construction and sea trials.
2015 In service.

TRITON submersible

The submersible TRITON 3300/3 is built by Triton Submarines LLC at Vero Beach, Florida USA.
Weight 8000 kg, dim. 4.0 x 3.0 x 2.5m. (height).
Main thrusters 2 x 5 hp, speed 3 knots. Vertran thrusters 2 x 5 hp.
Endurance 10 hours.
Reserve oxygen for 96 hours.
Payload 350 kg.
Diving depth 1,000 metres
1 Pilot and 2 passengers.

It is the most popular type built by the company and available to civilian buyers for recreational use. She is a type manufactured by the company and her name is given for the depth she can dive 3300 ft.
The first 3300/3 made his maiden dive in 2011, work on number 3 had commenced in January 2012, and all three were built for use on superyachts.
Building cost USA$ 3 million.

Solomon Islands 2013 $7 sg?, scott1507a.
Source: Triton submersible website and various other web-sites.


Built as an iron hulled barque under yard No 75 by Bartran, Haswell & Co., at South Dock, Sunderland U.K for Thomas Dunlop & Co., Glasgow.
18 February 1874 launched as the CLAN MACLEOD, christened by Mrs. McCallum.
Tonnage 671 grt, 646 nrt, 629 tons underdeck, dim. 54.71 x 9.54 x 5.33m.
Her building cost was £11,375. Homeport Glasgow.
Crew 17 men.
April 1874 completed.

Her maiden voyage was under Captain William Alexander with coal to the west coast of South America via Cape Horn.

The JAMES CRAIG is a three-masted, iron-hulled barque restored and sailed by the Sydney Heritage Fleet, Sydney, Australia.

Built in 1874 in Sunderland, England, by Bartram, Haswell, & Co., she was originally named CLAN MACLEOD. She was employed carrying cargo around the world, and rounded Cape Horn 23 times in 26 years. 1887 Was she sold to Sir Roderick W. Cameron, Glasgow not renamed. In 1900 she was acquired by Mr J J Craig, renamed JAMES CRAIG on 14 December 1905, named after a son of the owner. After she was bought by Craig she began to operate between New Zealand and Australia until 1911.
1911 Sold to British New Guinea Development Co., striped and used as a copra hulk in Port Moresby.
1919 Sold to H. Jones & Co. (Pioneer Line) and was re-rigged in Sydney. Used in the trade between the USA and Australia and New Zealand. Like many other sailing ships of her vintage, she fell victim to the advance of steamships, and was first laid up, then used as a hulk
Unable to compete profitably with freight cargo, she was sold to the Catamaran Coal Company in late 1925 who used the JAMES CRAIG as a coal hulk in Recherche Bay to serve as a bunker for the coal brought to the wharf., until eventually being abandoned at Coal Pit Bay in Tasmania in 1930. In 1932 she was sunk by fishermen who blasted a 3-metre hole in her stern.
Her register was closed on 15 February 1957.
Restoration of JAMES CRAIG began in 1972, when volunteers from the 'Lady Hopetoun and Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum' (now the Sydney Heritage Fleet) refloated her and towed her to Hobart for initial repairs. Brought back to Sydney under tow in 1981, her hull was placed on a submersible pontoon to allow work on the hull restoration to proceed. Over twenty-five years, the vessel was restored, repaired by both paid craftspeople and volunteers and relaunched in 1997. In 2001 restoration work was completed and she goes to sea again. A DVD on her restoration has been produced and available from the Sydney Heritage Fleet.
Current situation
JAMES CRAIG is currently berthed at Wharf 7 of Darling Harbour, near the Australian National Maritime Museum. She is open to the public, and takes passengers out sailing on Sydney Harbour and beyond. She is crewed and maintained by volunteers from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. The cost of maintaining her is approaching $1 million a year and the ship relies on generating income from visitors alongside, charters, events, and regular fortnightly daysails with up to 80 passengers.
The ship has now made historic return voyages to Hobart (2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013) and to Port Philip (Melbourne and Williamstown) in 2006 and 2008. The voyages to Hobart to coincide with the Wooden Boat Festival (one of the largest in the world).
In October 2013 James Craig participated in the International Fleet Review 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
Historical value
JAMES CRAIG is of exceptional historical value in that she is one of only four 19th century barques in the world that still go regularly to sea. She sails out through the Sydney heads fortnightly, when not on voyages to Melbourne, Newcastle or Hobart. As such she is a working link to a time when similar ships carried the bulk of global commerce in their holds. Thousands of similar ships plied the oceans in the 19th and early 20th centuries linking the old world, the new world, Asia and Oceania. She is sailed in the traditional 19th Century manner entirely by volunteers from the Master to the galley crew. Her running rigging consists of 140 lines secured to belaying pins and spider bands. Many of the crew know each rope by name. She achieved 11.3 knots on a return voyage from Melbourne in February 2006 and "she was loving every minute of it!"

More information on her history is given on: ... aig-story/

Solomon Island 2015 $12.00 sg?, scott?
Source: Internet. Lloyds Registry.


Built as a wooden yacht by the Estaleiro Maccarini, Navegantes S.C., Brazil for Frank Walker a Brazilian industrialist. He was also the designer of the ship.
1986 Laid down.
1989 launched under the name AVANY.
Displacement 400 ton, dim. 48.16 x 10.36 x 4.72m. (draught) length at waterline 33 metre, on deck 38 metre.
Powered by two Cummins diesel engines, each 400 hp, twin screws, speed 14 knots.
Accommodation for 8 passengers and 7 crew.
Completed ?

PEACEMAKER is an American barquentine owned by the Twelve Tribes religious group.
The PEACEMAKER, originally named AVANY, was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods, and was launched in 1989. The original owner and his family motored in the southern Atlantic Ocean before bringing the ship up through the Caribbean to Savannah, Georgia, where they intended to rig it as a three-masted staysail Marconi rigged motor sailer. The work was never done, however, and in the summer of 2000, it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes, a religious group with 50 or so communities in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. They spent the next seven years replacing all of the ship’s mechanical and electrical systems and rigging it as a barquentine. The refit vessel set sail for the first time in the spring of 2007, under the name PEACEMAKER.
Barquentine rigged. Sail area 930 m³
Accommodation for 6 crew and 5 trainees.
The Peacemaker is used to travel between the communities of the Twelve Tribes while providing an apprenticeship program for their youth in sailing, seamanship, navigation, and boat maintenance.
The ship has a United States Coast Guard attraction vessel permit and is available for festivals and dockside hospitality events.
The PEACEMAKER has a large deckhouse and spacious cabins finished in mahogany, modeled after the interior of the CUTTU SARK. It also has an innovative transom that can be lowered while in port to reveal a watertight bulkhead with two large doors opening into a cargo area and fully equipped workshop.
Present day
In 2013, the PEACEMAKER participated in the Tall Ships 1812 Tour, a pan-provincial event that traveled throughout Ontario during the summer of 2013, commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Sixteen ports participated in this event which partnered with the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2013 series. The first port of call for the tour was Brockville, Ontario, June 14-16, 2013.
On August 15-17, 2014, the PEACEMAKER will be docked in Port Washington, WI, and featured during the 2014 Port Washington Maritime Heritage Festival.
Over Independence Day weekend 2014, The PEACEMAKER will participate in the 14th Annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary/Heritage Center in Alpena, Michigan.
The ship was at port in Ludington, Michigan, on July 12-13 available for public tours.
2015 She is for sale, asking price 3 million dollar.

Solomon Island 2015 $12.00 sg?, scott?
Source: Internet.


Built as a steel hulled fishing logger under yard No 35 by the VEB Rosslauer Schifswerft at Dessau-Rosslau, East Germany.
Launched as the VILM named after the island of Vilm.
Displacement as tanker 429 empty, 491 full load, dim. 38.50 x 7.20 x 3.40m
One diesel engine, speed 9.5 knots.
Crew 11.
Before she was completed was she towed to the Peene Werft, Wolgast and rebuild in a tank-supply vessel for the East German Navy.
01 April 1952 delivered.

Roald Amundsen (often abbreviated Roald; named in honor of Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen), originally named VILM, is a German steel-ship built at the Elbe River in 1952. Having worked in different areas, she was refitted in 1992 to 1993 as a brig (two-masted square-rigged sailing ship) and now serves as a sail training ship. During summer, she usually operates in the Baltic Sea, and usually embarks for journeys to farther destinations for winter, including several trans-Atlantic crossings.
Ship history
The hull of the ship was built at the shipyard Rosslauer Werft at the Elbe River in Rosslau, German Democratic Republic, in 1952. Originally intended for fishing as a deep sea fishing lugger, plans were changed before the completion of the ship, and she was then instead built as a type of tanker, receiving her final completion at the shipyard Peene-Werft in Wolgast, Germany, at the shore of the Baltic Sea.
Named VILM, the ship was put to use for the National People's Army (NVA), first as a tanker and supply vessel, operating out of Peenemünde and crewed mainly by civilian seamen. Converted to a transporter for bilge water in the 70s on the Peene-Werft, the VILM then made regular trips to the bases of the National People's Army to take the ships' bilge water to a centralized treatment facility. This service was discontinued at the end of 1988.
After not having been used for a year, the VILM was towed to Neustadt in Holstein and there at the navy base used as living quarters. At the beginning of 1991, the ship was put up for sale by the Vebeg GmbH, a corporation to sell federal property.
Detlev Löll and Hanns Temme bought the ship at an auction and, with the help of some of the former crew, sailed the ship to Wolgast in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In spring 1992, a complete overhaul began, in the course of which the ship received a new exterior keel and was refitted as a brig; the rig includes five square sails at each mast and includes lifting yards for the upper-three yards (upper main topsail, topgallant and royal) at each mast, lowering the center of gravity of the ship when sails are furled. The overhaul was subsidized by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Bundesagentur für Arbeit and formed part of the job creation program „Fridtjof Nansen“ (led by the owner), which comprised the refitting of this ship as well as the FRIDTJOF NANSEN and the NOBILE.
In 1993, the ship was put to its new use under the name of ROALD AMUNDSEN. It was chartered by the newly founded sail training club „LebenLernen auf Segelschiffen e.V.“ (short: LLaS; German: learning to live on sailing ships). After a short intermezzo with another sail-training club, „Segelschiff Fritjof Nansen e.V.“, in 1993, the ROALD AMUNDSEN has since been chartered by the LLaS and used for sail training.
ROALD AMUNDSEN now operates all year around as a sail training vessel with voyages lasting between one and three weeks. Her home port is Eckernförde, a harbour city in Schleswig-Holstein near Kiel in northern Germany. Summer months are spent with voyages on the Baltic Sea from Denmark to Baltic countries or the North Sea. Winters are spent in warmer regions. The ROALD AMUNDSEN has repeatedly crossed the Atlantic Ocean, bound for South American ports in Brasil and French Guiana (1998), for tall ships events in North America (2000, 2010), and for the Caribbean (2001, 2011/12, 2012/13). Further destinations include Iceland (1995), England and Ireland (2006), the Mediterranean (2006/07, 2007/08), the Canary Islands (1995), and others. During her North American voyage in 2010, the ROALD AMUNDSEN visited the Great Lakes and there met with the US brig NIAGARA; the two brigs formed an unofficial friendship, and as of 2013, the ROALD AMUNDSEN still flies a flag of the NIAGARA at some occasions such as the Tall Ship Parade at Kiel Week.
The ship has participated in the Tall Ships' Races and is rated as a Class A tall ship by Sail Training International.

Specifications as the ROALD AMUNDSEN.
Length over all: 50,20 m
Length of hull: 40,80 m
L.W.L. (Length of waterline): 38,20 m
Width/beam: 7,20 m
Draft: 4,20 m
Mast total height: 34,00 m
Sail Area: 850,0 m² (square meters)[with 18 sails]
Crew: 31 Trainees plus Crew quarters [17 Regular Crew]
Motor: 300 PS (220 kW) 8-cylinder (Buckau-Wolff Diesel motor)
Generators: 1x 48 kW; 1x 53 kW
Displacement: 480 t
GRT: 298
ballast: 180 t
ballast tanks: 108 t
call sign: DARG
MMSI: 211215170
IMO No: 8994489
STAG-Sail-No: TS G 508
Ensign / flag: Germany
Equipment: Radar, echo sounder, Global Positioning System, Automatic Identification System, magnetic compass, LRC Long Range Radio, EPIRP-buoye, Inmarsat, short wave radio, Life Rafts, Zodiac, personal safety equipment (rescue vests etc.)

Solomon Islands 2015 $12 sg?, scott? Internet.


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Built as cargo and livestock carrier by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the White Star Lines.
01 January 1889 launched under the name RUNIC.
Tonnage 4.639 gross, 3.122 net, dim. 131.27 x 13.77 x 9.14m.
Powered by one 3-cyl triple expansion steamengine, manufactured by the ships builder, 424 nhp., speed 13 knots.
1889 Completed.

21 February 1889 sailed for her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. She and her sister the CUFIC were the first livestock carriers of the White Star Lines.
Carried general cargo outward and returned home with around 1000 life cattle.

1895 Sold to the West India & Pacific SS Co., renamed TAMPICAN.
31 December 1899 transferred to F. Leyland & Co., not renamed.
The same year reboilered, still in the service from Liverpool to New York.
1912 Sold to H.E.Moss & Co., Liverpool, not renamed.
Immediately sold to South Pacific Whaling Co., Christiania (now Oslo), renamed in IMO.
Converted in a whale oil tanker for Antarctic whaling service.

During the First World War was she chartered by the Belgian Relief Commission.
06 December 1917 when she was in ballast steaming across Halifax Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada outward bound with destination New York came she in collision with the French ship MONT BLANC around 08.45 a.m., which was loaded with ammunition and inward bound.
The IMO struck the MONT BLANC abreast of the forward hold, causing some barrels of the 35-ton benzol, carried as deck cargo, to ignite the picric acid in the hold below.
The crew of the MONT BLANC fully aware of the dangers of the cargo on board abandoned the vessel, leaving the blazing MONT BLANC drifting in the stream. The fire attracted many spectators to the waterfront, and she drifted into Halifax’s Pier 6.
Some vessels tried to put a towline on board the burning vessel, and to tow her away from the pier, but at
09.00 the MONT BLANC erupted causing the greatest man made explosion before the Atomic bomb. The blast was felt 120 miles away.
Most part of the densely populated suburb of Richmond was flattened, and within a 16-mile radius 1.630 buildings were destroyed. Only two vessels were lost the MONT BLANC and a wooden schooner the LOLAR, all other damaged vessels in port were later repaired.
Officially 1.963 people were killed, with 9.000 injured and 199 blinded by flying glass, although the casualties aboard the ships in the harbour bring the death toll closer to 3.000.
The captain and the pilot and 5 of de crew of 41 on board the IMO were killed during the explosion, she was hurled across the stream, with most of her upper structure ripped away, and grounded.
After four months the IMO was refloated and towed to New York for repair.
1918 She was rebuilt in a whale factory ship, renamed in GUVERNOREN.

30 November 1921 during heavy fog she ran aground on the rocks at Cow Bay, two miles off Cape Carysfort on East Flakland, all crew were saved.
Salvage attempts were made but the GUVERNOREN was not refloated, and salvage work was halted on 03 December 1921, and she was abandoned to the sea.
Today the wreckage is still there from the waterline up, and lying on her starboard side.

The other ship on fire as seen on the stamp must be the MONT BLANC. The design is wrong, the fire started in the forward hold, and not as seen on the stamp on the afterpart of the vessel.

Built as a cargo vessel under yard No 460 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co., Ltd. Middelsbrough, U.K. for the Soc. Générale de Transport Maritimes á Vapeur, Marseille.
Launched under the name MONT BLANC.
Tonnage 3.279 gross, 2.251 net, dim. 320 x 44.8 x 15.3ft.
Powered by a triple expansion steam engine 247 nhp. Speed 9.5 knots, one propeller.
June 1899 delivered to owners.

1906 Sold to E. Anquetil, Rouen, France.
1915 Sold to G Petit, Rouen.
1916 Sold to Cie Générale Transatlantique, St Nazaire.

06 December 1917 on a voyage from New York to Halifax under command of Captain Aime Le Medec loaded with a cargo of around 5.000 ton high explosives, she came in collision with the outward bound Norwegian IMO, both ships were under pilot control, and there was plenty of room and it visibility was good.
When both ships approached each other there was a lot of confusion, and a collision happened.
After some barrels of benzol loaded on deck of the MONT BLANC ignited, the crew on board aware of the dangers of the cargo abandoned the vessel and rowed hard for the shore, and just after she landed about 20 minutes later the MONT BLANC did exploded at 09.05 a.m. and she was disintegrated into a mass of wreckage.

Only one men of the crew of the MONT BLANC was lost.

Falkland Islands 2005 £1.20 sg?, scott?

Source: North Atlantic Seaway by Bonsor. Dictionary of Disasters at sea during the age of steam by Hocking. Some web-sites. (A google search gives plenty of sites on this explosion.)
Register of Merchant ships completed in 1899.
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