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Interested in Ships and Stamps? The Ship Stamp Society is an international society and publishes it’s journal, Log Book, six time a year.
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Full membership of £17 (UK only) includes receiving Log Book by post, but there is an online membership costing just £12pa.
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A free sample of Log Book is available on request.

COXLESS SCULL Biglin brothers

This stamp is designed after a painting made by Thomas Eakins https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Eakins and shows the Biglin Brothers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biglin_Br ... ver_-_1872
The painting was made in 1872 and is now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington and shows the Biglin Brothers in a coxless scull of which Wikipedia gives:

A coxless pair is a rowing boat used in the sport of competitive rowing. It is designed for two rowers, who propel the boat with sweep oars.
The crew consists of a pair of rowers, each having one oar, one on the stroke side (rower's right hand side) and one on the bow side (rower's lefthand side). As the name suggests, there is no coxswain on such a boat, and the two rowers must co-ordinate steering and the proper timing of oar strokes between themselves or by means of a steering installation which is operated by foot from one of the rowers. The equivalent boat when it is steered by a cox is referred to as a "coxed pair".
Racing boats (often called "shells") are long, narrow, and broadly semi-circular in cross-section in order to reduce drag to a minimum. Originally made from wood, shells are now almost always made from a composite material (usually carbon-fibre reinforced plastic) for strength and weight advantages. Pairs have a fin towards the rear, to help prevent roll and yaw. The riggers are staggered alternately along the boat so that the forces apply asymmetrically to each side of the boat.
A coxless pair is often considered the most difficult boat to row, as each rower must balance his/her side in cooperation with the other, apply equal power, place their catch and extract the blade simultaneously in order to move the boat efficiently. It requires excellent technique, communication and experience.
"Coxless pair" is one of the classes recognized by the International Rowing Federation and is competed in the Olympic Games

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coxless_pair
USA 1967 5c sg ?, scott1335.

BUNGO or BONGO dugout

The ‘bungo” or “bongo” is in Panama a large 18th century dugout canoe, that carried passengers and cargo on the Rio Changres across the isthmus from Panama City to Porto Bello.

During the gold rush to California it carried the forty-niners the nickname for the first passengers to the gold fields in 1844 from the Rio Charges at Gorgona to Las Cruises a distance of forty-mile which took three to four days. From there the passengers were taken overland to Panama City, to board a passenger vessel for San Francisco.
The bongo was partly covered with a palm-thatched shelter as seen on the stamp, to protect the passengers against the sun and rain.
The bongo was paddled by a crew of 18 – 20 . Length ca 37 m. Could carry only a few passengers with their luggage. The stamp shows only three crew poling the bongo.
More on this set of stamps is given on viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7055#!lightbox[gallery]/1/

Source: Various internet sites and Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.
Canal Zone 1949 6c sg 196, scott 143.

Gabon ships on stamps 1965.

This stamps issued by Gabon were designed by the French marine painter Roger Chapelet (1903 – 1995) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Chapelet

25Fr. Vaisseau an French term for ship. The stamp issued by Gabon in 1965 shows a ship of the 16th Century.
It looks that a model of a galleon is depict. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11966

50F. Vaisseau, merchant ship of the XVII century. The merchantman at that time was used for trading and commerce but she was also armed to protect her for pirate attacks.

85 Fr. In the 18th century, the term frigate referred to ships that were usually as long as a ship of the line and were square-rigged on all three masts (full rigged), but were faster and with lighter armament, used for patrolling and escort. In the definition adopted by the British Admiralty, they were rated ships of at least 28 guns, carrying their principal armaments upon a single continuous deck — the upper deck — while ships of the line possessed two or more continuous decks bearing batteries of guns.
Source: Wikipedia.

100Fr.
The stamp shows a two-masted brig. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11973

Gabon 1965 85f sg230/233, scott ?

PRAM DINGHY

As given by Watercraft Philately the small dinghy is a “pram dinghy” with a length of 6ft.
A small rowboat used as a tender and also used as a small racing yacht. Normally rowed, when used for racing fitted out with a sail and an outboard rudder.
In the past often used as a tender by the yachts anchored in the harbour, but have now been mostly replaced by a small inflatable.

Cayman Islands 1962 1sh 9p sg176, scott 164.
Source: Internet.

THE FERRY, QUEBEC painting

Canada issued in 1967 a set of stamps with paintings, the 20c stamp shows us a painting made by James Wilson Morrice http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/e ... n-morrice/
The painting combines three views: the train station at Lévis at the St Lawrence River, and a view of Cape Diamond taken from the ferry on the St Lawrence River in the centre of the painting, sailing between Lévis and Quebec. The painting is now in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
The painting was made in 1906 and at that time the ferry service was owned by the Quebec & Levis Ferry Co., Quebec, and in 1906 the company owned four ferries, which ferry is shown is not known.

The ferries owned by the company were steam ferries.

SOUTH, built as a wooden ferry by A. Russell at Levis in 1885, tonnage 349 ton.
1924 Sold to T. Hardy, Quebec, not renamed.
First quarter of 1934 broken up.
POLARIS, built as a wooden ferry by R. Sample, Levis in 1883, tonnage 533 ton.
1924 Sold to H. Lizotte, Quebec, not renamed.
Second quarter of 1928 broken up.
PILOT, built as a wooden ferry by R. Sample, Levis in 1884, tonnage 427 ton.
18 November 1917 she was wrecked at Red Island, St Lawrence.
QUEEN, a wooden ferry built by E. Samson, Levis in 1886, tonnage 367 ton.
1924 Sold to La Traverse de Levis Ltee, Quebec, not renamed.
1927 Broken up.

It looks that in 1924 the Quebec & Levis Ferry Co., was going out of business.

Canada 1967 20c sg 587, scott464.
Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.nz and internet

FRANÇOIS PREMIER LOCK at Le Havre

The stamp issued in 1973 by France shows us the largest lock in France, also three cargo ships, one is leaving the lock, the ships look like bulkers, and have not been identified.

The lock is the François Premier lock in Le Havre in north France, and the lock provide access to a huge basin and shipping terminals located upstream of the industrial port area of Le Havre.
The lock was completed in 1971, with a length of 400 metre and wide of 67 metres.

Source: Internet
France 1973 0.90Fr. sg 1998, scott 1364.
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IBERIA

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IBERIA

Postby shipstamps » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:13 pm


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The IBERIA depict on the MS of Angola (“Barcos do Mundo”) , I am pretty sure she is the vessel wrecked off New York in 1888; a drawing off the ship is similar as the stamp design, see http://www.northeastdiver.com/iberia.html

Built as a cargo vessel under yard No30 by S.H. Morton & Co., Leith, Scotland for Cyprien Fabre & Cie, Marseilles, France.
March 1881 launched under the name IBERIA.
Tonnage 1.388 grt, 923 net, dim. 254.6 x 36 x 19.5 ft.
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1881 completed, homeport Marseilles.

21 September 1888 the Iberia sailed from Basra, Persian Gulf bound for New York under command of Capt. Sagolis, and a crew of 30.
She was loaded with crates of dates, bales of wool, hides and coffee.
She steamed via the Suez Canal and on 17 October she passed Gibraltar.
She got engine trouble a few miles off Long Island, New York and had to anchor there, after repair she proceeded slowly to New York.
10 November, in the morning the Cunard liner UMBRIA sailed from New York bound for Liverpool, when sailing out of the harbour she encountered dense fog, slowing down and blowing her whistle, posting a lookout on the forecastle, steaming slowly outward.
At 01.16 p.m. an other vessel was sighted, sailing across the course of the UMBRIA.
The order was given “full astern” on the UMBRIA but it was too late, the bow of the ship rammed the after port part of the other vessel, cutting off about 14 feet of her stern part, which was drifting away along the UMBRIA.

The IBERIA at that time of collision made a speed of around 3 knots, and according Capt. Sagolis when he saw the other ship he tried to avoid a collision by putting the helm hard over, but still she cut trough our stern, where after she disappeared in the fog.

On the UMBRIA after been stopped, she lowered a lifeboat, and the bow was inspected for any damage, which was very light, and not a danger for the vessel and passengers.
Thereafter the UMBRIA started to search for the other vessel, and after she found the IBERIA both ships dropt anchor. The IBERIA lowered a boat and both captains discussed the situation, Capt MiMickan of the UMBRIA recommended that the crew of the IBERIA to be transferred to the UMBRIA, but Capt. Sagolis refused, he thought the six watertight bulkheads kept her afloat, and that it was possible to tow her to port.

Both ships stayed at anchor till the next morning, when after the crew of the IBERIA was taken on board the UMBRIA she steamed back to New York.

Three men from the pilot cutter CADWELL H.COLT, after the IBERIA was abandoned were put on board and tried to salvage the vessel, the pilot boat sailed back to port to get tugboats for the salvage job.
When Capt. Sagolis returned the same day with tugboats, he could not find a trace of the vessel, the three men on board which narrowly escaped in their longboat, declared that a bulkhead had given away and she filled quickly with water where-after she sank.

Later 840 bales of wool were salvaged, but the dates and coffee were worthless due to seawater and left in the wreck.

Today she is still there in 60 feet of water about 3 miles offshore, and visiting divers. can see her engine and boiler still standing, but most of the hull has collapsed.

Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz http://njscuba.net/sites/site_iberia.html
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