LE BEL ESPOIR

Built as a wooden three-masted fore-and-aft schooner by J Ring Andersen, Svendborg, Denmark for AES Svendborg (A.C.Sorensen), Denmark.
Launched as the NETTE S.
Tonnage 160 dwt, dim.?
Built of oak and beech.
Sail area about 5000 sq. ft.
Auxiliary engine: 135 hp Alpha diesel. If the engine was placed during building I could not find maybe placed after the war.
1944 Completed.

Her history is a little sketchy from 1944 till 1950 but she was renamed by the owners in ANNETTE S in ?. The only thing I found that she was mostly used in the coastal waters of Denmark.

1950 She was renamed by owners in PEDER MOST and fitted out as cattle carrier to carry about 200 head of cattle between Copenhagen and Hamburg each voyage.

1955 Bought by the Outward Bound Moray Sea School, Burghead, Scotland. She was bought in the neighbourhood of £11,500.
She was refitted in a training vessel, her hatches no longer needed were removed, which included almost in a complete new maindeck.
Accommodation for 24 boys and 5 crew.
30 June 1955 she was rechristened by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburg in Glasgow and renamed in PRINCE LOUIS (II).
When she was getting to small for the Outward Bound requirements she was sold on 09 May 1968 to the French society Les Amis de Jeudi-Dimanche (Friends of Thursday-Sunday), the society was founded by a catholic prison chaplain Michel Jaouen, known as Pére Jaouen (1920-2016) (Father Jaouen ). This French youth organization encourages recreational activities for schoolchildren. The name of the society arose from the fact that French children are free of school half of Thursday and naturally also Sunday the whole day. Nowadays they have a half free day on Wednesday.
She was renamed in BEL ESPOIR which means “good hope”.

She sailed with young criminals and drugs addicts, during the winter in the Caribbean, and during the summer season in the northern waters. Took also part in some regattas.
During 1993/94 she underwent an extensive overhaul in Camaret and was in January 1994 again in service.
1993 She was declared a historic monument in France.

2017 Taken out of service, she was not more seaworthy, and is moored alongside the Chantier Naval du Moulin de L’Enfer in Landéda in the mouth of the Aber Wrac’h, she is awaiting her fate of a possible restauration or scrapping. The cost to restore her is much higher than to build a replica with a steel hull.
Her details are now: 37.20 x 7.10 x 2.60m. (draught), length of deck 29.30m.
Sail area 545 m².

Source: Sail Training and Cadet Ships by Harold A. Underhill. Mr Jean-Louis Araignon. Great Sailing Ships of the World by Otmar Schauffelen. Various internet sites.
2018 St Pierre et Miquelon 1.30 Euro sg?, scott?

MANGANESE LOADING IN FORARI

In 1963 the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) issued two stamps (English and French inscription) which shows us a cargo vessel loading manganese via a conveyor belt at Forari which is on the eastern end of Èfaté Island. The vessel is not identified. Most of this manganese was shipped to Japan. The vessel depict on the cover is the ship after which the stamp is designed, who can identify the vessel?

In 1962 the French opened there a manganese mine and this mine was closed in 1979.
In 1971 it was reported that workable deposits of manganese oxides occur over an area of 25 km² at Forari.

The Crown Agents did give that in 1952 manganese was found and in 1966 it was estimated that about 80,000 ton could be mined.

New Hebrides 1963 5c sg96, scott? French issue 1963 5c sgF96, scott 112.
Source: Internet and Crown Agent.

GREEN DRAGON yacht

In 2009 Ireland issued one stamp and a miniature sheet for the Volvo Ocean Race in which the Irish team with the yacht GREEN DRAGON took part.

By this issues the Ireland Post gives the following.
It’s is known as the ‘Everest of Sailing’ a unique test of sailing skills, physical endurance and appetite for adventure. That’s the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s premier professional yachting race, a globe-spanning event that embodies for today spirit of the intrepid seafarers who crossed the oceans under sail more than a century ago.
In 2009, this epic challenge comes to Ireland for the first time, with a stopover in Galway between 23 May and 6 June (2009). The visit is just one stop on a global journey that covers nine months, 11 ports and over 37,000 nautical miles, and is expected to be seen by 1.6 billion people.
When the yachts reach Galway, they will be touching land in Europe for the first time since leaving Alicante in Spain last October (2008).
While there they are expected to attract a quarter of a million people, and they will take part in an in-port race that will give spectators a change to witness some spectacular sailing action close-up.
On leaving Galway the yachts continue on to Sweden before sailing across the Baltic Sea and the down the Gulf of Finland to St. Petersburg, Russia, where the race its exciting climax at the end of June.
The two stamps issued by Ireland mark this event, both of which are based on paintings by Vincent Killowry, GREEN DRAGON, and the Irish entry for the race features on both stamps. The 55c features a painting of the yacht and its team in action out at sea. The mini sheet features a 3 Euro stamp showing the GREEN DRAGON amongst other yachts competing in this spectacular event.

The GREEN DRAGON was built in 2007/08 by McConaghy Boats in Gosfort, NSW, Australia after a design made by Reichel Pugh Yacht design.
She was built for the Green Dragon Racing Team, Ireland and sponsored by China.
Displacement 14,000 kg, dim. 21.5 x 5.7 x 4.5m. (draught)
Sail area: mainsail 175m², storm jib 35m², jib 94m², spinnaker (masthead) 500m², spinnaker (fractional rig) 350 m², storm trysail 41m².
Accommodation for 12 persons.

She took part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 under Skipper Ian Walker and finished as 5th.
After the race she was put up for sale for 2 million Euro, but there were no takers. She was laid up in a dry-dock in Galway, Ireland.
2011 She was sold to an owner in Austria, not renamed but homeport changed to Vienna.
2018 She is for charter as a race yacht, same name.
More info on the 2008/09 Volvo Race is given by: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008%E2%8 ... rticipants

Source: Internet and Irish Post.
Ireland 2009 55c sg?, scott? and MS sgMS?, scott?

SAILING YACHT

This stamp shows us a sailing yacht under full sail, of the yacht I have not any information.

Guinea 2002 750f sg?, scott2068

SPORT & WATER AUSTRIA 2018

Sport & Water

Surfing with a kite
A new series of special issues from Austrian Post is being dedicated to sport. The focus is on less well- known sports and the stamps will be issued in themed sets. The theme for the first stamps is water sports.
In kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, you have to master both the kite and the surfboard on which you glide over the water. The surfer is powered by the wind. He is attached to the kite via a rope of up to 30 metres in length and steers using a kitebar. The board is generally similar to a wakeboard, the surfer standing with his feet inserted into footstraps.
It is difficult to say who invented kitesurfing. In the 1980s and 1990s synthetic fibre kites with inflatable tubes were developed, so-called tube or leading edge inflatable kites. This made it possible to start the kite from the water, an important prerequisite for the modern form of kitesurfing.
The original kitesurfer’s paradise was Hawaii, which was also where the first kitesurfing schools were set up and the first competitions held. Experienced kitesurfers execute jumps at lofty heights, traversing over 100 meters, which is sure to provide a major adrenalin rush. Kitesurfing is a dynamic sport which is increasingly gaining in popularity and is also permitted on many of Austria’s large lakes.

Gliding with the wind
A new series of special issues from Austrian Post is being dedicated to sport. The focus is on less well- known sports and the stamps will be issued in themed sets. The theme for the first stamps is water sports.
For many hundreds of years, sailing ships were the only means of transport for crossing the seas. Sometimes ships were also fitted with rudders to enable them to advance during lulls. Large sailing ships travelled the seas of the world both as battleships and as merchant vessels.
Nowadays sailing is primarily a popular leisure activity and a spectacular competitive sport. In sailing there are many different classes of boat with different hull constructions, masts and sails, from the small optimist dinghy – often the entry vessel into the sport for children – up to the large sailing yachts with cabins, which are more often used for leisure purposes.
Austria has produced many successful sailors: for example, the tornado yachtsmen Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher enjoyed outstanding success, winning gold medals at the Summer Olympics in both 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens. The tornado is a catamaran with two hulls, which is able to reach top speeds of over 30 knots. Tanja Frank and Thomas Zajac won bronze in the Nacra 17 class at the Summer Olympics in 2016.

Skiing on water
A new series of special issues from Austrian Post is being dedicated to sport. The focus is on less well- known sports and the stamps will be issued in themed sets. The theme for the first stamps is water sports.
The first attempts at waterskiing are ascribed to the US American inventor Ralph Samuelson, who first rode across the water on two wooden skis in the 1920s.
For waterskiing people generally use two skis, as for downhill skiing. The skis turn up slightly at the ends. The feet are inserted into rubber bindings and the skier holds on tightly to a handle on the towing rope, with which a motorboat or waterskiing lift pulls him across the water. The correct posture and body tension are of particular importance in maintaining one’s balance.
Experienced waterskiers often switch to a single ski. In this case both feet are placed one behind the other on the same ski, with the back foot only being inserted into a strap. By contrast, wakeboarding, a fashionable sport which is becoming increasingly popular in Austria, is more like snowboarding.
Competitions are staged in the fields of waterskiing and wakeboarding with boats or lifts, racing, bare foot and for the disabled. The disciplines for competitions include slalom, trick and jumping. However, even today waterskiing is not included in the Olympics.
Water sports on stamps
The special issue stamps for the new series will be presented at ÖVEBRIA 2018 in Klagenfurt, where the topic of water sports is particularly fitting since they naturally play a significant role on the Wörthersee.
The powerful, dynamic images of the sport, created using a mixture of photography and graphic illustration, really come into their own on the – for water-related topics atypical – blue-violet background. By contrast, the colour in the right-hand section is bright and eye-catching, making it easy to differentiate between the different denominations as well as making them instantly recognisable. The jazzy magenta colour of the kitesurfing stamp represents youth and dynamic daring.

https://www.wopa-plus.com/en/stamps/product/&pgid=44527
Austria 2018 0.68/1.70 Euro sg?, scott?

LJUBLJANA

The LJUBLJANA (III) was a cargo vessel that carried bulk cargo, containers and timber from 1988 to 2002 as part of the fleet of the Splošna Plovba shipping company in Yugoslavia .
The purchase of the LJUBLJANA and two similar ships (AROSIA and POHORIE (II)/ARIELLA) enabled Splošna Plovba to adapt to the requirements of the shipping line connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific coast of North America (MEDPAC), a line it maintained from 1975 to 1993. By that time Splošna Plovba's Concord-class ships had begun losing the battle with their competitors, while exporters of cellulose and timber from Canada and the USA were imposing increasingly strict requirements regarding the equipping of ships with rotating cranes with a lifting capacity of 5 x 25 tons to enable the unloading of cargo without the use of forklifts. Cargo was increasingly being transported in containers, of which each vessel could carry 1,100 TEU.
Following the cancellation of the MEDPAC line, the LJUBLJANA (III) was leased for some years to the Italian shipping company d'Amico, after which Splošna Plovba employed her in the tramp trade.
The LJUBLJANA was 183 metres long with a beam of 27.6 metres, a draught of 10.87 metres and a tonnage of 32,680 tons (21,284 gross tons, 11,087 net tons). She was powered by a 9,396 kW (12,775 hp) Sulzer/IHI diesel engine and cruised at a speed of 14 knots.
The LJUBLJANA was the third ship in the Splošna Plovba fleet to bear this name (hence the designation III). She was built in 1981 by the Kanda Shipbuilding Co. in Kure, Japan. She was purchased by Splošna Plovba in 1988 and sold in 2002. In 2009 she was scrapped at Alang in India.

Duška Žitko, Jože Utenkar https://www.wopa-plus.com/en/stamps/product/&pgid=45320

Built as a cargo vessel under yard no 256 by Kanda Zosensho Shipbuilding in Kure for Boston Shipping Ltd. Liberia
06 December 1980 launched as the BRAZIL VENTURE.
Tonnage when built, 18,610 grt, 11,087 ton, 32,680 dwt, dim. 183,0 x 27.6 x 10.87m, (draught)
Powered by a one Sulzer/IHI diesel engine, 12,775 hp, one shaft, speed 14 knots.
March 1981 delivered, IMO no. 7916208.

1986 Sold to Magelan Shipping Co. Ltd, Greece and renamed in IOANNIS ZAFIRAKIS.
1988 Sold to Splosna Plovba Piron, Yugoslavia, renamed LJUBLJANA.
1993 Renamed by company in CIELO DI FIRENZE and chartered by the Italian shipping company d’Amico.
1998 Again renamed in LJUBLJANA.
2002 Sold to Fair Hope Shipping Co.Ltd., renamed in TIMBERLAND, under Malta flag and registry.
October 2002 under United Kingdom flag and registry not renamed.
March 2003 sold to Navalmar Transportes Maritimes, Italy, under Ireland flag and registry renamed in OLINDA CASTLE.
February 2006 under St Vincent and Grenadines flag and registry.
15 February 2009 arrived at Alang, India she was sold for US$ 265 per ton for breaking up.

Source: Marine News. http://www.miramarshipindex
Slovenia 2018 1.15 Euro sgMS? Scott?

THALIA

Austria issued one stamp and a miniature sheet in 2018 to celebrate the Day of the stamps, the Austrian Post gives the following by the issue:
This year’s stamp to celebrate the Day of the Stamp 2018 is dedicated to the province of Carinthia and shows impressions from around the Wörthersee.
Every year Austrian Post issues a commemorative stamp for the Day of the Stamp, the 1.44 Euro supplement on which is used to promote philately. Since 2010 the stamp has been dedicated to a different Austrian province each year, and in 2018 the philatelic tour of the country is being brought to a close by Carinthia. This year’s stamp shows cultural highlights and tourist attractions from Carinthia. To celebrate 500 years of Klagenfurt as the capital city of the province, well-known attractions from Klagenfurt, such as the Wörtherseemandl, the Lindwurm or the Landhaus, adorn the border of the minisheet. The first day of issue will be 25th May 2018, during ÖVEBRIA 2018 in Klagenfurt.
Impressions of Carinthia
Thanks to its diversity of nature and attractive surroundings, the Wörthersee is one of the most popular tourist areas in Austria. Carinthia’s largest lake owes its name to the municipality of Maria Wörth, which is located on a peninsula on the lake’s southern shore.
At the highest point of the peninsula sits the picturesque Late Gothic pilgrimage church dedicated to Saints Primus and Felician. The interior of the church is dominated by the high altar with the image of the Mother of God and the magnificent Baroque pulpit. The church complex also includes the smaller Winter or Rosary church, set somewhat lower than the parish church, which is famous for its selenite or Maria glass window and its Romanesque frescoes.
The modern 100 metre-high transmission and observation tower on the Pyramidenkogel offers an outstanding panoramic view over the lake. The spectacular wood and steel building was constructed in 2013 to plans from the Klagenfurt architects Markus Klaura and Dietmar Kaden.
For an exceptional experience take a nostalgic trip on the lake on Austria’s last remaining screw steamship, the DS THALIA. The flagship of the Wörthersee shipping company was built in 1909 and was re-launched in 1988 following comprehensive restoration.
Source: https://www.wopa-plus.com/en/stamps/product/&pgid=44525

Built as a screw steamer, coal fired in 1909 by the Dresdner Maschinenfabrik and Shipyard Übigau under yard no 1036 for WSG Wörthsee Schiffahrt GmbH, Austria.
Displacement 132 ton, dim. 38.5 x 5.5m.
Powered by a compound 2-cyl.steam engine, 150 hp.
Accommodation for 400 passengers.
She was disassembled and shipped to a shipyard near Pritschitz where she was completed in 1909 as the THALIA.

Used in a passenger service on lake Wörthsee in Austria.
1913 Taken over by Klagenfurt Town Council
1964 A new boiler placed, and also fitted out from coal to oil firing.
1974 Taken out of service after a breakdown and laid up by a shipyard in Klagenfurt.
To save her from scrapping 1 million Euro was collected, and the engine was overhauled by SGV yard in Lucerne, Switzerland, aluminium superstructures built by a shipyard in Novi Sad and after extensive restoration from December 1986 till June 1988 she was back in service from 2 July 1988 and mostly used for sightseeing tours on the lake.
She is now one of the last steamboats on the lake and the only screw steamer in the country.

Passenger accommodation for 280 persons.
2018 THALIA is still in service.

Source: Steamships of Europe by Alistair Deayton and Wikipedia.
Austria 2018 2.88 + 1.44 Euro sg?, scott? and a MS sg?, scott?
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