The Russian ocean going yacht, special designed for navigation in the polar seas was built in Tver, north of Moscow for the Moscow Adventure Club.
01 July 1993 laid down at the Tver Carriage Works.
Due to financial and technical problems delivery of the yacht was delayed and at least on 31 July 1996 she was taken out of the builder’s workplace.
09 August 1996 she was put for the first time in the water, arrived in her homeport Moscow in the end of September.
When the Patriarch of Moscow Alexy II was asked to bless the vessel and help to choose the name of the yacht. He choose the name APOSTOL ANDREW which corresponds to the historical connection of the Russian Navy with the name St. Andrew. The blessing of the yacht took place in Moscow.
Displacement 25 ton. Dimensions of the yacht are length 16.2m, beam 4.8m, draught 2,7m
Two masts, which carry 130 sq. m of sails
Auxiliary diesel engine Iveco of 85 hp.
Maximum speed under sail 12 knots.
Equipped with modern navigation aids, radio and telephone communication.
Can accommodate 5 – 7 people.
September 1996 she sailed from Moscow under skipper Nikolay Litau to St Petersburg for her first world circumnavigation, see:
https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpre ... -passages/

On November 14, 1996 the voyage started. After leaving behind the waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, the yacht arrived in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on October, 1997. On June 28, 1998 the yacht "APOSTOL ANDREY" continued the route. The yacht had passed the Arctic seas: the Bering Sea, the Chuckchee Sea, the East Siberian Sea and the Laptev Sea. Under the conditions of approaching winter the crew of the yacht made a heroic attempt to go round the Chelyuskin Cape, the northern point of the continent, but was surrounded by young ice. Old ice fields shifted from the north towards the yacht and the "APOSTOL ANDREY" was forced to return to the Tiksy port for a winter stay. In summer 1999 the voyage was continued. The crew of the yacht had successfully sailed along the North East Passage. After a short stay in Murmansk, the yacht "APOSTOL ANDREY" sailed round Scandinavia and took course to St. Petersburg. On November 11, 1999 the round the world sailing over the four Oceans was accomplished at the berths of the North Capital.
2016 Still sailing same name and owner.

Source: Internet.
Russian postal card 2016.


Built by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, laid down 25 March 1938, launched:20 April 1940, commissioned:15 November 1940.
Decommissioned:24 September 1957.
Struck:1 July 1963, Fate: Sold for scrapping, February 1972
Class and type:Curtiss-class seaplane tender, Displacement:8,671 tons, L:160,73m. (527’4”) B:21,10m. (69’ 3”) Draft:6,65m. (21’ 11”) 4 Babcock & Wilcox Express boilers 400 psi 690°, 2 New York Ship Building Corp. paired geared turbines, double De Laval Main reduction gear, twin shafts, 12.000 shp. 20 kn. Range:12.000 nm. at 12 kn. Complement:1,195.
Sensors and processing systems:CXAM-1 RADAR from 1940.
Armament:4 × single 5” (127 mm.) 38 caliber guns, 4 × quad 40 mm. guns.
Aviation facilities: Helipad (fitted 1954)
added during WWII 2 twin 40mm. AA gun mounts, 12 single 20mm. AA gun mounts
Ship's service generators 4 500Kw 450V A.C.
Fuel capacities:NSFO 9,670 Bbls, Diesel:286 Bbls, Gasoline:267,030 Gallons.

Pearl Harbour
On December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, CURTISS immediately got underway firing at enemy planes. At 8:36am spotted by Type A Midget Submarine (Midget B) that opened fire with a torpedo that missed, impacting a dock at Pearl City.
Simultaneously, the submarine's periscope was sighted and targeted with gunfire. Meanwhile, USS MONAGHAN (DD-354) ran full speed in an attempt to ram the midget submarine. As it surfaced, the destroyer struck the submarine while it fired its second torpedo, which passed harmlessly beneath the destroyer and exploded on shore bank. MONAGHAN dropped two depth charges that sank the submarine.

At 09:05 gunners aboard CURTISS scored a hit on an enemy aircraft, causing it to crash into her No. 1 crane and burn. Three minutes later she splashed another plane, then began firing at a D3A1 Val dive bomber. A bomb from this plane crashed CURTISS in the vicinity of her damaged crane and exploded below decks, setting the hangar and main decks and No. 4 handling room on fire, as the plane splashed off her port beam. During the attack suffered 19 dead and many wounded.

Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 March 1972, to Union Minerals & Alloys, Kearny. N.J. for $89,106.27

(Dominica 1991, $1, StG.1474)


The wooden one mast yacht MECHTA was special built in 1899 for the A.A. Borisov expedition in 1900, she was built by the shipbuilder Pomor S.V. Postnikov at Koryazhma on the Witte Sea.
She was designed after the Norwegian FRAM of Nansen.

The list of accidents caused by heavy ice conditions in the Kara Sea begins with the drift of the yacht MECHTA (Dream) with an expedition organized by the artist Aleksander A. Borisov. In 1900, the yacht was captured by ice and abandoned by the crew. The single-mast wooden yacht MECHTA (40 tonnes) was used to investigate the eastern shore of the northern island of Novaya Zemlya and was caught in ice drift. The following description is from Vize (1948). On 12 September, Borisov left the Pomor Bay on board the MECHTA and continued along the Matochkin Shar Strait to the east. A great deal of ice was encountered immediately after entering the Kara Sea. The ice conditions allowed the expedition to reach only as far as the Chekin Gulf.
Soon, the MECHTA was nipped and began to drift with the ice to the south. On 10 October, the members of the expedition and the crew abandoned the ship. They arrived at the eastern shore of the southern island of Novaya Zemlya, near the mouth of the Savina River after two weeks of difficult hiking through the pack ice and eating seal meat, which was provided by Nenets Ustin. Then Borisov crossed the Novaya Zemlya and arrived at Pomor Bay on 12 November. He overwintered there. Nothing is known about the fate of the MECHTA after the crew left. Most likely, the ship was crushed by ice and sank.

The card is designed after the painting.
MECHTA Yacht (A ship in the ice), 1899, Arctic Museum, Arkhangelsk. MECHTA was the ship built for the 1900 polar expedition and brought Borisov and his team to Novaya Zemlya. (A other source give that the painting was made in 1904.)
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Alexander_Al ... ch_Borisov

Russia 2016 prepaid postal card.


I found on the internet this Russian postal card image with the bulkcarrier ZAPOLYARYE with the date 10-02-2015, My Russian is not so good that I could read the reason the postal card was issued.

She was built as a gearless bulkcarrier of the BC14 design under yard no 4227 by Chengxi Shipyard, Qingdao, China for the Murmansk Shipping Co., Murmansk, Russia.
16 November 2007 keel laid down.
Launched as the PERSEVERANCE.
Tonnage 15,878 grt, 7,206 nrt, 23,645 dwt, dim. 180.5 x 22.86 x 13.50m., length bpp. 173.28m, draught 9.91m.
Powered by one 2S 6-cyl. MAN B&W 6S50MC-C diesel engine, 9,480 kW (12,900 bhp.), one shaft, speed 13 knots.
Grain capacity 25,298 m³. in seven holds.
Can carry 520 teu’s but has not the container lashing on board.
Ice class 1 A.
13 August 2008 completed as the ZAPOLYARYE. Homeport Murmansk.

2016 In service same name and owner, IMO No 9524205.

Source: Murmansk Shipping Co. web-site, http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Russian Ship Registry.
Russia Prepaid Postal Card 2015.


Medusa Class Fleet Repair Ship:
Laid down: 2 January 1920, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
Launched: 16 April 1923, Commissioned: 18 September 1924.
During World War II USS MEDUSA was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
Displacement 10,620 tons, L:147,72m. (484' 5") B:21,41m. (70' 3") Draft:6,25m. (20' 6")
2 Thorny boilers, 210psi. 1 Navy Yard Puget Sound Parsons-type turbine:7000 shp. 16 kn.
Ship's Service Generators:1 turbo-drive 100Kw. 120V. D.C. 3 turbo-drive 300Kw. 120V. D.C.
Complement:Officers 54, Enlisted 786, Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
Armament:6 single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts, 2 twin 40mm AA gun mounts.

7 Dec 1941.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, she assisted in shooting down two Japanese aircraft and also in the sinking of a Japanese midget sub. She also rendered assistance to numerous damaged vessels.

May 1943
During her mission of repairing ships of the 7th Fleet, she ran aground on Buna Shoal. This required repairs through June in Sydney, Australia before continuing to Manus.

Decommissioned: 18 November 1947 at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, sold for scrapping, 24 August 1950, to Ziedell Shipwrecking Co., Portland, OR.

(Dominica1991, $1, StG.1474)


This passenger-cargo ship was built under yard No 632 by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Eng. Co. Ltd., Covan Fairfield, Scotland for the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., Vancouver B.C.
27 September 1928 launched as the PRINCESS NORAH.
Tonnage; 2,731 gross, 1,519 net, dim. 262 x 48 x 26ft.
One triple expansion steam engine, manufactured by shipbuilder, 487 nhp, speed 16 knots.
Accommodation for 165 passengers.
November 1928 completed.

Her maiden voyage was from the Clyde River on 20 December 1928 and she arrived at Victoria B.C. on 23 January 1929.
During the summer months in the service of the west coast of Vancouver Island and during the winter months in a service to Alaska.
October 1955 renamed in the QUEEN OF THE NORTH for a service together with CNR ships to Kitimat.
31 December 1957 the service to Kitimat terminated and she was renamed again in PRINCESS NORAH.
1958 Sold to Northland Navigation Co. Ltd. and renamed in CANADIAN PRINCE.
November 1964 her machinery and boilers were removed, and she was renamed in BEACHCOMBER, and fitted out as a floating restaurant and dancing. Towed by the HECATE PRINCE to Kodiak, Alaska.
1981 Partly dismantled in Kodiak where after she was abandoned, a photo of her shows only the bottom of the ship exist laying along the shoreline filled with rocks, so it looks that she is used as a breakwater.

Source: Internet. http://www.clydeships.co.uk Canadian Pacific by George Musk.

Canada 1992 42c sgMS1503, scott1429, she is the ship in the background while the IMPERIAL VANCOUVER is moored alongside in the foreground, see viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15567


Built by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia, Cost:$1,342,900.09 (hull & machinery)
Laid down:10 November 1917. Launched:11 May 1918. Commissioned:23 October 1918 to 17 June 1922 and 1 June 1931 to 15 January 1946
Reclassified:DM-18, 5 January 1931
‘Wickes’ class destroyer ,displacement:1,213 tons, Length:314’ 5” (95.83 m.) Beam:31’ 8” (9.65 m.) Draft:9’ 4” (2.84 m.) 4 Yarrow/Thornycroft boilers, 2 Curtis 24,200shp. geared turbines, two shafts. 35 knots.
Complement:122, Armament: 4 × 4" (102 mm.), 2 × 3" (76 mm.), 12 × 21" (533 mm.) torpedo tubes

USS Breese (DD–122) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I, and later redesignated, DM-18 in World War II. She was the only ship named for Captain Kidder Breese.

Commissioned as a destroyer in 1919, she undertook a number of patrol and training duties along the East Coast of the United States until being decommissioned in 1922. Overhauled in 1931, she returned to service with the United States Pacific Fleet on training and patrol for the next 10 years. She was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and following this she supported several operations during the war, laying minefields and sweeping for mines in the Pacific. Following the end of the war, she was sold for scrap in 1946 and broken up.

(Dominica 1991, $1, StG.1474)

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