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Olivier de Kersauson

Olivier de Kersauson (full name: Olivier de Kersauson de Pennendreff, born 20 July 1944) is a Frenchsailor and sailing champion. Kersauson was the seventh child in a family of eight. While he was the only Kersauson not to have been born in Brittany, he was born on 20 July 1944 and brought up near Morlaix in a “provincial Catholic aristocracy with compulsory mass” as he calls it. Very early on, Olivier de Kersauson was to break away from his family. Without being inattentive, he was a pupil who did not settle in well to school life with the priests at boarding school. He passed through eleven schools altogether. After his final school exams and getting up to a lot of things, always on the coast, he began studying economics. At the age of twenty-two, he met Eric Tabarly in Saint Malo. Shortly after, Eric invited him to do his military service on board. This opportunity stretched into eight years during which he was Tabarly’s mate. Together, they put on their boots and waterproofs, swallowing up the miles aboard the Pen Duicks. Very quickly, Olivier de Kersauson developed a passion for multihulls in which he became a pioneer. He was, in particular, the first to build a multihull of composite material, Ribourel, then a trimaran with long floaters, Poulain, at the helm of which he set in 1989-1990 the single-handed round the world speed record. From 1992 onwards, he spent his time working towards the Jules Verne Trophy, the round the world crew record. Wearing the livery of Lyonnaise des Eaux - Dumez, in 1994, he raced around the world against Peter Blake. At the helm of his catamaran Enza, the New Zealander and his six-member crew managed to go around the world in 74 days and 22 hours, while the five Frenchmen took 77 days and five hours. Remaining determined, he made some improvements to his boat and wearing the livery of Sport Elec, took off again around the world. On 8 March 1997, Olivier de Kersauson and his six-man crew left Brest. They were to return triumphant 71 days, 14 hours, 22 minutes and 8 seconds later, improving by more than a week on Peyron’s first time. In 2001, he named his giant trimaran Geronimo, "because Geronimo never gave up. It was at the helm of this boat that Olivier de Kersauson took the Jules Verne Trophy for the second time in 2004 (63 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes). In January 2003, Kersauson claimed that his boat was attacked by a giant squid.
Centrafricaine 1961;100f;Sg783. Source:


This stamp designed after a painting made by Herb Kane shows us a canoe from Rurutu, noting I could find on the canoes of Rurutu only what was given by the British missionary Ellis who visited this islands around 1820. Have searched the net for more info, but I think this canoe is now extinct.
The stamp shows a canoe, who has a very high stem and stern. The painting after the stamp was designed is showed ... moorea-c5/
Ellis wrote about this canoe:
One canoe, that brought a chief from Rurutu, upwards of three hundred miles, was very large. It was somewhat in the shape of a crescent, the stern and stem high and pointed, and the sides broad; the depth from the upper edge of the middle to the keel was not less than twelve feet. It was built with thick planks of the Barringtonia, some of which were four feet wide; they were sewn together with twisted or braided coconut husk. ... d2-d8.html

French Polynesia 1976 30f sg 228, scott?

VAKA TOU'UA canoe of the Marquesas Islands

The stamp issued by French Polynesia in 1976 shows us a “vaka tou’ua” canoe, the stamp is designed after a painting made by Herb Kane, who also designed the four stamps see: ... lands-c40/
The inscription on the painting gives that she is a “va’a tou’ua”.
The word waka or vaka are many time used for canoes on the Pacific Islands, and means canoe.

Aak to Zumbra, a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft, has nothing on the “waka tou’ua” but only for the ‘vaka tou’uá” it gives for the canoe:
The “vaka tou’uá used in the Marquesas Island and Eastern Pacific, is now an extinct double canoe and was used for interisland travel, war, and probably migration.
Dugout hulls of roughly the same length, joined by three stout beams; especially large canoes required butting two logs together; sides raised by washstrakes. Form of ends variously depicted; some projected horizontally at both ends, stern sweeping up to a lofty stylized bird’s head, or both ends curved up to tall end pieces. Some had a platform (hou ua) laid atop the booms; often used by warriors. Sailed and paddled. Single V-shaped mat sail set to a mast stepped forward crossbeam.
Length at least 12m

Source: Aak to Zumbra, a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft
French Polynesia 1976 25f sg 227, scott?

ARMED SPEEDBOOT Iran-Iraq conflict 1980s

The armed speed-boot showed on this stamp was to honour the “Week of Basij”: Pasdaran Iranians resumed in the course of a maritime action during the conflict between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s. In my eyes it looks more a suicide mission, not any protection for the crew on the boat who did not have any change to survive this raid against a well-armed enemy.

Wikipedia gives on the Basij:
The Basij is a paramilitary volunteer militia founded by the order of the Ayatollah Khomeini in November 1979. The Basij are (at least in theory) subordinate to, and receive their orders from, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. However they have also been described as "a loosely allied group of organizations" including "many groups controlled by local clerics." Currently, the Basij serve as an auxiliary force engaged in activities such as internal security as well as law enforcement auxiliary, the providing of social service, organizing of public religious ceremonies, and as morality police and the suppression of dissident gatherings. ... orps#Basij
Iran 1992 40r sg 2727, scott 2546

CARAT yacht

The yacht depict on this stamp is the Frers designed 50 footer CARAT which was built as the RETALIATION, which was skippered by Dennis Conner to overall victory in the 1982 SORC. RETALIATION was another development of Frers' earlier BLIZZARD, but with slightly less fullness in the stern. At that time was the owner of the yacht F. Parker Heineman from Old Saybrook, Conn. USA.
Where the yacht was built I could not find.

RETALIATION was later sold to Swedish yachtsman Victor Forss. She was re-named CARAT and went on to compete in the 1982 Sardinia Cup. However, despite her impressive performance in that year's SORC, she was disappointing in Sardinia, finishing a lowly 46th, struggling to save her time in the generally light airs against lower rated boats. She showed some of her earlier form, however, in the 1983 SORC when she finished as top boat in Class B, and 22nd overall.
CARAT was also selected for the Swedish team for the 1983 Admiral's Cup, alongside another Frers 51, BLA CARAT, the ex-ACADIA, winner of the 1978 SORC and which had finished second in Class B in the 1983 SORC. The third member of the Swedish team was the Norlin 42, PAPER TIGER. CARAT was one of three 40.0ft IOR "maxi-raters" in the 1983 Admiral's Cup, alongside Ireland's MOONDUSTER, another Frers 51 footer and BLA CARAT.
CARAT had another disappointing regatta, as did the whole of the Swedish team, finishing in 32nd place (with redress points awarded for an incident in the second race). After two average places in the breezier first two races (23/21), CARAT slumped to last place in the wind-less Channel Race, and then bounced back to win the fourth race held in the open waters of Christchurch Bay and in a breeze that was much more suited to the big boats. They were further helped by a wind shift that came through just after they reached the first mark and affected the chasing pack, and a dying breeze that then slowed the smaller boats further. But CARAT then finished 34th in the Fastnet race finale, and, with similarly lacklustre results by BLA CARAT and PAPER TIGER, the Swedish team finished in 14th place, of 15 teams.

CARAT then went on to compete in the 1984 SORC, in Class B against a newer version of RETALIATION. With a slightly higher rating of 40.2ft, CARAT finished sixth in class and 40th overall.

Not more info or the fate of the yacht, more info welcome.

Grenada 1992 $5 sg 2442, scott 2136

Canoe Racing in the province of Manus

For fifty-one weeks of the year, the islanders of the atolls of Papua New Guinea use their canoe outriggers for fishing and commuting between the islands. For a few days in August they race, skilled sailors battling it out for the honor of their island. The best sailors of the islands take part in canoe races. For example, in 2015, ninety-six canoes took part in six classes in the Ninigoro Island race over five days. . This event could not be missed! Papua New Guinea has released a brand dedicated to canoeing in the province of Manus. For more information about the canoes in the Manus District , see: viewtopic.php? F = 2 & t = 15288.
Papua New Guinea 20. Source: various web-sites.

SZENT ISTVAN battleship 1915.

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SZENT ISTVAN battleship 1915.

Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:15 pm

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The battleship (dreadnought) was built on the Ganz & Danubius shipyard at Fiume for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. The only one of this class built on that yard.
29 January 1912 keel laid down.
17 January 1914 launched under the name SZENT ISTVÁN one of the Viribus Unitis class.
Displacement 21.689 tons standard, maximum 22.000 tons, dim. 152.2 x 27.3 x 8.9m. (draught)
Powered by 4 AEG Curtis steam turbines, 26.400 shp., four shafts, speed 20.4 knots.
Bunker capacity 900 tons normal, maximum 2.000 tons, oil and coal.
Range 4.200 miles against 10 knots.
Armament: 12 – 12.2 inch, 12 – 6inch 18 – 11pdrs. guns, 4 – 21 inch torpedo tubes, submerged.
Crew 1.094.
17 November 1915 commissioned.

She was the last vessel of this class of four ships built.
After completing she joined the First Division of it Battle Squadron of Pula, where she most of her time spent alongside the berth.
June 1918 the Austia-Hungarian Rear-Admiral Nikolaus Horthy de Nagybánya decided to use his fleet which was mostly bottled up in Pula for an operation against the Allied Otranto barrage between Italy and Albania.
09 June 1918 during the evening the SZENT ISTVÁN together with the TEGETTHOFF and one destroyer and six torpedo-boats left Pula.
The next morning off Premuda on the Dalmatian coast she were sighted by two Italian torpedo-boats under command of Cdr. Luigi Rizzo, who at once attacked the two battleships.
At around 03.30 the SZENT ISTVÁN was torpedoed in a position about 9 miles southwest of Premuda island by the MAS 15 under command of Rizzo, the MAS 21 under command of Midshipman Guiseppe Aonzo was not so lucky he missed his target the TEGETTHOFF.
The SZENT ISTVÁN was hit by two torpedoes near the boiler room, and this large room flooded quickly given the ship a large list.
The two Italian torpedo-boats managed to escape.
Only two boilers on the SZENT ISTVÁN were usable, and providing steam for the electrical generators and thereby electricity for the pumps.
First was tried to beach her on Molat island but this failed, and when the list worsened, the sign was given to abandon the vessel.
At 06.15 that day the newest Austro-Hungarian battleship capsized taking with her 89 lives.
The sinking of the SZENT ISTVÁN was filmed from the TEGETTHOFF, and there are only two films that show the loss of a battleship, the other is the loss of HMS BARHAM during World War II.

After the sinking of the SZENT ISTVÁN the action was called off, and the ships returned to Pula, till the end of World War I.

Hungary 1993 30fo sg4162, scott3409.

Sources: Register of Merchant ships completed in 1892. Dictionary of disasters at sea by Hocking. Many web-sites on the battleship. Jane’s 1914.
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Re: SZENT ISTVAN battleship 1915.

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:49 pm

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Hungary 2018, 800 Ft. StG.?
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Re: SZENT ISTVAN battleship 1915.

Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:14 pm

The Hungarian Post gives by this issues of 2018:

About In Memory of the Battleship SAINT STEPHEN. (SZENT ISTVAN),
Magyar Posta is issuing a commemorative souvenir sheet in remembrance of the battleship SMS SAINT STEPHEN (SZENT ISTVAN in Hungarian). Seventy thousand perforated and two thousand imperforated copies of the numbered souvenir sheet designed by the graphic artist Imre Benedek were produced by ANY Security Printing Company. The new issue will be available at first day post offices and Filaposta in Hungary from 29 June 2018, but may also be ordered from Magyar Posta’s online store.
A hundred years ago the last months of the First World War were drawing to a close and both sides were fighting more and more determinedly and desperately for victory. The Entente sealed off the Adriatic Sea at the Strait of Otranto preventing the ships of the Central Powers from moving southward towards the Mediterranean Sea. This blockade had already been broken in 1917 but the Entente managed to re-impose it.
The goal of the new operation launched in 1918, in which the entire fleet of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy took part, was to break the blockade of the Strait of Otranto and to trap the Entente’s naval forces in the Adriatic. The operation was launched on the moonless night of 9 June when the forces of the Monarchy divided into two groups moving out to sea. The SAINT STEPHEN was part of the second group.
The construction of the only battleship in Hungarian history started in January 1912 in the Ganz Danubius ship factory in Fiume (today Rijeka). It took two and a half years for the vessel to be completed. The fact that a new slipway had to be built prior to starting the works is an indication of its size as the existing one was not suitable for such a large ship, which was about 150 metres long and had a displacement of 20,000 tons.
SMS SAINT STEPHEN was among the first battleships equipped with three 305 mm guns in each turret. The main weapons of the ship consisted of these guns, altogether twelve in the four turrets, but the gun turrets placed one over another caused problems of stability. Later, triple gun turrets became the model for the battleships of the American Navy as well. The SAINT STEPHEN had two propellers and a maximum speed of 20.4 knots (38 km per hour).
Although the ship entered service in November 1915, she spent most of the war at anchor in the port in Pola (today Pula) performing mainly anti-aircraft duties. She had to wait for her first mission until the aforementioned night of 9 June. Due to technical problems, however, the convoy could only leave the military base at Pola with an hour’s delay, which meant that the ships had to proceed after dark as well. In the dawn light two Italian anti-submarine motor boats spotted the Austro-Hungarian ships and managed to approach them. The battleship SAINT STEPHEN was hit by two torpedoes at 3.31 am on 10 June. After the detonations, a several hour-long struggle to save the ship began, which unfortunately was not successful. In the end the ship capsized and sank within minutes. Its crew consisted of 1,087 persons, of which 85 sailors and 4 officers lost their lives.
The failure destroyed the last and largest planned Austro-Hungarian naval marine operation. After the tragedy of the battleship SAINT STEPHEN, the monarchy’s fleet did not put to sea again.
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