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Baltic Beauty 1926

Baltic Beauty is a two-masted small brigantine sailing ship. The steel hulled boat has wooden superstructure and has a sail area of around 452 square metres. Facilities on the ship include a large kitchen, bar, two toilets with shower and a sauna. The ship can accommodate 20 passengers on multi-day trips, and 58 passengers on day trips. she is now based in home port of Ronneby, Sweden.

Baltic Beauty was built in 1926 in the Netherlands. The ship has undergone a few name changes and was formerly known as was formerly Hans Ii, Sven Wilhelm and then Dominique Fredion. The ship was refurbished in 1989.

The ship has sleeping accommodation for 20

Ship Summary
Built by: Capello NV, Zwartsluis, the Netherlands
Date Completed: 1926
Gross Tonnage: 68
Length: 40 m (overall length)
Width: 5 m
Passengers: 20
Crew: 5

Central African Republic


For the 700th Anniversary of Frankfurt on the Oder. East Germany used one stamp of 20 Pf which shows us the old town of Frankfurt on the Oder seen from the Löweninsel (Lionisland).
In the foreground is an Oder kahn, (barge) which is the general name of a small flat bottomed uncovered watercraft, which is used on inland waterways and protected waters.

The name kahn is one of the oldest documented boat names on the Baltic coast.
The depicted kahn is a one masted vessel which was used on the Oder river first built of wood later of iron. She were used on the river to transport coal to Berlin and Stettin and iron ore to Kosel.
Outboard rudder and on the stamp she has a deckhouse on the stern. The sailing kahns were fitted with leeboards.
The larger type of vessel was decked. The sailing type were used into the 1930.
Crew 2 – 4.
The vessel depict was ca. 46m. long, 5.6m. beam and had side height of 1.9m., loading capacity about 250 ton.

Source: Navicula. Aak to Zumbra a Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.
East Germany 1953 20 Pf. sg E118, scott 403.


In 1978 Gabon issued one stamp for the Port of D’Owendo, with alongside the quay two general cargo vessels, with a lot of deck cargo under which it looks some containers, it were not real container vessels as given by Stanley Gibbons. Of the two vessels I have not any information and so far I known she are not yet identified.

Owendo is a port city in Gabon, forming a south western suburb of Libreville. It lies at the western end of the Trans-Gabon Railway, and was officially opened in 1988. But the port was already in use when the first section of the Trans Gabon Railway was opened between Owendo and Ndjolé in 1978 when the stamp was issued.

Source: wikipedia.
Gabon 1978 50F sg 650, scott 403.


The stamp shows us a Cubanian coastguard vessel with pennant No 081 of which I have not any details, more info welcome.
The inscription on the stamp gives: "Detachment Looking at the Sea".


For the 35th Anniversary of the DDR (1949-1984) the East German Post issued three stamps of which the 20p has a maritime theme, it shows us a navy ship of the East Germany Volksmarine what is given by Navicula that she is one of the Kondor II class minesweepers.

Project 89 Kondor Minesweeper, also known as the Kondor class, was a class of minesweepers designed in the German Democratic Republic which was given the NATO designation of "Condor" There were 3 versions, namely, the prototype unit, Project 89.0; the first version, Project 89.1 (NATO designation: Condor I); and the second version, Project 89.2 (NATO designation: Condor II).
The class depict on the stamp was built as Project 89.2 as minesweepers on the Peenewerft in Wolgast, East Germany between 1971 and 1973 for the Volksmarine of the DDR.
The first built was the WOLGAST and commissioned in 1971, in total 30 were built of this class. After Germany was united most were sold to a foreign country, there are still 12 in active service in 2018.
Displacement 449 ton, dim. 56.7 x 7.76 x 2.22m. (draught).
Powered by two MD 40 diesel engines each 2,490 hp, twin shafts, speed 18 kn.
Range 1,900 mile
Armament: 3 – 25mm Flak 2M-3 (AA) carried 24 mines or 24 depth charges.
Crew 30.

The WOLGAST was commissioned 20 May 1971in the Volksmarine, sold to Indonesia in 1990 and still in service by the Indonesian Navy.

Source: Wikipedia and various other web-sites.
East German 1984 20p sg?, scott2429.


East Germany issued in 1983 four stamps for the “World Communication Year1983” of which two stamps have a maritime theme.

The 10p depict the radio station Rugen on Rugen Island in the Baltic, with in the distance stylized ships. The nearest is a cargo vessel (coaster) with two holds, the vessel to the right is also a cargo vessel with four holds, while the vessel on the left looks like a supply vessel but a supply vessel has no masts on the aft-deck, it can also be a small ro-ro vessel.

The 20p shows also a stylized four hold cargo vessel.

East Germany 1983 10p and 20p sg E2488 and E2489, scott 2220/21

Fearless HMS

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Fearless HMS

Postby john sefton » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:07 pm

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The Fearless first entered the Navy lists as a gun-brig of 180 bm in 1804. Measuring 80.5 x22.5ft and armed with 2-l8poundcr carronades it was built in Harwick and came to an untimely end in 1812 when it was wrecked near Cadiz.
Her successor was an ex-GPO vessel called Flamer used for survey work.
She in turn was followed by a Scout cruiser of 3440 tons mounting 10-4 inch guns. Built in Pembroke Dock in 1912 she was sold in 1921 and sent to Germany to be broken up.
In 1934 a destroyer, which gave its name to the class, was built by Cammell Laird, went into service and in due course joined Force H at Gibraltar. The
Fearless displaced 1375 tons, measured 318 x 331/2 ft and
mounted 4-4.7 inch guns as well as 8 torpedo tubes. While forming part of the escort to a convoy trying to get through from Gibraltar to Malta (1941) she was heavily damaged by aircraft of the Italian air force and had to be sunk by the Royal Navy. An assault ship is now the proud holder of the name.

One of two such ships-the other being HMS Intrepid, it is the most versatile ship yet built for amphibious warfare, she has, due to her unusual design, the ability to act like a floating dock. This enables her to lower herself by 9 ft in the water and allow landing craft to swim in and out through the stern.
The ship can accommodate, in addition to her complement of 50 officers and 500 men, an infantry battalion with all its equipment and a squadron of tanks or armoured Scout cars, or a complete unit of the Royal Engineers with their heavy equipment. The Fearless flight deck, which measures 165 x
75 ft is capable of taking all types of helicopters from the three Services including the Sea King MK 4, the Navy's largest troop carrying helicopter which is able to transport 40 fully armed men. The ship is equipped for use as a joint head quarters for naval and military commanders who are able to maintain close liaison with higher command, with other ships, and with the military force when landed.
HMS Fearless was built by Harland and Wolff Lid. at Belfast and was first Commissioned in November 1965. She displaces 12,000 tons, is 520 feet long and has a beam of 80 feet. Her defences consist of four Seacat missile systems for defence against surface and air attack and two 40 mm Bofor guns. The main machinery consists of steam turbines in two self-
contained units, each driving one shaft.
Gibraltar Philatelic. Cover from D Mabbs.
Gibraltar SG477
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Re: Fearless HMS

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:53 am

From1991 till 1995 she supported the sea training phase of intial officer training undertaken at Britannia Royal Naval College as part of the Dartmouth Training Squadron.

18 March 2002 decommissioned and awaiting disposal in Fareham Creek near Portsmouth.

December 2007 arrived Gent, Belgium for breaking up.
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