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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

MADRAS hospital ship

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MADRAS hospital ship

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:07 pm

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Do not known much about this stamp or label, but the following site gives more info. ... abels.html


Built as a passenger-cargo vessel under yard No 458 by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd., Govan, Scotland for the British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Glasgow
Early 1913 ordered.
26 March 1914 launched as the TANDA, named after the town near the Gogra River near Faizabad in the former United Provinces, one sister the TAKADA.
Tonnage 6,956 gross, 4,223 net, 8,650 dwt., dim. 430.1 x 58.2 x 31ft. (draught).
Powered by two 3-cyl. triple expansion steam engines, manufactured by shipbuilder, 5,200 ihp, speed 12 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 50 first class, 52 second and 2,197 deck passengers.
17 March 1914 completed, building cost £150,100.

After completing put in the Apcar service (from Calcutta to Chinese and Japanese ports.)
After one round voyage in the Apcar service was she taken up by the Indian authorities, converted in a hospital ship with 450 beds and 102 medical staff.
Most of her conversion was paid by the Madras War Fund, the funds were raised from voluntary contribution in Madras.
In recognition was she renamed MADRAS.
Used first in East Africa then Basra.
September 1918 converted into an ambulance transport.
She made a voyage as an ambulance transport to Vladivostok.
1919 Used as an Expeditionary Force transport, as so she made a voyage to Australia with returning troops.
After her return to the B. I. again in the Apcar service.
May 1920 renamed again in TANDA.
1924 Sold for £100,000 to Eastern & Australia SS Co. Ltd., Glasgow not renamed.
Used in the service between Australian ports via Rabaul and Manila to China and Japan. Her deck passenger capacity was reduced to 300.
March 1940 was she required for the Liner Division, and after the outbreak of war in the Pacific she was used in the service from Australia to India.
15 July 1944 on a voyage from Melbourne via Colombo to Bombay with on board 5,600 tons general cargo was she torpedoed off Mangalore by the U-181 in position 13 22N 74 09E.
She was hit amidships and water started to flow inside through a large hole.
Off the 177 crew, 12 gunners and 27 passengers on board, 18 crew and one passenger were lost; the others were mostly rescued by H.M.I.S. BIHAR and landed at Colombo.

India, Madras War Fund ½ anna.

Source: B.I. The British India Steam Navigation Company Limited by Laxon and Perry. Some web-sites.
Register of Merchant ships completed in 1914.
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