I got a e-mail from Mr. Peter Crichton in which he gives that he believes the silhouette of the ferry on the stamp in the foreground is that of the Interislander KAITAKI.
By comparing and from different angles the ship depict on the stamp with various photo’s I think he is correct, at that time there were three ferries used by the Interislander the ARAHURA the ship with the full silhouette on the stamp, the KAITAKI and the ARATERE, but the last has a complete different silhouette.
Built as a pass, ro-ro ferry under yard No 963 by Van der Giessen de Noord, Krimpen a/d IJsel, Netherlands for Irish Ferries, Dublin, Ireland.
03 August 1994 keel laid down.
27 January 1995 launched as the ISLE OF INNISFREE.
Tonnage 22,365 grt, 6,732 net, 5,794 dwt., dim. 181.6 x 23.4 x 5.60m. (draught), length bpp. 173.5m.
Powered by four Sulzer type 8 ZAL 40 S, 30,897 hp (23,040 kW), twin shafts, speed 21 knots,
Accommodation for 1650 passengers, has only 132 berths.
1780 Lane metres, can carry 600 cars.
13 May 1995 completed.
15 May 1995 delivered to Irish Ferries, Dublin.
23 May 1995 used in the service between Dublin and Holyhead.
She remained on that route for two years before being replaced by another vessel built by Van der Giessen de Noord, the ISLE OF INISHMORE, which offered greater passenger and vehicle capacity. 18 April 1997 she then moved to the Pembroke Dock - Rosslare route, replacing the 1981-built ISLE OF INISHTURK, where she remained for four years before again being replaced by the ISLE OF INISHMORE, which herself had been replaced by the ULYSSE ISLE OF INNISFREE was initially sent to Dublin for lay up and then to Le Havre, where she remained until July 2002.
In 2002 the ISLE OF INNISFREE was chartered by P&O Portsmouth and was sent to the yard of A&P at Falmouth in July of that year for refit. She emerged as the PRIDE OF CHERBOURG the third ship to carry this name. A number of extra cabins were installed on deck 7 to make her more suitable for the longer Portsmouth-Cherbourg crossing, but while in service with P&O she was often criticized for not having enough cabins compared with the vessels she replaced. PRIDE OF CHERBOURG entered service in September 2002, replacing the second PRIDE OF CHERBOURG, and operated alongside the PRIDE OF HAMPSHIRE until the end of the month when she was also withdrawn. P&O Portsmouth became part of P&O Ferries at the end of that year, but the PRIDE OF CHERBOURG did not receive the new colours of the company until her refit in 2004, which also removed most traces of her Irish Ferries roots, moved the club lounge to aft on deck 7 and introduced the same brand names for the facilities as on the Dover ships.
On 28 September 2004 P&O Ferries announced the withdrawal of all its Portsmouth services except to Bilbao. PRIDE OF CHERBOURG’s last crossing for P&O was on 14 January, from Cherbourg to Portsmouth. P&O subchartered her to Stena Roro as a short-term replacement for STENA BALTICA, which was undergoing rebuilding work. PRIDE OF CHERBOURG sailed for Gdańsk, where all her exterior P&O branding was removed and she was renamed STENA CHALLENGER. The STENA CHALLENGER sailed on Stena Line's Karlskrona—Gdynia service from February until June 2005After completing her service with Stena Line she was sub-chartered, to the Interislander. Before leaving for New Zealand her name was shortened to CHALLENGER, with its Māori translation, KAITAKI, also appearing on its bow, being used for marketing purposes (the other two Interislander ferries, ARAHURA and ARATERE have Māori names). In April 2007 the ship was officially renamed KAITAKI She is the only Interislander ferry without a rail deck for the transport of railway wagons.
As of 2008, MV KAITAKI is the largest ferry providing the Interislander service between the North and South Islands of New Zealand having taken her latest name in 2007
In 2009, it was announced that the initial five-year lease would be extended and that she would remain with the Interislander until 2013.
2011 In service http://www.equasis.org gives under the flag of the U.K. IMO No 9107942. Owned by Irish Continental Group PLG, Dublin and managed by Interislander, Wellington, New Zealand.
New Zealand 2009 $0.50 sg3068, scott?
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Kaitaki http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/isle_of_innisfree_1995.htm
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