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LENITA

Stanley Gibbons gives that the LENITA is depict on this 1983p stamp of the Falkland Islands, I found in Falkland Shipping Registry that the LENITA made a call at Port Stanley on 06 May 1898 under command of Capt. Clausen, arriving with a cargo of coal from Newcastle on Tyne, U.K. and she left on 25 June 1898. At that time she was sailing under the Danish flag.
Then she arrived on 08 March 1911 from London, and sailed again on 21 March 1911 bound for San Carlos, Port Stephens etc.
The last time she is given that she arrived 02 May 1911 from Port Stephens, Port Howard, etc., sailed on 07 May 1911 for Venezuela.

Mr. Tom Lloyd gives in Log Book October 1983 page 300/02 in an article how he identified the vessel depict on the stamp:

One of the most entertaining and satisfying aspects of our hobby is the time spent searching out the background information about the ships depicted on stamps.
Sometimes this involves writing many letters to people we don’t even know, or reading through volumes of books and magazines. Sometimes one almost gives up just before the answer turns up from an unexpected source. Take for example the 10p value of the Falkland’s 150th Anniversary set that was issued on January 3rd 1983, depicting a pair of ships under the title “Ship repairing trade 1850-1890”.
During this period shipping around the Cape (Horn) was increasing so that Port Stanley grew in importance for both ship repairing and re-victualling. The peak of this trade was reached in 1867, but, due to new and more stringent Board of Trade regulations, plus the advent of steam power meant that the trade began to decline, though Port Stanley remained and important port for the Royal Navy during both World Wars.
It has taken me ten months to “dig-out” the details of just one of the ships, the nearest), shown on this stamp which was designed by Ian Strange and Duffy Sheridan for lithographic printing by the House of Quests. This search involved writing to the Falkland Islands and the designers of the issue; but in the end it was a request in the “Upland Goose” which brought a reply from Mr. L. Griffiths, who like myself, is a member of the Falkland Islands Study Group.
He wrote to say that the ship in the foreground is a 392 ton Swedish barque (must be Danish barque) named the LENITA, which arrived at Stanley from London on March 3rd1910 under command of Captain Malquest and with a crew of ten.
She remained at the island for over a year, departing on May 3rd 1911 bound for the Columbian port of Rio Hache.
Both Mr. Griffiths and I find it puzzling why the LENITA was so long in the Falklands, unless she was involved in the carrying of inter-island cargoes, or even perhaps in seal or whale oil trading, for there are barrels pictures on the stamp, lined up on the jetty.
Mr. Griffiths informs me that he now owns a copy of the actual photograph upon which the design of the stamp was based; and reports that the ship, its sails, the jetty and the barrels have been faithfully reproduced.
However he adds on the original photograph there are four ships other ships; one to the west of the LENITA and three to the right. One is the hulk of the famous S.S. GREAT BRITAIN, two are steamers and the fourth is an unknown sailing ship, which judging from its condition could have been another floating hulk.
None of those other four vessels however are remotely like the background ship depicted on the stamp, which is more like a 19th century ship than one of the early 20th like the LENITA. (Which of course would fit in with the dates, 1850-90.)
It seems most odd that the LENITA was used to illustrate the late 19th century “Repairing Trade”, for she was photographed at Stanley, sometimes between 1909 and 1911 and was more likely involved in activities other than being repaired. The fact that she is pictured at the Government Public Jetty makes it unlikely that she was repaired, for such vessels were usually at anchor, or at one of the Falkland Island Company jetties. Thus it seems that the stamp artists have taken “philatelic Licence”, in order to make a picturesque design.
Research in the actual photograph used as the basis of the issue, turned out to be rather interesting, for it was one of a collection of old glass plates found by a Mr. Joseph Ring in his garage in 1977.
Mr Griffiths spent a deal of time with Mr. Peter Gilding enlarging the pictures on this plates and taking prints from them. Indeed the name of the LENITA was obtained by reading it on the ship as seen on one of Peter Gilding’s clever magnifications. Information about her was then researched from the Falkland Islands Government Shipping Records, with valuable additional information coming from some older residents of Stanley.
The approximate age of the photographic plates came from those showing a badly battered sailing ship in Stanley Harbour with masts severely damaged. From one of her lifeboats, Mr Griffiths and friends identified this ship as the WAVERTREE, and English vessel that arrived at the Falklands on December 7th 1910; and the background to this photograph that plus others in the collection, including that of the LENITA all fitted together as if the photographer had taken a set of pictures, “panning” round the view of the port. This discovered proving its rather “incorrect” use for the design of a stamp supposedly showing the repair industry of 1850 to 1890.
I must in all fairness end by expressing a debt of gratitude to Mr. Griffiths who has so interestingly “dugout” information about yet another ship-stamp from the British Territories in the Far South.

The Falkland Island Ship Registry gives for the LENITA also her Capt. name as Clausen I searched the net and I found the following, My Danish is not good at all so there could be mistakes be made in the translation.

Built at the Vindskärs Varv by J. A. Strandberg and Sjölén, Sundsvall, Sweden for A/S Barkskipet Lenita’s rederi (P.H. Clausen) at Norby, Fanø, Denmark.
09 June 1894 launched as the LENITA.
Tonnage 451 brt, 401 net, dim. 143.6 x 30.3 x 15.1ft.Bark rigged.
Wooden hull, copper sheathed.
The yard lost 23.000 Kr on this deal.

Sailed for her maiden voyage under command of Capt. S.P. Clausen after she had loaded a full load of timber in Sundsvall in July for Delagoa Bay arrived 10 November in Delagoa Bay, thereafter she proceeded to Beira, Fort Harnelin, Delagoa Bay to Miko in the Bismarck Archipelago, Samoa and Tonga from where she left with a cargo of copra to Valparaiso, Chile.
From Valparaiso she returned to Mioko Island and Sainoa where she loaded for Liverpool, where she arrived on 21 December 1896, after being away from Europe for 2¼ year.
1902 She loaded coffee in Batavia and Padang, Indonesia for New York where she arrived on 13 February 1903.
13 February 1903 her last long voyage was from Gothenburg with timber for Punta Arenas, Chile. Then in ballast to Montevideo where after she loaded in Conception for Hull. Her next voyage was to Sundsvall for a cargo of timber back to Hull.
From there she sailed to Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, then she sailed to La Vela de Corvo, Azores to load divi-divi for Hamburg where she arrived on 08 August 1905.
29 December 1906 the LENITA was sold to Robert Petersson in Bergkvara, Sweden for 20,000 Kr.
Used in Baltic and North Sea trades thereafter.
1910 After discharging props in Hartlepool, she loaded there a cargo of coal for Port Stanley, then she made some voyages in South America and the Caribbean
After 1914 re-rigged in a barkentine (other sources give schooner) and again used in the North Sea and Baltic trades.
1916 Sold in Gothenburg for 75,000 Kr. to Karl Lundgren, Bergkvara. A year later sold to Algot Södergren in Blidö for 115,000 Kr.
1922 Sold to N.O. Lagerstedt, Stockholm.
1927 Sold to J.E. Jansson in...

TOURISM in CUBA

Cuba Post issued in 1992 four stamps for tourism, all this stamps shows some watercraft.

10c Depict a wind surfboard see viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11030&p=11712&hilit=windsurfing#p11712
20c Depict a pedalo, see viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11030&p=11712&hilit=windsurfing#p11712
30c depict according Watercraft Philately and the Stanley Gibbons catalogue a replica of a “caravel” (redonda) entering the port of Havana, the stamp is not so clear but she is square rigged on fore and main mast see: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10014&p=11903&hilit=caravel+redonda#p11903
50c Show a wind surfboard see viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11030&p=11712&hilit=windsurfing#p11712

Cuba 1992 10/50c sg3738/41, scott 3432/35.

pedalo

Cuba issued four stamps in 1992 for tourism, the 20c shows us a “pedalo” of which
Wikipedia gives:
A pedalo (British English) or paddle boat (U.S., Canadian, and Australian English) is a small human-powered watercraft propelled by the action of pedals turning a paddle wheel.
The paddle wheel of a pedalo is a smaller version of that used by a paddle steamer. A two-seat pedalo has two sets of pedals, side by side, designed to be used together. Some models, however, have three pedals on each side to allow a person boating alone to pedal from a centrally seated position.
Pedalos, being particularly suited to calm waters, are often hired out for use on ponds and small lakes in urban parks.
The earliest record of a pedalo is perhaps Leonardo da Vinci's diagram of a craft driven by two pedals.

Also on the right of the stamp is a small sailyacht of which I have not any information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedalo
Cuba 1992 20c sg 3739, scott 3433.

La REINE HORTENSE yacht

Iceland issued in 1986 four stamps for the “Bicentenary of the City of Reykjavik” of which the 12 Kr stamp shows us an 1856 view from the banks of the Tjörn (Pond) with in the background the bay of Reykjavik. By the stamp is given by the Icelandic Post:
In the background there is the French Imperial yacht La REINE HORTENCE. This illustration is copied after a picture in a book entitled’ Voyage dans le mers du Nord” by Charles Edmond, which was published in 1857 and described the French Prince Napoleon’s voyage around the Northern oceans in 1856.

August 1844 the 3-mast yacht was laid down for King Louis-Philippe under the name COMTE D’EU on the yard of Augustin Normand in Le Havre.
20 December 1846 launched.
Displacement 1,100 ton, dim. 62 x 10.80 x 5.7m.
Powered by a Creusot 4-cyl. steam engine, 320 nhp, speed 12 knots.
Armament 6 – 12cm guns.
Laid down as COMTE D’EU, the ship was renamed to PATRIOTE on 20 February 1848 after the French Revolution of 1848.

In June 1853, she became the imperial yacht REINE HORTENSE.
06 August 1853 in Dieppe.
July 1854 Sailed from Cherbourg for Bayonne, at the disposal of the Empress.
19 August 1854 arrived in Danzig.
In 1855, she served as a troopship to ferry forces bound for the theatre of the Crimean War.
08 February 1855 arrived in Kamiesch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamiesch with ships in tow.

In June 1865 (wrong given by Wikipedia, must be 1856) she took Prince Napoléon on an expedition to Greenland, with the ARTÉMISE (1847), a 28-gun corvette, La PERDRIX and, the COCYTE and two British coal tender screw steamers, the TASMANIA and the SAXON of 700 tons each. On 30 June at Reykjavík in Iceland, she met again Lord Dufferin who was on his own travels that would feature in his book Letters From High Latitudes, published the next year. Dufferin's journey was taking in Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitzbergen. He had chartered the schooner FOAM for the task. Dufferin was invited to join Prince Napoleon aboard his royal steamer, and the Prince hearing that the FOAM had broken down offered them a tow north to Jan Mayen as they were going to the same region. On their last night in Reykjavik the prince held a ball to which all the rank, fashion, and beauty of the tiny town (population 700 or 800) were invited.
The FOAM was attached with two cables and the flotilla set off on 7 July, the collier SAXON traveling all too slowly behind. The fragile La REINE HORTENSE was soon to be in increasing danger from the ice and the French were required to abandon their journey 100 miles short of Jan Mayen, and return to Reykjavík. So on 11 July they let loose the FOAM to carry on north by sail. This was fortunate in a sense since on their return they were to discover that the SAXON had been damaged by ice, and would have meant that the convoy would have been short of fuel. This effectively cancelled the expedition.

18-20 May 1857 sailed from Bordeaux to Rochefort with the Emperor Napoleon III and Grand Duke Konstantine Nikolayevich of Russia. Then via other French ports to the Isle of Wight and returned back in Calais on 31 May 1857, where after the Grand Duke leaves the vessel and traveled to Brussel.
07 July 1857 back in The Isle of Wight with Prince Napoleon and his suite, where after she sailed via Lerwick and Bergen to the North Cape.
REINE HORTENSE ferried Prince Napoléon Bonaparte from Marseille to Genoa in early 1859 for his marriage to Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy, and Napoléon III from Marseille to Genoa on 11 and 12 May 1859.
28 June 1860 in the port of Toulon, 12 April 1862 sails from Toulon with the Duchess of Hamilton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_ ... %80%931888)
In 1862 she was in the Baltic when she gave aid to a British vessel who she towed 80 miles from Bomarsund to Stockholm, on board had been Lord Dufferin, who she was to meet again 3 years later.
21 March1863 arrived in the harbour of Villefrance with the EAGLE.
06 October 1863 arrived on the road of La Rochelle with on board the Emperor.
01 January 1864 returned to the French Navy.
The REINE HORTENSE was recommissioned as the imperial yacht on 20 April 1865 for an official visit of the Emperor to Algeria.
01 October 1865 decommissioned as imperial yacht in Cherbourg.
On 14 February 1867, she was renamed to CASSARD, and commissioned for the Algiers station. She served there until 1881, when she was decommissioned in Toulon before becoming a littoral defence ship
Renamed to FAUNE in 1893, she was used as a hulk in Port-Vendre then munition depot in Toulon. She was eventually broken up in 1920.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_ship_Cassard_(1846) http://www.dossiersmarine.org/c-c5.htm
Iceland 1986 12 Kr sg 684, scott ?

Exploration of Albany

In 1991, Australia issued a stamp and a miniature sheet, commemorating exploration of Albany, Western Australia by George Vancouver (1791) and Edward Eyre (1841). The coastline of the Albany area was observed for the first time in 1627 by the Dutchman François Thijssen, captain of the ship “ Gulden Zeepaert” (The Golden Seahorse), who sailed to the east as far as Ceduna in South Australia and back. Captain Thijssen had discovered the south coast of Australia and charted about 1,768 kilometres (1,099 mi) of it between Cape Leeuwin and the Nuyts Archipelago. GEORGE VANCOUVER: Departing England with two ships, HMS” Discovery” and HMS “Chatham”, on 1 April 1791, Vancouver commanded an expedition charged with exploring the Pacific region. In its first year the expedition travelled to Cape Town, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Hawaii, collecting botanical samples and surveying coastlines along the way. On 29 September 1791, explorer Captain George Vancouver while exploring the south coast, entered and named “King George the Third's Sound” and” Princess Royal Harbour”, and took possession of New Holland for the British Crown. Vancouver went out of his way to establish good relationships with the local Aboriginal people.On the stamp In the background is the “Discovery”. JOHN EYRE: In 1841, Albany was the final destination of the explorer Edward John Eyre, the first European to reach Western Australia by land from the eastern colonies. Eyre, together with his Aboriginal companion Wylie , was the first European to traverse the coastline of the Great Australian Bight and the Nullarbor Plain by land in 1840–1841, on an almost 2000 mile trip to Albany, Western Australia . He had originally led the expedition with John Baxterand three aborigines. On 29 April 1841, two of the aborigines killed Baxter and left with most of the supplies. Eyre and Wylie were only able to survive because they chanced to encounter, at a bay near Esperance, Western Australia , a French whaling ship Mississippi , under the command of an Englishman, Captain Thomas Rossiter, for whom Eyre named the location Rossiter Bay .
Аustralia 1991;1.05;SG1303. Source: https://www.rosebedsstampshop.com/austr ... s-mnh.html. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_o ... _Australia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Vancouver. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_John_Eyre

STERN TRAWLER (stylized)

Iceland issued two stamps for the “Export, Trading and Commerce” of which the 35Kr shows us a stylized stern trawler viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11826

By the stamps is given by the Icelandic Post:
The Post and Telecommunications Administration will be issuing two new stamps which depict a few tokens of the branches of industry involved in exporting products from Iceland.

Icelanders are heavily dependent upon foreign trade. The geographical position of lceland and natural conditions lead to our having to transact extensive trade with other countries. Vigorous export activities are the basis for Iceland being an affluent society in the Westem manner. lt will hardly be disputed that the export value is the basis for the standard of living in Iceland being among the best in the world. High prices of sea products on the world market and strong marketing advances by Icelandic concerns have contributed to the fact that the Icelandic people have succeeded in building up a modern society.

Iceland Chamber of Commerce was established in 1917 with 170 founders from all around the country. Now the members are around 390 and consist of representatives of various spheres of the Icelandic economy, Ieading in the various progressive matters of Icelandic firms. The Export Council of lceland was established in 1986 in order to support Icelandic concerns in foreign marketing activities- The Council represents a field of work for most Icelandic Companies which in some way have to do with currency creative assignments. The Export Council s revenues are a part of the expenditure tax base of concerns in the processing of fish, industry, construction work, fisheries and carriage by sea and land. The Board of Directors of the Export Council consist of nine representatives of various spheres of the Icelandic economy as well as representatives of the public sector. In 1991 the total foreign currency receipts of the Icelandic people came to about ISK 130 billion. Sea products weigh most heavily. In 1991 these returned earnings amounting to over ISK 73 billion. Industry ranks next with a yield of about ISK 16 billion. income on account of communications came to almost ISK 13 billion and the tourist industry yielded over ISK 7 billion- Income from agriculture, including fish farming produce, has decreased considerably and agricultural export amounts to ISK 1.5 billion only. The countries of the European Community are Iceland s most important customers Britain is at the top of the list and Germany, France and Denmark are also prominent. Altogether almost 70% of Iceland’s total export go to EU countries. The United States of America and Japan are also important markets for Icelandic produce and about 12% of exports go to the former, but 7% to the latter.
The role of the Export Council is that of granting to export concerns information and marketing advice which aim at increasing the export value of goods and services from Iceland. Also to increase knowledge of the market and competitiveness of Icelandic concerns, thereby building a foundation for better livelihood in the country as well as creating a positive general image of the country, its people and products.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Icelandic Freezing Plants Corporation (SH) the other of the new stamps will depict its trade mark amongst few tokens. The establishment meeting of the Corporation was held on February 25th 1942. The purpose of the Corporation’s foundation was that of selling fish products in foreign markets, undertaking the purchase of operational goods, searching for new markets and experimenting with new products and methods of production.
Twenty three quick freezing plants around the-country are the founders of the Icelandic Freezing Plants Corporation, but now the producers are around 70. The corporation has throughout its activities been in the lead of Icelandic export concerns. In 1947 |he Corporation (SH) founded the concern of Coldwater Seafood Corporation in order to handle the sales of fish products in the United States market. ln 1956 a marketing office of the Icelandic Freezing Plants Corporation was opened
In England and in 1983 a subsidiary company ' Icelandic Freezing Plants, Limited was established
In England. Sales offices of the Icelandic Freezing Plants Corporation are also operated in Germany,
France and Japan, but dealings with the European Continent and Asia have increased rapidly during recent years.

The trade mark ICELANDIC originated in the United States, but it has become an image of quality products in the minds of fish buyers around the world. Behind this trade mark is a long story of development in a tough market where constant watchfulness in the field of quality and sales affairs has to be demonstrated.

Source: Icelandic Post.
Iceland 1992 30/35kr. sg788/789 scott 752/753
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HORNET USS CV12 aircraft carrier

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HORNET USS CV12 aircraft carrier

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:03 pm

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Built as an aircraft carrier under yard No 395 by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News for the USA Navy.
03 August 1942 keel laid down.
30 August 1943 launched as the USS HORNET (CV-12). Christened by Mrs Frank M. Knox wife of the Secretary of the Navy. One of the Essex class of aircraft carriers.
She was the eight vessel in the USS navy that carried the name HORNET.
Displacement 27,100 ton standard and 36,380 tons full load. Dim. 265.8 x 28.3 x 10.41m, length bpp. 249.9m.
Powered by four Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 150.000 shp., four shafts, speed 33 knots.
Range by a speed of 15 knots, 20,000 mile.
Armament: 4 – 5 inch, 8 – 40mm and 46 – 20mm guns.
Carried 90 – 100 aircraft.
Crew 2,600.
29 November 1943 commissioned under command of Captain Miles M Brown,.
HORNET conducted shakedown training off Bermuda before departing Norfolk 14 February 1944 to join the Fast Carrier Task Force 20 March at Majuro Atoll in the Marshalls. After lending air support to protect the invasion beaches in New Guinea, she conducted massive aerial raids against Japanese bases in the Caroline Islands and prepared to support the amphibious assault for the occupation of the Marianas Islands.
On 11 June 1944 HORNET launched raids on Tinian and Saipan. The following day she conducted heavy bombing attacks on Guam and Rota. During 15 to 16 June, she blasted enemy air fields at Iwo and Chichi Jima to prevent air attacks on troops invading Saipan in the Marianas. The afternoon of 18 June 1944 HORNET formed with the Fast Carrier Task Force to intercept the Japanese First Mobile Fleet, headed through the Philippine Sea for Saipan. The Battle of the Philippine Sea opened 19 June 1944 when HORNET launched strikes to destroy as many land-based Japanese planes as possible before the carrier-based Japanese aircraft came in.
The enemy approached the American carriers in four massive waves. But fighter aircraft from HORNET and other carriers did a magnificent job and broke up all the attacks before the Japanese aerial raiders reached the task force. Nearly every Japanese aircraft was shot down in the great air battles of 19 June 1944 that became commonly known as "The Marianas Turkey Shoot." As the Japanese Mobile Fleet fled in defeat on 20 June, the carriers launched long-range airstrikes that sank Japanese carrier HIJI and so damaged two tankers that they were abandoned and scuttled. Admiral Ozawa's own flag log for 20 June 1944 showed his surviving carrier air power as only 35 operational aircraft out of the 430 planes with which he had commenced the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
HORNET, basing from Eniwetok in the Marshalls, raided enemy installations ranging from Guam to the Bonins then turned her attention to the Palaus, throughout the Philippine Sea, and to enemy bases on Okinawa and Formosa. Her aircraft gave direct support to the troops invading Leyte 20 October 1944. During the Battle for Leyte Gulf she launched raids for damaging hits to the Japanese center force in the Battle off Samar, and hastened the retreat of the enemy fleet through the Sibuyan Sea towards Borneo.
In the following months HORNET attacked enemy shipping and airfields throughout the Philippines. This included participation in a raid that destroyed an entire Japanese convoy in Ormoc Bay. On 30 December 1944 she departed Ulithi in the Caroline s for raids against Formosa, Indo-China, and the Pescadores Islands. In route back to Ulithi, HORNET planes made photo reconnaissance of Okinawa 22 January 1945 to aid the planned invasion of that "last stepping-stone to Japan."
HORNET again departed Ulithi 10 February for full-scale aerial assaults on Tokyo, then supported the amphibious landing assault on Iwo Jima 19-20 February 1945.
Repeated raids were made against the Tokyo plains industrial complex, and Okinawa was hard hit. On 1 April 1945 HORNET planes gave direct support to the amphibious assault landings on Okinawa. On 6 April her aircraft joined in attacks which sank the mighty Japanese battleship YAMATO and her entire task force as it closed Okinawa. The following 2 months found HORNET alternating between close support to ground troops on Okinawa and hard-hitting raids to destroy the industrial capacity of Japan. She was caught in a howling typhoon 4 to 5 June 1945 which collapsed some 25 feet of her forward flight deck.
HORNET was routed back to the Philippines and from there to San Francisco, arriving 7 July 1946. Her overhaul was complete by 13 September 1945 when she departed as a part of the "Magic Carpet" operation that saw her return home troops from the Marianas and Hawaiian Islands. She returned to San Francisco 9 February 1946. She decommissioned there 15 January 1947, and Joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
HORNET recommissioned 20 March 1951, then sailed from San Francisco for the New York Naval Shipyard where she decommissioned 12 May 1951 for conversion to an attack aircraft carrier (CVA-12). She recommissioned 11 September 1953 and trained in the Caribbean Sea before departure from Norfolk 11 May 1954 on an 8-month global cruise.
After operations in the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean, HORNET joined the mobile 7th fleet in the South China Sea where 25 July, search planes from her task group shot down two attacking Chinese Communist fighter planes. She returned to San Francisco 12 December 1954, trained out of San Diego, then sailed 4 May 1955 to join the 7th fleet in the Far East.
HORNET helped cover the evacuation of Vietnamese from the Communist controlled north to freedom in South Vietnam, then ranged from Japan to Formosa, Okinawa, and the Philippines in readiness training with the 7th fleet. She returned to San Diego 10 December 1965 and entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard the following month for conversion that included a hurricane bow and the installation of an angled flight deck which permits the simultaneous launching and recovery of aircraft.
Following her modernization overhaul, HORNET operated along the California coast. She departed San Diego 21 January 1957 to bolster the strength of the 7th fleet until her return from the troubled Far East 25 July. Following a similar cruise, 6 January-2 July 1958, she was converted to an Antisubmarine Warfare Support Carrier (CVS-12) in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. On 3 April 1959 she sailed from Long Beach to join the 7th fleet in antisubmarine warfare tactics ranging from Japan to Okinawa and the Philippines. She returned home in October, for training along the western seaboard.
In the following years, HORNET was regularly deployed to the 7th fleet for operations ranging from the coast of South Vietnam, to the shores of Japan, the Philippines and Okinawa. On 25 August 1966 she was on recovery station for the unmanned Apollo moonship that rocketed three-quarters of the way around the globe in 93 minutes before splashdown near Wake Island. Scorched from the heat of its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, the Apollo space capsule, designed to carry American astronauts to the moon, was brought aboard Hornet after its test.
HORNET t returned to Long Beach 8 September, but headed back to the Far East 27 March 1967. She reached Japan exactly a month later and departed Sasebo 19 May for the war zone. She operated in Vietnamese waters throughout the remainder of spring and during much of the summer of 1967 aiding in the struggle to keep freedom alive in Southeast Asia.
HORNET recovered the astronauts from the first moon landing mission, Apollo 11, on 24 July 1969. President Nixon was on board to welcome the returning astronauts back to Earth, where they lived in quarantine aboard HORNET prior to transfer to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at Houston. The first steps on Earth of returning moonwalkers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, with Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, are marked on her hangar deck, as part of her Apollo program exhibit.
Hornet once again served in the space program with the recovery of Apollo 12 on 24 November. Returning astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr., Alan L. Bean, and Richard F. Gordon, Jr ., were picked up from their splashdown point near American Samoa.
HORNET was decommissioned 26 June 1970 and mothballed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. HORNET was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 25 July 1989. In 1991, she was designated a National Historic Landmark.
On 17 October 1998, she was opened to the public as an aircraft carrier museum in Alameda, California. She was designated a California State Historic Landmark in 1999. She is listed on the National Register of Historic places, #91002065.
Building on her status as an authentically restored aircraft carrier, HORNET has featured in a number of film and television shows. Several TV shows, including a number of phantom-themed shows, have been recorded on board; and in 1997 she was the subject of an episode of the TV series JAG. In 2004 she was the set for scenes from the movi exXR: State of the Union, which starred Ice Cube, and portions of the 2007 film Rescue Dawn, which starred Christian Bale, were shot on board. Hornet was both the subject and the setting of the independent film Carrier (2006).[12][14]

Hornet received the Presidential Unit Citation and seven battle stars for service in World War II.
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From: Dictionary Of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. III, 1969, p. 369 and Wikipedia.
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Re: HORNET USS CV12 aircraft carrier

Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:07 pm

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Aitutaki issued in 1994 a se-tenant $2 stamp for the recovery of the USA Apollo 11 capsule on 24 July 1969.
On the right stamp you can see an aircraft carrier.
The aircraft carrier used for the recovery was the USS HORNET and most probably she is depict on the stamp.

Aitutaki 1994 $2 sg 676/677, scott 506/07
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