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Haukur 1973

Haukur was built in Reykjavík in 1973, thus being a youngster for a wooden boat. In the beginning she was designed as a fishing boat but due to the shipbuilder’s respect and enthusiasm for old sail boats the hull shape was rather unusual and in fact with a resemblance to the old shark and fishing schooners that were common around Iceland in the 19th century. When North Sailing bought the boat in 1996 it was soon clear that the boat would be a great sailing vessel and after serving 5 summers as an ordinary whale watching vessel the boat was transformed to a two mast schooner in the shipyard of Húsavík.

Phoenix 1929

The Phoenix is a ship built by Hjorne & Jakobsen at Frederikshavn, Denmark in 1929, originally as an Evangelical Mission Schooner.
Length: 112ft Beam21.9ft Draught 8.5ft. Propulsion 12 sails, 235 h.p. Volvo. Crew of 10

Missionary and cargo ship
Twenty years later she retired from missionary work and carried cargo until her engine room was damaged by fire. In 1974 she was bought by new owners who converted her into a Brigantine before being purchased by Square Sail in 1988. A first aid over-haul enabled her to sail back to the UK where she underwent a complete refit.
Appearances in films
Caravel Santa Maria
During 1991 she was converted to the 15th century Caravel Santa Maria for Ridley Scott's film 1492: Conquest of Paradise. The ship was known as Santa Maria until, in 1996, due to increasing demand for period square-riggers, she was converted into a 2 masted Brig and reverted to her original name Phoenix of Dell Quay.
Hornblower Series 3
Phoenix of Dell Quay was used as the ship Retribution in the Hornblower Series 3.


Spirit of New Zealand 1986

The tall ship Spirit of New Zealand is a steel-hulled, three-masted barquentine from Auckland, New Zealand. It was purpose-built by the Spirit of Adventure Trust in 1986 for youth development. It is 42.5 m in total length and carries a maximum of 40 trainees and 13 crew on overnight voyages. The ship's home port is Auckland, and it spends most of its time sailing around the Hauraki Gulf. During the summer season, it often sails to the Marlborough Sounds and Nelson, at the top of the South Island.
The spirit of the project was derived from the sail training operations of the schooners "Sir Winston Churchill" and "Malcolm Miller" which were built for the organisation formerly known as the Sail Training Association ( STA) ... ur-history
The ship is used for a year-round programme of youth development, consisting primarily of 10-day individual voyages for 15- to 19-year-olds and 5-day Spirit Trophy voyages for teams of 10 Year 10 students. Once a year an Inspiration voyage for trainees with physical disabilities is run, as well as board of trustees and Navy training voyages. In addition, adult day, weekend and coastal voyages are offered to paying members of the public. The ship is usually in dry-dock for refit in November and does not sail on Christmas Day.
The Spirit of New Zealand is a barquentine-rigged three-masted steel hull 33.3 m (109 ft) long, with an overall length of 45.2 m (148 ft) including the bowsprit, and a maximum width of 9.1 m (29.9 ft). She has a draft of about 4 m (13 ft) and a displacement of 286 tons. Under power, the Spirit of New Zealand can reach a top speed of 10 knots, and 14 knots under sail. A new engine installed in late 2010 is expected to increase the vessel's maximum speed.
The three steel masts are 28.7, 31.3, and 28.0 metres high and carry 14 sails totalling 724.3m² (7,965 ft²). There are 3 jibs and 4 square sails on the foremast. The main and mizzen masts are gaff rigged, and both can carry a gaff-topsail. In addition, there are 3 staysails on the main mast.
The hull is painted black with the ship's name and the Trust's website painted in white at the bow and across the stern. In addition, a large silver fern is painted on either side of the bow beneath the name. A stainless steel rubbing strake runs the length of the vessel and circular port holes are visible above the waterline. A wooden rail runs around the edge of the entire deck.
The standard crew of the Spirit of New Zealand has varied during her lifetime, but in 2010 consisted of 1 master, 3 mates, 1 cook, 1 engineer, 2 cadets, 3 volunteer watch assistants, 2 leading hands and 40 trainees. For day sail voyages, the ship is registered to carry significantly more passengers. The trainees are normally split 20 male and 20 female, and sleep in separate accommodation. A change to the male accommodation was made so that 6 of the bunks could be separated from the remainder, allowing voyages to sail with 26 females and 14 males. This change was made in response to frequently higher female applicants than male applicants.

Allahabad is a city on 3 rivers.

Allahabad is a city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, situated at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.The name is derived from the one given to the city by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583. The name in Indian languages generally is Ilahabad. The ancient name of the city is Prayāga (Sanskrit for "place of sacrifice") and is believed to be the spot where Brahma offered his first sacrifice after creating the world. It is one of four sites of the Kumbh Mela, the others being Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. It has a position of importance in the Hindu religion and mythology since it is situated at the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna, and Hindu belief says that the invisible Sarasvati River joins here also. A city of many dimensions is what befits a description of Allahabad. In addition to being a major pilgrimage centre, the city has played an important part in the formation of modern India. Hindu mythology states that Lord Brahma, the creator god, chose a land for 'Prakrishta Yajna'. This land, at the confluence of three holy rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, blessed by gods, came to be known as 'Prayag' or 'Allahabad'. Foreseeing the sanctity of the place, Lord Brahma also called it as 'Tirth Raj' or 'King of all pilgrimage centres.' The Scriptures - Vedas and the great epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata, refer to this place as Prayag. Centuries followed. Allahabad became the headquarters of North Western Provinces, after being shifted from Agra. Well preserved relics of the British impact includes the Muir College and the All Saints Cathedral. Many important events in India's struggle for freedom, took place here - the emergence of the first Indian National Congress in 1885, the beginning of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence movement in 1920. This confluence of history, culture and religion makes Allahabad, a unique city.
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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.

Abandoned slaves Tromelin Island

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Abandoned slaves Tromelin Island

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Tromelin Island, or Île de Tromelin, is a low, flat, uninhabited island that is a part of the Îles Éparses (Scattered Islands) archipelago in the southwestern Indian Ocean, about 280 miles (450 km) east of Madagascar. On November 17, 1760, the retired French warship Utile sailed out of the harbor at Bayonne in southwestern France and headed for Mauritius or Île De France, as it was then called. In July 1761, the Utile reached Madagascar and dropped anchor to replenish supplies. At that time, France was in the midst of fighting the Seven Years' War with Great Britain, and the governor of Île de France was expecting an attack at any moment from India. Even though the governor had banned the import of slaves at the time, fearing food shortages if there was a siege, the captain of the Utile , Commander La Fargue, brought on board at least 150 Malagasy slaves anyway.
With its illegal cargo, the Utile then departed Madagascar and set sail east for Île de France. Sometime shortly thereafter, the ship was caught in a violent storm. Blown off course by the bad weather, the ship wrecked on the submerged coral reef which breaks ground as Tromelin Island. One of the contemporary gazettes described the shipwreck: “Traversing a host of dangers, most of the crew succeeded in reaching the island. Almost all were injured, maimed, and covered in bruises; they were specters rather than men.
At the beginning of their exile, the 122 survivors, sailors and slaves, salvaged wood from the wreck as well as whatever tools and supplies they could find. They built a forge and dug two wells, the “thick, white, milky liquid from the first proving to be toxic.” (ibid). At least, food proved not to be a problem. The survivors trapped and ate sea birds and caught one of the 500-kilo sea turtles that lived on the island.
Just two months after the wreck, the survivors managed to build a raft. The shipwreck victims named the raft “Providence;” however, the raft was not big enough to accommodate all the survivors. It could carry the Frenchmen, but it could not accommodate the 60 slaves. So, the French sailors boarded hopefully, arms around each other so they could all fit, with a small amount of food. About 60 men and women, all slaves, were left on the island, with a “writ testifying to their services” and a promise from the Frenchmen that they would return and rescue them. The Governor of the Ile de France was so angry a the captain of the Utile for disobeying him that he refused to send a ship to Tromelin Island to rescue the abandoned slavesThe governor of Île de France was an official of the French East India Company and had banned slave importation, and despite the pleas from the French gentlemen and sailors of the Utile and the arguments of several local dignitaries in favor of the rescue, he refused. After waiting in vain for rescue for two years, the desperate survivors built a raft, and 18 of them sailed for home. No one knows if they ever reached land. In 1773 or 1774, when the shipwreck victims were long forgotten, a passing ship spotted signs of life on Île des Sables. Upon this news, the new governor of Île de France—who was more humane than his predecessor, having been appointed by the King of France and not the French East India Company—dispatched the vessel Sauterelle to the rescue. But it failed in its attempts to approach the little coral island, surrounded by waters 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) deep. Two sailors headed for shore in a canoe but smashed up against a reef. One sailor managed to swim back to the ship, the other was left on the island. According to the women who were later finally rescued, the sailor and the last three male survivors then built a raft. The four men, with three of the women, sailed away from the island. They were never seen again. On November 29, 1776, the Chevalier de Tromelin commanded the corvette La Dauphine to the island and found there eight survivors of the wreck of the Utile : an eight-month-old baby boy, his mother and grandmother, and five other women. La Dauphine carried the women and baby back to Île de France, where they were questioned about their ordeal by French officials. The governor insisted that the castaways were not slaves but free people, since they had been bought illegally in the first place. He even adopted the family of three and named the baby boy Jacques Moïse. Sometime after the rescue, the island name of Île des Sables was changed to honor the Chevalier de Tromelin for his brave search and rescue efforts and, since then, the island has been called Île de Tromelin, or Tromelin Island.
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