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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

CHACABUCO 1866 corvette

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CHACABUCO 1866 corvette

Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:02 pm

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For the Centenary of the Chilean Naval Engineering on 31 May 1989 Chile released four stamps of 45p commemorating the establishment in 1889 of its first school of naval engineering.
The vessel on the stamp is given as the CHACABUCO, she was the site of the first Chilean Navy Firemen’s school on 25 April 1889. Comparing stamp with a photo of the ship, the designer has made some alternations, the CHACABUCO was a steamship, but I can’t find any funnel on the ship on the stamp. On the stamp she is square rigged while on the photo it is more schooner rigged.

Built as a wooden screw corvette under yard no. 363 by R & H Green at Blackwall, London for the Chilean Navy.
1864 laid down.
1866 Launched as the CHACABUCO.
Displacement 1,670 tons, dim. 66.62 (bpp) x 10.18 x 5,30m. (draught)
Powered by a steam engine, 1,200 ihp, one shaft, speed 10 knots.
Carried sails.
Armament 3 – 7 inch Armstrong, 2 – 70 pdr. 4 – 40 pdrs and four Hotchkiss MG
Crew 200.
July 1866 completed. Building cost 285,000 pesos.

She did not reach Chile for the war between Chile and Spain ended, the British Government did not allow her to sail before there was an agreement signed between Chile and Spain.
In 1870 she made a voyage in the Pacific under command of Captain José Anacieto Goni Prieto as training ship for midshipmen. During this voyage the flag of Chile was raised on Eastern Island.
During the Pacific War (the war between Chile, Bolivia and Peru) she was used in the blockade of Iquique under command of Captain Oscar Viel y Toro. The war was declared on 05 April 1879.
18 April 1879 in an attack on Pisagua together with the BLANCO ENCALADA trying to take the ships and boats in the port, the two ships were counter attacked by the garrison of the port in which the CHACABUCO crew got one dead and five wounded.
22 May 1879 she was a unit in a squadron bound for Callao, Peru.
June 1879 she was part of the first naval squadron commanded by Rear Admiral Juan Williams Rebolledo together with the BLANCO ENCALADA, the squadron stayed behind in Antofagasta to safeguard.
At the end of July the CHACABUCO arrived in Valparaiso, where she underwent repairs for two months, her armament was upgraded and she received new boilers, after she again could make 10 knots.
1890 Stricken from the naval list, and thereafter used as a coal hulk.
1909 Scrapped.

Source: Various internet sites.
Chile 1989 45p sg 1246, scott 837.
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