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Postby shipstamps » Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:11 pm

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Monaco issued a sheet of stamps in 1997 of which two stamps depict watercraft, as given by Stanley Gibbons, Collect Ships on Stamps the 7.00F depict the HIRONDELLE II, and Prince Albert, the other ship on the sheet is not identified.

She was the last yacht built for Prince Albert I of Monaco.
Built in 1911 by Forges & Chantiers de la Méditerranée, La Seyne.
Launched under the name HIRONDELL II.
Tonnage 1171 gross, 845 net, dim. 291.7. x 36.2 x 17.1ft (draught),
Two triple expansion steam-engines, 236 nhp., speed 16 knots.

HRH Prince Albert used the yacht for his oceanography voyages, and on board there were up-to-date laboratories for scientific research.

1923 Sold to Wm. R Hearst, New York, for $200.000 not renamed.. Hearst did not use the yacht often, mostly she lay idle at New York.
1925 Sold to International Film Service Co. of New York, Monaco.
1931 Sold to James J Murray, New York.
1933 Sold to Frank H Finucane, Providence, R.I.
1938 Sold to Rhode Island Navigation Co., Boston and outfitted for commercial service.
The same year sold to Viking Maritime Corp. Inc., Miami., all the time she carried the name HIRONDELLE according Lloyds Register.
1941 Sold to Vicente Madrigal, Manila, Philippines.
25 December 1941 captured by the Japanese at Hong Kong.
1942 Transferred to Japanese Government, renamed GYONAN MARU.
It looks that she after the war apparently was recover in a heavy damaged state.
1949 She was owned by Madrigal Shipping Co., Inc. Manila, renamed in ARGUS. Used in passenger service.
1965 Broken up in the Philippines.

Monaco 1949 10f sg 380, scott 242 , 1997 7f sg 2331, scott ?
Stanley Gibbons , Collect Ships on Stamps has her also under 1996 3f , but the yacht depict is the PRINCE ALICE II.

Source: Register of Merchant Ships completed in 1911. many web-sites.
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Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:57 pm

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Above is given the name PRINCE ALICE (II) but of course this has to be PRINCESSE ALICE (II).
The photo shows a model of the HIRONDELLE II
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