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Her name is given by Navicula as CATHARINA. The stamp is designed after a painting made by L. Petersen and P. Holm.

1862 Built by Dietrich Kremer in Blankenese for the brothers Captain Johannes and Johann Joachim Backhaus.
Tonnage 128 gross, dim?
Rigged as a brigantine.
Homeport Blankenese, Germany.

24 April 1880 with a general cargo she stranded on the bar of Opolo, West Africa, and was wrecked.

The ships painting was made by Peter Christian Holm (1823-1888) who worked in Altona and Hamburg.
The CATHARINA was painted in 1864 when she entered CUXHAVEN on the Elbe River.
She is shown with the Schleswig Holstein flag.

The painting is now in the Altonaer Museum Hamburg.

Source: Navicula.
Paraguay 1977 2g sg?, scott 1764b


Built in 1914-'15 by William Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow, #229, for the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co., Hong Kong and purchased by the Admiralty while on the stocks on 22 March 1915, launched 10 May 1915.
Stores freighter and distilling ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, displacement:3598 long tons (3656 t) Lbp:89.94m. (295'1") Beam:13.44m. (44'1") Draft:6.30m. (20'8") 2x3 cyl. triple expansion steam engines:? hp. 10 kn. complement:52, callsign:GQKB
On 4 May 1928, BACCHUS was in collision with the Greek cargo ship IOANNIS FALAFOS in the English Channel, 20 nm. south of St. Alban's Head, Dorset. IOANNIS FALAFOS sank in three minutes with the loss of ten of her 22 crew. The survivors were initially rescued by BACCHUS but she was severely damaged at the bows and was abandoned as it was thought that she would sink too. The British cargo ship MANCHESTER COMMERCE took all on board. BACCHUS was later reboarded once it became apparent that she would remain afloat. She was towed into Portland Harbour stern-first by an Admiralty tug. BACCHUS was subsequently repaired and returned to service.
She was renamed BACCHUS II in May 1936 in order to free the name for a new ship. She was sunk as target on 15 November 1938, 10 nm. off Alderney, the Channel Islands, by gunfire from the cruiser HMS DUNEDIN.

(Liberia 2012, $3, StG.?)


Germany issued in 1997 one stamp for the 100th Anniversary of the dead of Postmaster Heinrich von Stephan (1831-1897).

He introduced the postcard in Germany of which one is depicted on the stamp, it shows us a passenger-cargo vessel, which has not be identified so far I know. It is a very small image and the only thing it looks that her two funnels are yellow which belong to the Hamburg Amerka Line. She has a straight bow so it must be a vessel from around 1900.

German 1997 100 pf sg 2764, scott?


Norway issued in 2008 a series of stamp for tourism in the country, two have a maritime theme.

So far I know the small vessels on this stamp of Oslo Harbour with in the background the City Hall have not been identified, in the last Watercraft Philately of Nov/Dec 2018 in an article by Dan Rodlie he gives the names and details of the three vessels on this stamp as, from the left to the right as CHRISTIANIA, JOMFRUEN and the ATLANTIC SUN.

The Oslo City Hall is the political and administrative heart of the city. It has an important place in the history of Norwegian art and architecture and is visited by more than 100,000 guests and tourists every year. Its two towers, best seen from the sea, stand 66 and 63 metres high. The bells on the top of the east tower provide pleasure for many people, as they play tunes every hour on the hour from 7 am to 12 pm each day.

On the stamp of Lyngor Lighthouse, the sail yacht is not identified, maybe one of the readers has a name for the yacht?
In the days of sailing ships, Lyngor was one of the most important harbours on the Skagerrak coast. It is now a popular place for holidays. Narrow, cemented paths, flanked by white picket fences, wind their way over these vehicle-free islands. Boats are the only means of transport in this South Norwegian Venice.
When Lyngor Lighthouse was finished in 1879, householders in Lyngor celebrated the event by putting lights in their windows. It had been touch and go whether the lighthouse would be built. The authorities had not recommended it, but men from the region with money and good contacts in the Storting took action and produced results. Today we call that lobbying!

Built as wooden 3 mast fore-and aft schooner (borgåskute) by Paul Grünquist & Co shipyard in Valax, Finland
Launched as HELGA
Tonnage 143 gross, 85 net, 230 dwt, dim. ? x 24.5 x 9.10ft
Auxiliary oil engine hp?
1948 Delivered to owners.

Lloyds Registry 1955/56 gives for the HELGA as owner Gustaf Holmberg, at Borgå, Finland. Most probably he was also the owner when built.
1994 Sold to Norway Yacht Charter A/A, Oslo and renamed CHRISTIANIA (the former name of Oslo) and restored in her original condition.
Tonnage 123 gross, 38 net, dim. 45.70 x 7.45 x 2.61m, (draught), length of hull 33.20m
Sail area 550 square meters. 10 sails.
Auxiliary engine Caterpillar 6-cyl. diesel, 365 hp.
Crew 5-9, day passengers 150.
Used as a passenger sailing ship in the charter business around Oslo Fjord. When not in use moored in front of the Oslo City Hall.
2019 In service.

Built as a motor cutter BRILLIANT in Hardanger on the west coast of Norway in 1917.
For many years she carried mackerel from ports around Bergen and Stavanger to the fishmarket in Oslo.
On her return voyages from Oslo she hauled cement from Slemmestad outside Oslo to the west coast of Norway. She continued trading mainly along the western Norwegian coastline until 1984.
From 1984 in spring of 1988 she was converted into a passenger sailing vessel and used as a party-ship and for social activities based in Oslo.
Tonnage 49 Gt, 19net, dim. 1970 x 5.30 x 2.60m. (draught)
Accommodation for 65 passengers.
Her name was at one time changed to BLÅVEIS until she was renamed JOMFRUEN in 2000.
2019 Owned by Norway Yacht Charter A/s, Oslo and in active service.

1994 Built as a passenger vessel by the Porsgrunn Maskineringssenter in Porsgrunn, Norway for the Atlantic Boat Ltd. AS, Oslo.
Tonnage 118 grt, 48 net, dim. 24.10 x 6.16 x 1.60m.
Powered by two General Motors engines.
Delivered under the name ATLANTIC SUN.

She has been used in the tourist traffic on the Oslo Fjord.
2019 In service, sane name and owner, IMO No 9068108.

Otmar Schäuffelen, Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe; Various Norwe-gian Illustrated Shipping registry;; D. Rodlie. Lloyds Register 1955/56

Norway 2008 7Kr. sg?, scott 1542


Of the many stamps and miniature sheets used for the 500th anniversary that Columbus discovered America, most of this stamps and miniature sheet have almost all the same design, only the miniature sheet issued by the Bahamas in 1990 is quite different.

The image is a woodcut from the book “Liber Chronicarum” of the chronicler Hartmann Schedel (1414-1514).

The book describe the Latin world history from the creation till the year 1493.
The book of 650 pages was printed in 1493 by Anton Koberger in Nürenberg. A German translation made by S. Alt is published in the same year.

The 645 (in a other edition over the 1000) woodcuts were made by Michel Wohlgemut (1437-1519) and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (1462-1494).
On the miniature sheet of the Bahamas is depict the building of Noah’s Ark, the part with the Latin text is omitted.

If we pay attention to the following.
Columbus discovered Cuba on 28 October 1492, he returned to Spain were her arrived on 15 March 1493. At that time the chronicle of Hartmann Schedels was already by the printer, so this woodcut can’t represent the vessel of Columbus.
So this image can’t document the journey of Columbus.
The Post of the Bahamas is free to illustrate the life of Columbus with the Ark of Noah, if the image of the Ark is a caravel.

The artist who made this woodcut went into the wrong when he took a caravel as an example for the construction of Noah's Ark, and did not portray the Ark as a square box as most artists from that time portray the Ark.

This woodcut was made in the time of Columbus, while the miniature sheet has the imprint of a “Caravel under construction”. That the picture of the construction of a caravel fits in with the time of Columbus, and is therefore not from the time of the Arch of Noah.

So anyhow a good design of the Bahamas Post.

Source: Translated from Navicula.
Bahamas 1990 $1.50 sgMS 874, scott 692


Guyana issued in 2018 two miniature sheets for “Fishing in Guyana”, the fishing boat depict in the border of the MS shows us fishing boats pulled on the beach. The fish most probably you can find in the Guyana waters but the depicted fishing boats have never seen this waters.
She are taken from a painting made by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in 1888 and show “Fishing boats on the beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in South France, the original you can find in the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

The fishing boats depict are “doris” of which Aak to Zumbra gives: The French doris was originally carried on board “morutiers and “terreneuviers” and she is till today used for fishing inshore, gathering seaweed, and collecting sand. Locally modified to meet special conditions and type of use.
Some half-decked; others a raised cabin forward. Double tholepins used when rowing. Various rigs employed; ketch, cutter, sloop, spirit, lug, lateen. Now most used an outboard motor or inboard motor, and may be constructed of aluminium and she have a pilot house.

(the depicted boats are made of wood.)
Reported length 3.2 – 7m.; e.g. length 7m, beam 2.2m, depth 1.0m.

Turkey 1990 700li sg3090, scott 2482.
Guyana 2018 $16 and $8.50 sgMS?, scott?


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She was ordered by the Government of St Helena and paid by the Overseas Development Administration of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, under a U.K aid programme to St Helena.
Built as a passenger- cargo vessel by Hall Russell Ltd., and completed by their successor (when Hall Russel went bankrupt), A & P Appledore (Aberdeen) Ltd., Aberdeen, who negotiated a new and higher price to complete her.
31 October 1989 launched under the name RMS ST. HELENA, christened by H.R.H. Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Tonnage 6.767 gross, 3.130 dwt, dim. 105 x 19.2 x 10m., draught 6.0m.
Two 6-cyl. Mirrlees engines geared to two shafts, 3.723 hp., speed 14.5 knots. Twin controllable pitch propellers.
Accommodation for 132 passengers and 58 crew.
Passenger amenities include a swimming pool, dining saloon to seat 75, lounge, children room, hospital wards, shop and bar.
Cargo capacity 1.800 tons. Can carry 52 TEU’s containers. Two tanks to carry oil, and there is provisions for the carriage of livestock and pets.
October 1990 delivered. Port of registry London.

She was special built to supply St Helena and a replacement of her namesake ST. HELENA of 1963.
Managed by Curnow Shipping Ltd.
The funnel which is painted a slightly acid yellow, bears the sea lion emblem, once the badge of the East India Company, which owned the island of St Helena in the 17th century.
16 November 1990 sailed for her maiden voyage, she will make calls at Tenerife, Ascension, St Helena and Cape Town before heading back to the U.K. Scheduled for six round voyages yearly.
Once a year she makes a round voyage from Cape Town to St Helena.

On her first northbound voyage on 04 Jan. 1991 damaged her starboard engine, and arrived 05 Jan. at Lisbon from where the passengers flown home to the U.K. The ship on one engine limped to Falmouth for a new engine, arrived 20 Jan. 1991 Falmouth.

April 1991 resumed service. Some months later off St Helena rescued the crew of a sunken trawler.
1995 Chartered for a single round Britain cruise by Swan Hellenic.
04 September 2001 management taken over by Weir Shipping, London.

After September 2004 she will not more make any calls in the U.K., limiting her service to the South Atlantic, calling at Ascension, St Helena, Walvis Bay and Cape Town

2009 gives still managed by Weir, owned by St. Helena Line, London. IMO No 8716306.
Call sign MMHE5. Still under U.K. flag.

Ascension 1990 25p sg 533, £1 sgMS 535 , scott 495-7 and 1996 65p sg 703, scott 664.
St Helena 1990 38p sg, 574 and £1 sgMS 576, scott 537-9, 1995 60p sg 709, scott 655 and 1996 60p sg724, scott 680.
Tristan da Cunha 1990 35p sg502 and £1 sgMS504, scott 484-6, 1994 £5 sg564, scott 546 and 1996 60p sg,601, scott 583.

Source: Marine News 1991/28, 84. Watercraft Philately Vol. 38 page 10. Marine News 2004/136.
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Re: ST HELENA (II) 1990

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For the 20th year in service the St Helena Post issued four stamps, the following URL gives on the stamps:

The RMS St Helena is unique
She is one of only two ocean-going vessels in the world still to carry the venerable title of Royal Mail Ship, held in the past by so many famous British passenger liners.

In addition to carrying passengers in well-fed comfort, she is a lifeline for residents on her island namesake as she carries all their goods and supplies to St Helena. From wind turbines to automotive parts; sheep, goats, and Christmas turkeys to furniture, food and paint, everything has to be carried by ship to the island. This is part of the fascination. RMS St Helena is not just a passenger vessel; it's a working ship, plying the Atlantic Ocean, carrying goods and people nearly halfway around the world. When you sail on the RMS, you are following in the wake of the generations of travellers and explorers who crossed the world's oceans in the leisured days before air travel. A voyage on the RMS is an unforgettable experience: a blue water voyage on a working ship to unspoilt and remote islands.

Quality, comfort and peace of mind
The Royal Mail Ship St Helena was built in 1989 specifically to supply the island of St Helena, a British Overseas Territory deep in the tropical South Atlantic. She is British registered, 6,767 gross tonnes and has berths for a maximum of 128 passengers plus 56 officers and crew.

She has modern facilities: stabilisers, air conditioning and for those who worry about being too detached from their normal humdrum existence, fax, telephone and email by satellite communication systems.

She carries a doctor and has well equipped medical facilities. Classified as A1+ at Lloyds and sailing under the British flag means that the RMS St Helena is subject to some of the most rigorous safety regulations in the world. Her repeatedly high classification in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships is a sure indication of the high quality of her facilities, crew and standards.

2015 In service.

St Helena 2014 25p/50p sg?, scott? MSsg?, scott?
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Re: ST HELENA (II) 1990

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Thu May 03, 2018 6:46 pm

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MNG TAHITI ex ST.HELENA departed from Cape Town with next port of call listed Madagascar. She is now registered in Basseterre, in the Caribbean Islands of St Kitts and Nevis. Her new classification is listed as a Troopship will be initially deployed in the Gulf of Aden as a supply ship servicing ships acting as anti-piracy vessels. Photo : Ian Shiffman (c) Maasmond Maritime
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Re: ST HELENA (II) 1990

Postby aukepalmhof » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:00 pm

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The RMS ST HELENA commenced her final voyage for St Helena on 24th January 2018. She made her final call at Ascension Island on 3rd February, returning to James’ Bay, St Helena on 6th. Her final departure from St Helena was on Saturday 10th February 2018, scheduled to return to Cape Town on 15th for decommissioning.

She was sold to Tahiti Shipping a subsidiary of MNG Shipping, London, renamed MNG TAHITI, she was chartered thereafter by MNG Shipping.

I found the following on :
Oct. 2018
“In April she was sold to MNG Maritime and renamed MNG TAHITI to serve as a 'vessel based armoury' in the Middle East. After three months, this project appears to have been abandoned and the ship has once again been sold on. The buyer has renamed her ST HELENA (without prefix RMS) and she is on her way back to Portland, Dorset. It appears she will then undergo a two year refit to become a private yacht.” Management Wilson Yacht- UK
As new owner is mentioned St.Helena LLP on the Chanel Island (UK) since Aug. 31-2018. Withdraw of Lloyds Register on July 11 -2018
New flag registration St.Kitts and Nevis.

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