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Fram (Nansen)

Postby shipstamps » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:19 am

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IN 1890 when the Norwegian Parliament, the Storthing, agreed to aid Nansen, he made arrangements with Mr. Colin Archer, a British-born resident in Larvik, to construct a suitable vessel for work in Arctic waters. After several models had been submitted to Nansen he chose a design, and work commenced. At the expiration of two years the immortal Fram, was ready for sea. She was the strongest vessel of her size which had ever been built for work in the Arctic. Launched at Larvik, on October 26, 1892, she was christened by Mrs. Nansen. The vessel had an ungainly look; the after part of her flush deck sloped upwards to give more head room and the masts were so thick that it was thought in the shipyard she might be top-heavy. She was built just large enough to carry provisions for 13 or 14 men for six years, besides the necessary fuel and equipment. Her displacement was close on 600 tons and she had machinery of 160 i.h.p., which gave her a speed of six knots, on a coal consumption of 2 3/4 tons per day.
Pointed at stem and stern she resembled a Scots "buckie" boat, excepting that she was carvel-built, and was almost flat-bottomed so that she could rest on the ice, if necessary, without capsizing. Both the stem and stern were considerably curved to prevent the ice gripping the ship. Her screw could be raised when necessary and was protected from damage in a well; the rudder was also similarly adapted for this purpose. The ship's sides (from 28 in. to 32 in thick,) were solidly constructed of oak, pitchpine and greenheart, and were strengthened by many beams and stays inside the vessel, while the whole ship was divided into three sections by two watertight wooden bulkheads. On her foremast the Fram carried a square foresail and topsail, and was fore and aft rigged on main and mizzenmasts; her sail area was about 650 sq. yds. Her principal dimensions were; Overall length, 128 ft.; beam (excluding ice sheathing), 36 ft; moulded depth, 17 ft; draft with light cargo, 12 ft; freeboard, with full load, 3 V2 ft.
Nansen believed in bright, cheerful colours, and the Fram 's hull above the waterline was painted grey, the gunwale green, the poop scarlet, while red, white and green were the prevailing colours of the deck fittings. The whole expedition was fitted out most thoroughly—over £25,000 was expended upon the ship and her outfit, the vessel alone costing nearly £10,000. She is depicted on the first two stamps, with her two great navigators, Nansen and later Amundsen. She left Norway on June 24, 1893, and reached 85 deg. N., the farthest North any ship had been up to that time, and returned to Norway in 1896. In 1899 she was used by Sverdrup in his exploration of Jones Sound (Baffin Bay).
In 1910 Capt. Roald Amundsen used the Fram for his famous voyage to the South Pole, after she had been converted from steam to oil firing. The vessel is now on public view at the Bygdones Museum, Oslo, where she is being preserved for posterity by the Norwegian Government.
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Re: Fram (Nansen)

Postby aukepalmhof » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:06 am

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On 14 December 1911, five men stood at the southern axis of the earth. They planted the Norwegian flag and named the area KongHaakon VIIs vidde. Those men were Roald Amundsen, Olav Bjaaland, Oscar Wisting, Helmer Hansen and Sverre Hassel, the first men to reach the South Pole.
They had left the Framheim base on 20 October, taking with them four sledges and 52 dogs. The dogs were one of the most important items Amundsen had with him. He had brought them from Greenland, because the underfoot conditions and terrain were ideal for Eskimo dogs. Amundsen also recognized the advantage of being able to slaughter the weaker dogs en route and use the meat to feed the others. As it turned out, the human members of the expedition also appreciated a fresh piece of canine steak.
The going was tough at times; the cold was severe and the conditions were bad. However, the final days of their journey were better and the weather could not have been more perfect for their arrival at the South Pole. At three o’clock in the afternoon of 14 December, the sledge drivers called a halt. They had been checking their distance-measuring wheels continuously and had now covered the calculated distance. They were probably not at the exact location of the Pole. It would have been impossible for them to calculate that with the instruments they had, but as Amundsen was to write later they were so close that the few possible kilometres of separation could make no difference whatsoever.
After encircling their camping site, they commenced the formal act of planting the flag. Amundsen had decided that all five members were to participate. Five calloused, frostbitten fists took a firm grip of the pole, lifted up the waving flag and planted it. Thanks to Bjaaland, photographs were taken at the South Pole. Amundsen’s expensive camera had been damaged, but Bjaaland with his simple Kodak camera and his often random photos of the moment ensured that the expedition was photographically documented.
They arrived back at Framheim on 25 January 1912. They had been away for 99 days and had covered a distance of about 3000 kilometres.
Norway 2011 14.00 and 17.00 Kr. Sg?, scott”
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60c - Roald Amundsen
A skilled explorer and well known for his meticulous planning, Amundsen set his sights on the South Pole when he heard of Scott’s forthcoming Antarctic expedition. He departed Norway on 9 August 1910 aboard the ship Fram, at which time his destination was known only to his most trusted officers.
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Re: Fram (Nansen)

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:49 am

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Mozambique 2011 175.00MT sg?, scott?
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2007 Guinea-Bissau 3000 fcfa sgMS?, scott?
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2011 Germany postmark. All images were supplied by Mr Gennadiy Sitnikov.)
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Re: Fram (Nansen)

Postby Arturo » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:23 pm

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Re: Fram (Nansen)

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:51 pm

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St Tome et Principe 2018 Db 31.00 sg?, scott? and Db 12.400 sgMS?, scott? (In the MS the fram is depict in the background of the margin.
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