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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

Isle of Farquhar

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Isle of Farquhar

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The Isle of Farquhar, named after one of the islands of British Indian Ocean Territory. This schooner was built in 1904 by E. Smit and Zoon, at Groningen, as the Zeemeeuw. becoming renamed in turn Kyllikkl, Linnea, Thelma, and La Perle, under various owners. She is registered at Port Victoria, her gross tonnage being 176, and net 99. Length 102ft. 6ins., with a beam of 23ft. 2in. The vessel serves the British Indian Ocean Territory islands and also the Seychelles outlying islands taking supplies, equipment and labourers to the islands and bringing back the copra.
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Re: Isle of Farquhar

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:45 pm

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As ZEEMEEUW in 1906
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Built in 1906 by E.J. Smit & Zoon Scheepswerven, Hoogezand, Groningen, #463, as ZEEMEEUW for Pieter Jonker, Hoogezand (Netherlands)
3mast Schooner, Gt:181, Nt:148, Dw:250 tons, Loa:35.78m. Lbp:32.28m. B:7.07m. D:3.29m. Draft:2.88m. max., in 1917 engine built in, 2 cyl. Björneborg diesel:70 hp. in 1939 2 cyl. Avance diesel:100 hp. in 1946 5 cyl. Fairbanks diesel:240 hp.
In 1916 sold to N.V. Maatschappij Vrachtvaart, Middelburg (Nl.) in '17 sold to J. Nurminen, Rauma, Finland, renamed KYLLIKKY, '20 sold to Nils Påhlsson, Sweden, renamed LINNEA,
'21 to P/R W.E. Johnsson, Helsingborg, Sweden, not renamed.
'31 to Rederi A/B Ven, Helsingborg, '36 to P/R Emil Pettersson, Skärhamn, Sweden as THELMA, '37 to Raphael Fishing Co., Port Louis, Mauritius, '42 renamed in LA PERLE, mothership for a fishing fleet of dories.
in '62 sold to Michel P. Moulinié & Co., Port Victoria, Seychelles, renamed ISLE OF FARQUHAR, service between the islands of B.I.O.T. and the Seychelles with all kinds of cargo and passengers. Later used as a floating restaurant.
She took out the last inhabitants of the island Diego Garcia. Arrival to Mahe (Seychelles) on 31-10-1971.
1974 laid up in Port Victoria.
1981 the owner sold the ship to the Government of the Seychelles, this owner was also co-owner of the coconut plantations on Diego Garcia.

Then unknown, however in october-2004 in the following message:
-The authorities were about to start dismantling what remains of this ship here in the Seychelles. But a small group of us have asked to be allowed to transform the "wreck" into a national monument by restoring it to some extent.
We have been given until the 27th of October 2004 to submit a "project memorandum" regarding our intentions (project objectives, technical works anticipated, budget and expenditure, timeline, etc.). In the meantime, the dismantling operations have been suspended. We would be most grateful for any information you have on the “Isle of Farquhar” - we had no idea that it is a Dutch-built ship! Also, we would welcome any advice you may have as to how we could proceed, including any channels we could explore to obtain technical advice and financial assistance to enable us to do at least the minimum that is required to save what is left of this beautiful and historically valuable ship. We very much look forward to hearing from you. Warm regards, Pat Matyot.-

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