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Suriname issued in 1992 one stamp for the expelling of the Jews from Spain in 1492, the stamp shows a Spanish, Portuguese sailing ship from that time and named by Stanley Gibbons as a “nau”. The rigging looks a bit strange on the nau depict on the stamp, it shows a four mast ship, square sails on the fore and main mast and two lateen sails on the other two masts. Most naus carry on the fore and main mast also a topsail not visible on the stamp.

Nau is the generic term for a 14th to 16th century ship in Catalan, Spain. During the 15th -17th centuries could be synonymous with “nef”, “carrack” or “galleon; later with a frigate type vessel. Sometimes term was given to the major ship in a convoy. Some scholars include in the term all vessels of western origin with keels. Many Basque built in the 16th century.
In general high-sided with castles forward and aft, 2 – 3 decks, beamy, short keel; deep hull and a midline rudder. Estimated to have been between 120 – 500 ton.

Source: Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.

Wikipedia has more on the settlement of the Jews in Suriname.
Suriname has the oldest Jewish community in the Americas. During the Inquisition in Portugal and Spain around 1500, many Jews fled to the Netherlands and the Dutch colonies to escape social discrimination and inquisitorial persecution, sometimes including torture and condemnation to the stake. Those who were converted to the Catholic faith were called New Christians, conversos, and, less often, "Marranos". The stadtholder of the King of Portugal gave those who wanted to depart some time to let them settle, and supplied them with 16 ships and safe conduct to leave for the Netherlands. The Dutch government gave an opportunity to settle in Brazil (at that time part of Brazil was a colony of the Netherlands). Most found their home in Recife, and merchants became cocoa growers. But the Portuguese in Brazil forced many Jews to move into the northern Dutch colonies in the Americas, The Guyanas. Jews settled in Suriname in 1639.

Suriname was one of the most important centers of the Jewish population in the Western Hemisphere, and Jews there were planters and slaveholders.

For a few years, when World War II arrived, many Jewish refugees from the Netherlands and other parts of Europe fled to Suriname. Today, 2,765 Jews live in Suriname. ... n#Suriname
Surinam 1992 250c sg1529, scott 927.


Uganda issued in 1997 a miniature sheet for the “PACIFIC 97” World Philatelic Exhibition in San Francisco, USA, the top stamp shows us a Chinese Post boat under sail.

She is a “sampan” in China it is the general term for a small boat that can’t otherwise be classified as a junk, barge etc.
Word originally used mainly by foreigners, but now frequently used by the Chinese themselves. Design and use vary widely, depending on local needs and customs. Some carry cargo, produce and livestock, other ferry passengers; some are floating kitchens; many are used as a fishing boat;and often used as houseboats. Characteristically she has a plank between the stern wings as seen on the stamp.
The sampan is generally rowed or sculled but occasionally raise a small cloth, battened lugsail as seen on stamp to a midship mast.
Dimensions: some are 6.5m long, 1.5m beam and 0.61m deep.

Source: Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.
Uganda1997 800s sg 1859, scott 1496a

FORWARD brig + Jules Verne

For the 100th anniversary of the death of Jules Verne (1828-1905). Liberia issued a miniature sheet in 2005, which show on 1 stamp the brig FORWARD in the ice. The book gives she was 170 ton, and also fitted out with an auxiliary steam engine.

The Adventures of Captain Hatteras (French: Voyages et aventures du capitaine Hatteras) is an adventure novel by Jules Verne in two parts: The English at the North Pole (French: Les Anglais au pôle nord) and The desert of ice (French: Le Désert de glace).
The novel was published for the first time in 1864. The definitive version from 1866 was included into Voyages Extraordinaires series (The Extraordinary Voyages). Although it was the first book of the series it was labeled as number two. Three of Verne's books from 1863-65 (Five Weeks in a Balloon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and From the Earth to the Moon) were added into the series retroactively. Captain Hatteras shows many similarities with British explorer John Franklin.

Plot summary
The novel, set in 1861, described adventures of British expedition led by Captain John Hatteras to the North Pole. Hatteras is convinced that the sea around the pole is not frozen and his obsession is to reach the place no matter what. Mutiny by the crew results in destruction of their ship but Hatteras, with a few men, continues on the expedition. On the shore of the island of "New America" he discovers the remains of a ship used by the previous expedition from the United States. Doctor Clawbonny recalls in mind the plan of the real Ice palace, constructed completely from ice in Russia in 1740 to build a snow-house, where they should spend a winter. The travelers winter on the island and survive mainly due to the ingenuity of Doctor Clawbonny (who is able to make fire with an ice lens, make bullets from frozen mercury and repel attacks by polar bears with remotely controlled explosions of black powder).
When the winter ends the sea becomes ice-free. The travelers build a boat from the shipwreck and head towards the pole. Here they discover an island, an active volcano, and name it after Hatteras. With difficulty a fjord is found and the group get ashore. After three hours climbing they reach the mouth of the volcano. The exact location of the pole is in the crater and Hatteras jumps into it. As the sequence was originally written, Hatteras perishes in the crater; Verne's editor, Jules Hetzel, suggested or rather required that Verne do a rewrite so that Hatteras survives but is driven insane by the intensity of the experience, and after return to England he is put into an asylum for the insane. Losing his "soul" in the cavern of the North Pole, Hatteras never speaks another word. He spends the remainder of his days walking the streets surrounding the asylum with his faithful dog Duke. While mute and deaf to the world, Hatteras' walks are not without a direction. As indicated by the last line "Captain Hatteras forever marches northward".

New America
New America is the name given to a large Arctic island, a northward extension of Ellesmere Island, as discovered by Captain John Hatteras and his crew. Its features include, on the west coast, Victoria Bay, Cape Washington, Johnson Island, Bell Mountain, and Fort Providence, and at its northern point (87°5′N 118°35′W87.083°N 118.583°W), Altamont Harbour.

As with many of Verne's imaginative creations, his description of Arctic geography was based on scientific knowledge at the time the novel was written (1866) but foreshadowed future discoveries. Ellesmere Island had been re-discovered and named by Edward Inglefield in 1852 and further explored by Isaac Israel Hayes in 1860-61. Forty years after the novel's publication, in 1906, Robert Peary claimed to have sighted Crocker Land around 83° N, and in 1909, Frederick Cook sighted Bradley Land at 85° N, both at locations occupied by Verne's New America. Cook's choice of route may actually have been inspired by his reading of Verne/
The land is named by Captain Altamont, an American explorer, who is first to set foot on the land. In the novel as published, it is unclear whether New America is meant to be a territorial claim for the United States. As William Butcher points out, this would not be surprising, since Verne wrote about the US acquisition of Alaska in The Fur Country, and Lincoln Island is proposed as a US possession in The Mysterious Island.[2] In fact, a deleted chapter, "John Bull and Jonathan," had Hatteras and Altamont dueling for the privilege of claiming the land for their respective countries.

In 1912, Georges Méliès made a film based on the story entitled Conquest of the Pole (French: Conquête du pôle).

Source: ... n_Hatteras
Liberia 2005 sg?, scott 2333a.


Libya issued six stamps in 1983 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Internationale Maritime Organization, The stamps show ancient types of ships which have been sailing in the Mediterranean.

Phoenician berime 100dh sg1303, scott 1090 viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11213&p=11918&hilit=phoenician#p11918

Ancient Greek penteconter war galley 100dh sg 1304, scott 1092. ... enteconter

Ancient Pharaoh Egyptian ship 100dh sg1305, scott 1095. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14305&p=16144&hilit=ancient+Egyptian+ship#p16144

Roman trading ship 100 dh sg1306 scott 1093. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10015&p=10398&hilit=roman+trading+ship#p10398

Viking longship 100 dh sg1307, scott1091. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10360&p=10855&hilit=viking+longship#p10855

Libyan xebec rigged ship 100dh sg 1308, scott1094.

Libya 1983 sg 1303/08. Scott 1090/95.

Admiral Ibrahim Pasha and Egyptian fleet

For the 100th anniversary of the death of Ibrahim Pasha (1789-1848) Egypt issued 1 stamp of 10M which shows on the right a portrait of Admiral Ibrahim Pasha with on the left what is believed the Egyptian fleet, Stanley Gibbons gives that it shows the “Battle of Navarino in 1827”.
Wikipedia has the following on Admiral Ibrahim Pasha:

Egypt 1948 10m sg 351, scott 272.


Yugoslavia issued in 1997 a miniature sheet for the National Stamp Exhibition JUFN XI in Belgrado, the MS shows in the top margin a paddle steamer on which I have not any information.

Yugoslavia 1997 5ND sgMS?, scott?

OCEANOS cruise vessel

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Built as a passenger- cargo vessel under yard No 225 by Chantiers de la Gironde, Bordeaux for Compagnie des Messagers Maritimes, Marseilles.
12 July 1952 launched under the name JEAN LABORDE, she was christened by Mrs. Gaston Defferre, three sisters.
Tonnage 10.902 gross, 5.933 net, 6.289 dwt. Dim. 150.11 x 19.63 x 7.46m. (draught).
Powered by two B&W10-cyl. 2SA oil engines, manufactured by Forges & at du Creusot, Chalon, 13.205 hp (9847kW), twin shafts, speed 17 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 88 first, 112 tourist and 296 third class passengers, crew 144.
19 July 1953 delivered to owners.

After delivery used in the service from France to the Indian Ocean and Africa.
16 June 1956 several cracks were discovered in her engines at Tamatave, Madagascar, her passengers on board disembarked and were flown by plane to La Reunion and Mauritius.
04 July, after temporary repairs she left Tamatave bound for Marseilles.
04 August 1970 she took on board the sick Captain of the tanker GEORGIOS V and landed him in Cape Town.
10 August 1970 on board of the GEORGIOS V a boiler exploded and 10 men got burns, medical assistance by radio was supplied by the JEAN LABORDE, and the surgeon on board the JEAN LABORDE boarded the vessel after she arrived on the scene. He stayed till 24 August on board, and boarded the JEAN LABORDE again in Walvis Bay.

03 December 1970 sold to K. Efthymiades, Piraeus. Greece, and renamed MYKINAI.
Used in the service from Piraeus to Crete.
1971 Renamed in ANCONA.
A planned conversion to a car ferry in 1973/74 under the name BRINDISI EXPRESS did not take place.
26 March 1972 till December 1973 used in the service between Patras to Ancona.
1974 Transferred to Helite Hellenic Italian Lines SA, Panama, a subsidiary of Efthymiades, renamed EASTERN PRINCESS.
September 1974 sailed from Piraeus for the Far East, then in the Singapore to Australia service.
1976 Sold to Pontos Naviera SA, Panama (Epirotiki Cruise Liners an other Efthymiades subsidiary), renamed OCEANOS.
Refitted in a cruise vessel for operation in the Mediterranean. Tonnage 7.554 grt.
Accommodation for 540 passengers.
1976 till 1982 Chartered by Star Lauro.
1981 Sold to Helenic Co. for Sea & Waterways SA, Piraeus (Epirotiki.)
1982 In service by the Epirotiki Cruise Lines.

1991 Chartered by TFC Tours, Johannesburg, South Africa.
03 Augustus sailed from East London to Durban with on board 361 passengers and 184 crew.
On 4 August 2 miles off Coffee Bay she got an explosion in the engine room, and stopped dead in the water during stormy weather.
In the explosion were hull plates fractured on the starboard side flooding the generator room.
Just a week earlier a ventilation pipe between the generator room and the sewerage holding tank had been removed to make repairs to defective valves in the sewerage tank. The ventilation pipe was not reinstalled leaving a 4” hole in the bulkhead. Thus despite the closing of all watertights doors, the water began flooding the sewerage tank. Since the valves on the sewerage tank had been stripped for repair, it was now not possible to close them.
The flooding waters would now enter the ship via was-basins, toilets, showers and waste outlets and flow in cabins and passages, deck by deck, inevitably dragging her bow down.
Five of the ships eight lifeboats got away, most not loaded to capacity. Among those who had left were the wife and child of the ship’s captain Yiannis Avranas, and many of the crew.

More as 200 people remained on board. The other 3 lifeboats either got away empty or proved unusable.
Lifeboat passengers were picked up by the Panamanian tanker GREAT NANCY rescued 176, the Dutch container vessel NEDLLOYD MAURITIUS rescued 51, Polish cargo vessel KASZUBY II rescued 106 and the Cyprus reefer vessel REEFER DUCHESS rescued 8.
The Norwegian trawler ANEK attempted to rescue the passengers of one lifeboat, but was able to take on 3 people in the raging seas. Rescue helicopters winched up 226 people. Capt. Avranas and 3 crewmembers were among the seven people to board the first helicopter. (not what you expect from a captain to leave his vessel before all people has been rescued.)
Rescuers were able to cast one of the ship’s dinghies into the sea and to transport about 40 people to a lifeboat set out by NEDLLOYD MAURITIUS. One person drifted away from the ship while trying to swim to the NEDLLOYD MAURITIUS lifeboat, and was picked up by helicopter some 6 miles south of where the ship went down.
All on board were saved, thanks mainly to the ship’s entertainers and the staff of the tour company.
The ship sank bow down in the early afternoon of 4 August. 90 minutes after the last person left the vessel.
Captain Avranas and 5 of his senior officers were found guilty of negligence in May 1992.

TRANSKEI 1994 85c sg 316, scott 301. and 85c sg MS ?

Source: Great Passenger Ships of the World by Kludas. Watercraft Philately Vol 41 page 16.
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