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Norfolk Island has issued two stamps and a MS which depict cruise vessel who has visited the island.
One of this vessels is the SEVEN SEAS MARINER.

17 January 2000 laid down.
Built as a cruise vessel under yard No K31 by Chantiers de L’Atlantique, St Nazaire, France for the Prestige Cruise Service (Europe) Ltd. and managed by Radison Seven Seas Cruises, Mata Utu, Wallis & Futuna.
08-September 2000 launched as the SEVEN SEAS MARINER.
Tonnage 48,075 grt, 17,600 net, 4,700 dwt. Dim. 216.0 x 28.84 x 16.15m., length bpp. 187.00, draught 7.20m.
Powered diesel electric by 4 Wärtsilä 12V 38B 12-cyl. diesel engines, 16,600 kW, connected to two Roll Royce Mermaid pods, each 8.5 MW, which power 2 Azimuth pods. Speed 19.5 knots.
Accommodation for 769 passengers maximum. Crew 445.
08 March 2001 delivered to owners.
22 May 2001 christened in Los Angeles.

From May 2001 engaged in cruises around the world.
June 2008 sold to Oceania Cruises Inc., Nassau, Bahamas.
May 2009 management transferred to Prestige Cruise Service.
October 2010 sold to Mariner LLC, Miami, USA, and registered under Bahama flag with homeport Nassau.
October 2015 Management transferred to NCL, Bahamas Ltd.
2018 Same name and owners. IMO No 9210139.

Norfolk Island 2018 $1 sg?, scott?


Mexico issued in 1992 one stamp for the Dia de la Armada (Dag van de Navy) which shows us two stylized warships.

The sailing ship is as it looks topsail schooner rigged, while the vessel in the foreground with the long afterdeck is a modern warship.

Mexico 1992 $1.300 sg 2101, scott 1779.


The stamp shows in the background a “trireme” : viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12113&p=16176&hilit=trireme#!lightbox[gallery]/5/

The Bosnia& Herzegovina Post gives the following by the stamp, most is about the Iris and noting about the depicted vessel.

About Myths and Flora 2007 - The Illyrian Iris in Myths

Perunika (Iris) was named after Perun – Slavic God of Thunder. Legend says that perunika would overgrow in the place that was touched by Perun’s lightning.
Many species of Iris grows in Herzegovina and Dalmatia: Iris illyrica, iris croatica, and Iris pseudopallida. Many antiques writers, such as Teofrast, Nicander and Plinius, mention it.

The root of perunika was used in medicine and in agriculture, but its biggest value was in perfumery. According to the Plinius, the odour of perunika was produced only by Greek cities such as Corint, who led in perfume manufacturing and exported it all over the Mediterranean, and Kizik. Hereof testimony many ceramic pots for perfumes – alabastron and aryballos. In the first fase, the perfume was in liquidity, but Corinthians were started to produce fixed perfume (Greek stymma, something like today’s cream). It was more economical for transport and it was prepared for special pots – pikside.
Many pots for perfumes were found in the field of Narona where, in the IV. century B.C, Greeks founded emporium (port) and established market place in the Neretva, on which boats and ships triere – trireme, were sailing.

Plinius Secundus, in his encyclopedia Naturalis historis writes: “Iris laudatissima in Illyrico, et ibi quoque non in maritimis, sed in silvestribus Drilonis et Naronae”. (Perunika from Illyrica is very praised, not those along the shore, but those in the woods along Drim and Neretva).

Bosnia& Herzegovina 2007 3.00KM sg?, scott?


The stamp issued in 1993 by St Pierre et Miquelon shows the people leaving by most probably fishing boats St Pierre et Miquelon after the British captured the island on 14 May 1793 and the people living there were deported. In the background of the stamp, the island is visible, and the people in the first boat are looking for the last time to the island.

The people of the island were deported to Magdalen Island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

St Pierre et Miquelon 1993 5f10 sg 698. Scott 591.
Source: Internet

HMS Diana (1794)

HMS Diana was a 38-gun Artois-class fifth rate frigate of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1794. Because Diana served in the Royal Navy's Egyptian campaign between 8 March 1801 and 2 September, her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal that the Admiralty authorized in 1850 to all surviving claimants. Diana participated in an attack on a French frigate squadron anchored at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue at the Action of 15 November 1810, which ultimately led to the destruction of the Elisa. (Boats from Diana went in and set fire to the beached Eliza despite heavy fire from shore batteries and three nearby armed brigs; the British suffered no casualties.) On 7 March 1815 Diana was sold to the Dutch navy for £36,796. On 27 August 1816 she was one of six Dutch frigates that participated in the bombardment of Algiers. Diana was destroyed in a fire on 16 January 1839 while in dry-dock at Willemsoord, Den Helder. The design stamp is made after painting of Tom Freeman.
Source: Ivory Coast 2018;500f.


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Postby shipstamps » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:13 pm

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The IBERIA depict on the MS of Angola (“Barcos do Mundo”) , I am pretty sure she is the vessel wrecked off New York in 1888; a drawing off the ship is similar as the stamp design, see

Built as a cargo vessel under yard No30 by S.H. Morton & Co., Leith, Scotland for Cyprien Fabre & Cie, Marseilles, France.
March 1881 launched under the name IBERIA.
Tonnage 1.388 grt, 923 net, dim. 254.6 x 36 x 19.5 ft.
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1881 completed, homeport Marseilles.

21 September 1888 the Iberia sailed from Basra, Persian Gulf bound for New York under command of Capt. Sagolis, and a crew of 30.
She was loaded with crates of dates, bales of wool, hides and coffee.
She steamed via the Suez Canal and on 17 October she passed Gibraltar.
She got engine trouble a few miles off Long Island, New York and had to anchor there, after repair she proceeded slowly to New York.
10 November, in the morning the Cunard liner UMBRIA sailed from New York bound for Liverpool, when sailing out of the harbour she encountered dense fog, slowing down and blowing her whistle, posting a lookout on the forecastle, steaming slowly outward.
At 01.16 p.m. an other vessel was sighted, sailing across the course of the UMBRIA.
The order was given “full astern” on the UMBRIA but it was too late, the bow of the ship rammed the after port part of the other vessel, cutting off about 14 feet of her stern part, which was drifting away along the UMBRIA.

The IBERIA at that time of collision made a speed of around 3 knots, and according Capt. Sagolis when he saw the other ship he tried to avoid a collision by putting the helm hard over, but still she cut trough our stern, where after she disappeared in the fog.

On the UMBRIA after been stopped, she lowered a lifeboat, and the bow was inspected for any damage, which was very light, and not a danger for the vessel and passengers.
Thereafter the UMBRIA started to search for the other vessel, and after she found the IBERIA both ships dropt anchor. The IBERIA lowered a boat and both captains discussed the situation, Capt MiMickan of the UMBRIA recommended that the crew of the IBERIA to be transferred to the UMBRIA, but Capt. Sagolis refused, he thought the six watertight bulkheads kept her afloat, and that it was possible to tow her to port.

Both ships stayed at anchor till the next morning, when after the crew of the IBERIA was taken on board the UMBRIA she steamed back to New York.

Three men from the pilot cutter CADWELL H.COLT, after the IBERIA was abandoned were put on board and tried to salvage the vessel, the pilot boat sailed back to port to get tugboats for the salvage job.
When Capt. Sagolis returned the same day with tugboats, he could not find a trace of the vessel, the three men on board which narrowly escaped in their longboat, declared that a bulkhead had given away and she filled quickly with water where-after she sank.

Later 840 bales of wool were salvaged, but the dates and coffee were worthless due to seawater and left in the wreck.

Today she is still there in 60 feet of water about 3 miles offshore, and visiting divers. can see her engine and boiler still standing, but most of the hull has collapsed.

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