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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?

Ben-my-Chree lV 1927

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Ben-my-Chree lV 1927

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This twin-screw turbine steamer of 2,586 tons was launched in 1927. She served as a troop transport during the Second World War and also carried out three successful rescue missions to Dunkirk. On D-Day she was part of the invasion fleet to Normandy. After the war she was returned to the Company and remained in service until 1965.
SG174 606 IOM Post Office.

A veteran of the Dunkirk operation in which she rescued over 4,000 troops, the Ben-my-Chree IV worked as a transport vessel plying between the northern ports of Britain and Iceland. Then because of her reputation as a good sea boat and her ability to be extremely stable even in the roughest of waters, she was later fined out as an LSl (H), capable of carrying six landing craft. On the first day of D-Day she was involved in the landing of the US Army and US Rangers onto the OMAHA BEACH.
After that, she was used as the Headquarters ship for the 514th Assault Flotilla.
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Built as a passenger-ferry under yard No 926 by Cammell, Laird & CO, Birkenhead for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.
05 April 1927 launched as the BEN-MY-CHREE (VI)
Tonnage 2,586 gross, 1823 net, 1,043 dwt., dim. 355 x 46.1 x 17.4ft.
Powered by four steam turbines, manufactured by builder, 1,745 nhp, twin screws, speed 22 knots.
Accommodation for 2,000 passengers.
June 1927 completed. The builders reported a direct loss of £17,000 on the building of the ship, due to a long coal strike and steel had been bought at a premium from the European continent.

She was the first vessel built for the company after World War I, and she set the pattern for all the larger ships in the company to have just one funnel.
29 June 1927 maiden voyage.
During the summer was she used in the early morning sailing from Liverpool to Douglas, returning in the evening.
During the early 1930s was the hull painted white as seen on the 13p stamp, but after the war painted black again.
During World War II, she left Liverpool on 10 September 1939 for the Bristol Channel for troopship service to Quiberon Bay in France.
24 September she sailed in this service for the first time from Newport, later that year in December used in the Cross Channel troop service from Southampton to Le Havre of Nantes.
Then she took part in Operation Dynamo the evacuation from Dunkirk.
30 May 1940 she left Southampton for her first trip from Dunkirk to Dover.
On her last voyage on 2 June in Dunkirk road she came in collision with an unknown vessel in which she sustained severe damage on her bow and bow rudder, but she made it safely to Dover.
07 June she sailed from Dover to the Mersey for repair in Birkenhead.
27 June she sailed again from Birkenhead bound for Milford Haven with the intention to use her in the troop transport between Great Britain and Ireland.
From 2 September used in the troop transport service between Aberdeen or Leith to Kirkwall and Stromness.
1941 Made also voyages from Scotland to Thornshavn, Faeroes, two months later made a voyage to Iceland.
The later part of the year used for the transport of troops, refugees and other personnel.
For the most part of 1942 and 1943 she sailed between Belfast and Fleetwood.
30 December 1943 she received orders to proceed to North Shields to be fitted out as a Landing Ship Infantry (hand hoisting).
Fitted out with six landings craft.
02 March 1944 she left the Tyne to take part in the Operation Neptune, the landing in Normandy.
05 June 1944 as part of Assault Convoy 01 she sailed from Weymouth for the Omaha Beach, after landing her troops she returned to the U.K. where after she was used as troopship to ferry troops to France and later Belgium.
She was used in this role till10 May 1946 when she sailed from Dover for an extensive refit prior to re-entering her service between Fleetwood and the Island of Man.
After 1950 only used during the summer months until 1965, after the last season laid up before she was sold to the Belgium shipbreaker Heyghem Ferres and towed to Brugge (Bruges) where she arrived on 28 December 1965 for scrapping.

Isle of Man 1980 13p sg174, scott?. 1994 4p sg606, scott? and 2004 47p sg?, scott?, she is the vessel on the right of the stamp, the other on the left is the LADY OF MAN.

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