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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?


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I think the classification given by Lloyd's to the vessel shown on the Gambia 2d. stamp of 1969, "Aeroplane Service Ship", must be unique. Certainly, the service which the stamp commemorates was unique, for it was the first seaplane or flying-boat station in the South Atlantic. Perhaps just as strange is the fact that the vessel chosen for this task was not a new, specially-built ship for the job but a 30-year-old steamship, the Westfalen, which must have been nearing the end of her days. She was built for the Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1906, by J. C. Tecklenborg, A.G., Wesermunde, a ship of 5,367 gross tons and 3,200 net, her dimensions being 409 ft. 4 in. x 52 ft. 8 in. x 28 ft., with engines of 386 n.h.p., supplied by the ship's builders.
The Deutsche Lufthansa apparently bought the vessel late in 1934 for she appears in Lloyd's Register for 1935 under their ownership. The interesting stamp design shows the position of the Westfalen station in the South Atlantic, with a Dornier "Wal" seaplane being catapulted from the ship's deck. Two other stamps in the set show a Dornier "Wal" flying-boat (1s.) and the airship Graf Zeppelin (1/6d.), the set commemorating the 35th anniversary of this first attempt to speed up the ocean mail services. Gambia was the eastern tip of the transocean flight. SG259 SB 4/71
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Re: Westfalen

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun May 10, 2009 8:32 pm

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Built as a general cargo vessel under yard no 208 by J.C.Tecklenborg, Geestemünde for the Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL), Bremen.
14 Nov. 1905 launched under the name WESTFALEN.
Tonnage 5.097 gross. Dim. 130.54 x 16.08m.
Triple expansion steam engine 2.750 hp., speed 12 knots, one screw.
Crew 50.
30 December 1905, delivered to owners.

She was built for the cargo service between North Europe and Australia.
Late July 1914 was underway from Newcastle N.S.W., Australia to Batavia with a full cargo of coal, when the captain got information that war had broken out between the U.K and Germany, still with the Australian pilot on board, he altered course and sailed around New Zealand to Valparaiso, where the coal was unloaded.
After unloading she stayed in Valparaiso.
But when United States put pressure on South American countries harboring German ships, the crew of the WESTFALEN damaged the vessel that she was not more useful.
On 23/24 July 1919 she was heavily damaged during a hurricane when her stern moorings broke, she turned and drove in the hulk PIZARRO, she in turn drove in the hulk MAIPU, and both hulks drove in the hulk CHILOE after which all three hulks sank. The WESTFALEN got heavy stern damage.
After the war and after small repairs she was towed to Germany where she arrived on 05 June 1920 at Bremerhaven.
She was repaired, and in 1921 she made one voyage.
03 January 1922 reopened NDL service to the Far East.
01 July 1932 sold to the Deutsche Lufthansa, managed by the NDL.
She was rebuilt in a catapult ship at Deschimag, Bremen. Got a airlifting crane, more powerful W/T and direction finding installations, two additional Diesel driven generators and the accommodation, store rooms extended, she got new workshops and aviation fuel tanks.
A Heinkel-K-6 catapult was installed on the foredeck , and a landing sail was installed at her stern.
To recover a flying boat the plain had to slip onto the landing sail at slow speed. The WESTFALEN then would increase speed and the flying boat was lifted from the water, after it was picked up by the crane and put on deck. The crane was on the stern and the plane had to airborne on the bow; this required a somewhat strange procedure. The plane was put on a turntable trolley, which ran on a railway along the deck. The plane could only put on the trolley with the tail ahead, then between mast and funnel, the plane was turned around before she was placed on the catapult.
After trials in May and October 1933, she sailed from Kiel for a station in the mid South Atlantic on the 04 May 1934. Her gross tonnage increased to 5.367 gross.
02 June 1934 the first plane was launched, the plane was under command of Flight Captain Baron von Studnitz, who was coming from Gambia.
Late 1934 she sailed to a station off the Brazilian coast where she served until February 1938.
Laid up till the German Luftwaffe requisitioned her in 1940.
First attached to Seefliegershorst Hornum/Sylt.
1941 She went to Trondheim as a catapult ship for long-range reconnaissance groups.
1942 Stationed in the Alta-Fjord, and in 1943 again in Trondheim.
During the war she was rebuilt in a flush deck vessel, with no masts and bridge, her funnel was replaced on the port side.
07 September 1944 after she lost her convoy contact, she ran in a Swedish minefield near Stora Pölsan (Skagerrak) on a voyage from Oslo to Germany, and hit two mines after she sank with the loss of 150 persons. At that time she carried some 200 German military personnel and 50 Norwegian prisoners, only 5 of the prisoners were rescued.

Source: Die Schiffe und Boote der Deutschen Seeflieger by Jung/Wenzel/Abendroth. Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen by Edwin Drechsel. Register of Merchant Ships Completed in 1906.
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Re: Westfalen

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Tue May 15, 2018 7:51 pm

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Gambia 1984, 85 b. StG.560
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