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Postby shipstamps » Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:33 pm

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The $1 stamp depicts the Regina of the Chandris Line, formerly the President Hoover of American President Lines, built in 1939, 10,603 gross tons. She served during the war as the troopship James Parker .Laid-up at San Francisco in April 1961, she was purchased by Chandris Lines towards the end of 1964, when she was renamed. The following year she was converted for cruising, by the construction of new public rooms, two swimming pools, air conditioning, and accommodation for 650 passengers. She made her maiden cruise in Apri1 1966 and is now under the ownership of International Cruises S.A. and her port of registry is Panama. Gross tonnage now is 10,153 tons; net 5,885; deadweight 6,812. She was built by the Bethlehem Steel Company, at Quincy. Massachusetts. Length 493ft. 7in. breadth 64ft. 3in draft 30ft. I03/4in„ depth 46ft. 9in. The ship has five decks and is driven by four steam turbines double-reduction geared to twin-screw shafts speed 171/4 knots. SG838
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Re: Regina

Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:51 pm

Built as a passenger/cargo liner under yard No 1467 by Bethlehem Steel’s Fore River, Quincy, Mass. For the Panama Railroad and Steamship Co., New York.
25 October 1937 keel laid down.
24 September 1938 launched under the name PANAMA, christened by Mrs. Raquel de la Guardia de Boyd, wife of Dr. Don Augusto S. Boyd, Panama’s ambassador to the United States, two sisters ANCON and CRISTOBAL.
Tonnage 10.021 gross, 5.925 net, 6.812 dwt, dim. 150.4 x 19.54 x 14.29m., length bpp. 144.69m., draught 8.02m.
Powered by geared steam turbines, manufactured by builders, 9.150 shp., twin screws, speed 17 knots.
Accommodation for 216 first class passengers.
Cargo capacity 314.978 cubic feet.
April 1939 completed, contract price US$4.040.000.

22 April 1939 she arrived at New York under command of Capt. E.J.Eriksen with on board 100 invited guests.
26 April 1939 she left New York for her maiden voyage with on board only 65 passengers for Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Cristobal.
She seldom transited the Panama Canal, discharging cargo and passengers at the Cristobal terminus.
On her first voyage she transited the canal with guest including the Governor of the Canal Zone.
03 May at 06.00 a.m. sailed from Cristobal arriving Balboa at 1.15 p.m., at this port 6000 visitors boarded the new vessel.
17 May she returned to New York with on board 170 passengers.
She was kept in this service from New York to Panama till 1941.

13 June 1941 transferred to the US Army and refitted in a troopship for 2.324 passengers by the Atlantic Basin Iron Works at New York in August 1941.
Renamed in USAT JAMES PARKER in honor of Brigadier General James Parker.

Early in the war she called regular at Panama, later more used in the Atlantic, from U.K. to South Africa, even made a voyage to Australia.
28 December 1943 she left New York with on board the 508th Parachute Infantry, she crossed the North Atlantic bound for Belfast, where she arrived on 09 January 1944.
January 1946 refitted by Bethlehem Steel, New York for carrying brides, wives and babies from Europe to the USA.

15 May 1946 handed back to Panama Railroad and Steamship Co., renamed again in PANAMA.
After a refit by her builders she got back on the New York to Cristobal service.
20 September 1946 she was scheduled to sail from New York for her first sailing post-war in this service, but a maritime strike delayed her sailing by 14 days. Mostly a roundtrip took 14 days.
1948 Her gross register tonnage given as 9.978 ton.

1953 The company was renamed in Panama Canal Co, New York.
12 January 1957 sold to American President Lines, San Francisco and renamed PRESIDENT HOOVER.
After an extensive refit placed in the service from San Francisco across the Pacific to the Orient. Tonnage increased to 10.603 grt.
11 February 1957 sailed for her first voyage in this service from San Francisco via Hawaii to Yokohama, Manila and Hong Kong.
1964 The President Lines started slowly to withdraw from passenger ships and the first to go was the PRESIDENT HOOVER She left for the last time San Francisco in this service on 13 March 1964, and after her return on 23 April, laid up
02 December 1964 sold to International Cruises SA (Dimitri Chandres), Piraeus, Greece, renamed REGINA.

On her voyage from San Francisco to Greece she carried a cargo of grain.
Then she underwent a one million dollar refit by the Ambelaki shipyard in Greece, where she arrived on 10 January 1965.
Her cargo holds were transformed in accommodation for 650 passengers in one class in 311 cabins.
02 April 1966 she made her first cruise, a 14 day Mediterranean cruise from Venice. During the summer cruises in the Mediterranean, and during the winter season in the Caribbean, based at Nassau, Bahamas.
1967 Sold to Armadores Regina Prima S.A., transferred from Greek to Panama flag
1973 Renamed in REGINA PRIMA.
1974 After her Mediterranean cruises she was not sailing for the Caribbean that winter but laid up.
March 1975 again in service for Mediterranean cruises.
Then every summer season used for cruising in the Mediterranean, while laid up during the winter season.
1 September1979 she made her last cruises from Venice in the Mediterranean, rising fuel coast and unrest in the Middle East made her uneconomical, and after her return she sailed to Eleusis Bay, Greece for lay up the next six years.
November 1985 sold to the Turkish ship breaker Kalkavanniar Gemi Sokum Ticaret, Aliaga and towed to Aliaga, where she arrived on 3 December 1985. Beached on 05 December.
February 1986 scrapping commenced.

Source: Some web-sites. Marine News. Great Passenger Ships of the World Vol. 4, by Kludas. The Chandris Liners and Celebrity Cruises by Peter Plowman. From America to United States part 4 by Sawyer and Mitchell.
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