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Built as a passenger-cargo vessel under yard No 266 by Caird & Co, Greenock for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, London.
27 February 1892 launched as the HIMALAYA.
Tonnage 6,898 gross, 3,597 net, dim. 141.91 (bpp) x 15.91 x 8.05m.
Powered by two 3-cyl. triple expansion steam engine, manufactured by shipbuilder, 5,600 ihp, twin shaft, speed 18 knots.
Accommodation for 265 first and 144 second class passengers.
24 June 1892 trials and the same day delivered to owners.

Her maiden voyage was from London to Colombo, Melbourne and Sydney.
09 October 1908 was her last sailing in this service.
August 1914 requisitioned by the British Admiralty at Penang for service as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. Converted in Hong Kong with 8 – 4.7 inch guns. Renamed HMS HIMALAYA, pendant No. M67
Employed on patrol duties in the China Sea.
21 June 1916 Sold to the British Admiralty and fitted out with 6 inch guns, and an aircraft deck and a Short 827 seaplane at Simonstown, South Africa.
In service on convoy duties on the East Coast of Africa until the end of the war, was based at Zanzibar.
28 June till 04 July 1916 at sea off Lindi River, East Africa.
28 and 29 June 1916 opened fire on four dhows in a creek at Gingwea, which were hit. In this period she used regular her seaplane for reconnaissance flights.
1919 Was she used as a troopship.
June 1919 resold to the P&O.
March 1922 sold to the Board of Trade in London.
April 1922 sold via Stelp & Leighton Ltd., London to Germany for demolition.
11 May 1922 arrived at Bremen for breaking up.

Liberia 1915 $30 sg?, scott 3093 o.
Source P&O a fleet history by World Ship Society. Armed Merchant Cruisers 1878-1945 by Osborne, Spong & Grover. Mr. Erhard Jung. ... malaya.htm

Arctic explorer Basil Assan

Born in Bucharest on 1 August 1860, Basil Assan studied engineering in Switzerland and France. In the summer of 1896, Basil Assan embarked on the Norwegian ship Erling Jart, along with a group of scientists from several countries, who have reached the Arctic, up to 81 degrees and 35 minutes of northern latitude. He was the first Romanian to reach the polar lands. He studied the geological structure and natural resources of the Svalbard archipelago (where he brought 80 plant species), iceberg formation and bioclimatic conditions. He did even exploration activity, discovering new islands. In the years 1897-1988 he made a travel on the route Constantinople - Alexandria - Ceylon - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai - Nagasaki - Tokyo - Yokohama - San Francisco - NewYork - who became not only the first Romanian to travel around the world, but the first Romanian to enter into trade agreements in the Far East. The reports of the expeditions were published in the Bulletin edited by the Royal Society of Geography of Romania, the other member was. With the consent of King Carol I, he embarked aboard the Elisabeth warship and took over to Romania some islands not yet retained by anyone in the Pacific, but the project was soon recruited for lack of resources. He died on June 16, 1918, in Switzerland, in Montreux.

Romania 1986;1L. Source:


Her name is given by Navicula as CATHARINA. The stamp is designed after a painting made by L. Petersen and P. Holm.

1862 Built by Dietrich Kremer in Blankenese for the brothers Captain Johannes and Johann Joachim Backhaus.
Tonnage 128 gross, dim?
Rigged as a brigantine.
Homeport Blankenese, Germany.

24 April 1880 with a general cargo she stranded on the bar of Opolo, West Africa, and was wrecked.

The ships painting was made by Peter Christian Holm (1823-1888) who worked in Altona and Hamburg.
The CATHARINA was painted in 1864 when she entered CUXHAVEN on the Elbe River.
She is shown with the Schleswig Holstein flag.

The painting is now in the Altonaer Museum Hamburg.

Source: Navicula.
Paraguay 1977 2g sg?, scott 1764b


Built in 1914-'15 by William Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow, #229, for the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co., Hong Kong and purchased by the Admiralty while on the stocks on 22 March 1915, launched 10 May 1915.
Stores freighter and distilling ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, displacement:3598 long tons (3656 t) Lbp:89.94m. (295'1") Beam:13.44m. (44'1") Draft:6.30m. (20'8") 2x3 cyl. triple expansion steam engines:? hp. 10 kn. complement:52, callsign:GQKB
On 4 May 1928, BACCHUS was in collision with the Greek cargo ship IOANNIS FALAFOS in the English Channel, 20 nm. south of St. Alban's Head, Dorset. IOANNIS FALAFOS sank in three minutes with the loss of ten of her 22 crew. The survivors were initially rescued by BACCHUS but she was severely damaged at the bows and was abandoned as it was thought that she would sink too. The British cargo ship MANCHESTER COMMERCE took all on board. BACCHUS was later reboarded once it became apparent that she would remain afloat. She was towed into Portland Harbour stern-first by an Admiralty tug. BACCHUS was subsequently repaired and returned to service.
She was renamed BACCHUS II in May 1936 in order to free the name for a new ship. She was sunk as target on 15 November 1938, 10 nm. off Alderney, the Channel Islands, by gunfire from the cruiser HMS DUNEDIN.

(Liberia 2012, $3, StG.?)


Germany issued in 1997 one stamp for the 100th Anniversary of the dead of Postmaster Heinrich von Stephan (1831-1897).

He introduced the postcard in Germany of which one is depicted on the stamp, it shows us a passenger-cargo vessel, which has not be identified so far I know. It is a very small image and the only thing it looks that her two funnels are yellow which belong to the Hamburg Amerka Line. She has a straight bow so it must be a vessel from around 1900.

German 1997 100 pf sg 2764, scott?


Norway issued in 2008 a series of stamp for tourism in the country, two have a maritime theme.

So far I know the small vessels on this stamp of Oslo Harbour with in the background the City Hall have not been identified, in the last Watercraft Philately of Nov/Dec 2018 in an article by Dan Rodlie he gives the names and details of the three vessels on this stamp as, from the left to the right as CHRISTIANIA, JOMFRUEN and the ATLANTIC SUN.

The Oslo City Hall is the political and administrative heart of the city. It has an important place in the history of Norwegian art and architecture and is visited by more than 100,000 guests and tourists every year. Its two towers, best seen from the sea, stand 66 and 63 metres high. The bells on the top of the east tower provide pleasure for many people, as they play tunes every hour on the hour from 7 am to 12 pm each day.

On the stamp of Lyngor Lighthouse, the sail yacht is not identified, maybe one of the readers has a name for the yacht?
In the days of sailing ships, Lyngor was one of the most important harbours on the Skagerrak coast. It is now a popular place for holidays. Narrow, cemented paths, flanked by white picket fences, wind their way over these vehicle-free islands. Boats are the only means of transport in this South Norwegian Venice.
When Lyngor Lighthouse was finished in 1879, householders in Lyngor celebrated the event by putting lights in their windows. It had been touch and go whether the lighthouse would be built. The authorities had not recommended it, but men from the region with money and good contacts in the Storting took action and produced results. Today we call that lobbying!

Built as wooden 3 mast fore-and aft schooner (borgåskute) by Paul Grünquist & Co shipyard in Valax, Finland
Launched as HELGA
Tonnage 143 gross, 85 net, 230 dwt, dim. ? x 24.5 x 9.10ft
Auxiliary oil engine hp?
1948 Delivered to owners.

Lloyds Registry 1955/56 gives for the HELGA as owner Gustaf Holmberg, at Borgå, Finland. Most probably he was also the owner when built.
1994 Sold to Norway Yacht Charter A/A, Oslo and renamed CHRISTIANIA (the former name of Oslo) and restored in her original condition.
Tonnage 123 gross, 38 net, dim. 45.70 x 7.45 x 2.61m, (draught), length of hull 33.20m
Sail area 550 square meters. 10 sails.
Auxiliary engine Caterpillar 6-cyl. diesel, 365 hp.
Crew 5-9, day passengers 150.
Used as a passenger sailing ship in the charter business around Oslo Fjord. When not in use moored in front of the Oslo City Hall.
2019 In service.

Built as a motor cutter BRILLIANT in Hardanger on the west coast of Norway in 1917.
For many years she carried mackerel from ports around Bergen and Stavanger to the fishmarket in Oslo.
On her return voyages from Oslo she hauled cement from Slemmestad outside Oslo to the west coast of Norway. She continued trading mainly along the western Norwegian coastline until 1984.
From 1984 in spring of 1988 she was converted into a passenger sailing vessel and used as a party-ship and for social activities based in Oslo.
Tonnage 49 Gt, 19net, dim. 1970 x 5.30 x 2.60m. (draught)
Accommodation for 65 passengers.
Her name was at one time changed to BLÅVEIS until she was renamed JOMFRUEN in 2000.
2019 Owned by Norway Yacht Charter A/s, Oslo and in active service.

1994 Built as a passenger vessel by the Porsgrunn Maskineringssenter in Porsgrunn, Norway for the Atlantic Boat Ltd. AS, Oslo.
Tonnage 118 grt, 48 net, dim. 24.10 x 6.16 x 1.60m.
Powered by two General Motors engines.
Delivered under the name ATLANTIC SUN.

She has been used in the tourist traffic on the Oslo Fjord.
2019 In service, sane name and owner, IMO No 9068108.

Otmar Schäuffelen, Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe; Various Norwe-gian Illustrated Shipping registry;; D. Rodlie. Lloyds Register 1955/56

Norway 2008 7Kr. sg?, scott 1542

Europa (Swedish America)

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Europa (Swedish America)

Postby shipstamps » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:30 pm

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This $1.00 stamp is the Europa, formerly the Kungsholm, built in 1953, by De Schelde N.V., at Flushing, for the Swedish American Line's North Atlantic service between Gothenburg and New York and for cruising during the winter months. A fine-looking ship with her raked stem, cruiser stern and two masts and funnels, her forward funnel is a dummy, which houses a large grille for interior ventilation. She was launched by Princess Sibylla of Sweden on April 18, 1952. Towards the end of 1965 she was bought by the Norddeutscher Lloyd, of Bremen, and renamed Europa. Gross tonnage 21,514; net 11,484, length 600 ft.; beam 77 ft. 1 in.; draft 26 ft. 3 in.; depth 48 ft. 11 in. She was strengthened for navigation in ice. When acquired by the N.D.L. she was sent to Bremerhaven for reconditioning, her hull being repainted black.
The stamp of St. Vincent shows her with a white hull, with a band running the whole length. Main machinery consists of two Burmeister and Wain oil engines, two-stroke single-acting, each, of eight cylinders, 750 mm. diameter, 1600 mm. length of stroke. Since the merger of the Norddeutscher Lloyd and Hamburg-Amerika Lines, the Europa has been owned by the new company Hapag-Lloyd A.G. SG390
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Built as a passenger vessel under yard No 273 by Koninklijke Maatschappij ‘De Schelde’ at Vlissingen (Flushing), Netherlands for the Svenska Amerika Linjen, Götenborg, Sweden.
April 1950 ordered.
18 October 1952 launched under the name KUNGSHOLM (III), launching ceremony was performed by Princess Sybilla of Sweden.
Tonnage 21.514 grt, 11.484 net, 4.201 dwt., dim. 182.89 x 23.50 x 13.65m.
Powered by a two 8-cyl B&W diesel engines, 14.000 shp., speed during trials 21.2 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 176 first class, 626 second class, crew 418.
September 1953 trials, and after a dry-docking in it Prince Bernard Dock, by the Rotterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij was she deliver on 06 October 1953 to her owners.

09 October 1953 she left from Vlissingen for Göteborg.
24 November 1953 she left for her maiden voyage from Göteborg to New York.
06 February 1954 she made her first cruise from New York for a voyage around South America in 55 days.
January 1955 she left New York for her first round the world cruise, during this cruise she called at 21 ports during her 97 day voyage.
21 August 1965 she left for her last voyage under Swedish flag from Götenborg and via Copenhagen she sailed to New York.

16 October 1965 delivered to her new owners the Nord Deutsche Lloyd (NDL), Bremen, renamed in EUROPA.
09 January 1966 she left Bremen for her first voyage in the liner service of her new owners to Halifax and New York.
Passenger accommodation for 122 first class and 721 second class.
During the winter season many cruises were made from the U.S.A. to South America and Caribbean, while during the summer months she was back in the North Atlantic service between Europe and North America.
25 August 1970 she made her last voyage in the liner service, when she left from Bremen and via Southampton, Cherbourg to New York.
Thereafter only used in the cruise trade.

01 September 1970 the two German shipping companies NDL and the HAPAG merged, and the EUROPA was transferred to this new company Hapag-Lloyd A.G., Bremen.

October 1981 sold to Independent Continental Lines Ltd. (Costa Armatori SpA, Genua), Panama and renamed in COLUMBUS C.
18 December 1981 she left for her first sailing for the new owners from Buenos Aires, thereafter she made mostly cruises in European waters.

29 July 1984 while entering the port Cadiz at Spain she was blown off course by strong winds and struck with the Levante breakwater, which caused a large tear in her hull.
Tugs pulled her alongside a jetty where her 620 passengers were safely evacuated.
Her engine room then flooded, given her a list over starboard, settling her against the quay, where after she settled on the harbour bottom.

14 September 1984 declared a constructive total loss; she was insured on the Italian market for US$7.8 million.
02 November 1984 refloated by Smit Tak Internationale, Rotterdam and sold for US$844.000 to Mirak S.A. at Barcelona.
April 1985 towed to Barcelona for scrapping.

Source: Blauwe Wimpel. North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P Bonsor. Modern Shipping Disasters 1963-1987 by Norman Hooke.
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Re: Europa (Swedish America)

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Grenada Grenadines 1996, S.G.?, Scott: 1862a.
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