SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

Interested in Ships and Stamps? The Ship Stamp Society is an international society and publishes it’s journal, Log Book, six time a year.

The editor of Log book will retire this coming August and, unless a new one comes forward, the society will close.
With this in mind, we are not taking in any new members.
This is an unfortunate situation but seemingly unavoidable.

HIMALAYA HM 1892

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. http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW ... malaya.htm http://www.clydeships.co.uk/view.php?ref=3938

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:https://docslide.net/documents/basil-assan.html

CATHARINA 1862

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.
Launched as CATHARINA. (Not as given KATHARINA VON BLANKENESE)
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

BACCHUS RFA (G.B.)

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.?)
Internet.

HEINRICH VON STEPHAN

Germany issued in 1997 one stamp for the 100th Anniversary of the dead of Postmaster Heinrich von Stephan (1831-1897).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_von_Stephan

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?

CHRISTIANA, JOMFRUEN and ATLANTIC SUN

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!

CHRISTIANIA:
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.

JOMFRUEN:
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.

ATLANTIC SUN:
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.

Source: http://www.philatelism.com/details.php?issueid=2295
Otmar Schäuffelen, Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe; Various Norwe-gian Illustrated Shipping registry; http://www.tallship-fan.de/index_e.htm; D. Rodlie. Lloyds Register 1955/56

Norway 2008 7Kr. sg?, scott 1542
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Oceanic

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Oceanic

Postby shipstamps » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:25 pm

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The Oceanic name is very popular with shipowners for there are no less than five ships of the name in Lloyd's Register. The ship on the stamp is making her second philatelic appearance having previously been featured on the 5c. stamp of the Bahamas issued in 1967. She was built in 1965 for Home Lines Inc. and flies the Panamanian flag.. Gross tonnage is 27,644; 15,034 net; deadweight. 11,850 tons. Length overall is 782 ft. 3 in.; breadth 96 ft. 7 in.; draft 28 ft. 3 in. Four geared steam turbines, driving twin screws; speed 26 knots.
Bahamas SG299,677, Antigua SG1289ms, Barbuda SG1134ms, Gren of Grenada SG612,St Vincent SG388,
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Re: Oceanic

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri May 01, 2009 3:31 am

Built under yard No. 1876 as a cruise vessel by Cantieri Riunite dell’Adriatico, Monfalcone, Italy for the Home Lines Inc., Panama. Managed by Soc. De Gestion Evge S.A. Piraeus.
15 January 1963 launched under the name OCEANIC.
Tonnage 27.645 gross, 8.738 net, 11.850dwt., dim. 238.44 x 29.44 x 14.70m., draught 8.78m., length bpp. 213.22m.
Powered by two sets geared turbines, De Laval-Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriaticos 53.367 hp, speed 26.5 knots, twin screws. Bunker capacity 6.030m³.
Passenger accommodation 230 first class, 1.370 tourist class, crew 560.
31 March 1965 delivered. Building cost 40 million dollar.

She was intended for the Cuxhaven to New York service but mostly used for cruising and making only occasional Atlantic crossings.
03 April 1965 she made her maiden voyage from Genoa to New York.
24 April 1965, first 7 day cruises from New York to the Bahamas. During the winter time she operated in extended cruises throughout the Caribbean.
1985 Registered under the ownership of Soc. De Gestion Evge SA, Piraeus.
The same year sold to Premier Cruise Lines, Nassau, for 20 million dollar, and after a refit of 10 million dollar renamed ROYAL OCEANIC later the same year STARSHIP OCEANIC. Miss Minnie Mouse performed the rechristening
Used for cruising from Port Canaveral for three and four night cruises to Nassau and Salt Cay. The cruise could be combined with a Walt Disney World vacation.
25 April 1986, first cruise from Port Canaveral
1989 Her tonnage is given by Lloyds as 19.500 gross, 9.839 net, 8.378 dwt.
Later was she mostly know under the name BIG RED BOAT I but officially she never carried that name.
When Premier Cruise Line got bankrupt in 2000 she was arrested and laid up in Freeport, Bahamas.
30 December 2000 sold to Pullmantur Cruises, Nassau, Bahamas. Renamed again in OCEANIC.
May 2001 used for cruises from Barcelona.
2009 http://www.equasis.org gives: Bahamas flag, call sign C6IF7. IMO No. 5260679. Registered owner PULMANTUR, and managed by Seahawk Marine Project, both Hollywood, Fl. USA.
Tonnage 38.772 gross, 11.631 net.
2009 Sold to Japan Grace Co. Ltd, Valletta, Malta, not renamed.
2009 The same year owned by GP Cruises Inc, Valetta not renamed.
2009 Renamed by company in THE OCEANIC and under Panama registry.
17 June 2012 arrived Zhejiang, China were she was scrapped by Zhejiang Jintai Ship-Breaking Co.

Source: Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas. US Passenger Liners since 1945 by Milton H. Watson.
Bahamas 1967 5c sg 299. Grenadines of Grenada 1984 $4 sg 612. St Vincent 1974 20c sg 388.





Source: Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas. US Passenger Liners since 1945 by Milton H. Watson.
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