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Post by aukepalmhof » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:39 pm

The Isle of Man Philatelic Bureau gives by this stamp:

The £1.36 stamp depicts a Submarine Scout Airship SS24, which operated in the Isle of Man area during the First World War. It was initially based at Anglesey and later in Luve Bay.
These airships were designed in less that five weeks and three weeks after this, they became operational.
158 Of these airships were built and operated by the Royal Navy throughout the First World War. The two ships in the picture are the light cruiser HMS CAROLINE (top left of the stamp) and the seaplane carrier HMS BEN-MY-CHREE. (bottom right, see ... f=2&t=8639

Built as a light cruiser under yard No 803 by Cammell Laird in Birkenhead for the Royal Navy.
28 January 1914 keel laid down.
29 September 1914 launched as the HMS CAROLINE one of the C Class of 6 light cruisers.
Displacement 3.750 standard, 4.733 full load. Dim. 135.94 x 12.65 x 4.42m. (draught).
Powered by Parsons turbines, 40.000 shp, four shafts, speed 28.5 knots.
Armament 2 – 6 inch, 8 – 4 inch QF, 1 – 6pdr and 4 – 21inch torpedo tubes.
Bunker capacity 772 tons maximum.
Crew 325.
04 December 1914 commissioned.

During World War mostly a unit of the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron in the North Sea.
May/June 1916 took part in the Battle of Jutland under command of Captain H.R. Crooke.
During 1918 used in experiments for launching a light aircraft from a platform on deck.

From 1919 till 1922 stationed in the East Indies, and after her return to the U.K. placed in reserve.
01 April 1924 Transferred to Northern Ireland as Head Quarter for the local division of the Royal Naval Volunteer reserve (RNVR). She was converted for her new duty at the yard of Harland & Wolff at Belfast.
During World War II used as the Royal Navy head-quarter’s in Belfast Harbour.
After the war again in use as a training establishment, and she is the last training vessel of the Royal Navy.
Still in service as so, the intention is to replace her in 2011 by a “stone frigate” onshore training establishment, and the plans are that she will then be moved to Portsmouth as a museum ship.
She is the ship on the left site on the stamp, the other is BEN-MY-CHREE.

Isle of Man 2009 £1.36, sg?, scott?

Source: Some web-sites and Wikipedia.

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