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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?

Manxman (1955)

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Manxman (1955)

Postby john sefton » Sun May 10, 2009 8:51 pm

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Built by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead in 1955, she is a vessel of 2,495 gross, 946 net tons. Length 34' 10ins, beam 50ft, and draft 12ft 3in. Two steam turbines double reduction geared to two screw shafts give her a speed of 21 knots.
Sea Breezes May 1974 IOM SG27
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Re: Manxman (1955)

Postby aukepalmhof » Mon May 18, 2009 2:19 am

05 July 1973 the Isle of Man issued a set of stamps of which the 9p depict three ferries of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co., Ltd.
The ship approaching the entrance is the MONA’S QUEEN, the vessel berthed on the inside of the pier is the MANXMAN and on the outside is berthed BEN-MY-CHREE.
The details of the MONA’S QUEEN and BEN-MY-CHREE you can find in the shipsonstamp list, the details of the MANXMAN are given below.

Built as a ferry under yard No. 1259 by Cammell Laird & Ltd., Birkenhead for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd.
24 March 1953 ordered.
15 April 1954 keel laid down.
08 February 1955 launched under the name MANXMAN (II).
Tonnage 2.945 grt, 946 net, 550 dwt. Dim. 105.11 x 15.24 x 3.73m.
Powered by two Pametrada steam turbines, manufactured by Cammell Laird, 8.000 shp, twin screws, speed 21 knots.
Accommodation for 2.393 passengers, crew 68.
12 May 1955 sea trials.
14May 1955 completed, building cost £847.000.

21 May 1955 maiden voyage from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool, also used for the service to Belfast, Dublin, Androssan and Llandudno.
04 September 1982 sailed for the last voyage from Liverpool in the ferry service to Douglas, returning the same day in Liverpool, thereafter laid up.
03 October 1982 sold to Marda (Squaash) Ltd., England, for about £100.000, not renamed, moved to Preston for lay up as a floating restaurant.
05 November 1990 towed from Preston to Liverpool, again in use as a floating restaurant.
16 April 1994 towed from Liverpool for Hull.
August 1997 a fire broke out on board seriously damaged many of the vintage wood panels of the ship interior.
12 September 1997 arrived under tow at Sunderland, berthed near the Pallion Engineering Company Ltd.

12 July 1999 alongside her berth at Pallion’s Shipyard, Sunderland she sank, when water entered through a hole near the engine room, not any work would seem to have taken place since she arrived there 12 September 1997.
15 July 1999 refloated.
2008 It looks she is still around berthed by the shipyard, but her future looks bleak, and most probably she will be scrapped.

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Re: Manxman (1955)

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:51 pm

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Letter dated 9 April 2010 from Bill Ogle
Chairman Manxman Steamship Company

Dear Friend of Manxman

You may be aware of the many rumours surrounding the fate of Manxman and, sadly yet inevitably, I can now confirm that the plans for her dismantling are proceeding. In fact contracts have just been signed for the initial phases. I'm sure most of you will realise that her condition continues to deteriorate and that restoration costs are escalating rapidly.

I can also confirm that Pallion Engineering at Sunderland, as agents for her owners, would like to give Manxman enthusiasts and the wider community the opportunity of purchasing some of the memorabilia onboard. There are many significant pieces including the logo badge, name, lifeboats and davits, original interior panelling, wood decking, handrails, portholes windows and many more. Please enquire by email to or telephone 0191 564 0404 and speak to Julie Robson. In fact this process has already started.

So far as the Trust is concerned we can now move into the next stages of the winding up process as required by the Charity Commission. We will advise you when the final position is known both with regard to the amount of residual funds, and distribution.

I can also tell you that I am aware of a letter which you may have received from former Trustees of the Manxman Steamship Company. This will be properly dealt with as a matter of urgency. Meanwhile I can say that if your address was obtained from a copy of our records of the Friends of Manxman then it was taken without our knowledge or approval.

Kind regards
Bill Ogle
Manxman Steamship Company

Rwanda 2000 300f sg?, scott? (she is the white hulled ship in the bacground of the stamp)

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