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British Virgin Island issued one stamp of 50c in 1991 which honour the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle for his exploring voyage down the Mississippi River in 1682. The stamp shows also a sailing ship of that time, which has nothing to do with the expedition down the Mississippi River in 1682, he made that voyage in canoes and not a sailing ship.

1682 La Salle assembled a party for the Mississippi expedition for which he is most remembered. Leaving Fort Crevecoeur with eighteen Native Americans (other sources given many more man), he canoed down the Mississippi River in 1682, naming the Mississippi basin "La Louisiane" in honor of Louis XIV. At what is now the site of Memphis, Tennessee he built a small fort, Fort Prudhomme. On April 9, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, near modern Venice, Louisiana, La Salle buried an engraved plate and a cross, claiming the territory for France. He returned then to France.
In 1683, on his return voyage from France, he established Fort Saint Louis of Illinois, at Starved Rock on the Illinois River, to replace Fort Crevecoeur. Tonti was to command the fort while La Salle traveled again to France for supplies.
Wikipedia has an entry on the return voyage from France: ... expedition
British Virgin Islands 1991 50c sg794, scott 722.

USS Frigate Boston 1799

The design stamp is made after painting of James A Flood. In this painting by James A Flood, the second frigate Boston is depicted departing Boston Harbor, Massachucetts in 1804. The topsails have been set and the crew is in the process of loosing the courses. It's a windy day, so the topgallants are still snugly furled. The outer or flying jib is set; the jib is furled; the forestaysail is set. The wind is off her starboard quarter.
Ivory Coast 2018;900f.


João Gonçalves Zarco: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14429&p=16374&hilit=zarco#p16374 and Tristão Vaz Teixeira: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14430&p=16375&hilit=teixeira#p16375 discovered the island of Porto Santo in 1418 during the reign of Dom João I of Portugal.
The vessel depict on the MS is a “caravel redonda” viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10014&p=11903&hilit=caravel+redonda#p11903

The Discovery of Porto Santo, in 1418, and of Madeira, in 1419, constituted the first act that profoundly marked the epic of Portuguese Maritime Expansion, as these islands, thereafter, constituted an Atlantic base, which allowed Portugal to attain the position it occupies in World History, for, in the fitting words of Portugal's greatest poet, having given new worlds to the World. Such a significant historical event, which now happened 600years ago, is more than a good enough reason to celebrate this secular collective journey, which honours the memory of a people who, within and outside of the archipelago, have succeeded in maintaining the most outstanding features of an ‘Atlantic lusitanity’, that lends it its own cultural identity. Because Porto Santo was, of the discoveries, the first island, it will be the specific focus of this year's celebrations, which will include several popular and cultural initiatives, ranging from publications and exhibitions to conferences, shows and many other events in the public sphere in which the population and the school community will participate.
Portugal Madeira 1918 1.50 Euro, sg?, scott?

DIOGO GOMES Portuguese Explorer

Dominica issued in 1991 a set of stamps for explores, the $4 stamp shows us a caravel viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8977&p=9068#p9068 used by Diogo Gomes for his discovery voyage along the West African coast.

Diogo Gomes (c. 1420 – c. 1500) was a Portuguese navigator, explorer and writer. Diogo Gomes was a servant and explorer of Portuguese prince Henry the Navigator. His memoirs were dictated late in his life to Martin Behaim. They are an invaluable (if sometimes inconsistent) account of the Portuguese discoveries under Henry the Navigator, and one of the principal sources upon which historians of the era have drawn. He explored and ascended up the Gambia River in West Africa and discovered some of the Cape Verde islands.
Early life
Probably a native of Lagos, Portugal, Diogo Gomes began as page in the household of Prince Henry the Navigator and subsequently rose to the rank of cavaleiro (knight) by 1440. Diogo Gomes participated in the 1445 slave raid led by Lançarote de Freitas of Lagos on the Arguin banks, and claims to have personally captured 22 Berber slaves singlehandedly.
He was named a royal clerk (escrivão da carreagem real) on 12 June 1451, and went on in the service of both Prince Henry and the Portuguese crown.
Circa 1456, Gomes was sent out by Prince Henry in command of three vessels down the West African coast. Gomes claims he was accompanied by Jacob, an "Indian" interpreter, which some early historians have taken as a rare indication that Henry envisaged reaching India at this early stage. However, modern historians find this improbable; Russell notes that, at the time, 'Indian' was commonly used as a moniker for an Ethiopian, and the furthest hope that Henry nurtured was of reaching the lands of Prester John.
Gomes is said to have reached as far as Rio Grande (now Geba River, in Guinea Bissau), a huge leap beyond the last point known to be reached by the Portuguese. But strong currents checked Gomes' course and his officers and men feared that they were approaching the extremity of the ocean, so he turned back. On his return, Gomes put in at the Gambia River and ascended up the Gambia a considerable distance, some 50 leagues (250 miles), reaching as far as the major market town of Cantor, an entrepot of the Mali gold trade. Gomes credits himself as the first Portuguese captain to interact peacefully with the natives in this region (all prior expeditions had been fended off or fallen in hostilities on the Senegambian coast, although Alvise Cadamosto had also sailed successfully that same year). At Cantor, Gomes collected much information about the gold mines and trade patterns of the upper Senegal and upper Niger, of the cities of Kukia and Timbuktu and the Trans-Saharan trade routes that stretched to the Moroccan coast.
Although the region was primarily Muslim, Gomes seems to have won over at least one important chief named Numimansa, with his court, to Christianity and Portuguese allegiance. Teixeira da Mota identifies 'Numinansa' as the chieftain of the Nomi Bato, and may have been the same chieftain responsible for the deaths of earlier explorers Nuno Tristão in c.1447 and Vallarte in c.1448. The Nomi Bato are probably ancestral to the current Niominka people of the Saloum River delta, and although currently classified as a Serer tribe, were probably originally Mandinka at the time.
Return to Portugal
By 1459, Gomes was appointed to the lucrative office of almoxarife (receiver of royal customs) of the town of Sintra. He remained in that position until c.1480.
Gomes made another African voyage in 1462 (which some historians date as 1460). He sailed down to the Saloum River delta (Rio dos Barbacins) in Senegal, to enter into trade with the Serer people of Sine and Saloum. There he stumbled upon the caravel of the Genoese captain António de Noli, and they charted a return journey together. On the return, Gomes sailed to the Cape Verde islands and claims to have been the first to land on and name Santiago island (his priority is contested by Cadamosto). Gomes speaks, with some resentment, of how Antonio de Noli managed to reach Lisbon before him and secured the captaincy of Santiago island from the king before his arrival.
Prince Henry having died in 1460; thus after his return, Gomes retired from active exploring and pursued a career with Henry's nephew and heir Ferdinand of Viseu and the royal court. In 1463, he was appointed royal squire (escudeiro) for King Afonso V of Portugal. In 1466, he secured a generous royal pension of 4,800 reals, to which were attached duties as a magistrate in Sintra (juiz das cousas e feitorias contadas de Sintra). At an uncertain date, he was also appointed magistrate in nearby Colares (juiz das sisas da Vila de Colares, for which we have confirmation by 5 March 1482).
His death date is uncertain. Some date it as early as 1485, and one authority has 1482, although historian Peter Russell suggests he lived until at least 1499. There is confirmation he was certainly dead by 1502, from the record of an indulgence for his soul paid for by his widow.
Already in advanced age, Diogo Gomes orally dictated his memoirs to the German cartographer Martin Behaim during the latter's sojourn in Portugal. The date of the relation is uncertain and could be anytime between 1484 (Behaim's arrival) to 1502 (confirmation of Gomes' death). Historian Peter Russell tentatively dates the interview around 1499, as the account refers to the death of António de Noli, which occurred around that time. It is likely Gomes dictated in Portuguese, probably through an interpreter, and Behaim wrote it down in Latin (or alternatively in German, and only later transcribed to Latin).
The resulting memoirs, under the title De prima inuentione Guineae ("Of the first discovery of Guinea"), are the only surviving contemporary manuscript, outside of the official chronicle of Gomes Eanes de Zurara, that attempts to give a chronological account of all the Henrican discoveries. The manuscript has two other parts, De insulis primo inventis in mare Occidentis (an account of Canary Islands and the Madeira group) and De inventione insularum de Acores (containing the only detailed record of the Portuguese discovery of the Azores islands).
Historians generally treat Diogo Gomes's account with caution - his penchant for self-promotion, his advanced age, his attempt to recollect events more than two decades past, misunderstandings by Behaim's interpreter, the haste of the transcription (the Latin is quite poor, suggesting it was hurriedly written) and possibly even some supplementary massaging of the material by editor Valentim Fernandes, have conspired to make it an imperfect document, with numerous errors and inconsistencies. Nonetheless, it is an enormously valuable document, containing details that are not found elsewhere.
Among other novelties, Gomes' memoirs are the sole record of what appears to have been the earliest Portuguese expedition, a 1415 expedition to Gran Canaria by João de Trasto (although this is probably just an erroroneous reference of the 1424 expedition of Fernando de Castro). Gomes also gives the first detailed account of the rediscovery of the Azores by the Portuguese in Prince Henry's service.
The memoirs are noteworthy for illuminating the character and purpose of Prince Henry the Navigator, ascribing to the prince a deliberate scientific and commercial purpose in exploration. Gomes notes Henry sent out his caravels to search for new lands (ad quaerendas terras) from his wish to know the more distant parts of the western ocean, and in the hope of finding islands or terra firma beyond the limits laid down by Ptolemy (ultra descriptionem Tolomei); on the other hand, his information as to the native trade from Tunis to Timbuktu and the Gambia helped to inspire his...


Isle of Man Ports:
18p Douglas, she is the largest harbour of the islands, and the ferries terminal is there. The ferry visible is the KING ORRY V. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5992&p=5988&hilit=KING+ORRY+V#p5988

23p Castletown, situated in the south of the Isle of Man, the harbour is dominated by an ancient castle. In the harbour alongside are some pleasure craft visible.

37p Port St Mary, Port St Mary is the principal harbour in the South of the island. It handles coastal vessels, supports a buoyant fishing industry. The stamp shows fishing vessels, cabin cruisers and yachts.

40p Ramsey is the second busiest harbour on the island, dealing with mixed cargo, fishing and pleasure craft. The red hulled cargo vessel on the left of the stamp is the GLENFYNE,

Source: Isle of Man Post Office information letter No 63.
Isle of Man 1992 18/40p sg 527/30, scott 519/22 and MSsg 531, scott 523a/523b. For the MS see also: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5992&p=5988&hilit=KING+ORRY+V#p5988


French Polynesia issued in 1993 four stamps for the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Jacques Boullaire (1893-1976) a French painter.
He worked and lived n Tahiti from 1937 – 1966.
The stamps shows us scenes on Tahiti from that time, which were designed after etching he made there, in the background of each stamp you see a schooner rigged vessels. Of the vessels I have not any details.

32F Pahi Moorea.
36F Pahi Tuamotu.
39F Pahi Rututu
51F Pahi Nuku-Hiva

French Polynesia 1993 sg676/79, scott 616/619


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Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:11 pm

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Built as a wooden topsail schooner by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia for the U.S.A. Navy.
23 June 1821launched under the name DOLPHIN, she was the second vessel in the U.S.A. Navy under that name.
Tonnage 198 ton. Dim. 86.0 (bpp) 24.9 x 10.3ft
Armament 12 – 6pdr.
Crew 40.
1821 Commissioned. She was the first of the five, which was laid down.

The decision of the U.S.A. Government to suppress piracy in the West Indies by sending an adequate squadron to this station led to the construction of five new schooners in 1820-21
Doughty designed the schooners after a Baltimore Clipper model.
She were fast sailers.
After she was commissioned she was send to New York to be readied for sea. The DOLPHIN spends much of her career in the Pacific rather than on the station she was built for.
She was one of two vessels making up the newly organized Pacific Squadron.
08 December 1821 she sailed out under command of Lieutenant D. Conner, in company with the ship-of-the-line USS FRANKLIN and via Cape Horn she arrived on 06 February 1822 at Valparaiso, Chile, thereafter she cruised on the coast of Ecuador, Peru and Chile to protect American commerce and the whaling industry.
After some crew returned after a mutiny on board the whaleship GLOBE in Valparaiso, Chile, and news reached the U.S.A. the U.S.A. Government after pressure of the owners dispatched the DOLPHIN in search for the remaining mutineers to the Mulgraves.
18 August 1825 the GLOBE sailed from Chorillos, Peru under command of Capt. John Percival, his nickname was Mad Jack.
She sailed via the Galápagos and the Marquesas Island, thence to the Caroline Islands, after looking for some other islands, which they not could find the DOLPHIN arrived at the Duke of Clarence Islands in the Kingsmills. At this place the natives tried to cut of some boatcrews when they returned to the ship, and the DOLPHIN just managed to get away.
19 November she arrived at Mulgraves, their Captain Percival found evidence of the GLOBE’s landings, and soon thereafter he began his search of the Mili (Milli) Group (one of Marshall Islands) for the mutineers.
The following comes from the log of the DOLPHIN.
At 3 Two men of Lt. Homer’s party returned to the vessel, bringing intelligence that a skeleton supposed to be the remains of Comstock the chief mutineer of the ship GLOBE had been dug out of the sand beach upon the most Western Peninsula of Mulgrave Island. Also that they had found spars, rigging, part of a sail makers palm, a thimble, staves and several other things having no doubt of this being the place where the mutineers first landed. Commenced fitting out the launch for a search party.
The launch under command of Lieutenant Hiram Paulding and eleven men set off to the passage through the reef and into the lagoon, when rowing or sailing along the islets, they came to one were a large body of natives were gathered, when Paulding would investigation the group a man dressed in native clothes, spoken to the men in the boat in there own language.
He told the men, do not come on shore unless you are prepared to fight, the natives will kill you.
Lieutenant Paulding gives the following:
…. although we were convinced that this was one of the men we were so anxiously looking for his sudden and unexpected appearance, his wild attire, and above all, his warning, seemed like an illusion of fancy. His hair was long, combed up and tied in a knot on the top of his head, round his loins, he wore a large mat, finely wrought, and the use of cocoanut oil, and the action of the tropical sun for nearly two years had made his skin almost as dark as that of the natives.

The man repeated the warning, and when Paulding asked his name, he replied I am William Lay of the GLOBE of Nantucket.
Paulding told the man to come on board but he was too afraid, while the islanders were thinking that he was trying to lure the men in the launch ashore, and then to kill.

After landing his men, Paulding in a daring attack rescued William Lay, then Lay told the men that there was an other survivor on an other island, Cyrus M.Hussey a young Nantucketer.
Paulding so soon as he heard the news headed for the island and before the news had reached the island that Lay was liberated. On arrival Lay pointed out the Chief, who held Hussey captive, the Chief was immediately seized and Paulding warned the natives that they had to deliver the hostage otherwise the Chief was killed.
Paulding did then give:
It was a few minutes before he (Hussey) appeared, walking towards us, with his fine yellow hair hanging in ringlets about his shoulders, and his person quit naked with the exception of a piece of blanket tied around his loins….. I said to hem, “Well young man, do you wish to return to your country?” His eyes filled with tears as he replied: “Yes sir, I know of noting that I have done for which I should be afraid to go home.”

Then the DOLPHIN sailed away, made a call at Maloelap on 10 December and some crew went ashore, then touched at Aur for a short time. Then she headed for the Sandwich Islands arriving at Honolulu on 16 January 1825, she was the first man-of-war of the U.S.A. that ever entered the harbor.
The first news of the schooner arrival in Honolulu arrived via Canton in Nantucket on 26 August 1826.

On 11 May 1826 the DOLPHIN sailed from Oahu and arrived at Raitera, in the Society Islands on 7 June, at least she reached Valparaiso on 23 July 1826, soon she sailed from this port to join the frigate UNITED STATES at Callao, Peru and on 01 September 1826 the two men were transferred to the frigate UNITED STATES.
The two men arrived on this vessel on 21 April 1827 at New York.

During this cruise the DOLPHIN assisted men of the American ship LONDON wrecked in Hawaii, and helped other American citizens in the island.
She served in the Pacific until 2 December 1835.
Condemned and sold on the Pacific coast. She was rotten and broken up.

Marshall Islands 1992 24c sg491, scott447. 32c sg670, scott605b.

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The American Sailing Navy by Howard L Chappelle. The Sea-Hunters by Edouard A Stackpole.
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