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Post by john sefton » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:13 pm

Mr. Michael Goaman, the designer responsible for the set of South Georgia stamps, informs me that the whale catchers shown on the 4d. and 9d. stamps are two of a fleet of vessels with code letters R2 and R3, and his designs are intended to represent the fleet generally. According to Lloyd's Register these whalers are owned by the Calpe Shipping Company and registered at Gibraltar; the R2 on the 9d. stamp was built by Jonker and Stans, at Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Holland, the R3 being built by Ijsselwerf, at Rotterdam. Both were completed in 1957.The catchers measure 183 ft. 9 in. x 30 ft. 7 in. x 13 ft. 2 in. and are fitted with M.A.N. oil engines and reversible pitch propellers. Machinery is situated aft and the vessels have a gross tonnage of 518. The catwalk on these whale-catchers seems to be rather an unusual feature and certainly gives them quite a modern appearance.
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Re: R-2

Post by aukepalmhof » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:58 pm

Built as a whale catcher under yard No 277 by Scheepswerf Jonker & Stans, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherland for Compañia de Navegación Rosina S.A., Panama.
20 October 1956 launched as the R 2.
Tonnage 518 grt, 145 net, dim. 56.05 x 9.35 x 4.02m., length bpp 51.0m.
Powered by a MAN 10-cyl. diesel engine, 2.300 bhp., speed 16 knots. Reversible pitch props.
July 1957 completed.

She is one of a fleet of whale catchers used off South Georgia, of which the designer of the stamp gives that he has used the R 2 and R 3 for this set of stamps.
1958 Transferred to Calpe Shipping Co. Ltd., Gibraltar.
1964 Chartered by the Royal Norwegian Navy.
1965 Bought by the Royal Norwegian Navy and converted during the winter of 65/66 into a Fishery Protection Vessel by the Drammen Slip and Mekaniske Værksted and renamed NORDKAPP (W 305).
She was also lengthened.
1981 Sold to Remoy Havfiskeselskap, Alesund and converted to an oil rig support vessel.
1982 Renamed RESCUE OLAV.
1991 Sold to Karlsen Navigation (Cayman Islands) Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and renamed in CAM VOYAGER, managed by Cam Offshore Ltd., Grimsby.
1995 Renamed in VIKING VOYAGER, managed by Viking Standby Ltd., Montrose, Scotland.
2004 Sold to Vroon Offshore Services Ltd., Aberdeen, Scotland, not renamed.
http://www.equasis.org gives for 2004, IMO No 5288360, that she is dead (laid up), most probably scrapped, Vroon’s web-site with fleet list does not mention her more.

Septermber 2004 broken up at Grenaa, Denmark by Fornaes Aps.

South Georgia 1963 9d sg6, scott9.

Source: Various web-sites. Pesca a History of the Pioneer Modern Whaling Company in the Antarctic by Ian B Hart.

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