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Post by john sefton » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:15 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.
According to Gibbons this is R-1
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Re: R-1 whale catcher

Post by aukepalmhof » Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:31 pm

The designer of the stamp Mr Michael Goaman gives he has used two vessels of the fleet with the code letters R 2 and R 3 for the design, while Stanley Gibbons this stamp the name R 1 gives what is wrong it must be R 3.

In the fleet of the Calpe Shipping Co. Ltd., Gibraltar there where 7 whale catchers active in South Georgia with the name R 1 to R 7.
Five, the R 1 to R 5 were built by a consortium of Dutch yards and are sisterships, R 6 built in Great Britain and the R 7 in Norway has a larger tonnage but dimensions are smaller.

R 3: Built as a whale catcher under yard No 110 by the IJselwerf Scheepsbouw Maatschappij N.V., Capelle near Rotterdam for Compañia de Navegación Rosina S.A., Panama a subsidiary of Pesca.
08 February 1957 launched as the R 3. named most probably after the first letter of the company Rosina.
Tonnage 518 grt, 145 net, dim. 56.9 x 9.4 x 4.3m.
Did have a black funnel with a large R in it.
One 10-cyl MAN diesel engine, 2.300 bhp, one shaft, speed 16 knots.
Fitted out with a Liaaen variable pitch propeller.
Crew accommodation for 23 men.
July 1957 completed by the Werf de Hoog N.V., Rotterdam.
Building cost £225.000

1958 Transferred to Calpe Shipping Co. Ltd., Gibraltar.
1967 Sold to Overseas Shipping Corp. N.V. (Heerema Engineering Service), Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, renamed EXPLORER.
She was lengthened and converted in a drilling ship.
1977 Sold for demolition to De Koophandel N.V. Lekkerkerk, Netherlands.

Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Pesca, a history of the pioneer whaling company in the Antarctic.

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