SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

Interested in Ships and Stamps? The Ship Stamp Society is an international society and publishes it’s journal, Log Book, six time a year.

The editor of Log book will retire this coming August and, unless a new one comes forward, the society will close.
With this in mind, we are not taking in any new members.
This is an unfortunate situation but seemingly unavoidable.

HIMALAYA HM 1892

Built as a passenger-cargo vessel under yard No 266 by Caird & Co, Greenock for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, London.
27 February 1892 launched as the HIMALAYA.
Tonnage 6,898 gross, 3,597 net, dim. 141.91 (bpp) x 15.91 x 8.05m.
Powered by two 3-cyl. triple expansion steam engine, manufactured by shipbuilder, 5,600 ihp, twin shaft, speed 18 knots.
Accommodation for 265 first and 144 second class passengers.
24 June 1892 trials and the same day delivered to owners.

Her maiden voyage was from London to Colombo, Melbourne and Sydney.
09 October 1908 was her last sailing in this service.
August 1914 requisitioned by the British Admiralty at Penang for service as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. Converted in Hong Kong with 8 – 4.7 inch guns. Renamed HMS HIMALAYA, pendant No. M67
Employed on patrol duties in the China Sea.
21 June 1916 Sold to the British Admiralty and fitted out with 6 inch guns, and an aircraft deck and a Short 827 seaplane at Simonstown, South Africa.
In service on convoy duties on the East Coast of Africa until the end of the war, was based at Zanzibar.
28 June till 04 July 1916 at sea off Lindi River, East Africa.
28 and 29 June 1916 opened fire on four dhows in a creek at Gingwea, which were hit. In this period she used regular her seaplane for reconnaissance flights.
1919 Was she used as a troopship.
June 1919 resold to the P&O.
March 1922 sold to the Board of Trade in London.
April 1922 sold via Stelp & Leighton Ltd., London to Germany for demolition.
11 May 1922 arrived at Bremen for breaking up.

Liberia 1915 $30 sg?, scott 3093 o.
Source P&O a fleet history by World Ship Society. Armed Merchant Cruisers 1878-1945 by Osborne, Spong & Grover. Mr. Erhard Jung. http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW ... malaya.htm http://www.clydeships.co.uk/view.php?ref=3938

Arctic explorer Basil Assan

Born in Bucharest on 1 August 1860, Basil Assan studied engineering in Switzerland and France. In the summer of 1896, Basil Assan embarked on the Norwegian ship Erling Jart, along with a group of scientists from several countries, who have reached the Arctic, up to 81 degrees and 35 minutes of northern latitude. He was the first Romanian to reach the polar lands. He studied the geological structure and natural resources of the Svalbard archipelago (where he brought 80 plant species), iceberg formation and bioclimatic conditions. He did even exploration activity, discovering new islands. In the years 1897-1988 he made a travel on the route Constantinople - Alexandria - Ceylon - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai - Nagasaki - Tokyo - Yokohama - San Francisco - NewYork - who became not only the first Romanian to travel around the world, but the first Romanian to enter into trade agreements in the Far East. The reports of the expeditions were published in the Bulletin edited by the Royal Society of Geography of Romania, the other member was. With the consent of King Carol I, he embarked aboard the Elisabeth warship and took over to Romania some islands not yet retained by anyone in the Pacific, but the project was soon recruited for lack of resources. He died on June 16, 1918, in Switzerland, in Montreux.

Romania 1986;1L. Source:https://docslide.net/documents/basil-assan.html

CATHARINA 1862

Her name is given by Navicula as CATHARINA. The stamp is designed after a painting made by L. Petersen and P. Holm.

1862 Built by Dietrich Kremer in Blankenese for the brothers Captain Johannes and Johann Joachim Backhaus.
Launched as CATHARINA. (Not as given KATHARINA VON BLANKENESE)
Tonnage 128 gross, dim?
Rigged as a brigantine.
Homeport Blankenese, Germany.

24 April 1880 with a general cargo she stranded on the bar of Opolo, West Africa, and was wrecked.

The ships painting was made by Peter Christian Holm (1823-1888) who worked in Altona and Hamburg.
The CATHARINA was painted in 1864 when she entered CUXHAVEN on the Elbe River.
She is shown with the Schleswig Holstein flag.

The painting is now in the Altonaer Museum Hamburg.

Source: Navicula.
Paraguay 1977 2g sg?, scott 1764b

BACCHUS RFA (G.B.)

Built in 1914-'15 by William Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow, #229, for the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co., Hong Kong and purchased by the Admiralty while on the stocks on 22 March 1915, launched 10 May 1915.
Stores freighter and distilling ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, displacement:3598 long tons (3656 t) Lbp:89.94m. (295'1") Beam:13.44m. (44'1") Draft:6.30m. (20'8") 2x3 cyl. triple expansion steam engines:? hp. 10 kn. complement:52, callsign:GQKB
On 4 May 1928, BACCHUS was in collision with the Greek cargo ship IOANNIS FALAFOS in the English Channel, 20 nm. south of St. Alban's Head, Dorset. IOANNIS FALAFOS sank in three minutes with the loss of ten of her 22 crew. The survivors were initially rescued by BACCHUS but she was severely damaged at the bows and was abandoned as it was thought that she would sink too. The British cargo ship MANCHESTER COMMERCE took all on board. BACCHUS was later reboarded once it became apparent that she would remain afloat. She was towed into Portland Harbour stern-first by an Admiralty tug. BACCHUS was subsequently repaired and returned to service.
She was renamed BACCHUS II in May 1936 in order to free the name for a new ship. She was sunk as target on 15 November 1938, 10 nm. off Alderney, the Channel Islands, by gunfire from the cruiser HMS DUNEDIN.

(Liberia 2012, $3, StG.?)
Internet.

HEINRICH VON STEPHAN

Germany issued in 1997 one stamp for the 100th Anniversary of the dead of Postmaster Heinrich von Stephan (1831-1897).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_von_Stephan

He introduced the postcard in Germany of which one is depicted on the stamp, it shows us a passenger-cargo vessel, which has not be identified so far I know. It is a very small image and the only thing it looks that her two funnels are yellow which belong to the Hamburg Amerka Line. She has a straight bow so it must be a vessel from around 1900.

German 1997 100 pf sg 2764, scott?

CHRISTIANA, JOMFRUEN and ATLANTIC SUN

Norway issued in 2008 a series of stamp for tourism in the country, two have a maritime theme.

So far I know the small vessels on this stamp of Oslo Harbour with in the background the City Hall have not been identified, in the last Watercraft Philately of Nov/Dec 2018 in an article by Dan Rodlie he gives the names and details of the three vessels on this stamp as, from the left to the right as CHRISTIANIA, JOMFRUEN and the ATLANTIC SUN.

The Oslo City Hall is the political and administrative heart of the city. It has an important place in the history of Norwegian art and architecture and is visited by more than 100,000 guests and tourists every year. Its two towers, best seen from the sea, stand 66 and 63 metres high. The bells on the top of the east tower provide pleasure for many people, as they play tunes every hour on the hour from 7 am to 12 pm each day.

On the stamp of Lyngor Lighthouse, the sail yacht is not identified, maybe one of the readers has a name for the yacht?
In the days of sailing ships, Lyngor was one of the most important harbours on the Skagerrak coast. It is now a popular place for holidays. Narrow, cemented paths, flanked by white picket fences, wind their way over these vehicle-free islands. Boats are the only means of transport in this South Norwegian Venice.
When Lyngor Lighthouse was finished in 1879, householders in Lyngor celebrated the event by putting lights in their windows. It had been touch and go whether the lighthouse would be built. The authorities had not recommended it, but men from the region with money and good contacts in the Storting took action and produced results. Today we call that lobbying!

CHRISTIANIA:
Built as wooden 3 mast fore-and aft schooner (borgåskute) by Paul Grünquist & Co shipyard in Valax, Finland
Launched as HELGA
Tonnage 143 gross, 85 net, 230 dwt, dim. ? x 24.5 x 9.10ft
Auxiliary oil engine hp?
1948 Delivered to owners.

Lloyds Registry 1955/56 gives for the HELGA as owner Gustaf Holmberg, at Borgå, Finland. Most probably he was also the owner when built.
1994 Sold to Norway Yacht Charter A/A, Oslo and renamed CHRISTIANIA (the former name of Oslo) and restored in her original condition.
Tonnage 123 gross, 38 net, dim. 45.70 x 7.45 x 2.61m, (draught), length of hull 33.20m
Sail area 550 square meters. 10 sails.
Auxiliary engine Caterpillar 6-cyl. diesel, 365 hp.
Crew 5-9, day passengers 150.
Used as a passenger sailing ship in the charter business around Oslo Fjord. When not in use moored in front of the Oslo City Hall.
2019 In service.

JOMFRUEN:
Built as a motor cutter BRILLIANT in Hardanger on the west coast of Norway in 1917.
For many years she carried mackerel from ports around Bergen and Stavanger to the fishmarket in Oslo.
On her return voyages from Oslo she hauled cement from Slemmestad outside Oslo to the west coast of Norway. She continued trading mainly along the western Norwegian coastline until 1984.
From 1984 in spring of 1988 she was converted into a passenger sailing vessel and used as a party-ship and for social activities based in Oslo.
Tonnage 49 Gt, 19net, dim. 1970 x 5.30 x 2.60m. (draught)
Accommodation for 65 passengers.
Her name was at one time changed to BLÅVEIS until she was renamed JOMFRUEN in 2000.
2019 Owned by Norway Yacht Charter A/s, Oslo and in active service.

ATLANTIC SUN:
1994 Built as a passenger vessel by the Porsgrunn Maskineringssenter in Porsgrunn, Norway for the Atlantic Boat Ltd. AS, Oslo.
Tonnage 118 grt, 48 net, dim. 24.10 x 6.16 x 1.60m.
Powered by two General Motors engines.
Delivered under the name ATLANTIC SUN.

She has been used in the tourist traffic on the Oslo Fjord.
2019 In service, sane name and owner, IMO No 9068108.

Source: http://www.philatelism.com/details.php?issueid=2295
Otmar Schäuffelen, Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe; Various Norwe-gian Illustrated Shipping registry; http://www.tallship-fan.de/index_e.htm; D. Rodlie. Lloyds Register 1955/56

Norway 2008 7Kr. sg?, scott 1542
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SANTA ROSA 1932

SANTA ROSA 1932

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:21 pm

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By this set of stamps issued by Curaçao in 2017, two stamp shows a ship.
The info given by this set:

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Views of the fifties.
Views of the fifties is a stamp emission to remember life on the island in the fifties. Most of the photos used dated back in the end of the forties, beginning and mid fifties. Various of the photos were taken by Master Photographer Fred Fisher. These photos were digitally converted and carefully retouched and resampled to create and retain a vintage uniformed look, by creating a balanced workflow, retaining the same structure and a color adaptive process.
By the two stamps which show a ship is given:

121c: Handelskade (Commercial quay) and the entrance of the harbour. The Port Authorities building in the back has been completely replaced by a more modern architecture.
(Of the wooden sailing vessel I have not any information.)

308c: A birds eye view of the rooftops of Punda, overlooking the harbour entrance towards Otrobanda, with the SANTA ROSA from the Moore McCormac Line (must be the Grace Line) just entering the harbour. (She must be the SANTA ROSA (2) which has two funnels as seen on stamp.)
Source: https://www.cpostinternational.com/imag ... nfo_50.jpg

Built as a passenger-cargo vessel under yard No 121 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny for the Panama Mail SS Co. Inc., San Francisco. (Managed by the Grace Line.)
1930 Ordered.
24 March 1932 launched as the SANTA ROSA, three sisters, SANTA ELENA, SANTA LUCIA and SANTA PAULA.
Tonnage 9.135 grt,7,290 dwt, dim. 155.0 x 22m, length bpp. 147.6m
Powered by two General Electric Co. steam turbines, each 6,000 hp., double geared to twin screws. Speed 19 knots.
Passenger accommodation when built 209 first class and 50 tourist class.
October 1932 completed. Homeport New York.

1938 She was sold or transferred to the Grace Line Inc., San Francisco not renamed.
SS SANTA ROSA (later SS ATHINAI) was a passenger and cargo ocean liner built for the Grace Line. She was one of four sister ships (the others being Santa Elena, Santa Lucia and Santa Paula) ordered in 1930 from the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Kearny, NJ. Her regular route included inter-coastal service between the east coast and the west coast of the USA via the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. She was the second of ultimately three vessels to bear the name SANTA ROSA for the Grace Line. (The first SANTA ROSA was a 1917-built ship that was sold in 1925.)
Design and construction
Designed by Gibbs & Cox, SANTA ROSA bore some resemblance to their later ships, the SS America and SS United States. such as his signature winged funnel. The public rooms were all on the promenade deck. The dining room was located on this deck between the two funnels and had an atrium stretching up two and a half decks. Unique for its day was a retractable roof which allowed the passenger to dine under the tropical sky. The Grace Line also employed female waitresses instead of male stewards. All first class cabins were outside twin beds and private baths.
Prewar Grace Line service
The SANTA ROSA sailed on her maiden voyage on 26 November 1932. Her East-West coast route of New York-Seattle was 20 days and included a one-day call in Los Angeles and two days in San Francisco. The ship's service speed of 20 knots and her superior accommodation made her very popular compared to that offered by Pacific Coast shipping. In 1936 however the intercoastal service ended and SANTA ROSA and her sisters transferred to service to the Caribbean.
World War II service
SANTA ROSA was requisitioned by the US War Shipping Administration on 3 January 1942 with Grace Line operating the ship as agents and allocated to Army for troop service. Even in wartime gray, the ship retained her elegant oceanliner lines:
"..Further down and across the dock, the Grace Line passenger ship SS SANTA ROSA, also lay waiting. She was painted wartime gray but she still flaunted her nubile twin funnels, sweeping bow and long, beautiful lines; She exuded an aura of speed, luxury, and moonlight tropical nights. The SS SANTA ROSA was sexier than Rita Hayworth in a travel poster..."
SANTA ROSA made 21 voyages from the east coast of the US from 1942-1945: one to Europe, one to Australia, one to India, and three to Africa.
Her wartime voyages included:
January 1942 - New York to Melbourne and Nouméa via the Panama Canal
April 1942 - Suez, Massaua, Adan, Durban
November 1942 - to the Clyde
November 1942 - to Casablanca
January 1943 - to Casablanca
February 1943 - Bermuda and Casablanca
April 1943 - Casablanca, Gibraltar, the Clyde, Algiers, and Phillippeville
August 1943 - Oran in Algeria
October 1943 - Boston to Swansea, the Clyde, Palermo, Newport UK
December 1943 - via Boston to Bristol and Newport
February 1944 - Belfast
March 1944 - from Boston to Avonmouth and Cardiff
May 1944 - via Norfolk to Naples and Gibraltar
July 1944 - via Norfolk to Oran, Naples, and Cape Henry
October 1944 - Marseilles, Oran, and Gibraltar
December 1944 - from Boston to Swansea and retuen to Boston
January 1945 - Le Havre and Southampton
February 1945 - to La Harve and Plymouth
March 1945 - to The Solent, Le Havre, Southampton
June 1945 - Southampton
July 1945 - Le Havre and Cherbourg with return to Hampton Roads, to Plymouth and Le Havre
August 1945 - Le Havre and Cherbourg with return to Hampton Roads, to Plymouth and Le Havre
September 1945 - Marseilles
October 1945 - from New York via Port Said to Karachi
December 1945 - from New York via Port Said to Karachi with return to New York in January 1946
The vessel was returned to Grace Line on 3 February 1947.
Postwar Grace Line service
After her war service she underwent repair and refit at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company prior to redelivery to her owners. SANTA ROSA returned to Grace Line and resumed the Caribbean service on 7 February 1947. In 1958, after 26 years of service, SANTA ROSA was replaced by a larger liner of the same name. In June 1958 SANTA ROSA was renamed SANTA PAULA The older ship was laid up at Hoboken, NJ until 1961 when she was sold to Greek owners.
Typaldos Lines service
SANTA ROSA was renamed ATHINAI and began a new career as a cruise ship for Aegean SN Typaldos Lines, Piraeus. A refit increased her accommodation and converted her to carry three classes of passengers. She entered service for her new owners for voyages in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Adriatic. ATHINAI in her Typaldos Line livery appears briefly in a scene of the port of Piraeus, Greece, in the 1963 film The Bullfighter Advances. In 1968 the Typaldos Lines owners were arrested and the company disbanded after the Greek government investigation of the SS HERAKLION incident found them guilty of manslaughter and negligence. The company's ships were taken over and sold except for two, including SS ATHINAI, who attracted no buyers and were subsequently laid up at Phaleron Bay.
1966–89.
SANTA ROSA/ATHINAI never returned to active service. In 1978 she was towed out of layup for use as a film set for Raise the Titanic. After a decade of neglect, and with fittings that did not appear to be out of place on a 1912 built ship, ATHINAI needed very little conversion work for filming the Titanic’s interiors. Her bows were painted to resemble Titanic and she was sprayed with concrete to simulate 68 years on the ocean floor. After the filming she was returned to Phaleron Bay. She remained for another ten years until 1989, when she was towed for scrapping at Aliağa, Turkey in a purge of derelict shipping. She arrived at Aliaga 19 April 1989 and was scrapped by Nigdeliler Hurdacilik.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Santa_Rosa_(1932) http://www.miramarshipindex.nz
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