Friday, November 25, 2022

Swarnim Vijay Varsh - Golden-Jubilee-of-1971-War Golden Jubilee of 1971 War


Every year on December 16, the Indian Armed Forces commemorate "Vijay Diwas" to commemorate their unconditional surrender and resounding triumph over the Pakistani Armed Forces.Commander of Pakistan's Eastern Command, Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, signed the Instrument of Surrender acknowledging a resounding loss in the Eastern Theatre. The 1971 historic triumph was the outcome of painstaking planning, creative leadership, and invention at all levels, and it was made possible by the bravery, gallantry, and professionalism of the commanders and men.

The stamp commemorates the iconic event in the history of the Indian Subcontinent. As its centerpiece, it carries the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ logo, designed by Lieutenant Commander Kushal Chandrashekhar of the Indian Navy. The stamp is symbolic of the resilience and tenacity of soldiers, sailors, and airmen, who were motivated by their leaders and convinced by the righteousness of their cause.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Steamer "Alida", 1847 - 1880


The "Alida," a dayboat for Hudson River trade with a length of 265 feet, started making regular journeys between New York and Albany on April 16, 1847.She enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a passenger carrier, becoming a darling of the general public.

The "Alida" could travel at a pace of nearly 20 miles per hour, and on May 6, 1848, she achieved her greatest time between the two ends of her usual route when she completed the voyage with seven landings in eight hours and 18 minutes.
She continued in service for a few more years on the Albany route before being put on a regular route from Rondout to New York, performing a round-trip every day.She eventually took over the full run from Albany to New York.

Alfred Van Santvoord bought the "Alida" in November 1855, and the following year he ran her the entire length of the river with the steamboat "Armenia" as a companion.Commodore Van Santvoord, the new owner, was previously uninterested in the passenger carrying line but was well known for his work in river freight and towing. His first foray into this area of river navigation was with the "Alida." Later, in 1860, he launched the "Daniel Drew," after which he started using the "Alida" to transport passengers daily between Poughkeepsie and New York.

The Commodore must have thought his foray into the passenger shipping business to be quite successful because in 1863, he joined forces with other rivermen, added the "Armenia" to his fleet of three vessels (the "Alida," "Daniel Drew," and the "Armenia"), and laid the groundwork for the Albany Dayline, which is now known as the Hudson River Dayline.

For the Cornell line, the "Alida" only made one voyage, in December 1875.
After the passenger vessel "Sunnyside" capsized in West Park on the first of that month, it was decided to build a new vessel using the "Alidaengine. "'s

The "Alida" was dragged back to Port Ewen by the "Norwich" after being towed to New York, but her engine was discovered to be inadequate for the designed boat. She remained there until the summer of 1880, when Daniel Bigler purchased her and had her broken up off Port Ewen. 

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Friday, August 5, 2022

1914 WWI censored cover to SWEDEN. Which missed the ship!


Saw one interesting cover in one of the blogs , thought of sharing here the same...

Roo 2½d on 1914 WWI censored cover to SWEDEN. Which missed the ship!

Clean and fresh and attractive – especially for well over 100 years old.

Marked as Per ‘R.M.S. Mongolia’, and neat typed address to a Timber merchant, in small town Sundsvall in central Sweden.

Stamp is in SUPERB condition or wartime travel of 10,000 miles, – clean and well centred, with clear Sydney machine cancel of December 1, 1914.

‘OPENED BY CENSOR’ tape and a handwritten note on reverse, ‘retuned from Censor too late for dispatch’ with Sydney Ship Room cds on back of 2 DEC -14.

Commercial Mail from here to anywhere except UK and USA and NZ (or Switzerland for the huge amount of Red Cross mail) in WWI is scarce. To SWEDEN .. nearly unheard of.


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Thursday, July 28, 2022

National Maritime Day in India



National Maritime Day 2022: This year, National Maritime Day is celebrated for the 59th time in India. The day is observed on April 5 to spread awareness about international trade and the economy.

What is the theme for the National Maritime Day 2022?
'New technologies for greener shipping' is the World Maritime theme for 2022, reflecting the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind.

Why April 5?

In 1919, it was on this day the first Indian commercial vessel had set sail from Mumbai to London — SS Loyalty, of Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd. This was also the first ever largest large scale shipping company which was entirely owned by Indians. And once the ship sailed, it was a historic moment for Indian Shipping as at that time the sea routes were under the control of the British.

April 5, 1964, was identified to spread awareness about intercontinental commerce and economy globally. This day is dedicated to the importance of maritime trade in India, as it holds a very strategic location. According to the data of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the country’s maritime trade is almost 95 percent and 70 percent by value.

The stamp pasted on the cover is the first Stamp on Indian Navy it was issued on 5th April 1965 to commemorate the National Maritime Day in the denomination of 0.15np. The stamp features the Freighter Jalausha and the port of Vishakapatnam.

Friday, May 27, 2022

The Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage 27 May 1936

ON THIS DAY: 27th May 1936 

The Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage and won the Blue Riband that August; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952, when it was taken by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers during the conflict. The 80,000 + tonne British Liner sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line and was built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she was permanently moored until the present day.