Saturday, June 26, 2010


In simple language Paquebot means mail begins at sea, postmarked on land.

Covers and cards mailed at sea are generally referred to as "paquebot" covers. "Paquebot" is French for "packet boat," and postal administrations use paquebot handstamps to mark mail received from a seagoing vessel that has no on-board post office. First used in Great Britain in 1894, the term was adopted for general use by the Universal Postal Union in 1897.
Other paquebot markings that have been used include "Loose Ship Letters" or "Ship Mail" (Australia), "Posted at Sea" (various countries), "New York Ship" (New York City), "Schiffsbrief" (Germany and Austria), "Pacchibot" (Italy), "Paketboot" (Netherlands and colonies), "Paquete" (Portugal and colonies) and "Paquetboat" (United States).

Source : Wiki,  

Monday, June 21, 2010

Switzerland 1978 Lemanex 78 Stamp Exhibition sheetlet

The sheetlet above is Switzerland 1978 Lemanex 78 Stamp Exhibition sheetlet containing 8 stamps (Lake Steamers plus 4 labels) unmounted mint, SG MS 952.

The stamp featured are :
  1. LA SUISSE:  "La Suisse" is the flagship of the General Navigation Company (CGN) of Lake Geneva. The steamer has generous proportions: it is 78 metres long, 15 metres wide and has a capacity of 1,200 passengers.
  2. IL VERBANO: Commissioned in 1826 it was the first steamer on lake Maggiore Postal service between Magadino and Sesto Calende
  3. MS GOTTHARD: Early steam navigation on both Lake Maggiore and Lake Lucern benefited mainly from the heavily used St Gotthard Pass route.
  4. DS LOETSCHBERG :Steam navigation on the lakes of Thun and Brienz was taken over by Bern – Lotchberg – Simplon Railways in 1913. Loetschberg was commissioned to provide a service between Brienz and Interlaken.
  5. VILLE DE NEUCHATEL: This steamer is a low and flat bottomed saloon-type motor craft typical of the lakes and canals at the foot of the Jura mountains. She has been in service since 1972.
  6. MS ROMANSHORN: The stamp shows the car and passenger ferry "Romanshorn". She is a double-ended ferry, with 457 tdw, driven by two Voith Schneider propellers and was built in 1958. She can carry 560 persons and 35 cars on Lake Constance.
  7. LE WINKELRIED: The ship is 60 metres long she can  embark 1100 passengers. She is equipped of four boilers, and her Compound engine with oscillating cylinders of 850 hp give a speed of 28.5 kilometres per hour. She is the fastest steamer at that moment
  8. DS WAEDENSWIL: The steamer Waedenswil was commissioned in 1895, converted to diesel operation in 1931, and finally laid up and scrapped in 1965.      

Saturday, June 19, 2010

India - INS Nilgiri

Issued in 15th Dec 1968 to commemorate Navy Day, the stamp depicts INS Nilgiri, the first indigenously built frigate of the Indian Navy.

The Nilgiri class frigates of the Indian Navy are updated versions of the Leander class, designed and built for the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai. Six ships have been built between 1972-81. The last two vessels (F41, F42) have more powerful engines than the remainder. Vessels of the class form the 14th Frigate Squadron. The Nilgiri class and its lead ship, INS Nilgiri are all named for the Nilgiri Hills. Subsequent ships of the class are also named for hill ranges of India. The Nilgiri class will be decommissioned by the Navy. Four ships from the class have been decommissioned, with the remainder being used primarily for training and testing roles. These will be decommissioned by 2009-10, once the Shivalik class vessels enter service.

Commissioned : 23rd June 1972
Decommissioned : 1996

Sunk on 24 April 1997, by a Sea Eagle AShM fired from a Sea Harrier Frs Mk.51 of the Indian Navy from INS Viraat.

 **If anybody has spare stamp,will be interested in exchange**

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Denomination :Rs 5
 Design: K. Singh
Stamps Printed : 0.8 Million 
Miniature Sheet Quantity: 0.05 millions
Date of Issue :25-04-2004
Theme: Armed Forces
 The name Tarangini comes from the Hindi word 'Tarang' meaning waves. She is the only Sail Training ship of the Indian Navy. She is termed as a three-masted Barque in sailing parlance i.e. square rigged on the Fore and Main masts and fore and aft rigged on Mizzen mast. The ship has been designed by Mr. Colin Muddie, a famous Naval Architect and yacht designer of U.K. and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd.  Reputed firms from U.K  have supplied the sailing rig.   INS Tarangini was commissioned on 11 Nov 1997, and is primarily meant for the sail training of cadets. She also conducts sail training capsules for cadets of the National Defence Academy, Naval Academy and INS Shivaji, the training establishment for technical cadets.
A sailing ship is the natural training ground for naval personnel and sail training provides an excellent platform for basic seamanship. It teaches initiative and how to use it to the best advantage. The main value of sail training in this modern machine age lies in its unique ability to foster the somewhat old-fashioned character virtues of courage, comradeship and endurance.
          Sail training ships are increasingly being used as basic seamanship and character building platforms by navies the world over. Sailing platforms provide an ideal setting to provide first hand experience of the vagaries at sea to cadets embarking on a naval career. All sailing manoeuvres require experience of the basic elements of marine environment viz wind and weather. They also need nicety of judgement and that indefinable quality of Sea Sense, which a sailing ship demands. The principal qualification for command or any other position of responsibility at sea requires strength of character and a good deal of Sea Sense. Sail training imparts all these virtues.
         Tarangini is built for long voyages. She carries eighteen sails with a sail area of almost 1000 sq m. The ship has very high endurance and can be deployed at sea continuously for a period of over twenty days. She has a complement of six officers and twenty-seven men as permanent crew and can accommodate and impart sail training to 30 cadets. 

INS Tarangini started its first circumnavigation of the globe in the year 2003-04 with the theme of ‘Building Bridges of Friendship across the Oceans’.During the fifteen month voyage, the ship covered 33,000 nautical miles (61,000 km) and visited 36 ports in 18 countries. The ship was received by the President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam

On 10 January 2007, INS Tarangini started for another overseas voyage of ten month duration named Lokayan 07. In all the Tarangini will be calling on 23 ports in 16 countries on this voyage. The ship departed Kochi on 10 January 2007 and transited through the Suez Canal to reach the Atlantic Coast of North America. The ship participated in a series of Tall Ship events such as The World Peace Cup, Maritime Festival of Charleston, Sail Virginia, Sail Rhode Island and Sail Boston and returned to port on October 2007 after covering 22,000 nautical miles.

Source :Wiki,Indian navy 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Great Britain - Dunkirk Stamps

The Dunkirk evacuation history:

The Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo by the British, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between 27 May and 4 June 1940, when British, French and Belgian troops were cut off by the German army during the Battle of Dunkirk in the Second World War.

The Stamp Detail:

A special series of four stamps has been issued to commemorate the Dunkirk evacuation, Royal Mail has announced.
The four stamps, released to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, feature black and white images depicting the famous rescue of more than 300,000 Allied troops stranded on the beaches of Normandy by the Royal Navy and a 'mini-Armada' of civilian vessels in 1940.

The first class stamp shows the evacuation of British soldiers from the beach at Dunkirk, queuing to be picked up by a Royal Navy destroyer.
Small vessels making up the fleet of "little ships" appear on the 60p stamp.Relief on the faces of British soldiers on board a Royal Navy destroyer as it arrives in Dover is clear to see on the 88p stamp, while the 97p stamp shows two boats returning from Dunkirk packed with evacuees.

India- Definitive Series Expensive Stamps - Interesting Facts

Again something new on ship stamps blog, going onwards will be sharing with you all some interesting facts on stamps..

In India the highest denomination of Definitive Stamp is Rs.50/-.

The wind energy stamp was issued on November 15, 1986, in the seventh definitive series after independence, for ordinary and regular use.

In the eighth definitive series, the other stamp with a pair of Paradise fly-catchers ,was issued on October 30, 2000, replacing the windmill stamp.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Columbus 1451-1506

After five centuries, Columbus remains a mysterious and controversial figure who has been described as one of the greatest mariners in history and a visionary genius. Columbus's enterprise to find a westward route to Asia grew out of the practical experience of a long and varied maritime career, as well as out of his considerable reading in geographical and theological literature.
The widely published report of his voyage of 1492 in command of three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria made Columbus famous throughout Europe and secured for him the title of Admiral of the Ocean Sea and further royal patronage. Columbus, who never abandoned the belief that he had reached Asia, led three more expeditions to the Caribbean in 1493, 1498 and 1502.

Technical Description
Illustrations: Christian Hook
Stamp layout: Stephen Perera
Printer: Lowe-Martin (Canada)
Process: Offset Lithography
No of Colours: 4 Colours
Stamp Size: 30mm x 40mm
Values: 40p, 42p, 66p.78p
Issue Date: 1st November 2006


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Tuesday, June 8, 2010


The Stamp set featured today is the Karran Fleet of Isle of Man.(SG. 259-263).They set of stamps were issued on 14th Feb 1984.

The ship displayed on the stamps are Manx King,Hope,Rio Grande, Lady Elizabeth and Sumatra.
Brief Details of the ship :

Manx King (10p) :
Built by Richardson Duck, Thornaby, England, 1884. 1751 gross tons; 251 (bp) feet long; 39 feet wide.  engine, .  Built for British owners, British flag, in 1884 and named Manx King. R.G. Karran, owner.

Manx King was a Norwegian Cargo sailing vessel of 1,729 tons built in 1884 by Richardson, Duck & Co., Stockton, England for R. G. Kerran, Castletown, IOM. She was later purchased by and owned by A/S Manx King (T. Wilhelms & Axel Jacobsen), Fredrikstad, Norway.
On the 8th July 1918 she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-156 when on route from New York for Rio de Janeiro

Hope (13p):
250 tons, built in Prussia around 1858. This ship was quite a marine curiosity as she had a centreboard. Capable of being drawn up to permit the vessel to settle on the bottom of shallow harbors. 

Rio Grande(20p):
This early small ship of the fleet was built at Topsham, Devon in UK 1868 It was the first command of Captain Karran and survived a terrible typhoon in the China Seas.

Lady Elizabeth (28p):
The Lady Elizabeth was an iron barque of 1,155 tons launched on June 4, 1879 and built by Robert Thompson Jr. of Southwick, Sunderland. Robert Thompson Jr. was one of the sons of Robert Thompson Sr. who owned and operated the family ran shipyard J. L. Thompson & Sons. Thompson Jr. eventually left the family business in 1854 to start his own shipbuilding business in Southwick, Sunderland.

The ship was built for John Wilson as a replacement for the 658-ton, 1869-built barque Lady Elizabeth which sank off Rottnest Island, Western Australia in 1878.

The builders of the second Lady Elizabeth had also built the first ship. The ship had three-masts and was also just under average size compared to barques built by Robert Thompson. However, the later Lady Elizabeth was still the 7th largest ship the firm built.

John Wilson remained owner of the Lady Elizabeth and was captained by Alexander Findley from Montrose until March 15, 1884 when he took out a number of loans from G. Oliver and also with the bank. Eventually John Wilson declared bankruptcy and all of his ships, including the Lady Elizabeth were sold off.

The new owner was George Christian Karran who purchased the ship a few months later. Karrans' family owned a number of ships but this was George Christian Karrans' first ship. George Christian Karran also captained the ship for a few years. After owning the ship for a few years, George's elder brother Robert Gick Karran died leading George to command the Manx King. G.C. Karran took command of the Manx King. However, he remained owner of Lady Elizabeth until 1906.

In 1906 the Lady Elizabeth was purchased by the Norwegian company "Skibasaktieselskabet," for £3,250. The company was managed by L. Lyndersen and the Lady Elizabeth was captained by Peter Julius Hoigh.

Sumatra (31p):
The Sumatra was launched in 1858 from the Brocklebank shipyard at Whitehaven, to serve in their own fleet (T & J Brocklebank & Co.). She was a full-rigged ship with a wooden hull. She operated in the Calcutta trade and carried a crew of 28, variously under the command of Capts. Latham, Fletcher, Beattie, James T.Rorison and Roberts. 

In 1876 the ship was bought by  J. Karron, of Castletown, Isle of Man. Then in 1884 she was sold to A.F.Braga, of Montevideo, Uruguay. The ship was renamed  the Clara B. In 1887 the owner was named as Acties Clara (Chr.Moller) of Christiana, (now Oslo), Norway and her name had been shortened to just Clara 

2.Information from "Merchant Fleets", Vol.27 by Duncan Haws.
2.From Cumberland to Cape Horn" by D.Hollett.
3."Shipbuilding in Whitehaven - A Checklist" by Harry Fancy, Whitehaven Museum (1984)
5.Isle of Man Philatelic Bureau  

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Queen Elizabeth II stamps 1969 Ships

Recently acquired the the Queen Elizabeth II stamps 1969 Ships of Great Britain

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (SG778) - 5d. multicolored

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the 'QE2', is a former Cunard ocean liner, now owned by Nakheel (a division of Dubai World). She was named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth (see Name section), and served as the flagship of the line from 1969 until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004. Built in Clydebank, Scotland, she was considered the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners built for over four decades before the construction of the QM2.

Elizabeth Galleon (SG779) - 9d multicolored

A galleon was a large, multi-decked sailing ship used primarily by European states from the 16th to 18th centuries. Whether used for war or commerce, they were generally armed with the demi-culverin type of cannon.
Galleons were constructed from oak (for the keel), pine (for the masts) and various hardwoods for hull and decking. Hulls were usually carvel-built. The expenses involved in galleon construction were enormous. Hundreds of expert tradesmen (including carpenters, pitch-melters, blacksmiths, coopers, shipwrights, etc.) worked day and night for months before a galleon was seaworthy. To cover the expense, galleons were often funded by groups of wealthy businessmen who pooled resources for a new ship. Therefore, most galleons were originally consigned for trade, although those captured by rival states were usually put into military service.

East Indiaman (SG780) - 9d multicolored

An East Indiaman was a ship operating under charter or license to any of the East India Companies of the major European trading powers of the 17th through the 19th centuries. In Britain, the Honourable East India Company itself did not generally own merchant ships, but held a monopoly granted to it by Queen Elizabeth I of England for all English trade between the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, which was progressively restricted during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. English (later British) East Indiamen usually ran between England, the Cape of Good Hope and India, often continuing on their voyages to China before returning to England via the Cape of Good Hope. Main ports visited in India were Bombay, Madras and Calcutta.

Cutty Sark (SG781) - 9d multicoloured

The Cutty Sark is a clipper ship. Built in 1869, she served as a merchant vessel (the last clipper to be built for that purpose), and then as a training ship until being put on public display in 1954. She is preserved in dry dock in Greenwich, London. Badly damaged by fire on 21 May 2007 while undergoing conservation, the vessel is being restored and is expected to reopen in Spring 2011. The Cutty Sark is one of only three remaining original clipper ships from the nineteenth century, the others being the City of Adelaide, awaiting scrapping, and the Ambassador of 1869, beached near Punta Arenas, Chile.

SS Great Britain (SG782) - 1s multicoloured

SS Great Britain was an advanced passenger steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had previously been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship.
When launched in 1843, Great Britain was by far the largest vessel afloat. However, her protracted construction and high cost had left her owners in a difficult financial position, and they were forced out of business in 1846 after the ship was stranded by a navigational error.
Sold for salvage and repaired, Great Britain carried thousands of immigrants to Australia until converted to sail in 1881. Three years later, the vessel was retired to the Falkland Islands where she was utilised as a warehouse, quarantine ship and coal hulk until scuttled in 1937.
In 1970, Great Britain was returned to the Bristol dry dock where she was first built. Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Core Collection, the vessel is an award-winning visitor attraction and museum ship in Bristol Harbour, with between 150,000-170,000 visitors annually.
RMS Mauretania (SG783) - 1s multicoloured

RMS Mauretania was launched on 28 July 1938 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, England and was completed in May 1939. A successor to RMS Mauretania (1906), the second Mauretania was the first ship built for the newly formed Cunard White Star company following the merger in April 1934 of the Cunard and White Star lines.
The new liner had a tonnage of 35,739 gross, an overall length of 772 feet (235 m) and a beam of 89 feet (27 m) and had a design similar to the Queen Elizabeth. The vessel was powered by two sets of Parsons single reduction-geared steam turbines giving 42,000 shaft horsepower and driving twin propellers. Her service speed was 23 knots (43 km/h).

Saturday, June 5, 2010

30 Stamp Collecting Blogs from Around the World

Just got a mail from Sheryl Owen of change of address website ( ).They have posted a article on the blog titled  “30 Stamp Collecting Blogs from Around the World”. 

Congrats to all my friends ,whose website has been featured in the top 30 Stamp collecting blogs.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

USA - The Boston Tea Party stamps

The Boston Tea Party stamps (attached) are Scott #'s 1480 to #1483. They were issued on July 4, 1973,
commemorating the bicentennial of the protest against British taxation without colonial representation.
The Boston Tea Party,(Dec. 16, 1773),  incident in which 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company were thrown from ships into Boston Harbour by American patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians.The Americans were protesting both a tax on tea (taxation without representation) and the perceived monopoly of the East India Company. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bluenose stamp (1929)

This stamp is regarded as the most beautiful and rare Canadian stamp, it was printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company to depict the Bluenose, a schooner (racing ship) from Nova Scotia.

Something new on Ship Stamps blog

Dear Readers,
Since i do not get much time to write on the blog ,i thought of starting something new, so going onwards i will be sharing with you pictures of various stamps with one liners. 

That will give you at least something nice to look at, and also some details on stamps.

As an when i get time ,i will also post the stamps with details too.Hope my little effort will be appreciated.