Sunday, September 26, 2010

William Dampier- Navigator

William Dampier (born August 1651, East Coker, Somerset, England — died March 1715, London) was an English buccaneer, sea captain, author and scientific observer. 

He was the first Englishman to explore or map parts of New Holland (Australia) and New Guinea. He was the first person to circumnavigate the world three times.

Dampier appears on the 5 shilling stamp in the Early Navigators issue of 1963-1964.Then on the 50 cent Decimal reissue of 1966, and is part of the 1999 miniature set featuring the 6 Navigators of Australia.
For more details :wiki

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Barbados - Sailing Boats

Throughout the history of Barbados, sail-powered vessels have always been integral to regional trade and local livelihoods. With the advent of engine powered boats for trade, the sailing boats evolved from workboats to play boats, and boat designs changed where speed was a key factor. For over 30 years now, Barbados has been a global haven for great coastal and offshore racing, mostly due to consistent trade winds, crystal clear warm waters, and the welcoming smiles from local enthusiasts.

Barbados has been hosts to many types of sailing regattas, for boats of all sizes, ranging from the ‘model boats’ about one metre in length, to the ‘big boats’ up to 25 metres long. The local Barbados Mount Gay Regatta, held every year, is the longest running. We are also now hosting J24 Invitational Regional Regattas annually, and have been proud hosts to the International One Metres (IOM) Worlds 2009.

This year, the friendly shores of Carlisle Bay will be the venue for the Fireball International World Championships starting April 24th through to May 7th 2010, under the auspices of the Barbados Sailing Association, the governing body for sailing in Barbados. This Fireball Worlds 2010 Regatta is a good way to promote Barbados as the great sailing and racing venue we know it to be, a place where sailors can enjoy our islands’ natural resources of sun, sea and wind. The main sponsor for this event is the Barbados Tourism Authority.

The Fireball, one of the most competitive racing dinghies in the world is a high performance, two-person sailing dinghy offering exciting sailing, intense competition and a great social life off the water. Hull and sail plans are of strictly one design, yet class rules allow for the adaption of the position of the gear to suit your weight and sailing style. The key distinguishing aspect of the Fireball is its ability to sail in a wide spectrum of wind conditions. The thrill of trapeze and spinnakers are hard to match in any type of sailboat or board. If capsized, the boats are easily righted, and can be sailed without bailing. The performance of the boat is very dependent on tuning as the Fireball's rig can be adjusted in numerous ways. The weight and strength of the crew is not as important as the tuning of the boat, winning races comes down to mastering the art of tuning, and sailing better than your competition, as the trapeze and sail handling requires skill rather than strength; some countries’ leading Fireball sailors are women.

This competition which is held annually in different countries will be featuring seventy-six Fireball dinghies with one hundred and sixty sailors from Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Namibia, Shetland Islands, Slovenia, South Africa, St. Lucia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. A large number of family and friends will also journey to Barbados for this prestigious event.

Source: Barbados Post

TitleSailing Boats
Release Date23rd April, 2010
Design & LayoutCASCO Studio
PrinterBDT International Security Printing Ltd.
Stamp size28.45mm x 42.58mm
Sheet format50 (2 x 25)
PaperCASCO Crown Watermark
Perforation14 per 2 cms
Value & Designs10c

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Canada Post Issues A Stamp In Recognition Of Home Children

This stamp issue recognizes the experiences of the more than 100,000 Home Children who were sent to Canada starting in 1869 and during the years following the Second World War. 
The stamp features an image of the SS Sardinian (a ship that carried children from Liverpool to Quebec), a map symbolizing their cross-Atlantic journey, a photograph of a child at work on a farm and one of a newly arrived Home Child, standing beside a suitcase while en route to a distributing home in Hamilton, Ontario. 
The frame around the photo, notes Debbie Adams, Creative Director at Adams Associates Design Consultants in Toronto, symbolizes the relationships they developed in Canada. According to Adams "It shows that someone cared enough about this child to preserve and display his image." 
Starting in 1869, and continuing into the years following the Second World War, more than 100,000 orphaned, abandoned and pauper children were sent to Canada by British churches and philanthropic organizations, in the hope of providing them with a better life. They were welcomed by Canadian families as a source of farm labour, domestic help, and, in more fortunate cases, as children of their own. But while some benefited from the promise of a brighter future that the movement's founders had envisioned, others were abused, neglected and overworked.

The Government of Canada has recognized the experiences of Canada's Home Children by proclaiming 2010 the Year of the British Home Child. "Designating 2010 as the Year of the British Home Child is a meaningful way to acknowledge this chapter of Canadian history," said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Issue- German steamers on stamps

This set issued on the 12th of August 2010 by German Post and dedicated to steamers proceeds the special series of stamps "for the youth to flow" by the Foundation for German youth. This Foundation promotes youth welfare and national youth education.
The stamps are dedicated to the four famous German steamers.

The DEUTSCHLAND made a voyage from Cuxhaven to New York in 1900, crossing the North Atlantic.

The IMPERATOR was the largest ship in the world in 1914. After the First World War it was steaming under British Flag from Southampton to New York.

The ALLER was one of the steamers of the River-class and was used in the North Atlantic circulation. It was the first steel vessel of a Bremen shipping company.

The COLUMBUS was completed in 1923 and ran in 1924 from Bremerhaven to New York. The 32,354-ton passenger ship quickly gained an excellent reputation. The Columbus was used as a cruise ship in the North Atlantic.