Friday, November 26, 2010

HMAS Arrow Patrol Boat cover

Special cover for 40th Anniversary of commissioning of the Patrol Boat HMAS Arrow P 88 - This warship was lost during cyclone Tracey in Darwin. Cover with stamp cancel with Garden Island postmark.

Photo show HMAS Arrow the morning after the cyclone.

She was built by Walkers Limited at Maryborough, Queensland, launched on 17 February 1968, and commissioned on 3 July 1968. Arrow was transferred to the Melbourne Division of the Royal Australian

Navy Reserve in mid-1968, then was returned to active service in the early 1970s.

Arrow was driven ashore and sank at Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin with the loss of two sailors, Petty Officer Leslie Catton, and Able Seaman Ian Rennie, during Cyclone Tracy on 25 December 1974

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HMAS Archer P86 cover

Special cover to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of commissioning of HMAS Archer Patrol Boat P 86 - (Attack Class).Cover canceled Garden Island on 2 May 2008.

 HMAS Archer (P 86) was an Attack class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

She was built by Walkers Limited at Maryborough, Queensland, launched on 2 December 1967 and commissioned on 15 May 1968.

Archer paid off on 21 October 1974, and was transferred to the Indonesian Navy and renamed Siliman.

Would love to get my hands on the FDC.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

HMAS Albatross 80th anniversary of ship commission

Special cover for the 80th anniversary of commissioning of HMAS Albatress seaplane carrier.

HMAS Albatross, a seaplane carrier designed to carry nine Seagull III aircraft

The RAN's first ship specifically designed to carry aircraft, HMAS Albatross, was built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard and commissioned in January 1929.


India Fdc Indian Naval Ship Delhi


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

HMAS Aitape cover

Special cover for the 40th Anniversary of HMAS Aitape commissioning. Cover with Australian stamp and canceled with Garden Island postmark on anniversary date

HMAS Aitape (P 84) was an Attack class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

She was laid down by Walkers Limited at Maryborough, Queensland, launched on 6 July 1967 and commissioned on 13 November 1967.

Aitape was transferred to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force on 14 November 1974.

Would love to get my hands on the FDC.

HMAS AE 1 Submarine 2006 cover

Special cover to commemorate the loss of HMAS AE1 Submarine & crew of the coast of Papua New Guinea on 14th September 1914. Cover cancel Garden Island on 14th September 2006.

HMAS AE1 (originally known as just AE1) was an E-class submarine of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was the first submarine to serve in the RAN, and was lost at sea with all hands near East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, on 14 September 1914, after less than seven months in service. The wreck of the submarine has never been found.

Would love to get my hands on the FDC. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

HMAS AE 1 94th Anniversary of Submarine lost

Special cover to commemorate the 94th anniversary of the loss of HMAS AE 1 of Papua new Guinea on 14 Sept. 1914.

Cover cancel Garden Island on 14th September 2008 with Papua new Guinea stamp. 

Would love to get my hands on the FDC. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stamps Celebrate Anniversary Of Birth Of Peter Pan Creator - Guernsey

Guernsey Post is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Scottish author J M Barrie, best known for his creation Peter Pan, with an Alderney stamp issue. 

The stamps depict selected images which appear in the fully illustrated edition of Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean, one of the most highly acclaimed living children's writers. McCaughrean's book is the only official sequel to Barrie's timeless classic Peter Pan and Wendy, which was sanctioned by Great Ormond Street Hospital to which Barrie gifted the rights to Peter Pan in 1929.

In typical Peter Pan style a group of children are swarming above London's skyline (36p stamp). Meanwhile, the villainous pirate Captain Hook is seen falling into the jaws of a waiting crocodile (45p stamp) whilst, twenty years on, Captain Hook's ship (48p stamp) is visited by Peter who can be seen at the top of the mast.
Peter is seen waving a rainbow so that he and the other explorers can be freed (50p); the children are seen at the top of 'Neverpeak' (58p), which is covered in snow; and the vivid yellow and orange hues depict a bonfire which frightens off a blizzard and warms the children (80p).

Completing the issue is a miniature sheet (£3 stamp), which features the cover of Barrie's original Peter Pan novel published in 2007 by Oxford University Press, which was also illustrated by David Wyatt. It was commissioned to complement Peter Pan in Scarlet which had been published the previous year.

HMAS Advance cover

Special cover for HMAS Advance 40th anniversary of the ship commissioning . Cover canceled with Garden Island postmark 

HMAS Advance (P 83) was an Attack class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Constructed during 1967 and commissioned into the RAN in 1968, Advance operated from Darwin and patrolled northern Australian waters.

During her career, the patrol boat shadowed a Soviet trawler, survived Cyclone Tracy, was used for filming of the television series Patrol Boat, and participated in the RAN's first anti-terrorism patrol of the North West Shelf. Advance was replaced in 1980, but continued to operate as a training ship until she was decommissioned in 1988.

Advance was donated to the Australian National Maritime Museum, which have maintained her in an operational condition. The vessel remains part of the museum's collection as of 2010.

Would love to get my hands on the FDC.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

HMAS Adelaide

Special cover for the medical evacuation of civilian sailor by the crew HMAS Adelaide on 10 May 2007.

Cover with Australian stamp and canceled with HMAS Adelaide Commanding Officer postmark on rescue date.

HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01) was the lead ship of the Adelaide class of guided missile frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy, based on the United States Navy's Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates. She was built in the United States of America and commissioned into the RAN in 1980.

Would love to get my hands on the FDC.

Friday, November 19, 2010

HMAS Acute Patrol Boat P 81

HMAS Acute special cover for the ship 40th anniversary of commission Cover cancel Garden Island on 24 April 2008

HMAS Acute (P 81) was an Attack class patrol boat laid down by Evans Deakin and Company at Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, launched on 26 August 1967, and commissioned on 26 April 1968.

HMAS Acute was predominantly used for training of RAN Reserve personnel at Fremantle, Western Australia. Whilst on a training cruise in May 1983, Acute apprehended two Taiwanese fishing boats engaged in illegal fishing. This was the first such operation involving RANR personnel.

Acute paid off on 6 May 1983. She was transferred to the Indonesian Navy and renamed Silea .

Would love to get my hands on the FDC.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Special Hand Postmark for Gozo Philatelic Society Exhibition

On the occasion of the annual Philatelic Exhibition organized by the Gozo Philatelic Society, MaltaPost has announced that a special hand postmark – GOZO PHILATELIC SOCIETY EXHIBITION – MaltaPost Victoria, Gozo – Malta 13-11-10 will be used on Saturday the 13th of November at the MaltaPost Victoria Gozo Branch.

This Special Postmark can also be ordered by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Triq Hal-Qormi, Marsa, MTP 1001, by calling 2596 1740, or by emailing

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vintage Transport - Sailing Ships New Zealand

In 1975 six stamps were issued depicting Vintage Sailing Ships:


Scow 'Lake Erie' - 4c

Built in 1873 in New Zealand by S Meiklejohn at Omaha.
The first scow to be built, the 'Lake Erie' introduced a new type of vessel to New Zealand waters; flat decked, square sterned, bluff bowed, and flat bottomed - capable of sailing up shallow creeks and remaining on an even keel when aground.  The 'Lake Erie' carried 80 tons cargo of logs and timber.

Schooner 'Herald' - 5c

Built in 1826 by H Williams & G Mair at Paihia. 
The first vessel to be built for the Church Missionary Society by Rev Henry Williams and Gilbert Mair (chiefly known for his trading activities at Wahapu, and later Surveyor of Ships at Russell).

Brigantine 'New Zealander' - 8c

Built in 1828 by Raine, Ramsay & Brown at Horeke. 
Built at about the same time as the mission schooner 'Herald' but to the west on the Hokianga Harbour, the 'New Zealander' was described as one of the prettiest vessels of her class.

Topsail Schooner 'Jessie Kelly' - 10c

Built in 1866 by H Niccol at Devonport. 
Niccol was for many years Auckland's foremost ship builder, his yard being at Mechanic's Bay, and later transferred to a patent slip he built at North Shore.  The 'Jessie Kelly' was the first vessel to be built and launched from the North Shore and proved to be "one that had never been outsailed".

Barque 'Tory' - 18c
Built in 1834 for Josephy Soames. 
Purchased by the New Zealand Company in 1839, the 'Tory' left Plymouth on 12 May of the same year with 35 immigrants headed by Col Wakefield as the advance party for the first organised settlement of New Zealand.

Full Rigged Clipper 'Rangitiki' - 23c
Built in 1863 by M Samuelson of Hull. 
Tonnage - 1227 gross
One of the original four ships bought by the newly formed New Zealand Shipping Company in 1873.  'Rangitiki' was in many ways the pride of their fleet of sailing ships, being one of the largest ever owned by the Company, and a record pace maker.  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Children's Day

A "Children's Day", as an event, is celebrated on various days in many places around the world, in particular to honor children.

Today is 14th November, is  the birth anniversary of  Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. This day is celebrated all over the country as Children’s Day .

The reason why his birthday has been chosen for the celebration of children is because of his love and passion for children. Pandit Nehru is also regarded as the country’s special child to have been the first Prime Minister, after her long struggle for independence. India Post issues special stamps every year on this special day.

Greetings to all Children on this very special day !!

Heritage - The Ships New Zealand Post

This issue titled "The Ships" was another in the 'Heritage ' stamp series leading up to the 1990 150th anniversary celebrations in New Zealand

 The stamps were a salute to the vessels that brought Polynesian voyagers, settlers and the other immigrants that determined our ancestry.  From voyaging canoes to steamships, these craft carried the first New Zealanders through unchartered waters to an unseen landfall across the world.

Details of the stamp 

Voyaging Canoe - 40c 

Early Polynesian double-hulled canoes voyaged from Hawaiki to Aotearoa about 1000 years ago.  As well as carrying up to 60 people, these large canoes would carry such things as provisions, plants, seed tubers, pigs, dogs and fowl. 

Endeavour - 50c 

In 1769, the 'Endeavour', under the command of Captain James Cook, sailed into Poverty Bay for an historic landfall.  Purchased by the British Navy for Cook, 'Endeavour' was not a fast ship, but had the advantage for such unknown voyages of being able to be careened and beached easily for repairs.  Refitted after Cook's voyage, 'Endeavour' was eventually sold by the British Navy in 1775

Tory - 60c 

On 5 April 1839, the 'Tory' was commissioned to carry the advance party of English settlers to New Zealand.  Thirty five passengers, including Charles Heaphy and Edward Jerningham Wakefield were among those on the 96 day voyage.

Crusader - 80c

Between 1871 and 1897, 'Crusader' made 28 return voyages between England and New Zealand.  Built of iron, she once carried immigrants to our shores in a remarkable 65 days.

Edwin Fox - $1.00 

Built of solid teak, the 'Edwin Fox', with 140 immigrants on board, first landed at Lyttelton in 1873.  A true 'survivor', she sailed the world for 32 years and led an eventful life. 

Arawa - $1.50 

Launched in 1884, the 'Arawa' was considered one of the most beautiful steamships ever built.  A very fast vessel, she could average 14 knots and on her second voyage to New Zealand, she established an around the world record.

This is a very beautiful set of stamps of New Zealand.Looking at acquiring this set.

Source :NZ Post

Sunday, November 7, 2010

100 Years of Surf Life Saving - New Zealand

New Zealand Post is celebrating the vital role that Surf Life Saving plays with the release of the ‘100 years of Surf Life Saving’ stamp issue. The issue depicts the heroic volunteers in action - patrolling beaches and rescuing swimmers in heavy surf on beaches up and down the country.

The 60c stamp shows a surf lifeguard on duty with a rescue tube.
An Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) is shown on the $1.20 stamp. IRBs were introduced to New Zealand beaches in the late 1970s and quickly proved that they were able to perform quicker and safer rescues than the traditional reel, line and belt rescue method.

The $1.90 stamp features ski paddlers in the Surf Life Saving championships. 

A women’s surf boat crew is the focus of the $2.40 stamp. The first wooden surf boats were bought to New Zealand from Australian surf clubs in the 1920s and 1930s. Today surf boats have become fibre glass dream machines. They provide thrills and excitement on the beach when the boats take to the waves at surf carnivals.

The $2.90 stamp features a march past team in the 1930s. The march past was the heart and soul of every surf carnival.

Looking forward to acquire this set of stamps ,if anybody has for exchange,please mail ( me or leave a comment on my blog.

Source: New Zealand Post     

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Expedition series by Greenland

POST Greenland continues its very popular series by releasing two new stamps. The acclaimed Expedition series by Martin Morck, this time, pays tribute to the Briton John Ross and the Greenlander Hans Sakaeus' common Arctic endeavours in 1818.

The stamps come in normal sheets, a souvenir sheet, and a beautiful souvenir folder.

The stamps were release on 18 October 2010.
Looking forward to acquire this set of stamps ,if anybody has for exchange,please mail ( me or leave a comment on my blog.

Source : Greenland Post

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy Deepavali to all the readers of the blog

 A commemorative postage stamp on FESTIVALS OF INDIA
'Happy Deepavali' release on 07th October 2008
May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity. As the holy occasion of Diwali is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love, here's hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead.
Best wishes on Diwali and New year.