Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Jersey shipwrecks - New set of ship stamps

A new set of stamps were issued on Tuesday 12 July showing shipwrecks from and around Jersey.

The six stamps come with a booklet including illustrations and details of what happened to the ships.
The stories are taken from the book Shipwrecks of the Channel Islands.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Royal Australian Navy 1911-2011

Marking the 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy this 'then and now' stamp issue features the Australian Navy's first flagship, battle cruiser HMAS Australia (I) and modern missile frigate HMAS Sydney (IV).
From settlement in 1788 to 1859, Australia depended on units detached from the Royal Navy based in Sydney to provide naval defence. In 1859, Australia was established as a separate British Naval Station and, until 1913, a squadron of the Royal Navy was maintained in Australian waters. This Australian unit was to be paid for and controlled by the Australian Commonwealth and was to be eventually manned by Australian personnel.
In 1909 discussions held between the British Admiralty and Australian government resulted in the establishment of an Australian Fleet Unit consisting of at least a battle cruiser, three second-class cruisers, six destroyers, three submarines and a number of auxiliaries. The first units of this Navy, the destroyers HMA Yarra and Parramatta, reached Australian waters in November 1910 and in the following year on 10 July 1911, His Majesty King George V granted the title of "Royal Australian Navy" to the Commonwealth Naval Forces. On the 4 October 1913, the Australian Fleet entered Sydney Harbour for the fi rst time and in October of the same year formal control of these units passed to the Commonwealth Naval Board, thus ending direct Imperial control.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Postal Covers on Ship theme from Germany

Many Many thanks to Mr Wolfgang Beyer from Germany for sending me a lot of postal covers with Ship stamps and Ship postmark. Will shortly be sharing the scan copies of the same. 
I know there has been a delay from my side in sending you the covers/stamps .Will be sending you covers shortly.


Saturday, June 11, 2011


The 1992 Cambodia Explorers - Ships set of five stamps (Scott #1236-1240) MINT NEVER HINGED complete. These show Christopher Columbus, Charles Darwin, Captain Cook, Thor Heyerdahl and Jacques Costeau.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nilgiri Class Guided Missile Frigates of the Indian Navy

Recently read a very nice article on Nilgiri class guided Frigates of the Indian Navy written by one fellow collector. Check the link below

Click Here : Guided Missile Frigates

Thursday, May 12, 2011

10 Reasons People Forget to Change Their Address with the USPS

Have you ever moved into a new residence and found that the former resident has not changed their mailing address with the US Postal Service? It can be a bit annoying to have other people’s mail to sort through. In addition, you are left with the hassle of marking the envelopes ‘return to sender’ and redepositing them in the mail. Why would someone move and forget to notify the USPS of the change of address?

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Italy : Emilio Salgari an Italian writer stamp

The Italian Post has issued a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of the famous Italian writer Emilio Salgari. 

Emilio Salgari (August 21, 1862 - April 25, 1911) was an Italian writer of action adventure swashbucklers and a pioneer of science fiction in Italy. 

For over a century his novels were mandatory reading for generations of youth eager for exotic adventures. In Italy, his extensive body of work was more widely read than Dante - and even today, he remains among the 40 most translated Italian authors. Many of his most popular novels have been adapted as comics, animated series and feature films. He is considered the father of Italian adventure fiction, the father of Italian pop culture and the grandfather of the Spaghetti Western. 

The stamp depicts a portrait of Emilio Salgari, two seagulls flying in the foreground and an ancient sailing ship plowing the sea.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Stamp Collecting : A Good Hobby

Stamp collecting might not be something that appeals to you if you have never done this before ,Check out some of the few good reasons why to collect stamps .To read the article click here.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Labours day / Workers Day - May 1

International Workers'/Labours Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements. It commonly sees organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

United States of America  3 cent Postage Stamp Commemorating Labor Day - Issued 1956

United states postal service

Check out important postage links of United states postal service which might be helpful to you.

USPS Web site: Click here 
Tracking Progress  - USPS tracking

Buy Stamp : Click Here 

Stamp Collection : Click Here

Find a Form : Click Here

Postage Calculator : Click Here

Knowledge really is power in this hobby !!

Find below some links where you will find interesting stuff :

1. Perforation Gauge: A perforation gauge measure perforations on stamps. To view a perforation gauge click here .

2. The-beginners-guide-to-stamp-collecting -To download the pdf click here.

3.APS world forgeries list - A list published by APS. Check out which stamp you need to pay more attention. To download the pdf click here.

4.The Real Story of the Chalo Delhi Stamps by Richard Warren. To download the pdf click here.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The 50th Anniversary of Korea - Portugal Diplomatic Relation -Ship Stamp

In celebration and commemoration of this 50th anniversary, Korea Post and its Portuguese counterpart, CTT are issuing, through collaborative works, a joint stamp featuring the old ships of the two countries – Korea’s “Turtle Ship” and Portugal’s “Nau.” The backdrop of the sheet features the painting of Navy Maneuvering (housed in Jinju National Museum) from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty.

The backdrop of this sheet features the painting of Navy Maneuvering (housed in Jinju National Museum) from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty. 


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Free Stamps

On this site new stamp collectors can get a free packet of United States Stamps.

This non-profit site beginning stamp collectors can get a free packet of US stamps, as well as, basic stamp collecting information and links.

Check out the link :

One more link for free stamps for yougsters

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stamps on Offer on




Components of Stamp

Main components of a stamp:
1. Image
2. Perforations
3. Denomination
4. Country name

Postmark over postage stamp
 Watermark is a key feature of a stamp, and often constitutes the difference between a common and a rare stamp. For details click here

Monday, April 4, 2011

Type of Ships: Mackinaw boat

A small boat for sailing or rowing with pointed bow and stern, formerly used on and around the upper Great Lakes.

For more detail on the stamp click here

Saturday, March 26, 2011

How to make a Envelope in seconds

A easy way to make a envelope ,watch the video. Its very easy to make a envelope...

Click here to view some of the video on my blog

Friday, March 25, 2011

Special cover for 100 years of Air Mail - Recent Acquistion

India Post issued as set of 4 stamps and a MS at the Inaugural function of Indipex 2011 - World Philatelic Exhibition at Delhi by the honourable President of India on 12th Feb 2011..

On 18th February 1911, a French pilot, Henri Pequet flew a small Sommer biplane carrying 6,500 letters from Allahabad to Naini. The journey was brief and lasted just thirteen minutes. The credit for the start of the airmail service goes to the Commander Sir Walter G Windham and the then post master general of United Provinces, Sir Geoffrey Clarke.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lady McLeod

The Lady McLeod was a paddle steamer and a private local post. The ship sailed regularly between Port of Spain and San Fernando, on Trinidad island, now in Trinidad and Tobago from the end of 1845 until 1854. The private local post ran during the same time with the use of postage stamps on its mail from April 1847.

Map of Trinidad: the two towns linked by the Lady McLeod are located on the western part of the island, on the Gulf of Paria.

The private local post of the Lady McLeod began as soon as its service started in November 1845. There were two rates: a monthly subscription of one dollar, or ten cents per letter.

In April 1847, Bryce decided to introduce stamps that were sold individually for 5 cents, or for 4 cents if bought by the hundred. The Lady McLeod only transported letters bearing stamps, or pre-paid mail of the subscribers. The imperforated stamp's illustration was a white ship on a blue background, with the initials "LMc L" printed underneath. Lithographically printed,the stamp was canceled by a cross drawn by hand or by ripping up a corner.

In 1851, the British colony issued its own stamps figuring a sitting Britannia.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wish you all a Happy HOLI - Festival of Colors.

One of the major festivals of India, holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), which usually falls in the later part of February or March.

Everywhere people - young or old are drenched with different colors and water which comes from everywhere, there are balloons bursting and long piston squirting colored water. People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other.

According to legend Hirankashyap was a very powerful Devil. In his fight against the Gods he had defeated the Gods and because of this he became very egoistic and had issued an order that no one should pray to God or even take the name of God. Due to fear people started praying him. His son Pralhad was a true devotee of God. He didn't obey his father's order. Hirankashyap got angry on him and order for the most rigorous punishments to him. But this did no harm to Pralhad. Hirankashyap had a sister by the name of Holika. She had been granted a boon that fire will do no harm to her. Hirankashyap ordered Holika to take Pralhad on her lap and sit on a bed of fire. Holika was burnt in the fire and Pralhad survived with no harm done to him.

As a remembrance to that event people celebrate Holi by burning wood and pray to Goddess Holi for their well being.

Holi is also associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha .

Wish you all a Happy HOLI

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wantlist - Polska

If anybody has the below stamps for exchange/sale ,please get in touch with me ,my email id is 

Wish List: 3 

Poland Scott # 2888-93, Issued in 1988.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wantlist - USA 5c Viking Ship

If anybody has the below stamp for exchange/sale ,please get in touch with me ,my email id is 

Wish List: 2

SCOTT #621 1925 
5c Viking Ship

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wantlist - Newfoundland Ship Stamp

Going onwards i will be also listing the stamps which are on wish list.

If anybody has the below stamp for exchange/sale ,please get in touch with me ,my email id is 

Wish List: 1

Canada - Newfoundland - 1897 - Ten Cents - Black Brown - Cabot's Ship Matthew - Leaving the Avon Newfoundland 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Type of Ships: Naval vessels

There are many types of naval vessels currently and through history. Modern naval vessels can be broken down into three categories: warships, submarines, and support and auxiliary vessels.

Modern warships are generally divided into seven main categories, which are: aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, submarines and amphibious assault ships. Battleships encompass an eighth category, but are not in current service with any navy in the world.

Most military submarines are either attack submarines or ballistic missile submarines. Until the end of World War II , the primary role of the diesel/electric submarine was anti-ship warfare, inserting and removing covert agents and military forces, and intelligence-gathering. With the development of the homing torpedo, better sonar systems, and nuclear propulsion, submarines also became able to effectively hunt each other. The development of submarine-launched nuclear missiles and submarine-launched cruise missiles gave submarines a substantial and long-ranged ability to attack both land and sea targets with a variety of weapons ranging from cluster bombs to nuclear weapons.

Most navies also include many types of support and auxiliary vessels, such as minesweepers, patrol boats, offshore patrol vessels, replenishment ships, and hospital ships which are designated medical treatment facilities.

Combat vessels like cruisers and destroyers usually have fine hulls to maximize speed and maneuverability.They also usually have advanced electronics and communication systems, as well as weapons


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Types of Ships : Cargo ship

A cargo ship or freighter is any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods, and materials from one port to another. Thousands of cargo carriers ply the world's seas and oceans each year; they handle the bulk of international trade. Cargo ships are usually specially designed for the task, often being equipped with cranes and other mechanisms to load and unload, and come in all sizes. Today, they are almost always built of welded steel, and with some exceptions generally have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years before being scrapped.

Monday, March 7, 2011

All the Women in the world - Wish you a Happy Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements.

Women are the real architects of society. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Iris - New Stamps Celebrate Women's Rights

On 3 March, 2011, An Post issued 2 stamps commemorating Women’s Rights. One stamp marks the centenary of International Women's Day. The other celebrates the founding of the Irish Women's Suffrage Federation.

In the early years of the 20th century, women in Ireland and throughout Europe became increasingly vocal about their oppression and inequality at home, in the workforce and in elections. This continued a protest movement that had begun in Ireland in the last quarter of the 19th century; 1911 was a key year in the achievement of women's rights.

For the first time, International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911, in four   countries; Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That same year also saw the foundation of the Irish Women's Suffrage League by Louie Bennett, which acted as an umbrella organisation for a dozen groups working for women's rights. The longest established of these was the Dublin Women's Suffrage Association, founded in 1876.

The rights demanded by women went well beyond enfranchisement, although the right to vote for women was brought in soon after the Irish Free State was established.
The stamps and first day cover were designed by Ger Garland.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Canada - HMCS Cartier

HMCS Cartier was a commissioned surveying ship of the Royal Canadian Navy and saw service during World War I and World War II.
For more details of the stamp Click here.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Konstantin Badygin - Soviet naval officer, explorer, author, and scientist.

Captain Konstantin Sergeyevich Badygin  sometimes also transliterated "Badigin", was a Soviet naval officer, explorer, author, and scientist.

Konstantin Sergeyevich Badygin began his naval career in 1928 as a sailor on Soviet ships in the Pacific Ocean. Later he studied in the Marine Technical School at Vladivostok and became a navigator and an officer in the Soviet Navy.

Between 1935 and 1936 he became the third officer aboard Icebreaker Krasin and in 1937 he became the second in command aboard Icebreaker Sedov.

Badygin became renowned in 1938 as captain of icebreaker Sedov when it was transformed into a Soviet Drifting Polar Station. In 1940 Badigin was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for his work aboard the Sedov as both a naval officer and a scientist.

Between 1941 and 1943 he became the Chief of the Soviet ice-breaker fleet in the White Sea as well as the director of the Ice Survey Service.

In 1944 and 1945 he became the captain of merchant liner Clara Zetkin which plied the Vladivostok-Seattle route.

After the end of World War II Badigin asked to be relieved of active service owing to health reasons. Then he became an author and wrote three autobiographical works, as well as historical novels. He continued writing until his death in 1984.

Source: Wiki

Friday, February 25, 2011

INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier special cover

Special cover for INS Vikramaditya,indian navy new aircraft carrier ex Admiral Gorshkov class Russian Aircraft carrier on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the ship launching.

I was surprise to see the cover has a stamp released on 1st November 1953 depicting telegraph poles and canceled Garden Island 17 Sydney New South Wales Australia.

History of  INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier :

INS Vikramaditya is the new name for the former Soviet aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, which has been procured by India, and is estimated to enter service in the Indian Navy after 2012.

"Vikramāditya" is Sanskrit for "Brave as the Sun" and was the title of some of the most famous kings in Indian history, such as the Vikramaditya of Ujjain, famed as a noble ruler and a mighty warrior. It is also a title that was used by the Indian king Chandragupta II who ruled between 375-413/15 AD.

The Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier built in 1978-1982 at Black Sea Shipyard, Mykolaiv, Ukraine. The ship is presently being extensively refitted at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. It is projected to replace India's only currently serving aircraft carrier, INS Viraat.

Source: wikipedia

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Australia: HMAS Bungaree

History :

HMAS Bungaree was an auxiliary minelayer of Royal Australian Navy (RAN), serving during World War II. The ship was built as a cargo vessel for the Adelaide Steamship Company by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company at Dundee, and launched in 1937. The ship operated in Australian waters and was requisitioned by the RAN in October 1940. Decommissioned on 7 August 1946 and returned to her owners on 5 November 1947, she was sold in 1957 and renamed Dampier. She was then sold in 1960 and renamed Eastern Mariner and while operating in South Vietnamese waters she struck a mine on the Saigon River and was sunk on 26 May 1966.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

USA - Tribute To Four Chaplains On A Postage Stamp

The Four Chaplains, also sometimes referred to as the "Immortal Chaplains," were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other soldiers during the sinking of the troop ship USAT Dorchester during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship.


The chaplains, who all held the rank of lieutenant, were the George L. Fox,Alexander D. Goode, John P. Washington and Clark V. Poling.

The chaplains were also honored with a commemorative stamp that was issued in 1948. This stamp is highly unusual, in that U.S. stamps were not normally issued in someone's honor until at least 10 years after their death.

Brief History :
On February 3, 1943, a converted luxury ocean liner called the United States Army Transport – Dorchester was crossing the North Atlantic.  More than 900 American troops were aboard the ship which was based in Greenland. At around 1:00 a.m., the transport ship was delivered a devastating blow when it was struck but a deadly torpedo that was fired by a German U-boat.

As soldiers rushed to lifeboats, the four chaplains that were assigned to the ship spread out to help direct people to safety and help the wounded.  The chaplains could be heard praying with the injured and preaching courage and strength to the soldiers.  The chaplains also handed out life jackets to everyone that needed them.  At some point, when the life jackets ran out, each of the four chaplains removed the one that they were wearing and selflessly gave it to a young soldier so that their life could be spared.

As the Dorchester sank, reports are that the four chaplains were last seen with their arms linked together, praying.