Saturday, February 28, 2015

China: 30th Anniversary of CHINARE - Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions, MV Xue Long

Date of Issue: November 20, 2014
Denomination: 120 fen and 150 fen
Designer: Wang Tao, Jiang Qun
Perforation: 13
Printing process: Offset
Printing House: Liaoning Provincal Postage Stamp Printing Works

The 120 fen stamp represents China's Antarctic research program depicting a map showing locations of China's research stations - Great Wall Station and Zhongshan Station.

The 150 fen stamp represents China's Arctic research program and depicts Yellow River Station and MV Xue Long (Snow Dragon) - ice breaker ship.

MV Xue Long: a Chinese ice-breaking research vessel. Built in 1993 at Kherson Shipyard in Ukraine, she was converted from an Arctic cargo ship to a polar research and re-supply vessel by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding of Shanghai by the mid-90s.

As of 2012, Xuě Lóng is the only Chinese icebreaking research ship in service. A second Chinese polar icebreaker, slightly smaller but more capable than Xuě Lóng, is currently at the design stage and is expected to enter service in 2016.

Text Source:, wikipedia

Corpus Christi Procession, Austria

Austria: 1993

The above stamp is one from the set of 3 stamps issued in 1993 on topic - Folk Customs and Folklore Treasures

Corpus Christi (Feast):

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus Domini, is a Latin Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the tradition and belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. It emphasizes the joy of the institution of the Eucharist, which was observed on Holy Thursday in the somber atmosphere of the nearness of Good Friday.

In the present Roman Missal, the feast is designated the solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It is also celebrated in some Anglican, Lutheran, and Old Catholic Churches that hold similar beliefs regarding the Real Presence.

The feast is liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or, "where the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is not a holy day of obligation, it is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity as its proper day". At the end of Holy Mass, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, generally displayed in a monstrance. The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Corpus Christi Flotilla at Lake Hallstatt, Austria:

Hallstatt, in Austria is a small village that had so little space on land, the procession was moved, around 400 years ago, onto the lake on boats and salt ships; not least in order to get a view of the salt mountain, the old workplace of Hallstatt folk for thousands of years.
The holiday begins with a High Mass in the Catholic church. Weather permitting, the procession continues to the colorfully decorated market square to then finally cast off from the shores on the festive "Himmelsfuhre" boat.

Far beyond the borders of Austria, the Hallstatt lake procession is well known, and visitors from all corners of the Earth come to experience this special day in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Text Source: Wikipedia,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Portugal 1989 - 100 Escudos - 570th Anniversary of discovery of Madeira and Porto Santo

KM #:  647
Metal: Copper-Nickel (issued also in 0.925 silver, 0.917 gold, and 0.999 palladium)
Weight: 16.5 grams
Diameter:  34 mm
Thickness: 2.8 mm
Engraver: Isabel Carrico, Fernando Branco (reverse)
Demonetized: 2002
Mintage: 2,000,000

This coin is recent addition to my collection, bought at the SIPA Exhibition, Chennai on July 25 - 27, 2014.

The coin was issued to commemorate 570th Anniversary of discovery of Madeira and Porto Santo.

The reverse depicts the square-rigged vessel Sao Lourenco of the Portuguese navigator Joao Goncalvez Zarco in 1419/20, and relief maps of Madeira (below the ship) and of Porto Santo (at top right). The time of this voyage strongly suggests that Zarco's vessel of trade in northern Europe, and is generally described as being a little larger than the barca (bark), which was commonly used in southern Europe. A barinel was perhaps 50 - 60 ft long and 15 - 18 ft in beam. The bonnet of the sail with the words AVE MARIA inscribed on it was a common nautical motif of the time. The reverse legend 1420 MADEIRA - PORTO SANTO 1419 marks the rediscovery of these two islands by Zarco and his companion Tristao Vaz Teixeira. They first discovered Porto Santo. From there they sailed out to the island nearby that could be seen in clear weather. They named it Ilha da Madeira (Island of Timber) as the island was densely covered with trees. The long tongue of land on Madeira they named Sao Lourenco, for Zarco's ship. At the time of discovery, Madeira was uninhabited. Settlers soon followed after the discovery. Their sugar plantations created a demand for slave labor, which served as an incentive to explore the western coast of Africa.

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2. Watercraft on World Coins, Vol II - by Yossi Dotan

Friday, January 24, 2014

Watercrafts on Banknotes # 15 - Madagascar 5000 Ariary

Year of Issue: 2006
Denomination: 5000 Ariary
Issued by: Banky Foiben'i Madagasikara
Size: 151 x 75 mm

The design on reverse side of this note shows traditional fishing boats of Madagascar with sail.

Monday, September 30, 2013

60 Years of Korean Coast Guard - 1953 - 2013

Date of Issue: September 10, 2013

Many thanks to friend, Park Choonjong from Rep. of Korea for this cover posted on issue date of this stamp commemorating 60 Years of Rep. of Korea Coast Guard. Additional stamps for required postage is affixed on reverse side of the cover, making it suitable for my theme.
The Coast Guard Authority was formed on 23 December 1953 in Busan, at the same time a Maritime Police Unit was also established as part of the National Police Agency.
In October 1962, new bases in Incheon, Yeosu, Pohang, and Kunsan. In February 1963, the aviation unit of the KCG closed, though it reopened in the 80's. Since 1980 the KCG began expanding its fleet largely, and in August 1991 the Police Unit was renamed the Korea National Maritime Police Agency. In 2007 the Korea National Maritime Police Agency was integrated into the Coast Guard.

The Korea Coast Guard is responsible for maritime safety and control off the coast of South Korea. The KCG is an external branch of Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at peacetime. Recently, with continuous border crossings by Chinese watercraft, the Korean Coast Guard has deployed a significant number of heavy vessels to the Yellow Sea. The KCG has its headquarters in Songdodong, Incheon, and has hundreds of smaller operating stations along the coastline of the Korean Peninsula.

The Korean Coast Guard operates 4 classes of heavy vessels (over 1000 tons), 3 classes of medium vessels (over 250 tons), and 3 classes of light vessels (speedboats over 30 tons). The KCG also uses several types of 'special purpose watercraft', such as firefighting vessels, barges, high speed scout boats, light patrols, and amphibious hovercraft. The KCG aviation unit fields 6 fixed-wing aircraft and 16 rotary-wing aircraft. The Coast Guard also has its own asymmetric warfare unit, the 'Korean Coast Guard Special Operation Unit'.

Source: Wikipedia

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Polish Navy - ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki

Date of Issue: August 14, 2013

Polish Post issued a set of 3 stamps on Modern Polish Army Weapons, among them is one stamp that depicts ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki, a multitask logistical support ship of the Polish Navy.

She was named after Xawery Czernicki - a Polish engineer, military commander and one of the highest-ranking officers of the Polish Navy, considered one of the founders of Polish Navy's logistical services.

She was designed as a logistical support vessel, to transport troops and supplies for the NATO forces worldwide, and to cooperate with air transport and Polish vessels in distant seas. She can carry up to 140 troops with vehicles, food and equipment, and can conduct offensive landing operations using landing ships, helicopters and armored personnel carriers, as well as evacuating of troops and civilians. The ship can transport containers, fresh water, food and other supplies, and repair other vessels at open seas.

Czernicki took part in the Afghan and Iraq wars. During operation Enduring Freedom she joined the United States Fifth Fleet in the Indian Ocean. After change of crew, she took part in the Iraq invasion, patrolling the Euphrates estuary and serving as a floating base for commando operations.

After the conclusion of the invasion she returned to home port in Poland for refit and upgrades.

I am thankful to my friend, The Right Honourble Shri Nansey of Jamnagar, for helping me add this cover to my collection.

Source: Wikipedia
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