Ross Dependency, Scott Base, and HMNZS Endeavour

The Ross Dependency is a region of Antarctica defined by a sector originating at the South Pole, passing along longitudes 160° east to 150° west, and terminating at latitude 60° south. It is claimed by New Zealand. Since the Antarctic Treaty came into force in 1961, Article IV of which states: “No acts or activities taking place while the present Treaty is in force shall … Continue reading Ross Dependency, Scott Base, and HMNZS Endeavour

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

On January 14, 1972, Queen Margrethe II ascended the throne, the first Queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch not named Frederick or Christian since 1513. Margrethe II (Margrethe 2. in Danish, Margreta 2. in Faroese and Margrethe II in Greenlandic; her full name is Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid) is the Queen of Denmark as well as the supreme authority of the … Continue reading Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

On November 16, 1907, Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England, to New York City. Mauretania was an ocean liner designed by Leonard Peskett and built by Wigham Richardson and Swan Hunter for the British Cunard Line, launched on the afternoon of September 20, 1906. She was the world’s largest ship until the completion … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

The Adventist Missionary Schooner ‘Pitcairn’

The Pitcairn was a schooner built in 1890 for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for use in missionary work in the South Pacific. A conservative Protestant Christian body of some 10 million members worldwide, the Seventh-day Adventist denomination has, since its founding in 1863, practiced the biblical injunction to carry the gospel message “to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.” After six missionary voyages, the schooner … Continue reading The Adventist Missionary Schooner ‘Pitcairn’

Cargo Sailing Ship “Skuta” of the Åland Islands

Today’s “random stamp” entry represents a true rarity in the more than two-year history of A Stamp A Day. No, the stamp itself is far from rare having been issued by Åland-Post on March 1, 1995, and currently cataloguing for U.S. $1.10 mint and $1.00 used. However, despite numerous different search parameters, I could find absolutely nothing about its subject matter nor those of the other … Continue reading Cargo Sailing Ship “Skuta” of the Åland Islands

North Korean Cargo Ship Chong Chon Gang

Most watercraft featured on ASAD to date have been ocean liners or historic sailing vessels as well as the occasional smaller boat rather than cargo ships and the like. I recently obtained a large quantity of souvenir sheets from the Democratic Republic of Korea (“North Korea”) and had originally planned to feature a passenger ship from the 1978 set celebrating the country’s maritime heritage. However, … Continue reading North Korean Cargo Ship Chong Chon Gang

S.S. Great Britain

On July 19, 1843, British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s steamship the SS Great Britain was launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull and screw propeller as well as the largest vessel afloat in the world. Designed by Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company’s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York, she was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 … Continue reading S.S. Great Britain

Water Transport in Thailand

Thailand has a huge variety of watercraft with boats of all sizes, shapes and colors navigating the Kingdom’s many internal waterways, coastlines, and surrounding seas. As of 2011, there were 2,485 miles (3,999 km) of principal waterways, of which 2300 miles (3,701 km) had navigable depths of 0.9 m or more throughout the year. There are numerous minor waterways navigable by shallow-draft native craft, such … Continue reading Water Transport in Thailand