Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Virtual Exhibit

This is my first ever exhibit, and this is not a formal one with write-ups on display card etc., but just a virtual exhibit on topic - Voyages of Discovery.

Click here to see the stamps displayed at, a social network site for philatelists.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Commissioning of INS Car Nicobar & INS Chetlat

Date of Issue: February 16, 2009

INS Car Nicobar (T69) & INS Chetlat (T70), the first & second ship of the series of ten Water Jet Fast Attack Craft on-order with GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers), Kolkata , were commissioned by His Excellency, Shri Surjit Singh Barnala, The Governor of Tamil Nadu on 16 Feb 2009 at Chennai.

The ships will be cost-effective platforms for patrol and rescue operations at sea. The vessels are the first water-jet propelled ships of the Indian Navy and are based in Chennai under India's Eastern Naval Command.

The first vessel - Car Nicobar - has been named after the northernmost of the Nicobar Islands. The second vessel - Chetlat - has been named after the northernmost of the Lakshwadeep Islands.

Source: wikipedia and

I have spares of this cover for exchange. Anyone interested, contact my mail ID.

Rowing, 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta

Date of Issue: July 10, 1996
Scott # for stamp: 1377

This stamp which shows rowing is one of the five stamps issued in this series to commemorate Summer Olympics held at Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. in 1996.

The maxi card shows Lynley Hannen and Nicola Payne, coxless pairs, who won bronze medal at 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Thanks to Ms. Corinne J. Pegler, NewZealand for sending me this maxi card.

Monday, September 21, 2009

1993 - 94 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race

Date of Issue: January 19, 1994
Scott #: 1198

Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, now known as Volvo Ocean Race, as Volvo being the current sponsor (from 2001); is a yacht race around the world held once every three years.

In 1972 England's Whitbread company and the British Royal Naval Sailing Association agreed to sponsor a globe-circling regatta, which would be called the "Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race”.

The winner of the 1993-94 race was NewZeland's Endeavour and the skipper of the team was Grant Dalton.

Thanks to Ms. Corinne J. Pegler, NewZealand for sending me this stamp.

Click here to see Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 Souvenir Sheet issued by Ireland, the winner of the race.

Source: wikipedia

Monday, September 7, 2009

HMS Duke of York

Date of Issue: April 29, 1985
Scott #: 187

The pair of stamps show side and top view of HMS Duke of York. Click stamp to view enlarged image.

HMS Duke of York (pennant number 17) was a King George V class battleship of the Royal Navy. The ship was originally to be named Anson but adopted her final name in December 1938.

She was commissioned too late to see action against the Bismarck, or any other German naval surface raider in the early Atlantic battles of World War II. However, Duke of York did play a role in reducing German naval power.

The ship was scrapped in 1957 at Faslane, Scotland.

A distinguishing feature of the Duke of York was the extended fire control platform located on the after funnel. On this ship it extended out over the boat deck (after the refit during which the aircraft equipment was removed from the ship's configuration). Duke of York also introduced the HACS V*, AA fire control system which is also a distinguishing feature from the King George V and Prince of Wales.

Source: wikipedia

HMS Hood

Date of Issue: April 29, 1985
Scott #: 186

This pair of stamps show the top and side views and HMS Hood in action.

HMS Hood (pennant number 51) was a battle cruiser of the Royal Navy, and considered the pride of the Royal Navy in the interwar period and during the early period of World War II. Hood had served in the Royal Navy for over two decades before her sinking in combat with the German battleship Bismarck at the Battle of Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941.

She was one of four Admiral class battle cruisers ordered in mid-1916 under the Emergency War Program. Although the design was drastically revised after the Battle of Jutland, it was realized that there were serious limitations even to the revised design; for this reason, and because of evidence that the German battle cruisers that they were designed to counter were unlikely to be completed, work on her sister ships was suspended in 1917. As a result, Hood was Britain's last completed battle cruiser. She was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood.

Click here to read more about HMS Hood.

Source: wikipedia

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Card #3 from Canada

Received this beautiful postcard today from Brenda, postcrossing user from Canada.

The card shows the cruise ship / ferry named Spirit of British Columbia, built in 1993 of BC Ferries, which has capacity of carrying 2100 passengers and 450 cars.

Along the route, passengers can view beautiful sights of Orca (Killer Whales).

Cover from Australia with ship stamps

Received this cover from DanBrown, Australia - Co-founder of MyPhilately.

The stamps on cover, the 24c stamp was issued on 1981, and the stamps above are from a set of four stamps on the series "Clipper Ships" issued in the year 1984.

Thank you very much Dan.
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