Ships that Served Grenada

Originally published October 23, 2010.

Issued on November 3, 1976, Grenada commemorated ships that were connected to the development of the island nation.  The seven stamps were printed by lithography and perforated 14½.  Depicted on a green sea with a light blue background, each design is framed by rope work with a bowline on the right and an anchor on the left.

The S.S. Geestland was built by Scott’s Shipbuilding and Engineering of Greenock.  Launched in February of 1972, she was delivered to her owners Geest Industries in June 1972.

Used as a liner the Geestland travelled mainly between the Caribbean and UK.  Laden with general cargo outbound from the UK, she returned with Bananas and other tropical fruit.

Gross Tonnage: 5,871; Length: 489’ 7”; Breadth: 63’ 2”; 6 Cylinder Sulzer oil engine delivering 12,00 BHP for a speed of 21 knots.

The M.V. Federal Palm was built by Port Weller Dry Docks of St. Catherines Ontario in 1961. She was delivered to her owners near the end of that year.

Built with accommodation berths for 50 passengers and 200 on deck, the Federal Palm was also equipped with Cranes and derricks to offload herself. She was also equipped with whaleboats to shuttle cargo ashore where needed.

Gross Tonnage: 3,171; Length: 298’; Breadth: 51’ 8”; 2 Fairbanks-Morse locomotive engines delivering 3,400 BHP for a speed of 15 knots.

HMS Blake a Royal Navy Tiger Class Cruiser was completed in 1961 at Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd.  She was the last cruiser built for the Royal Navy.

Converted to a command and helicopter cruiser, the Blake was equipped with modern command, control and communications equipment and was used as a flagship.

Displacement: 12,080 tons; Length: 555 & ½’; Breadth: 64’; Four Admiralty-type 3 drum boilers and 4 shaft Parsons steam turbines delivering 80,000 SHP for a speed of 31½ knots.

Built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson at Wallsend in 1973 the MV Vistafjordwas built for the Norwegian America Line. She was delivered to her owners in May of 1973.

With accommodation for 830 passengers, the Vistafjord left on her maiden voyage for New York City from Oslo on May 23, 1973. After her arrival in New York, she was used for world cruises. She appeared in a German television series as the ‘Traumschiff’ (Dreams).

Gross Tonnage: 24,292 tons; Length: 626’ 11”; Breadth: 82’; 2 Sulzer diesels delivering 17, 650 KW of power for a speed of 20 knots.

The SS Canberra is known as one of the most beautiful ships in the world. Built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. Operated by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company., she was named after the Capital of Australia.

Launched March 16, 1960, the Canberra sailed the world’s oceans for many years. Nicknamed the Great White Whale, the Canberra served with the Royal Navy during the Falklands War in 1982 as a troopship. She survived the Falklands War but was sent to the scrappers in 1997.

Gross Tonnage: 45,270 tons; Length: 818’; Breadth: 102’; 2 Steam turbines powering 2 electric engines producing 85,000 hp for a speed of 27½ knots.

The SS Regina was built as the Panama in 1939, she was acquired by the US Army in 1941 to serve as a troopship and renamed the USAT James Parker. After the war, she returned to service as the Panama. In 1957 she was sold to the President Lines and renamed President Hoover.

She sailed under this name until 1964 when she was purchased by the Chandris Line and renamed Regina. The Regina sailed the Caribbean in the winter season making Nassau her home port.

Gross Tonnage: 10, 021 tons; Length: 493’ 7”; Breadth: 64’ 3”; 4 Steam turbines producing 9,150 SHP for a speed of 17 knots.

The Arandora Star was built by Camel and Laird at Birkenhead and completed in 1927. In 1929 she was converted to a cruise liner.  She sailed to many destinations. She was nicknamed the ‘Wedding Cake’ or the ‘Chocolate Box’.

At the outset of World War II, she was used a transport ship and carried evacuees from Norway and France.  On her last voyage, she was destined for Canada carrying Axis nationals and prisoners of war when she was torpedoed and sank off the North West coast of Ireland.

Gross Tonnage: 12,847 tons; Length: 512’; Breadth: 68’; 4 Steam turbines driving 2 screws for 16 knots.

References:
Wikipedia
Shipstamps.co.uk

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