Ships on Stamps Unit
A History of Unit Publishing
Launching Your Ships on Stamps CollectionOur latest publication is "Launching your Ships on Stamps collection" by W. A. Coffey. Published in 1999, it describes the field of ship stamp collecting and how to get started in this most interesting hobby This is a very useful guide for the person just launching into the seas of ship stamp collecting. Long-time collectors will also find the items of interest in here. It is available in three-hole punched format and in a plastic spiral binding. 16 pages.
H. F. Rayl. Ships on stamps. ATA Handbook 19. $3, 58 pp., used 1957 Scott catalog, all in Scott number order by volume and included the design designation. One column layout, typeset.
H. F. Rayl. Ships on stamps. ATA Handbook 47. $4, 63 pp., used 1965 Scott catalog. Listings in Scott order by volume but no design designations. Two column layout, photo offset from the typed copy. There were 10 supplements, all by Rayl except #9 by Kathy Atkins and #10 by Kathy Herd (same person).
Kathy Herd, Watercraft on stamps, ATA Handbook 80. $5, 73 pages of stamp listings and eight pages of named ships on stamps. Used the 1973 Scott catalog. In order by country and Scott number. Supplement through 1980 in Topical Time, thereafter in Watercraft Philately.
Kathy Kirk, Watercraft on stamps, Handbook 117, $17, 141 pages of
double column stamp listings and 27 pages of named ships on stamps.
Used the 1990 Scott catalog. Published July or August, 1991.
Over a five-year period, E W Argyle had a column in Watercraft Philately giving histories of named ships on stamps. In 1962, the Unit compiled these histories into a single publ;ication. It covered all information published to that date and included ships with names starting with Athrough L.. These histories continued to be published in Watercraft Philately through thel Nov-Dec 1971 issue when the series concluded with ship names starting with V. Eventually, Mr. Argyle published a set of ten booklets about ships on stamps extensively illustrated and annotated. He started a second series but only one volume of that series saw print. The booklets contained only a small part of the information that had appeared in Watercraft Philately. All of this material appeared in the Historical Sketches series published by the Unit. More information by Argyle was published in the Log Book by the Ship Stamp Society in Great Britain.W.A. Coffey. Historical sketches of watercraft on stamps in five volumes. A brief history of named ships as compiled from Watercraft Philately.
Vol 1. A-D, © 1975
Vol 2. E-J, © 1976
Vol 3. K-O, © 1978
Vol 4. P-Sa, © 1980
Vol 5. Sb-Z, © 1984
CD-ROMsAll CD-ROMs are computer platform independent
Biographies and Images of Ships Shown on Stamps of the World edited by Dan Rodlie. Eight files on the CDROM contain information about over 1,000 ships and of 1,805 stamps showing those ships. Each letter A to D has two files, one containing the name of the ship and a link to an image of the stamp featuring that ship. The other contains information about the ship including the ship name, stamp(s) showing the ship with links to the image, the ship particulars, a short history of the ship and the source of information used. ©2004
Watercraft Philately on CD-ROM, Volumes 1-52 edited by Myron Molnau. This CD-ROM contains Adobe pdf copies of all volumes of Watercraft Philately (WP) from 1952 to 2006. Also on the CD-ROM are two preliminary versions of an index to WP and a copy of "Launching your ships on stamps collection." ©2007
Frank Griffen, editor. Ships On Stamps Newsletter, Vol 1, no. 1, Feb, 1953. There were 28 charter members. In May 1954, the name was changed to Watercraft Philately.
H.F.Rayl, editor, Watercraft Philately, Vol 3 to Vol 15, no. 4 (Jan-Feb, 1969)
W.A.Coffey, Editor, Vol. 15, no. 5 (Mar-Apr. 1969) to Vol 27, no. 5 (Mar Apr., 1981)
Robert Tessier, managing editor, Vol 27, no. 6 (May-June,1981)
Robert Tessier, managing editor and W.A.Coffey, Editor-in-chief, Vol 28 (July-Aug,1981 to May-June,1982)
Robert Tessier, editor, Vol 29, nos. 1,2 (July-Aug and Sep-Oct,1982)
W.A.Coffey, editor,Vol 29, no. 3 (Nov-Dec,1982) to Vol 34, no. 6 (May-June, 1988)
Robert Tessier, editor, Vol 35,no. 1 (July-Aug,1988) to Vol 43, no
1 (July August, 1996).
In 2002, two new sections were added with Bjoern Moritz
acting as Webmaster for these sections. They are a section
on new issues and another with short illustrated stories
on a particular theme.
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