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A History of Unit Publishing


This listing is a short summary of information published by the Unit about ship stamps. The publications are basically divided into handbooks, summaries and our bulletin, Watercraft Philately. To check on the availability of any of these, please check the order blank provided on this site.


Launching Your Ships on Stamps Collection

Our basic publication is Launching Your Ships on Stamps Collection (2nd ed.) by W. A. Coffey, Robert Easterly and Myron Molnau. Published in 2011, 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 pdf format.. 16 pages. A pdf copy of this publication is free to all new members.

HANDBOOKS

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.

Kathy Kirk, Watercraft on Stamps II, Handbook 156, 315 pages of double column stamp listings, four supplements of stories illustrated with ship stamps, an exhibit of ship stamps corrections and additions to HB 117 and named ships on stamps. Used the 1999 Scott catalog. Published June 2007. Supplements thereafter in Watercraft Philately. This was reprinted in 2013 in a large 8.5 x 11 spiral bound format as well as on DVD. For updates to this Handbook, see the Compilations of New issue Listings from Watercraft Philately below.



COMPILATIONS

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

Compilation of New Issue Listings from Watercraft Philately Vol. 44-57
This is a compilation of all the New Issue columns that have appeared in Watercraft Philately from Volume 44 through 59. This should cover the period from the end of Handbook 156 to the middle of 2013. No editing has been done to this except to format the listings by country.

CD-ROMs & DVDs

All electronic media 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 1-59 edited by Myron Molnau. This CD-ROM contains Adobe pdf copies of all volumes of Watercraft Philately (WP) from 1952 to June 2011. Also on the CD-ROM are two versions of an index to WP and a copy of "Launching your ships on stamps collection." 2013. Updated to Volume 59 in 2013.

Ship Stamp Images on DVD
Volume 1(June 2009) contains over 10,000 stamp images while Volume 2 (June 2010) has over 4,000 images. Volume 3 (April 2014) contains over 7000 images, some of which do not have a Scott number or year of issue on them. They are in alphabetical folders by country. The stamp name is of the format country_Scott#_year of issue_ship name if  available. Hints on how to use Apple iPhoto or Windows Photo Gallery to view and use the images are included.

Compilation of New Issue Listings from Watercraft Philately Vol. 44-59
This is a compilation of all the New Issue columns that have appeared in Watercraft Philately from Volume 44 through 57. This should cover the period from the end of Handbook 156 to the middle of 2011. No editing has been done to this except to format the listings by country. Many of these entries include catalog numbers and almost all include the date of issue. This is available in  paper, pdf or  CD-ROM formats. The CD-ROM includes an Excel and a csv file also.

Ship Stamp Discussion List Messages on CD-ROM.   (2nd edition)
This CD contains over 4,000 messages taken from the Yahoo! Ship Stamp Discussion List.  These include the descriptions of many ships, both on new stamps and also new information on previously published information. No editing has been done on these messages. Various formats will be included so that these can be imported into your e-mail program (Apple or Microsoft )  or text editors or word processing programs. This edition is updated through April 2011.


INDEX

David J. Wanger. Index to Watercraft Philately, vol. 1-20. 41 pp. January, 1979.

subsequent indexes
have been distributed with Watercraft Philately or on this web page



BULLETINS

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).

Dan Rodlie, editor, Vol 43, no 2 to the present.


WEB PAGE


A web page for the unit was started in 2000 as a means to communicate information about the unit and ship stamp collecting in general. Myron Molnau has been the Webmaster since the pages inception.

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.

The date is uncertain but at least by 1998, an Internet  discussion group was started to discuss all aspects of topical collecting related to ships on stamps. This is currently hosted as a Yahoo! Group and is moderated by Myron Molnau.

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