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Updated: 5 Nov 2015
Total Items: 69
Please use the item's ID number - orange box - when communicating about it.
    NOTE: Many thanks to Maarten F. Hartkamp for many of the images and corrections below. Also much of the information on the ships is from KPM.

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NOTE:
Shipping company chops are with the firm chops.

Ships Listed Below

  • ALTING
  • AMNUPUTTY
  • ASDANG
  • BARUMUN
  • BATAK
  • BONTEKOE - new
  • BORIBAT
  • BOTH (1)
  • BRUAS
  • BUYSKES or BUIJSKES
  • CAMPHUIJS
  • CARLYLE
  • CLOON - new
  • CREMER
  • DE WEERT
  • DIANA
  • DUIJMAER VAN TWIST
  • ELOUT
  • GENERAAL VAN DER HEYDEN
  • GENERAAL VERSPYCK
  • HOUTMAN (2) - new
  • HYE LEONG
  • JARAK
  • KAMPAR
  • KEDAH
  • KRIAN
  • LAMONGAN
  • LOUDON- new
  • MAETSUYKER
  • MAHIDOL
  • MAKIAN
  • MALACCA
  • MANDAR
  • MAPIA
  • MAROS
  • MARY AUSTIN
  • MELCHIOR TREUB
  • MUNCASTER CASTLE
  • NIEUW ZEELAND
  • OP TEN NOORT
  • OPHIR
  • PAKAN
  • PALOPO
  • PLANCIUS
  • REAEL
  • REDANG
  • REIJNIERSZ
  • REIJNST
  • RENGAM
  • RIEBEECK - new
  • SAMPIT - new
  • SAN FERNANDO
  • SAPPHO
  • SARIE BORNEO
  • SCHOUTEN
  • SENANG
  • SINGAPORE
  • TASMAN
  • TERESA [possibly]
  • THEDENS
  • TIDORE
  • TINOMBO
  • TOBA - new
  • TOBOALI
  • TOBELO - new
  • TOGIAN
  • TOHITI
  • TOMOHON
  • VALENTYN
  • VAN OUTHOORN


Abbreviations

  • MS = motor ship
  • MV = motor vessel
  • SS = steamship
  • KPM = Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (Royal Packet Navigation Company)
  • EAC =  East Asiatic Company



 


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Identified Ships



ShipA100
SS ALTING

updated: 27 Oct 2014

ALTING

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • built in 1900 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam
  • for KPM [thanks MF Hartkamp]
  • 1,158 tons
  • 1934 laid up
  • 1936 scrapped at Singapore 




ShipA200
MS AMNUPUTTY

updated: 6 July 2015

Amnuputty

Click the image to see the full over.
Image supplied by MF Hartkamp
  • It seems that the name was spelt wrong on the ship and that it should have been F. Manuputty. [MF Hartkamp]
  • seen in violet as a double oval handstamp applied to a pair of 10 cent KGVI stamps on a cover with no date stamps. The cover went from SINGAPORE to PONTIANAK, West Kalimantan which is the Indonesian part of Borneo. Strangely, the sender has inscribed it per 'SS Lamongan' so, it seems that the little ship was known by two names.
  • 556 tons was built in Portland in 1946 by the Albina Engine & Machine Works as a standard US Army Freight & Supply ship. Acquired by KPM in 1948. In 1951 she was renamed the Lamongan. In 1958 she was sold to a Singapore company who renamed her and from then onwards she was sold and renamed numerous times.
  • 181.1 (overall). 171. 2 (between perpendiculars) x 29.1 x 10.7 ft. (draught).
  • 1946 Purchased and completed as F. Amnuputty for the Dutch Government
  • 1948 Purchased by KPM, same name.
  • 1951 Renamed Lamongan. [See the listing below for this ship.]
  • 1958 Purchased by Heap Eng Moh SS Co., Ltd., Singapore; renamed Giang Bee. [Heap Eng Moh was associated with Soon Bee SS Co. Ltd. Both operated as the Red Funnel Line.]
  • 1959 Renamed Kota Mas.
  • 1964 Sold, renamed Hugo.
  • 1965 Renamed Salto.
  • 1966 Renamed Hugo.
  • 1975 Sold, renamed King Petrel.
  • 1979 Sold, renamed Iman.

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for additional information. [16 Oct. 2006]


ShipA300
Steamship ASDANG

updated: 9 March 2006

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Images from the author's collection

  • S. S. Asdang was a 640 tons ship of the EAC. She was built in 1906. In 1909 she was transferred to Siam Steam Navigation Co. [SSNC] and she was wrecked in 1936. EAC

ShipB100
MS BARUMUN

updated: 3 Nov 2014


Barumun

Click the image to see the full cover.
Image compliments of MF Hartkamp
  • KPM ship
  • 1,329 tons built in 1950 by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam
  • in 1959 she was sold to Cia. Naviera Extremo Oriente, Panama renamed Ancon


ShipB200
MS BATAK

updated: 6 July 2015

MS BATAK

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • built in 1932 by Droogdok Mij. Soerabaja, Soerabaja
  • for KPM [thanks MF Hartkamp]
  • 409 tons
  • 1943 March 1, capsized at Soerabaja during Japanese air raid
  • 1943 raised by Japanese renamed Batak Go
  • 1944 lost under Japanese flag

ShipB250
SS BONTEKOE

updated: 5 July 2015

BONTEKOE

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship of 4,668 tons built in 1923 built by J. & K. Smit, Kinderdijk in the Netherlands. 
  • Scrapped at Hong Kong in 1959.

ShipB300
Steamship BORIBAT

updated: 9 March 2006

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Images from the author's collection

The third example uses serifs.

  • S. S. Boribat was a 563 tons ship of the EAC. She was built in 1902. In 1908 she was transferred to Siam Steam Navigation Co. [SSNC] and was scrapped in 1937. EAC

ShipB400
SS BOTH (1)

updated: 6 July 2015

 Both

Image from the author's collection. Cancelled Singapore 4 December 1908

  • 1,383 tons built in 1890 by Kon. Mij. De Schelde, Vlissingen
  • for KPM
  • 1929 laid up
  • 1931 hulked
  • 1938 August 17, sold to J. van Beekhoven, Palembang
  • thanks to MF Hartkamp for identifying this marking

ShipB500
Motor Vessel BRUAS

updated: 6 July 2015

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for the image and for the information below.

  • Built: 1945. Gross/net/reg.: 1383/437/376 by Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd., Scotland.
  • Type: General cargo coaster. Modified MOWT Standard B Class Design.
  • 1946 Built for Straits Steamship.
  • 1948 Sold to Sarawak Steamship Co. Ltd. Kuching, Sarawak.
  • xx-07-1964 Sold to Straits Steamship.
  • 1972 Sold to Hung Seng Sawmill Co. Ltd. Sibu, Sarawak.


ShipB600
SS BUYSKES or SS BUIJSKES

updated: 6 July 2015


BUYKES

Image & information by compliments of MF Hartkamp

BUIJSKES

[The name is sometimes spelt SS BUIJSKES]
  • built in October 1910 by Maatschappij Fijenoord N.V. - Rotterdam
  • for KPM
  • 1800 tons
  • sunk 27 January1942 during an air raid by Japanese bombers at Padang

ShipC100
SS CAMPHUIJS (2)

updated: 3 Nov 2014

Camphuijs

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp
  • KPM passenger/cargo ship
  • 2,776 tons built in 1904 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam
  • from 1914 to 1918 she was in use by Dutch Navy, in 1937 she was laid up
  • on 9 January 1942 she was sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Java Sea


ShipC200
Steamship CARLYLE

updated: 6 July 2015

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Images from the author's collection

  • Built: 1901. Gross/net/reg.: 475/229/229.
  • Shipbuilder: Selby Shipbuilding Company, Selby, England. Yard Number: 49.
  • 18-03-1902 Owned by Steamship Carlyle Co. Ltd., Exchange Buildings, Liverpool, England.
  • 18-03-1902 Sold to Straits Steamship Co. Ltd. for £11,250. Registered at Singapore.
  • 1916 Sold to Steam Traders Ltd., 41 Eastcheap, London, for £10,600.
  • 1917 Sunk by submarine 5 miles WSW of Ile de Seine Lighthouse. NW coast of France.

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for identifying this chop and for the additional information.

ShipC250
SS v. CLOON

updated: 6 July 2015

CLOON

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship (4,519 tons) built in 1912 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam 
  • In 1942 she was sunk by Japanese submarine and never raised.



ShipC300
MS CREMER

updated: 14 Nov 2014

Cremer_ETan.jpg

Image from E. Tan

  • KPM ship
  • 4,559 tons
  • built by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam 
  • She had a number of first and second class carbines
  • in peacetime she was on a regular service between Batavia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
  • for war service she was fitted out as a troop ship capable of transporting 2000+ troops.
  • 5 September 1943 she run aground on St. Bees Island north east of Mackay, Queensland,Australia and was lost.

ShipD100
SS DE WEERT

updated: 6 Nov 2014

deWEERT

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp
  • KPM ship
  • 1,783 tons built by in 1912 by Maatschappij Fijenoord, Rotterdam
  • in July 1942 she was sunk by Japanese submarine in the Mozambique Channel with 69 fatalities

ShipD200
SS DIANA

updated: 20 July 2015

Diana_ship.jpg

Diana_stamps.jpg

Image from the author's collection. Click the image to view the entire cover.

  • The state-owned shipping company Pelajaran Nasional Indonesia (PELNI), established in 1952, operates a dense network of passenger and freight services from Jakarta and Surabaya to all the country’s major ports and islands.
  • Built in august 1920 by Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co., Lévis, Province du Québec, Canada, in order of: Canadian Government Merchant Marine Ltd. and named: CANADIAN HUNTER
  • In 1929 taken over by: Canadian National Steamships and renamed: CATHCART
  • In 1946 sold to: Ming Sung Industrial Co., China, and renamed: TUNG HAI.
  • In 1947 renamed: PO HAI
  • In 1950 sold to: Cia Transporte Oriental, Panama, and renamed: LA CAMPANA
  • In 1953 sold to: Wallem & Co. Ltd, Panama, and renamed: JAGJANANI
  • In 1955 renamed: DIANA
  • In 1964 sold to: Doreen SS Corp., Panama, not renamed
  • In 1967 scrapped Hong Kong

Thanks to M.F. Hartkamp for the history of this ship.

ShipD300
  SS DUIJMAER VAN TWIST

updated: 6 July 2015

    Duymaer-van-Twist

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for the image on the left and the details below. Right image thanks to MF Hartkamp.

  • KPM Duijmaer van Twist. Steamship.
  • Built 1926, NV Wilton’s Scheepsw. & Mach. Fabr. Rotterdam. 1030 grt.
  • Named after Albertus Jacobus Duymaer van Twist, Governor General in the NEI from 1851 until 1855.
  • 02-03-1942, she left Tjilatjap (now Cilacap) unescorted for Australia. On the 4th March, she was captured by the Japanese and renamed Dai Maru.
  • 14-05-1945, ship was sunk by US bombers at Makassar.

ShipE100
S. S. ELOUT

updated: 6 July 2015

Image from Gaden Robinson

  • Taken from an image of a cover franked with Dutch East Indies stamps mailed on board the ELOUT at Bandjermasin destined for Soerabaja. Thanks to H. A. Cartwright.
  • A cargo liner built 1910, gross tonnage of 1797 tons, by Fijenoord, Rotterdam
  • Built for KPM
  • Could accommodate 14 first, 12 second class and 700 deck passengers.
  • 28-01-1942 Bombed and sunk by Japanese plain at Emmahaven (Padang,Sumatra).
  • The line is KPM
  • The stamp is cancelled SABANG.
  • seen in violet one line chop on a 1928 cover from Singapore to Samarinda, Indonesian Borneo bearing a 12 cent blue KGV.
  • seen on eBay in black as a triple oval handstamp on the 1935 12 cent Silver Jubilee issue

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for identifying this chop, the photo & for the additional information. [17 Sept 2006]

ShipG100
SS GENERAAL VAN DER HEYDEN

updated: 3 Nov 2014

Generaal-van-der-Heyden

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp
  • KPM ship
  • 1,213 ton passenger/cargo ship built in 1929 by Haarlemsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Haarlem
  • destroyed on 14 April 1944 at Bombay when the SS Fort Stikine exploded with the loss of 15 crew



ShipG200
SS GENERAAL VERSPYCK

updated: 6 July 2015

Generaal-Verspijck

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • built for KPM in October 1928 by NV Haarlemsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Haarlem
  • in August 1956 she was sold for scarp to Hong Kong



ShipH100
SS HOUTMAN (2)

updated: 6 July 2015

HOUTMAN

Images from MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship of 5,041 tons built in 1913 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij. of Amsterdam.
  • Scrapped at Hendrik Ido Ambacht, Netherlands in 1938.




ShipH200
Steamship HYE LEONG

updated: 6 July 2015

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Images from the author's collection

  • She carried mail to the Malay east coast. Ref: Proud's Vol. 1 page 54.
  • 1883. Gross/net/reg.: 494/296/302.
  • Shipbuilder: Blackwood & Gordon, Port Glasgow, Scotland. Yard Number: 178.
  • 1883 Built for Wee Bin & Co., Singapore.
  • 1887 Sold to Tan Beng Gam, Singapore.
  • 03-02-1890 Transferred to Straits Steamship Co. Ltd.
  • 06-07-1926 Broken up at Singapore.

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for identifying this chop and for the additional information.

ShipJ100
Steamship JARAK

updated: 6 July 2015

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The stamps are cancelled TANDJONG-BALEI

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for the images and the details below. [2 May 2006]

  • Built: 1927
  • Gross/net/reg.: 208/75/75.
  • Shipbuilder: Straits Steamship, Sungei Nyok Dockyard, Port Wellesley. Yard Number: 33.
  • 1927 Built for Straits Steamship.
  • xx-11-1940 Requisitioned by RN as HMS Jarak (Auxiliary Minesweeper).
  • 13-02-1942 Departed Singapore for Batavia, Java, NEI.
  • 14-02-1942 Spotted by Japanese aircraft, shelled by 3 cruisers and 1 destroyer. Badly damaged.
  • 18-02-1942 Engine failed at Tanjung Buku, the southern extremity of Pulau Singkep. Crew and stores landed approximately 12miles from town of Dabo. Ship scuttled in 17 fathoms off Tanjung Buku. Approximate position, 0º 43' S. 104º 22' E.

ShipK100
MS KAMPAR

updated: 6 July 2015

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Straight line markings


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Triple oval markings

  • The Straits Steamship also had a Kampar but she was a steamship.
  • Different cancellations (straight-line and oval, upper and lower case). This was not unusual, in a hurry the person applying the cancel used the first stamp that came to hand.

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for the images and the details above.

  • KPM ship 
  • 570 tons
  • 1930 built by Int. Scheepsbouw Mij. De Maas, Slikkerveer, Rotterdam
  • 1958 sold to Pacific Shipping Co., Singapore renamed Hai Soon
  • 1965 sold to Indonesia not renamed, trace lost

ShipK200
Steamship KEDAH

updated: 7 July 2015

KEDAH

Left image from MF Hartkamp, right from H A Cartwright

  • See a history on this website.
  • Associated with the "Blue Funnel Line" (Ocean SS Co. Ltd.) [Cartwright, 3 May 2006]
  • When bought by Zim Line, she was renamed Kedmah, which means "Eastbound" in Hebrew. [thanks MF Hartkamp]

ShipK300
Steamship KRIAN

updated: 3 May 2006

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for the images and the details below. [2 May 2006]

  • Built: 1911 by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Greenock, Scotland
  • Gross/net/reg.: 857/---/461.
  • Built for Straits Steamship.
  • 1953 Broken up

ShipL200
MS LAMONGAN

updated: 3 August 2015

LAMONGAN

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  •   See the MS AMNUPUTTY for this ship's history.



ShipL300
MS LOUDON

updated: 6 July 2015

LOUDON

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship (1,874 tons) built in 1913 by Rijkee & Co, Rotterdam.
  • She was laid up in 1934 and then in 1936 she was sold and used as a breakwater at Singapore.




ShipM100
SS MAETSUIJCKER (1)

updated: 7 July 2015

Maetsuyker_JandeKort.jpg  Maetsuyker

Left image from Jan de Kort, right image from MF Hartkamp

  • MAETSUIJCKER (1) was a 1,390 ton passenger ship built in 1890 by Kon. Mij. De Schelde, Vlissingen for KPM. She went out of service in 1920 and then scrapped at Singapore in 1931.
  • Named for Joan Maetsuijcker, Governor-General of Ceylon 1646-1650 and then of the Dutch-East Indies 1653-1678.

ShipM200
Steamship MAHIDOL

updated: 7 July 2015

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Image from the author's collection

  • Steamship Mahidol was a 753 tons ship of the EAC. She was built in 1908 and was transferred to Siam Steam Navigation Co. [SSNC] the same year. In 1938 she was deleted from Lloyds Register. EAC
  • Shipbuilder: Kjobenhavn's Fldk & Skbs., Copenhagen, Denmark. Yard
  • 1908 Built for the Siam Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Bangkok, Siam, as Mahidol.
  • 25-04-1924 Sold to Straits Steamship.
  • 30-10-1936 Stranded and wrecked on Kemaman Bar, at the entrance to the Chao Phraya River leading into Bangkok.

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for additional information. [1 May 2006]

ShipM300
MS MAKIAN

updated: 3 Nov 2014

Makian

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship
  • 537 tons built in 1929 by Internationale Scheepsbouw Mij. De Maas, Slikkerveer, Rotterdam
  • in 1942 her crew scuttled her while at Tjilatjap
  • she was re-floated by the by Japanese and renamed Kamikaze Maru
  • in 1945 she was returned to KPM
  • in 1955 was sold


ShipM400
Steamship MALACCA

updated: 7 July 2015

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Left image from John Wilson 21 May 2006, right image from author's collection

  • The stamp is the KEVII 5 cent orange water marked multiple crown CA issued in 1909.
  • Straits Steamship Company Limited had 2 ships named Malacca. This is the marking used on the MALACCA (1)
  • Built: 1885. Gross/net/reg.: 653/---/405.
  • Type: General cargo coaster with deck passengers.
  • Shipbuilder: Ramage & Ferguson, Leith, Scotland. Yard Number: 59.
  • Propulsion: Same. Single-screw steamer. COMP. 2-cyl. 28, 54 x 36 in. stroke. 125 NHP.
  • Hull/Deck Design: Iron. 2-decker. 2 masts. F: 27 ft. (8.23 m). B: 64ft. (19.5 m). P: 41 ft. (12.5 m).
  • Dimensions: 189.5 x 26.5 x 16.25 ft. (57.77 x 8.1 x 4.95 m).
  • 1885 Built for Tan Beng Wan, Singapore.
  • 29-05-1885 Registered at Singapore.
  • 27-11-1885 Owned by Tan Beng Wan, Tan Keong Saik of Singapore and Tan Im Neo of Malacca.
  • 03-02-1890 Sold to Straits Steamship.
  • 18-08-1921 Sold to ship breakers at Singapore. Certificate returned and cancelled, registry closed.

Thanks to Harold Cartwright for correcting the listing and for supplying the information above. [2 May 2007]

ShipM500
MS MANDAR

updated: 7 July 2015

Mandar Mandar

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp
  • KPM ship
  • 536 tons built in 1929 by Internationale Scheepsbouw Mij. De Maas, Slikkerveer, Rotterdam
  • on 6 March 1942 she was scuttled at Tjilatjap by her crew and then re-floated by the Japanese and renamed Hiyoshi Maru
  • on 10 June 1944 she was sunk by a torpedo from a British submarine in Strait of Malacca



ShipM600
MS MAPIA

updated: 14 Nov 2014

Mapia

Image from the author's collection

  • a KPM built in Feb 1930 by NV Internationale Scheepsbouw Mij. “De Maas”. Slikkerveer
  • on 15 Feb 1942 she was captured by the Japanese
  • in Nov 1945 she was sunk. [MF Hartkamp]



ShipM700
MS MAROS

updated: 3 August 2015

Maros MAROS

Images compliments of MF Hartkamp
  • KPM ship
  • 550 tons built in 1930 by Int. Scheepsbouw Mij. De Maas, Slikkerveer, Rotterdam
  • in 1942 scuttled by own crew at Tjilatjap
  • 1943 raised by the Japanese and renamed Haruyoshi Maru
  • 1946 returned to KPM as MS MAROS 
  • 1957 scrapped at Singapore

ShipM800
Steamship MARY AUSTIN

updated: 7 July 2015

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Image from the author's collection

  • A General cargo coaster of 206 gross tons built in 1865 by T. D. Marshall & Co., Newcastle, England
  • Single-screw steamer with dimensions: 36.62 x 5.82 x 2.99 m.
  • 1867 Built for W. Austin, South Shields, England, as Mary Austin.
  • 1874 Sold to Bacheelerie, Marseilles, France. Renamed L'Avenir.
  • 1877 Sold to N. V. reederij ss Tromp, Makassar, NEI. Renamed Tromp. M. Ohl & Co., as managers.
  • 1884 Sold to W. G. Smith and John Pitman, Hong Kong. Renamed Mary Austin. Registered at Hong Kong.
  • 1894 Sold to Khaw Joo Gee, Penang.
  • 1903 Transferred to Koe Guan Company (became Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd., in 1907).
  • 07-04-1918 Sunk in collision at Penang.

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for identify this chop & the additional information. [10Sept 2006]


 ShipM900
S. S. MELCHIOR TREUB
updated: 5 Nov 2015

MelchiorTreub_MariHeessels.jpg Melchior-Treub MELCHIOR-TREUB

Left image thanks to Mari Heessels, centre image MF Hartkamp & right image the author's - a second type

  • Twin-screw passenger/cargo steamer.
  • 3,458 tons built in 1913 for KPM by Maatschappij Fijenoord, Rotterdam.
  • Named after the scholar and botanist Melchior Treub, a director of Java's famous botanical gardens at Buitenzorg (now Bogor) from 1880-1909.
  • She became a hospital ship from 1943 to 1945 and was sent to scrap in 1948in Hong Kong.
  • Seen on eBay in March 2006 "SS MELC..." in violet one line chop on a 6 cent Straits KGV ]

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for additional information. [19 Nov. 2006]




ShipM1000
Steamship MUNCASTER CASTLE
updated: 7 July 2015

Can someone supply information confirming that this was actually used on the stamps of the Straits Settlements?

MuncasterCastle.jpg

Click the image to view the cover.

Image from the author's collection.
  • 5,853 tons, built in 1928 by Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
  • she could carry 265 passengers and 3000 tons of cargo
  • torpedoed by a German submarine on 30 March 1942 near Monrovia with the loss of20 crew and passengers however, 246 passengers and 82 crew survived.
  • See the War Memorial Trust for an image and history

 ShipN100
SS Nieuw Zeeland
updated: 7 July 2015

NieuwZeeland_ETan.jpg  Nieuw-Zeeland

Left image thanks to E. Tan, right image thanks to MF Hartkamp [stamp cancelled TANDJONG-PRIOK]

  • a KPM ship
  • 10,906 tons built in 1928 by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam
  • Speed 15.5 knots, Length 160m and Width 19m, Crew of 200
  • 123 first class and 50 third class passengers
  • she was put on the regular service between Singapore, the Dutch East Indies and Australia. 
  • Converted to a troop ship in 1940 able to accommodate 1,000 troops and she along with her Dutch crew were delivered to the Royal Navy. 
  • She joined convoys sailing to the Middle East and Europe.
  • She was involved in the invasion of North Africa, and on 11 November 1942 she was sunk by a German submarine off of Africa after delivering her troops.  (see here for a photo).

ShipO100
SS OP TEN NOORT

updated: 7 July 2015

  SS-OP-TEN-NOORT  OP TEN NOORT

Images from MF Hartkamp. Right stamp cancelled TANDJONG-PRIOK 20.6.37.-8.

  • A 6,076 ton passenger-cargo ship was built in 1927 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam for  KPM
  • in 1941 converted into a hospital ship
  • on 5 June 1942 she was captured off Bawean Island near Java by a Japanese submarine and there after renamed the Tenno Maru and used by them as hospital ship
  • in 1944 she was renamed Hikawa Maru
  • on 23 August 1945 she was scuttled by the Japanese
  • photo and extensive history are available here  


ShipO200
MS OPHIR

7update:  July 2015

 
 OPHIR OPHIR PERFIN

Images thanks to MF Hartkamp. Left stamp cancellation: MEDAN 6.12.38



ShipP100
Steamship PAKAN

updated: 7 July 2015

Image from the author's collection

  • "Just speculation, but this looks like a shipping mark." John Wilson 31 Jan.2006
  • Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for the following information [1 May 2006]
    • Likely the "PAKAN"
    • 1882 Built for Song Soon Guan, Singapore.
    • 1887 Sold to Wee Bin & Co.
    • 07-09-1901 Wrecked in Durian Straits, Riouw Archipelago, NEI. Bound Singapore to Jambi.



ShipP200
SS PALOPO

updated: 7 July 2015

Paloppo

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • Built 02-1922 for KPM by: NV WERF “Conrad”, Haarlem
  • Sold for demolishing to Hongkong: 03-1952
  • Cancellation UNKNOWN, who can tell anything about the cancellation (country, name town, type of cancel)

ShipP300
SS PLANCIUS
Triple Oval, violet & Double Circle, violet

updated: 7 July 2015

PLANCIUS Stoomschip PLANCIUS

Two types
Images thanks to MF Hartkamp

PLANCIUS_Image.jpg


  • KPM ship
  • SS Plancius (5,955 tons) was built in 1924 by the Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam KPM. She was was one of five passenger ships that were built for the line, the others were the SS Tasman, SS Bontekoe, SS Swartenhondt and SS Van der Wijck. 
  • In WWII she served as a troop transport from 13-01-1942 until 02-03-1946 and participated in the evacuation of civilians from Singapore. She was eventually used as a submarine tender. 
  • The SS Plancius was named for Petrus Plancius (1552–1622) who was a Dutch astronomer, cartographer and clergyman. 
  • She was scrapped at Hong Kong in 1958.

ShipR100
SS REAEL (2)

updated: 8 July 2015

Reae

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp
   
  • KPM passenger ship
  • 2,558 tons built in 1931 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam
  • in 1942 she was  beached at Muntok after Japanese air raid
  • in 1943 recovered by Japanese and renamed Myosho Maru
  • in 1947 she was returned to KPM and become again the name SS REAEL
  • scrapped at Hong Kong in 1959

ShipR200
Steamship REDANG

updated: 9 March 2006

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Images from the author's collection

  • S. S. Redang was a 500 tons ship of the EAC. She was built in 1901. In 1908 she was transferred to Siam Steam Navigation Co. [SSNC] and was lost in 1942. EAC

ShipR300
SS REIJNIERSZ

updated: 8 July 2015

Reijniersz

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM cargo/passenger ship
  • 1,693 tons built in 1908 by Maatschappij Fijenoord, Rotterdam
  • in 1939 she was sold to Heap Eng Moh SS Co., Singapore and renamed HMS Giang Bee
  • on 13 February 1942 she was sunk by Japanese aircraft in Strait of Banka



ShipR400
SS REIJNST (3)

updated: 3 Nov 2014

Reijnst

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM cargo/passenger ship
  • 2,298 tons built in 1929 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam
  • she was scrapped at Hong Kong in 1956


ShipR500
Motor Vessel RENGAM

updated: 8 July 2015

SG279 2 cents green + SG297 5 cents brown x 2

Cancelled TANDJONG-BALEI 14-02-1939 [SG first recorded date of issue of SG 297 (die II) is 18-02-1939?]

SG279 2c green + SG284 10c dull purple cancelled TANDJONG-BALEI 14-02-1939

SG285 12c blue cancelled TANDJONG-BALEI

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for the images and for the information below.


  • Built: 1934 by George Brown & Company, Scotland.
  • Gross/net/reg.: 185/74/74.
  • Built for Straits Steamship.
  • 11-01-1942 Abandoned at Penang.

ShipR550
MV RIEBEECK

updated: 5 July 2015

RIEBEECK

Image compliments of Bas van der Hoek

  • The KPM ship Van Riebeeck (2,322 tons) built in 1902 in Amsterdam. Sunk by a Japanese submarine in Indian Ocean in 1942.


ShipS100
SS SAMPIT

updated: 6 Nov 2014

SAMPIT
Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship
  • 345 tons built in 1911by Wilton's Scheepsw. and Machine Fabr., Rotterdam
  • in 1932 she went to scrapped at Singapore

ShipS200
Steamship SAN FERNANDO

updated: 8 July 2015

SAN FERNANDO cutout


SAN FERNANDO

Image from John Wilson. Click the image to see the cover.

ShipS300
Steamship SAPPHO

updated: 8 July 2015

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Image on the left is from the author's collection. Image on the right is from John Wilson

Ship S300 Steamship SAPPHO:

  • Sappho, 532 gross tons, built in 1887 for the Blue Funnel Line. 
  • Shipbuilder: Scott & Company, Greenock, Scotland. Yard Number: 253.
  • 05-08-1890 she was transferred to Straits Steamship Co. Ltd., Singapore. The other ships in the fleet were: Will o' the Wisp (148 tons), Malacca (404 tons) , Billiton (335 tons) and Hye Leong (406 tons). Allwere schooner-rigged with small engines.
  • 07-04-1923 Sold to Menam Pilots Association, Bangkok, Siam. Used as a pilot hulk anchored off the bar of the Menamriver (approaches to Bangkok).
  • 1928 Broken up.
  • "The ship carried at least two passenger cabins and regularly made the trip between Singapore & Tumpat. [The Malayan Philatelist Vol 20, page 78.]
  • "Mails from Kuala Trengganu are forwarded by the Siam Steam Navigation Company's Steamers ... and by the SS Sappho once a week.] [The Malayan Philatelist Vol 27, page 35.Mentioned in a letter from the Postmaster General of Singapore date 7 July 1911.] 

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for additional information.

ShipS400
Steamship SARIE BORNEO

updated: 8 July 2015

SARIE BORNEO .

Image on the left from Bas van der Hoek & that on the right from John Wilson

  • The Sarie Borneo was built by Riley, Hargraves and Co. in Singapore in 1897. At the time she was the largest steel streamer built in Singapore. She was 741 tons, 195 feet long, 29 feet wide with a depth of 13.7 feet. In 1897 she is listed as a Dutch ship owned by Aug Lim Thay of Bandjermasin, Borneo and the Captain was J. Tuckey. By 1920 the owners were Thio Soen Yang and Thio Soen Tostill in Bandjermasin, Dutch Borneo and the Captain being N. Griffin since 1918. She does not appear in the 1930 Lloyds List. [Lloyds Register of British & Foreign Shipping 1900, 1920 and 1930.]
  • Mr. Thio Soen To, a native of Bandjermasin. Dutch Borneo. He was a general merchant, ship owner and commission agent in his home town and in Singapore. He also had another ship SARI BANDJER, both ran between Singapore and Dutch Borneo (now Kalimantan). His brother, Kapitein Thio Soen Yang, operated a similar business in Bandjermasin under the chop Ek Liong Ho.

Image adapted from 20th Century Impressions of British Malaya, Lloyd's Greater Britain
Publishing Co. Ltd. 1908. Editors: Arnold Wright and H. A. Cartwright

ShipS500
SS SCHOUTEN

updated: 6 Nov 2014

SCHOUTEN-1 SCHOUTEN-2


NOTE: Image on the left "KONINK. PAKETVAART" and in the image on the right "KONINKLIJKE PAKETVAART"

Images compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship
  • 1,784 tons built in 1912 by Maatschappij Fijenoord, Rotterdam
  • in 1941 she was transferred to the Dutch Navy
  • on 28 February 1942 she was scuttled by her crew
  • In 1943 she was raised by the Japanese and renamed Suiten Maru
  • on 3 March 1945 an American submarine torpedoed and sunk her in the Java Sea off of Bawean

ShipS600
Steamship SENANG

updated: 8 July 2015

 SENANG SENANG

Image from MF Hartkamp

The cancellation reads: TIONG HWA LOEN TJOEN / PALEMBANG / SS SENANG


  • Dutch cargo ship
  • 1207 tons
  • owned by Borneo-Sumatra Trading Co.
  • built in 1914 by the Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong
  • In 1927 the owner of this ship was: TIONG HWA LOEN TJOEN & Co. Ltd., Palembang
  • was sunk by a British mine on 16 January 1942 of  Singapore with 54 killed

ShipS700
SS SINGAPORE

updated: 6 Nov 2014

SINGAPORE

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp
  • KPM ship
  • 585 tons built in 1912 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam
  • in 1939 she was sold to Heap Eng Moh SS Co., Singapore and renamed Indragiri
  • in 1955 she went to scrapped at Hong Kong



ShipT100
SS TASMAN

updated: 8 July 2015

  TASMAN

Left image from the author's collection that on the right complements of MF Hartkamp

SS TASMAN (2)
  • Built for KPM in 1913 by: Earles Shipbuilding & Eng. Co. Ltd., Hull.
  • Started for the KPM at 19-03-1913
  • 20-03-1918 seized by Great Britain
  • 16-09-1918 torpedoed by German submarine

TASMAN-1

Image complements of MF Hartkamp

SS TASMAN (3)

  • KPM ship
  • 4,978 tons built in 1922 by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd., Hull
  • in 1948 she was transferred to KJCPL (Koninklijke Java China Paketvaart Lijnen) but the name was not changed
  • in 1955 she went back to KPM still called SS TASMAN
  • in 1958 she was scrapped at Hong Kong


ShipT200

PER SS T / Chinese characters & possibly Malay
Possibly Steamship TERESA?

updated: 13 May 2008

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Image from the author's collection

ShipID007B.jpg

  • The letter after the "T" could be an "A", "E'" or maybe an "H"?
  • Possibly TERESA, Steamship.
  • Built: 1886. Gross/net/reg.: 1177/753/--- tons
  • Shipbuilder: Grangemouth Dockyard Co., Grangemouth, Scotland. Yard
  • 1886 Built for J. W. Adamson, London, England.
  • 1888 Sold to Guthrie & Co., Singapore.
  • 1888 Sold to Wee Bin & Co. (later became Ho Hong SS Co. Ltd.).
  • 1888, Wee Bin ships were operating between Singapore and Bali, the Celebes, Moluccas, North Borneo and the Malay ports of Klang, Telok Anson and Port Dickson. To bring in hundreds of Chinese migrants, Wee Bin Line ran a ship three or four times a week from Swatow and Amoy, via Hong Kong, to Singapore.
  • 1936 Broken up.

Thanks to H. A. Cartwright for the additional information. [1 May 2006]

ShipT250
SS THEDENS

updated: 3 August 2015

THEDENS

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship 
  • 2,071 tons, built in 1828 by Int. Scheepsbouw Mij. De Maas, Slikkerveer, Rotterdam
  • in 1956 scrapped at Hong Kong

ShipT300
MS TIDORE

updated: 8 July 2015

TIDORE

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship
  • 872 tons built in 1930 by Burgerhout’s Machine Fabriek & Scheepswerf, Rotterdam
  • in 1942 she was attacked by Japanese planes and beached and later purposely destroyed by a Dutch warship

ShipT400
MS TINOMBO

updated: 8 July 2015

TINOMBO_ETAN.jpg Tinombo

Thanks to E. Tan for the image on the left & to Bas van der Hoek for that on the right

The PERFIN on the 6 cents stamps is TKK = Tan Kah Kee

  • KPM ship
  • 872 tons, 188 x 34 x12 m
  • built in 1930 by Burgerhout’s Machine Fabriek & Scheepswerf, Rotterdam
  • She was one of the eleven Allied merchant ships lost as a result the explosion aboard the British ammunition ship Fort Stikine at Bombay, India, on April 14th, 1944.

ShipT450
MS TOBA

updated: 6 July 2015

TOBA

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship (983 tons) built in 1930 by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel
  • 1958 sold to Ban Ho Shipping, Panama & renamed Ban Ho Liong
  • 1973 renamed Tirta Karya
  • 1984 sold to Indonesia
  • her final fate is unknown


ShipT500
MS TOBOALI

updated: 8 July 2015

TOBOALI

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship
  • 984 tons built in 1930 by Werf Gusto v/h A.F. Smulders, Schiedam
  • in 1942 she was severely damaged in a Japanese air raid and beached
  • In 1944 she was recovered by the Japanese and renamed Aki Maru
  • in 1948 she was returned to KPM and was named again MS TOBOALI
  • between 1958 and 1966 she was sold several times and renamed each time
  • finally in 1977 she was scrapped in Singapore

ShipT550
MS TOBELO

updated: 6 July 2015

TOBEL

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship (983 tons) built in 1930 by C. van der Giessen & Zonen, Krimpen aan den IJssel
  • In 1942 she was captured by Japanese & renamed Tobi Maru
  • In 1944 she was sunk by a British torpedo in the Java Sea


ShipT600
MS TOGIAN

updated: 8 July 2015

TOGIAN

Image compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship
  • 857 tons built in 1930 by Werf Gusto v/h A.F. Smulders, Schiedam
  • in February 1942 she was scuttled by her crew at Koepang, Indonesia
  • she was eventually raised by Japanese
  • she disappeared during the war with no trace

ShipT700
MS TOHITI
updated: 8 July 20156

Cancelled: Pontianak 24 September 1937 - the chief city in West Borneo at the mouth in the Kapuas delta.

Image from the author's collection

  • MS Tohiti (982 tons) was built for KPM in 1930 by C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel.
  • In 1942 she burnt and sank at Tjilatjap, Java during a Japanese air raid. The wreck was raised by Japanese but not repaired and in 1945 she was scrapped.

ShipT800

MS TOMOHON

updated: 8 July 2015

TOMOHON

Tomohon1_JandeKort.jpg . Tomohon2_JandeKort.jpg

Images from Jan de Kort
  • MS Tomohon was a 983 ton ship built in 1930 built by C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepsweren NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel for KPM
  • On March 1, 1942 she was sunk together with four other KPM ships by Japanese destroyers in the Indian Ocean with the loss of 6 lives.

ShipV100
SS VALENTYN (2)

updated: 8 July 2015

VALENTYN-1 VALENTYN VALENTIJN
NOTE:  On the left spelt "VALENTYN" whereas on the left "VALENTIJN"

Images compliments of MF Hartkamp

  • KPM ship
  •  2,071 tons built in 1928 by Int. Scheepsbouw Mij. De Maas, Slikkerveer, Rotterdam
  • She was scrapped at Hong Kong in 1958


ShipV300
SS VAN OUTHOORN (2)

updated: 9 July 2015

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Image from Gaden Robinson

  • Steam freighter with passengers accommodations.
  • Built in 1927 for KPM by Int. Scheepsbouw Mij. De Maas, Slikkerveer, Rotterdam
  • Dimensions: 91.61m x 12.25m x 4.45m, 2,069 gross tons
  • In 1933 she could accommodate: 24 first class, 16 second class, 1,285 deck passengers.
  • From 31.01.1942 to 28.11.1945, she was a Chartered British Ministry of War Transport.
  • On 14 April 1943, at Milne Bay she sustained damage during a Japanese dive bomber attack.
  • In 1947 she became part of the fleet of the KPM, Amsterdam.
  • In September 1955 she was scrapped at Hong Kong.
  • The ship was named after WILLEM VAN OUTHOORN who was the Governor-General of the Dutch Indies 1691 – 1704.



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