June 1st, 2015

The cargo steamer Rog – the first Slovene ocean-going vessel

FindYourStampsValue.com would like to inform our readers that Slovenia Post has released a special stamp dedicated to SLOVENE SHIPS. The item features the cargo steamer Rog, the first Slovene ocean-going vessel. A ship of the Liberty class, mass-produced for convoy transport during the Second World War, it was built in Canada in 1944.

The issue designed by Matjaž Učakar was released on the 29thof May.

Splošna Plovba – the General Navigation Company – purchased it in 1954, the year the company was established. It had a length of 134.6 metres, a beam of 17.3 metres and a cargo capacity of 10,310 tonnes. The purchase of the Rog signalled Splošna Plovba's confident first steps in global maritime transport, since it was the first Slovene ocean-going vessel.

With a crew of 43 (from June 1955 to May 1956) it sailed the world under the command of senior captain Baldomir Podgornik and in March 1956 became the first Yugoslav ship to dock at the port of Qingdao (Tsingtao) in China. Earlier, in February 1956, it was caught in a typhoon in the Pacific Ocean in which four ships were lost with all hands.

The Rog survived the terrible storm with the loss of a single crew member and became the first Yugoslav vessel to dock in Hakodate on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, where the dockyard repaired the damage caused by the typhoon. Until it was sold in 1966, the Rog continued to serve as a training ship for Slovene mariners and provided many cadets and trainees with their first seagoing experience. It was scrapped at Kaohsiung in Taiwan in 1969.

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