Re-opening this thread.
Now that I have a boat of my own, I am designing my ship's stamp. In my official job I get to see a lot of modern ship's stamps which gives me lots of design ideas.
Ship's stamps come in several styles. Circle and oval are the most common, although some old line ships are octagonal or star. Almost all are double line. The decorations usually have a couple stars, occasionally anchors, at the horizontal. The center may have a fouled anchor
or some information regarding the ship, such as displacement
and/or horsepower/kilovolts. The top usually has the ships name, such as S/V Big (shipping vessel Big) or M/T (motor tank, or M/V (motor vessel). We would usually use S/V for sailing vessel, or M/V for motor
vessel or S/Y sailing yacht or M/Y for motor
yacht. Along the bottom inside might be the owner company and port.
Ship's stamps come in various colors too. Black is most common; other colors are purple, green, red and blue.
And, a ship's seal is an official seal when used on documents. For my job when a ship's master stamps a signature line that is a formal and legal
signature. Keep that in mind when you are using your seal/stamp.
design is a double line oval with five point stars at the horizontal ends of the center design; S/V Sisu across the top; a fouled anchor
with a single
stem rose over the stock with the stem curved the opposite from the rode
with the stem end ending below the crown as the center design; between the double lines at the bottom is the ship's number and hailing port. The color is either going to be blue or purple. I may use a third inside oval to set the design apart from the name and port.
I have only a pencil sketch so far. More design work this week.