Canada's postal agency, Canada Post, announced March 20, 2012, that it will join other agencies and countries around the world by commemorating the centenary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. They did so with a series of new stamps.
The souvenir sheet was issued on April 5 2012. This issue includes five stamps in total, two se-tenant domestic issues showing both the bow and stern of the ship, and one international stamp showing a side view of the ship. In addition, a souvenir sheet, an uncut press sheet, postcards and two OFDCs complete the issue.
The sheet features the international rate stamp, which shows a full colour side illustration of the Titanic, sailing on a calm ocean. Says Illustrator Mike Little "The full colour side illustration of the Titanic was much more of a challenge. No photographic record of a straight on side shot with all of the detail needed exists. Dennis Page, the designer says "Luckily, there was a full-scale model of Titanic being built at the time, based on the most accurate contemporary drawings ever produced. Access to these plans allowed us to be certain about details we couldn't see clearly in old, poorly lit, black and white photographs."
Titanic was almost 280 metres (883 feet) in length and, at the time, it was the largest passenger steamship in the world.
Marked on the map behind the ship are Southampton (England), Cape Race (Newfoundland) and Halifax (Nova Scotia)—all prominent locations in Titanic’s story. Southampton is where the Titanic started her much-anticipated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. There were more than 2,220 people on board.
It was from Cape Race that a team working at the Canadian Marconi company’s wireless station heard Titanic’s early distress call. It came through late in the evening on April 14, 1912. Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) became the centre of the recovery efforts after the tragic sinking on April 15, 1912. The people of Halifax, faced with a grim duty, stepped up and dealt with the aftermath in a respectful and dignified way.
Near the base of the stamp appears the House Flag of the White Star Line (Titanic’s owners). This red flag—with its white five-pointed star and v-shaped tail—was flown from the top of Titanic’s main mast.
So next on my want wish is a cover with the two setenant stamps of the bow and stern.
Thanks Maryam for three wonderful covers.
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