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Cunard Line’s 175 Years: Three Queens meeting

Collection Issue Date: 25th May 2015

Three Queens, one magnificent city

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to celebrate Cunard Line's illustrious history, on the 175th anniversary of the shipping company's first scheduled transatlantic service, prior to the meeting of the Three Queens in Liverpool on 25 May 2015.

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Cunard Line’s 175 Anniversary Crossing signed covers
Cunard Line’s 175 Anniversary Crossing signed covers

Product Code: MC94
Product Issue Date: 4th July 2015

Limited to 500 copies, special signed covers of the RMS Britannia on its maiden voyage departing from Liverpool on the 4th July 1840. A single stamp depicts the current Cunard flagship, Queen Mary 2, leaving Liverpool on the precise 175th anniversary of that historic maiden crossing - 4 July 2015. The covers were carried on board the RMS Queen Mary 2 that departed from Liverpool on 4 July 2015 which was bound for Halifax and Nova Scotia and are signed by the ship's captain and marine artist Robert Lloyd.

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Cunard Line’s 175 Anniversary Crossing: Britannia in Liverpool Special Cover
Cunard Line’s 175 Anniversary Crossing: Britannia in Liverpool Special Cover

Product Code: MC93
Product Issue Date: 4th July 2015

A limited edition of 1750 Special Covers commemorating the first sailing of the paddle steamer RMS Britannia, from Liverpool on the 4th July 1840. A single stamp depicts the current Cunard flagship, Queen Mary 2, leaving Liverpool on the precise 175th anniversary of that historic maiden crossing - 4 July 2015, Queen Mary 2 will cross to Halifax followed by Boston and New York. Discover the illustrious history of the Cunard shipping line with the accompanying illustrated information card written by marine historian Tony Storey.

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Cunard 175th Anniversary – Three Queens Meeting Signed Print
Cunard 175th Anniversary – Three Queens Meeting Signed Print

Product Code: SK96
Product Issue Date: 25th May 2015

Marine artist Robert Lloyd captures the remarkable homecoming of the three Cunard Queens – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – in front of Liverpool’s world-famous UNESCO Word Heritage Site waterfront with the historic Cunard Building holding pride of place in this unique and spectacular print measuring 320 mm x 450mm. Personally signed and numbered by the artist, the three cruise liners depicted in the stamps are cancelled with a postmark dated 25th May 2015 for the gathering of the Fleet to mark this historic anniversary. A certificate of provenance confirms the limited edition of 175 and that no reprint shall be undertaken.

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Cunard Ocean Liners Special 'Smiler' Sheets
Cunard Ocean Liners Special 'Smiler' Sheets

Product Code: MC68
Product Issue Date: 13th January 2010

These very special 'smiler' sheets celebrate each of Cunard's world-famous vessels by combining images of their lavish interiors with the £1 stamps from our 2008 commemorative miniature sheet.

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Cunard 175th Anniversary – Lusitania Remembered Special Cover
Cunard 175th Anniversary – Lusitania Remembered Special Cover

Product Issue Date: 7th May 2015

A large format special cover features marine artist Robert Lloyd’s impression of Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitania at Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal on the Mersey. A single stamp from John Halsall’s Maritime History Miniature Sheet is cancelled with a unique postmark dated 7 May 2015, 100 years on from the sinking of the passenger liner, in Peel (Isle of Man), where the The Wanderer PL11, the rescue boat to the Lusitania, was built. Limited to 1750 items and accompanied by an illustrated information card.

100th Anniversary of the loss of RMS Lusitania Special Cover
100th Anniversary of the loss of RMS Lusitania Special Cover

Product Issue Date: 7th May 2015

A limited edition of 750 hand-numbered special covers mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania by a German U-boat off the coast of Cork, during World War I. The single stamp from John Halsall's Maritime History Miniature Sheet is cancelled with a unique postmark dated May 7, the day of the disaster, and accompanied by words from maritime enthusiast and Manxman Billy Stowell about the fate of the vessel and Peel (Isle of Man) based rescue boat to the Lusitania, The Wanderer.


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