A survey of historic anniversaries from the Island’s rich maritime heritage.
Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a miniature sheet of four stamps featuring the paintings of artist, mariner and Manxman John Halsall. We also mark a number of historic anniversaries from our rich Manx maritime heritage...
The Isle of Man has a long and proud tradition as a seafaring nation and for many generations its people have made a living from this. To celebrate this proud tradition, Isle Of Man Post Office has produced a stunning miniature sheet featuring four historic Manx vessels painted by artist, mariner and Manxman John Halsall.
The issue also marks a number of historic anniversaries from the Island's rich Manx maritime heritage, including the 100th anniversary of HMS Ramsey sinking, the Master Frank RY95, The Wanderer (rescue boat to the Lusitania) and the 75th Anniversary of the loss of Mona's Queen.
The Master Frank is the Island's longest-surviving half-decker still afloat and was built around 1896 by Clucas and Duggan, shipwrights, boat and canoe builders and block and spar makers, to cope with the short, sharp seas to the North East of Ramsey where vessels practiced the fishing trade. She was subsequently purchased by the Kinnen family who brought her back to Ramsey and fished mainly for cod using a long line. She remained with them until 1964 when Willie Kinnin sold her. The Kinnins repurchased her again in 1969, keeping her until 1976. After a thorough rebuild she was then relaunched in 1996 and is now a regular sight at traditional boat events.
In May 1915 luxury cruise liner Lusitania which was launched by the Cunard Line in 1906 and holder of the Blue Riband sank in just 18 minutes after she was torpedoed by a German U-boat, causing the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew. The first vessel to the scene was a small Manx fishing boat from Peel, the PL11 Wanderer. The little boat picked up numerous survivors and took two life boats in tow.
On August 8, 1915 HMS Ramsey, former Steam Packet vessel which served with the Royal Navy was on patrol duty in the North Sea searching for contraband. She stopped a vessel with a Russian flag only to discover that it was in fact a German ship disguised as a Russian tramp steamer and when the Ramsey got closer to the ship the Russian flag was pulled down and the German flag hoisted up, firing machine guns and torpedoes. The Ramsey sank in four minutes. There were forty six survivors. It was one of the darkest single days of the war for Manx people. The year marks the centenary anniversary since its sinking.
Ben my Chree III launched in 1908 for the Liverpool to Douglas route, and at the time was regarded as the fastest steamer in the British coastal waters. With the outbreak of war in 1914 she and other civilian vessels were seized by the Royal Navy and converted into seaplane carriers. Ben My Chree took part in the operations at Gallipoli in 1915 and her place in history was secured when she assisted in the sinking of the first vessel to be destroyed by a torpedo launched for aircraft. Her life proved short when she was hit by Turkish gunfire in 1917.
This exclusive Miniature Sheet is available in mint condition and Cancelled to Order, a First Day Cover and a Presentation Pack, which beautifully illustrates a painting of the Peggy of Castletown, the oldest surviving Manx vessel, the world's oldest yacht and the oldest surviving example of the shallop hull form.
|Design||Isle of Man Advertising|
|Format||Miniature sheet of 4 stamps|
|Paper||108 gms PVA gummed|
|Perforations||14 per 2cms|
|Stamp Size||40 x 26.18|
|Date of Issue||1st May 2015|
Product Code: TI96
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.
Product Code: TI95
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.
Product Code: TI25
This stunning miniature sheet featuring four historic Manx vessels painted by artist, mariner and Manxman John Halsall marks a number of historic anniversaries from the Island’s rich Manx maritime heritage, including the 100th anniversary of HMS Ramsey sinking, the Master Frank RY95, The Wanderer (rescue boat to the Lusitania) and the 75th Anniversary of the loss of Mona's Queen.
Product Code: TI92
This highly collectable Isle of Man First Day Cover features a mint condition Manx maritime history miniature sheet, cancelled with the first day of issue and accompanied by an illustrated information card written by Matthew Richardson, Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage.
Product Code: TI42
A mint condition Miniature Sheet, featuring examples of John Halsall's Manx maritime paintings, is mounted within a four-sided mini-folder containing the story of the ships, artists biography and additional illustrations from John's portfolio of work.