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175th Anniversary of Cunard's first transatlantic service marked by Isle of Man Post Office

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Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Cunard shipping Line's first transatlantic service with a stunning set of celebratory special edition collectibles, due for release on 25 May. The collectibles can be purchased at and from Liverpool Council's pop up shops located along the Liverpool Waterfront during Cunard's 175th Anniversary (24 – 26 May) and the 2015 International Mersey River Festival (5 – 7 June).

Liverpool, forever part of Cunard's history, also marks the 175th Anniversary of the Cunard Line on 25 May with an unprecedented sighting of all three Cunard ships, the Queen Mary II, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, together back where Cunard originated.

The set is comprised of four highly collectible limited edition products. There are three covers, two of which feature artist Robert Lloyd's homecoming of the three Cunard Queens lined up together on the River Mersey in front of Liverpool's world-famous UNESCO Word Heritage Site waterfront, with the historic Cunard Building holding pride of place. The covers are available as signed and unsigned versions, postmarked 25 May 2015 and accompanied by three stamps depicting each of the three cruise liners. In addition, collectors have the opportunity to adorn their walls with a personally signed print limited to 175 copies by Robert Lloyd of the three ships lined up, which includes the three stamps and 25 May 2015 postmark.

Finally, is a special limited edition large format cover featuring artist Robert Lloyd's impression of Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania on the Mersey which is postmarked 7 May 2015. This edition is personally signed and numbered by the artist and then accompanied by a single stamp from John Halsall's Maritime History miniature sheet which depicts the sinking of the Lusitania with rescue boat the Peel Wanderer PL11.

Robert Lloyd is a marine artist with a worldwide reputation for producing beautiful technically accurate paintings for the marine industry, for private individuals and museum collections. Born in 1968, Robert's interest in the sea started at an early age. What started as a break from his profession as a graphic designer soon developed into a full time career. Robert is now one of Europe's most sought after marine artists.

Maxine Cannon, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins said: "We are pleased to celebrate Cunard Line's remarkable 175th Anniversary and illustrious history with the issue of our very special edition collectibles that beautifully depict images of the Three Queens and Lusitania using paintings by talented and highly sought after artist Robert Lloyd."

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