New Merchant Navy and Bertram Mackennal stamps

29 Sep

A fitting tribute to the wonderful Merchant Navy and some of her fine ships of yesteryear…have to say the Cutty Sark is a family favourite, great great uncle Linton, Moir & Ritchie built…

First Class Cutty Sark

First Class Cutty Sark

The British Postal Museum & Archive blog

As always during Stampex Royal Mail are issuing several sets of new stamps. Today sees the launch of a commemorative issue on the Merchant Navy and commemorative sheets marking the 150thanniversary of the birth of Bertram Mackennal.

Merchant Navy

The Merchant Navy stamps salute the heritage of the UK’s trading fleet of ships, run by various companies. These export and import goods from around the world as well as carrying passengers, and historically have been intertwined with the fortunes of the nation.

The accompanying miniature sheet honours the contribution of the Merchant Navy in times of war, when its ships assisted in the war effort. 2013 will mark the 70th anniversary of the turning point of what is called the Battle of the Atlantic, after which losses reduced considerably.

Bertram Mackennal

Bertram Mackennal was born on 12th June 1863 in Melbourne, Australia, to parents of Scottish descent. After initial…

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2 Responses to “New Merchant Navy and Bertram Mackennal stamps”

  1. Sandy Sue September 29, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Fascinating, as always, E. I can’t imagine having family ties to the ships or the sea like that, being so far inland. What an amazing heritage.

    • Moss Piglet September 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Well…you will have to take a transatlantic Liner over the pond to my house, travel in style.

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