Isle of Man Stamps marks Panama Canal centenary

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imports_CCGB_stamp-88-_51105.jpg Isle of Man Stamps marks Panama Canal centenary
The Isle of Man Post Office is to mark the centenary of the opening of the Panama Canal with a special miniature sheet. ...
The Isle of Man Post Office is to mark the centenary of the opening of the Panama Canal with a special miniature sheet.

As well as marking the centenary of the Canal, the sheet pays tribute to the contribution of Manx man William Kentish, who carried out survey work on the Canal before its opening.

The miniature sheet features a £3.50 souvenir stamp featuring the Cunard ship Queen Elizabeth. The surrounding sheet shows the ship passing through the Panama Canal and also includes a photo of William Kentish, and a Panama Canal centenary logo, a map of the Panama Canal, and the wording 'Celebrating a Marine Masterpiece'.

THE PANAMA CANAL

The Panama Canal links to Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and at its opening in 1914, was hailed as a revolution for shipping, as it brought an end to lengthy and dangerous voyages around Cape Horn. Work began on the 48-mile canal was begun in 1881 and around 1,000 ships passed through the canal in its first year of operation. IIt is still widely used today, with an annual traffic of around 14,000 vessels.

To purchase the Panama Canals centenary miniature sheet, visit the Isle of Man Post Office website.

(Image copyright Isle of Man Post Office)

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