The Era of Sail - clipper ships stamps from Australia Post

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imports_CCGB_stamp-97-_09759.jpg The Era of Sail - clipper ships stamps from Australia Post
Australia celebrates the history of four of its most celebrated clipper ships in a new issue of four stamps. ...
Australia celebrates the history of four of its most celebrated clipper ships in a new issue of four stamps.

Clipper ships carried both passengers and goods across vast distances during the nineteenth century and for some passengers, these journeys were the start of a new life in Australia, as they were carried across the ocean as emigrants.

The stamps feature four prominent clippers: Frances Henty, Phoenician, Arabian and Monkchester. These were among the fastest ships of their day, with their sleek designs enabling them to travel at high speed across the oceans, slashing the previous journey times of older ships.

The oldest ship featured in the set is the Phoenician, the first clipper to come to Australia (in 1849) and the property of White Star Line. Her maiden voyage to Melbourne took 91 days from England, in an age when voyages of fourteen weeks for the trip to Australia were not uncommon. Next in the set is the Frances Henty, built in 1852 and to carry passengers, wool and gold between London and Melbourne.

The other two ships featured are the Arabian, which is shown on the stamp in a painting by CP Williams, and the Monkchester, which is featured in an 1865 painting by English artist John Scott.

STAMP DETAILS

Era of Sail: Clipper Ships
Issue date: 17 February 2015
Denomination: 2 x 70c; 2 x $1.40
Design: Lisa Christensen
Printer: R A Print
Process: Lithography
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Perforations: 13.86 x 14.6

To purchase the stamps, visit the Australia Post website.

(images copyright Australia Post)

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