Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Stamps with Wood Chips

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps with wood chips printed

Gibraltar 2005 – Death of Lord Nelson - Battle of Trafalgar – Stamp printed with wood from HMS Victory

Benham Silk First Day Cover with the HMS Victory Stamp

Issued on: 31 January 2005 

The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on the 21st October 1805 off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish Coast, between the combined fleets of Spain and France and the Royal Navy. It was the last great sea action of the period and its significance to the outcome of the war in Europe is still debated by historians. A Royal Navy fleet under the command of Admiral Nelson destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, and in doing so guaranteed the United Kingdom uncontested control of the world’s ocean for more than 100 years.
In June 1803 Nelson embarked on HMS Victory as Commander in Chief in the Mediterranean. The next time he stepped off her on to land was on 20th July 1805 at Gibraltar. During that time he had been either blockading or chasing the French and Spanish fleets. Nelson's connection with Gibraltar was not finished as it was at Rosia Bay, Gibraltar on the 3rd November 1805 that his body was brought ashore from HMS Victory and re-interred in Spirits of Salts before sailing back to Great Britain.

Gibraltar HMS Victory stamp depicting the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar incorporate minute slivers of wood, cut from the original oak timbers of HMS Victory. Only the HMS Victory stamp (GBP1.60) is printed from paper made by pulping wood from the actual HMS Victory.

One stamp image depicts the barrel of brandy that Lord Horatio Nelson's body was returned to Britain in after he died during the battle.

Other countries too have printed the HMS Victory Stamps with the wood chip printed. The stamps of countries with the HMS Victory in my collection are - Ascension Island, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Kiribati, Jamaica, Nauru, St. Helena, St.Lucia and Tristan Da Cunha

The stamp from British Virgin Island (also from my collection) does not have the wood chip printed on the stamp though it has a similar design.

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