Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Cloth Stamps - Update

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Australia 2015 Era of Sail Ships Booklet with Set of 4 Silk Stamps 

Issue date 17 February 2015

Australia Post has issued a special prestige booklet on the Era of Sail Ships with a limited edition of only 500 pieces featuring a special self adhesive silk minisheet with a block of 4 silk stamps featuring 4 different sail ships. 

From the earliest days of European exploration, sailing ships were crucial in the development of Australia. Sailing ships carried everything that settlers needed for survival. The journey was often long and dangerous, ranging between six and 13 weeks, depending on weather conditions. Other hazards were fire and the difficulties
of maintaining hygiene. 

Clipper ships were known as the greyhounds of the sea from their beginnings in the 1840s and represented the pinnacle of sailing ship
technology. By the 1850s, the use of clipper ships on the England to Australia route was prominent, with most setting sail for Melbourne. These sleek sailing ships represented major advancements in design, enabling them to reach destinations more quickly. 

All the sailing ships featured in this issue have played a role in Australia’s maritime history. 

The Frances Henty was constructed in 1852 and named after the wife of Portland Bay patriarch Thomas Henty. The vessel carried passengers, gold and wool between London and Victoria. 

The clipper barque Phoenician of the White Star line was the first clipper ship to come to Australia, arriving in Port Jackson on 21 July 1849, taking 91 days from England. 

The painting of the Australian clipper ship Arabian, by CP Williams, was lithographed by John Raphael Isaac, medallist to HRH Prince Albert. 

The clipper barque Monkchester, was painted in 1865 by John Scott, a noted English oil painter from Newcastle.

The Red Jacket (cover) set a speed record on her maiden voyage
across the Atlantic in January 1854. The ship’s subsequent
voyage was to Melbourne in the then unprecedented time
of 67 days non-stop. 

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