Sunday, May 17, 2009

Jersey-built sailing ships

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Date of Issue: April 14, 1992
Scott #: 599a

During the nineteenth century Jersey enjoyed great economic expansion, largely due to the important influence of the shipbuilding industry. The seal at the top right corner was a square shield Coat of Arms originating from those granted to the Island of Jersey by Edward I in 1279.

The four ships in the souvenir sheet are fully built in Jersey during various periods.

16p - Tickler - a two-masted schooner built in Jersey in 1858. She plied the trade routes of northern Europe and the Mediterranean, with occasional voyages to Newfoundland. Due to some financial difficulties, the company that owned the schooner, sold it to France in 1888. She was last mentioned in the Lloyd’s List in 1864.

22p - Hebe - a two-masted brig was launched in January 1861. She plied her trade on the North Sea and the North Atlantic. She was also used to ferry emigrant workers from Europe to Canada. She was wrecked in October 1887 on Bryon Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

50p - Gemini - a three-masted barque launched on May 07, 1864, making voyages to China, South America, West Indies, and New York. She was eventually broken up in Singapore in 1880 after being declared unseaworthy.

57p - Percy Douglas - a three-masted ship named after Major General Sir Robert Percy Douglas, then Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. Launched on August 08, 1861, the Percy Douglas worked the China routes until December 14, 1871 when it was finally wrecked after running aground off Rangoon, then India.


1 comment:

  1. What a great blog you have! I'm a stamp lover too!


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