The second transport set this year features Ocean Liners. As the Cunard Queen Mary 2 starts regular transatlantic service between Southampton and New York, this set shows the world's largest ocean liner and some of the famous liners of the past.
|1st class - RMS Queen Mary 2 by Edward D Walker||'E' rate (40p) - SS Canberra by David Cobb||42p - RSM Queen Mary by Charles Pears|
|47p - RMS Mauretania by Thomas Henry||57p - SS City of New York by Raphael Monleaon y Torres||68p - PS Great Western by Joseph Walter.|
The Great Western (68p) designed by I K Brunel was the first steamship to make regular crossings of the Atlantic, travelling at 9 knots with nearly 150 passengers.
In 1888 the City of New York (57p) was the largest ship afloat. It was the first express transtlantic liner fitted with twin-propellers. With accommodation for 1740 passengers it had a cruising speed of 20 knots.
Cunard's Mauretania (47p) made its maiden voyage on 16 November 1907. Three times larger than the New York it operated at 25 knots and carried 2150 passengers.
The Cunard Queen Mary (42p), launched in 1934, broke with tradition and was furnished in contemporary design. During World War 2 Queen Mary carried more than 765,000 military personnel and carried Winston Churchill to conferences. In 1967 she became a floating hotel in Long Beach, California.
After the war liners were built for cruising rather than simply for transportation. The Canberra (40p), originally built for UK/Australia trade, was converted for cruising and was also involved in the Falklands War in 1982.
The Queen Mary 2 (1st class) was built in France and was named by H M The Queen on 8 January 2004. With a gross tonnage of 150,000 she has accommodation for 2,600 passengers and a cruising speed of 24-26 knots.
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Technical details: The stamps were designed by John Gibbs and printed by De La Rue in gravure, perf 14½x14 in sheets of 25 and 50.
On the same day Royal Mail will issue a miniature sheet containing all six stamps and a self-adhesive booklet containing 2 x 1st class Queen Mary 2 stamps and 4 x 1st class gold definitives.
All images, except the Norvic first day covers, are taken from Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletin and Philatelic Bulletin, and are Copyright 2004 by Royal Mail Group.
We have produced two limited edition FDCs for this issue, for the set of 6 stamps and the miniature sheet.
Prices - set of 6 or Miniature Sheet - £8.95
Single self-adhesive stamp on FDC - £2.95
Complete cylinder booklet on PO FDC, Southampton FD postmark - £9.95
For a full page of Ocean Liners FDCs and other QM2 and earlier covers Click here.
We also produced double-dated covers with the French Queen Mary 2 stamp cancelled on the day of issue (12.12.03), and the British set cancelled on 13 April 2004 - these are all sold.
Also available for collectors who want something other than FDCs:
Set of 6 mint stamps - £4.50     Miniature sheet - £7.25     Self-adhesive book - £2.95
RM Stamp Cards - postcard-sized reproductions of the stamps - £3.25 for a set of 6
Royal Mail FDCs also available - price on request
All prices exclude postage & packing. For prices in foreign currencies and all other enquiries - please email us.
These postmarks were available for the date of issue and all should be available on first day covers. However some will be more plentiful than others, and some may only be available on specific 'official covers', with a very few on PO fdcs in collections. It may be many years before these appear on the resale market.
| Ref FD415
Philatelic Bureau official first day of issue postmark
| Ref FD416
Official Southampton first day of issue postmark
| Ref E9068
Royal Mail official 'Spanning the Oceans' postmark
| Ref E9034
Ocean Liners, Southampton
| Ref E9035
Ocean Liners, Cunard Lines Southampton Voyage of Discovery
| Ref S9031
Ocean Liners, Belfast
| Ref E9069
Ocean Liners, 2004 RMS Queen Mary 2, Southampton
| Ref S9053
Ocean Liners, 1961 SS Canberra, Belfast
| Ref S9054
Ocean Liners, 1936 RMS Queen Mary, Clydebank
| Ref N9051
Ocean Liners, 1907 RMS Mauretania, Wallsend
| Ref S9055
Ocean Liners, 1888 SS City of New York, Glasgow
| Ref W9073
Ocean Liners, 1838 PS Great Western, Bristol
| Ref L9044
Tilbury Road, London E10
| Ref M9048
Canberra Way, Birmingham
| Ref N9050
Ocean Liners on British Stamps, Liverpool
| Ref S9052
Ocean Liners on British Stamps, Glasgow
| Ref E9062
QM2 - logo of Cunard Queen Mary 2, Southampton
| Ref E9063
| Ref E9064
Southampton (unidentified - not Cunarder)
| Ref E9058
Cruise Control, Bletchley Park
(Logo of the holiday company)
| Ref E9061
This appears to be a tanker
| Ref E9065
Self-adhesives, Southampton (apparently showing the SS United States)
| Ref E9067
The Crown and Anchor, Southampton Public House/Inn
| Ref W9072
(PS Great Western) Bristol
Also available, two postmarks for the Maiden Transatlantic Voyage from Southampton to New York >>>>
We have produced another in our series of Norvic QM2 covers for this voyage and also have maximum cards, with the 1st class QM2 stamp. (see the link above) To reserve a copy, please email us.
| Ref E9083
Queen Mary 2 Pride of the Fleet, Southampton
| Ref L9080
Great Western Road, London W8
|Ref E9070 Southampton Queen Mary 2 Maiden Transatlantic Voyage New York|| Ref E9084
Maiden Transatlantic Crossing Westbound Southampton
Norvic Ocean Liners FDC design
Classic Steam Locomotives
Hong Kong Stamp Expo 2004 Smilers Sheet
Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet
Lord of the Rings
Letters by Night Prestige Book (TPOs)
A British Journey - Northern Ireland
New definitives, including airmail postcard book of stamps
Centenary of the Entente Cordiale
|13 April Ocean Liners||11 May
40p Country definitives
Royal Horticultural Society
British Journey - Wales
Rule Britannia Smilers Sheet
Royal Society of Arts
Scottish Parliament Building
| 2 November
This page updated 16 September 2004. [5.2.05]