So hello Sunday Stampers! Beautiful sunny day over here..chilly, but the sunshine just feels so nice! So before i head to catch some fresh air, here is my entry for today's theme, which is ships.
Well, the first thing that crossed my mind was of course Titanic...or some of those great US Forever (and not Forever) stamps depicting ships...but then I wondered...what are the odds of actually those being a more frequent 'see' today...hmm..Macedonia has also issued two ships stamps, but somehow i didnt get very thrilled at the thought of posting those...and then it dawned on me that recently i have received something that would fit in the theme perfectly...and is just extra beautiful! (well, to me at least :))
A fantastic cover from Ireland, where the entire mini sheet has been attached!
these stamps were issued on 20 June 2006, to celebrate the centenary of the Rosslare/Fishguard Ferry Service.
the story goes that towards the end of the 19th Century a ferry
service linked New Milford, in the Milford
Haven estuary, and Waterford.
Marc Brunel, envisaged a port on the west
coast of Wales which could handle the
transatlantic liners trade and which by
definition would require a rail connection to
serve London. The Fishguard and Rosslare
Railways and Harbour Company, which was taken over
jointly by the Great Western Railway and their Irish
partners, the Great Southern and Western Railway of
Ireland, undertook to build a railway from Waterford to
Rosslare. Linking New Milford to the rail network presented
major engineering difficulties so the alternative port of
Fishguard was chosen. It was sheltered, had deep water and
most importantly offered a shorter crossing to Ireland.
During the next few years no expense was spared in making
Fishguard a major port for Irish traffic.
Work began on the development of Fishguard in 1899 and
was completed in 1906. The service to Ireland was launched
in 1906, and the first westbound sailing of the Saint David
carried 231 passengers. The service has operated since then
without interruption, even during the First and Second
World Wars, carrying both passengers and mail between
Ireland and Britain.
Among the liners that called to Fishguard were the
Mauritania and Lusitania.
The ferry service established a very strong connection
between the communities in Fishguard and Rosslare which
is maintained today. It continues to serve as a key element of
the infrastructure linking Ireland and Britain for the
purposes of trade and tourism.
Both ports are legally owned by Fishguard and Rosslare
Railways and Harbours Company in which Stena Line and
Irish Rail are shareholders.
ehhhh....I wish i could sail away somewhere right now....
see where others have sailed to today :)