Sunday, October 21, 2012

Centenary of the Rosselare/Fishguard Ferry Service, Ireland

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.
The engineer, 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 :)

10 comments:

  1. My family is Irish and when I was a child we crossed to Ireland by ferry quite often, but sadly we never used the Rosslare - Fishguard route. I didn't even know all this history though I probably should have.

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  2. One of our friends just got back from Ireland and sent me some great Titanic postcards from their museum.

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  3. What a contrast there is between the ships on the two stamps. I only like ferries on stamps as I'm a rotten passenger.

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  4. I like the modern ferry on the right hand stamp. It looks like it could go quite fast. Thank you for participating!

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  5. Lovely mini sheet and card. I used to travel by ferry and rail when I was a student, and I think in many ways it's more of an adventure than flying, it was also always cheaper, but more time consuming.

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  6. That is quite a beautiful mini sheet! The huge modern ferry shown docked on the mini sheet looks very much like the massive ferries run by BC Ferries. (British Columbia). One of my favorite trips is driving north across the British Columbia border from Washington State to take a BC Ferry to Victoria, BC. I always bring a good book to read during that ferry ride and once in a while have been lucky enough to see a pod of Orca whales alongside. Great post Ana!

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  7. It is nice to see the whole sheet used.

    I was amused by the name "Fishguard."

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  8. That is quite a difference between the two ferries!

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  9. Hi Ana,

    How I wish we have a ferry service as pretty as that one on the right!

    Thanks for your comment on my page.

    Maria

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