Malta post issued a postage stamp with a common theme the boats of the Mediterranean as a part of common issue of the Postal Union for the Mediterranean.
The stamp features the traditional Maltese boat Firilla, which was commonly sighted in harbours around the Maltese Islands.
All the postal operators within PUMed also known as EUROMED, will be issuing stamps with a common theme the boats of the Mediterranean, but the designs will be different based on the traditional culture.
Also the stamps will bear the logo of EUROMED POSTAL, which indicates cooperation between the Postal Union for the Mediterranean.
The boats of the Mediterranean – Firilla
The Firilla was a wooden sea craft purposely built for speed. It was light and accompanied with sails to increase its speed.
Initially the purpose of the Firilla was to ferry sea workers to and from their place of work in a relatively short time. A Firilla of four oars, manned by four rowers could cross from Grand Harbour to Gozo in two and a half hours.
At a later stage, the Firilla was used for fishing as its unique features were suited to this industry particularly when using fishing nets and fish-pots.
The Postal Union for the Mediterranean – PUMed
PUMed was officially established on 15 March 2011 with its headquarters stationed in Malta.
PUMed currently includes 20 postal operators across the Mediterranean region, namely Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.
The creation of PUMed marks the Mediterranean region as a political, economic and social area.
Faced with an ever-changing postal industry, members within PUMed have come together so as to develop projects that will help each postal operator keep up with the challenges of the market.
Its goal is to support economic development in the Euro-Mediterranean region by promoting the role of post offices in the economy of the various countries and encouraging cooperation between the players involved in the postal sector.
Title: The boats of the Mediterranean stamp from Malta
Date of Issue: 9 July 2015
Source: Malta Stamps