Canada post issued a set of four stamps to commemorate 100 year of Titanic. The stamps feature the front view of Titanic, The Bow and The Stern.
The bow: Titanic’s enormous bow and two front anchors appear in the centre of the first pair of stamps. On the right side, you’ll see Southampton (England), where the Titanic began her maiden voyage.
On the left is Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada), which became the centre of recovery efforts after the ship sank.
The stern: The second stamp pair shows the 3 propellers that were situated at the rear of the ship—2 larger outer propellers and a smaller centre propeller.
At the bottom of each stamp sits the house flag of the White Star Line (Titanic’s owners). This iconic red flag flew from the Titanic’s main mast and was also displayed on her tickets, cutlery and furniture.
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City.
The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage.
One of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, she was built between 1909–11 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. She carried 2,224 people.
Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America.
The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins.
She also had a powerful wireless telegraph provided for the convenience of passengers as well as for operational use. Though she had advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, she lacked enough lifeboats to accommodate all of those aboard.
Due to outdated maritime safety regulations, she carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – a third of her total passenger and crew capacity.
Title: Titanic – Canada
Date of Issue: 5 April 2012
Source: Canada Post