Violet's theme this week of 'ships.boats' enables me to show a favourite set including some ships that were/are world famous.
|Great Britain - British Ships, 15 January 1969|
Did you know that the Cutty Sark has a figurehead of a witch's hand holding the tail of a horse?
This is derived from the Robert Burns poem Tam O'Shanter where Tam is chased by a witch wearing a short shirt (a cutty sark). Witches cannot cross running water and as Tam rode over the Brig of Doon the witch pulled off the horse's tail and was left with it in her hand as Tam and his horse Meg escaped.
If you don't believe me you can always visit the restored Clipper Ship at Greenwich to see for yourself.
These 9d stamps were arranged in horizontal strips of three across the page.
The 1/- stamps below were in horizontal strips of two.
|Great Britain - British Ships|
You may visit Isambard Kingdom Brunel's famous steamship the SS Great Britain in Bristol's Great Western Dockyard; the place where it was built - and restored for us to marvel at.
The SS Mauretania was a Cunard Line ocean liner, launched in 1906, which held the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic crossing for 20 years from 1909.
For other maritime stamps cross over to Sunday-stamps-ii-8.