This year’s second stamp in the passenger ferry series features M/S Princess Anastasia. The ship operates on the route Stockholm–Tallinn–St Petersburg– Helsinki.
Ordered by Swedish shipping company Rederi Ab Slite, M/S Princess Anastasia was built in 1986 by Wärtsilä shipyard in Turku to be placed in the service of Viking Line. She was named M/S Olympia and was sister ship of Viking Line’s M/S Mariella. M/S Olympia operated for Viking Line between Stockholm and Helsinki from 1988 to 1993. When Rederi Ab Slite went bankrupt in 1993, she was sold to P&O Ferries and, between 1993 and 2010 she served mostly between Portsmouth in England and Bilbao in Spain, now with the name M/S Pride of Bilbao.
On 2 April 2011, St Peter Line placed the ship in traffic on the route Stockholm– Tallinn–St Petersburg–Helsinki under her new name M/S Princess Anastasia. From August 2011 until April 2012, Mariehamn was one of the ports of call on her voyage.
We issue this stamp in cooperation with the Russian post. A very popular joint issue of a miniature sheet in 2011 in connection with the 150th anniversary of Mariehamn paved the way for this new joint issue. St Petersburg is also a twin town of Mariehamn.
Technical DetailsIssue Date: 05.08.2013
Designer: Håkan Sjöström
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 35.4 x 26 mm