Nordia- Ships at Sea

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Nordia- Ships at Sea Miniature Sheet

Nordia- Ships at Sea

Ships at Sea completes Nordic series the North by the Sea

The last miniature sheet in the current Nordic series presents the view of the bridge of a freighter out towards the horizon. It has been designed by Åland artist Juha Pykäläinen.

The development of Åland into a seafaring nation gained momentum around the middle of the 1800s with a vigorous development of farmer- seafaring. The need for both import and export freight increased as the Åland society grew. From the 1920s onwards, when many ship-owners around the world turned to steamships, Åland ship-owners bought up sailing ships inexpensively. Gustaf Erikson, for one, built up the world’s largest fleet of sailing ships.

After World War II, sailing ships had filled their purpose. Serving as a museum, the four-masted barque Pommern today lies in the western harbour of Mariehamn in memory of the sailing ship era.

In the late 1950s, Åland shipping entered a new era when passenger service between Mariehamn and Sweden gained speed. Today, passenger traffic to and from Åland ports is intense. In addition to scheduled passenger traffic, Åland is also a popular summer destination for cruise ships from around the world.

The Nordic Set holding the eight Nordic miniature sheets issued on a joint theme also appears on 17 March and sells at €18. 

Technical Details

Issue Date: 17.03.2014
Designer: Juha Pykäläinen
Printer: Cartor Security Printers
Process: 4 Colour Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 72 x 29mm