Tristan da Cunha 2009 Stamps
Details of Tristan da Cunha postage stamps issued during 2009.
Mail to Tristan da Cunha
Issued on 23rd November 2009 - Withdrawn
 
Nine scheduled ships a year bring mail from Cape Town to the world's most remote community. The last 2009 ship leaves Cape Town on 26th November. Miss this last post before Christmas and the next post is not due until 3rd March 2010, a gap of three months. So it is hardly surprising that the arrival of post is an important event on the island. The arrival of the mail is highlighted in this last 2009 stamp issue, and available for order now from the unique Tristan da Cunha Post Office.
     

 

Mail bags prominent on the ship's deck as priority cargo to be unloaded on the first barge ashore.
 
Mail bags loaded onto a trailer in Calshot Harbour with Chief Islander Inspector Conrad Glass looking on

 

Hitting the gong heralds the news that the long-awaited post is ready for collection by Islanders in the Prince Philip Hall.
Post Office staff read out recipients of mail, and a family member comes forward to collect it

200932 4 mint stamps ( 25p, 35p, £1, £1.60) for £3.15

 

 

200933
First Day Cover
with 4 stamps
( 25p, 35p, £1, £1.60)
for £3.45

Tristan da Cunha Traditions
Issued on 28th September 2009 - Withdrawn
 

 

Sheep Shearing
See Woolens Page
 
Ratting Day
See Ratting Day Page

 

Longboats to Nightingale
See Nightingale Page

Old Year's Night Okalolies
See Christmas / New Year Page

See also an article on the Tristan da Cunha Okalolies by Tristan Association member Peter Millington
on the Master Mummers UK website : www.mastermummers.org

200930 4 mint stamps ( 25p, 35p, 70p, £1.60) for £2.90

 

 

200931
First Day Cover
with 4 stamps
( 25p, 35p, 70p, £1.60)
for £3.15

Technical Details supplied by CASCO  
Printer: The Lowe Martin Group ~ Designer: Andrew Robinson Stamp Size: 28 x 42mm
Process: High resolution stochastic screening in four colour process offset lithography Watermark: Printer’s own un-watermarked
Grateful thanks to the following individuals for reference material and invaluable advice ~
M & J Hentley, D Morley, I Green
Potato Production Stamp Issue
Issued on 3rd August 2009 - Withdrawn
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

200928 6 mint stamps ( 2 x 25p ; 2 x 35p ; 2 x £1.10) for £3.40
Mint Stamps are supplied as se-tenant pairs as shown below ~ and on the First Day Cover

     

 

200929
First Day Cover
with 6 stamps
( 2 x 25p ; 2 x 35p ; 2 x £1.10
)
for £3.65

     
Technical Details supplied by CASCO  
Printer: The Lowe Martin Group Designer: Andrew Robinson Stamp Size: 28 x 42mm
Process: High resolution stochastic screening in four colour process offset lithography Watermark: Printer’s own un-watermarked
Grateful thanks to the following individuals for reference material and invaluable advice ~
G Lombardi, A Lajolo, R Lloyd, R Taylor, R Grundy, I Green.
Space Travel / 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing Issue
Issued on 20th July 2009 - Withdrawn

 

200919 ~ 5 mint stamps (25, 35p, 60p, 90p & £1) for £3.10

 


Left ~

200920

Mint Souvenir Sheet for £1.50

Right ~

200921

Sheetlet of 6 x 25p stamps for £1.50

 

 

 

Left ~

200922

Sheetlet of 6 x 35p stamps for £2.10

Right ~

200923

Sheetlet of 6 x 60p stamps for £3.60

 

Please note
these sheetlets
have been
produced with
reduced values
as shown in
the correct
stamps
above!

200924 Sheetlet of 6 x 90p stamps for £5.40

Note this image is of a first draft when the value of the stamp was £1 in fact they are now 90p!

200925 Sheetlet of 6 x £1 stamps for £6

Note this image is of a first draft when the value of the stamp was £1.50 in fact they are now £1!

 

First Day Covers

dated

20th July 2009

200926 First Day Cover with 5 stamps
(25, 35p, 60p, 90p & £1) for £3.35

200927 First Day Cover with
£1.50 Souvenir Sheet for £1.75

Technical Details from CASCO

 

 

Designer: CASCO Studios

Photographs: Courtesy of the Images Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center

Miniature Sheet Paintings:
© Captain Alan Bean

Printer: Lowe Martin Group Process: High resolution stochastic four colour lithography Stamp Size: 36 x 36mm
Format: Sheets of 6 Miniature Sheet Size: 80 x 100mm Miniature Sheet Format: 1 stamp of size 40 x 60mm block perforated out
Watermark: CASCO Perforation: 13 per 2cms  
In addition to Tristan, the following countries will issue stamps 20th July – BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CAYMAN ISLANDS, KIRIBATI, SEYCHELLES and ST HELENA.  A set was issued earlier in the year from BERMUDA.
Centenary of Naval Aviation Issue
Issued on 17th April 2009 - Withdrawn
200911
4 mint stamps (25p, 35p, 2@ 50p) for £1.60
200912
Souvenir Sheet
featuring Lt Cdr Samson in a Short S.27
taking off from HMS Hibernia in 1912
for £1.50

200913
8 x 25p Felixstowe F.2A Sheetlet for £2.00

200914
8 x 35p Short S.27 Sheetlet for £2.80

200915
8 x 50p Sikorski Hoverfly Sheetlet for £4.00

200916
8 x 50p Blackburn Dart Sheetlet for £4.00


200917
First Day Cover Souvenir Sheet
featuring Lt Cdr Samson in a Short S.27
taking off from HMS Hibernia in 1912
for £1.75
200918
First Day Cover
with the four different stamps
(25p, 35p, 2@ 50p)
for £1.85

Technical Details supplied by CASCO  

Paintings:
Tim O’Brien

Colour Profiles:
Tim Callaway

Layout:
CASCO Studio

Printer:
BDT International Security Printing.

Process:
Lithography.

Paper:
CASCO Crown Watermarked.

Stamp Size:
28.45mm x 42.58mm.
Sheetlet Size:
165mm x140mm comprising 8 stamps and one label.
S/Sheet Size:
70mm x 110mm comprising one single stamp 28.45mm x 42.58mm.
Perforation: 14 per 2cms.    

Selected highlights of a Centenary of Naval Aviation 1909 - 2009

On 7th May 1909 the British Admiralty ordered the construction of the first ‘aerial scout airship’, specifically for naval and military purposes, and began the history of naval aviation celebrated in 2009.

Three years later Lt Samson made the first take off from a moving ship (HMS Hibernia) at sea which is depicted in the Tristan da Cunha £1.50 Souvenir Sheet.

On 1 April 1918 , the Admiralty passed all its air assets to the newly formed Royal Air Force, and this included all the aircraft and men. They had entered the First World War with a total of 93 machines and on relinquishing control, some 3,000 aircraft and 55,000 servicemen were handed over.

In 1924, HMS Hermes was commissioned as the first aircraft carrier specifically designed for the task.

At the end of the Second World War, the Royal Navy had around 11,000 aircraft.

The Fleet started to employ helicopters for anti-submarine work from the mid-1950’s.

The Sea Harrier vertical landing and take off aircraft came into service in 1979.

In 2009, it is planned that work will start on two new Queen Elizabeth Class ‘super- carriers’. At 60,000 tons, these will be the largest ships to ever have been built for the Royal Navy.

Abridged from a history of Naval Aviation supplied by the Fleet Air Arm

Naval Aviation and Tristan da Cunha

The ability of Royal Naval ships to carry helicopters has proved a huge benefit to Tristan da Cunha , as visiting ships can land personnel and cargo when the harbour is closed, and often the aircraft can be used to reach the outer islands and the Tristan mountain. There are several examples of how helicopters can benefit the isolated community, for example in carrying out scientific research and bringing equipment ashore. It was a helicopter from HMS Endurance that provided return transport for the Denstone Expedition to Inaccessible Island in 1983.

Seafaring and Exploration
Issued on 9th March 2009 - Withdrawn

From the February 2009 Tristan Newsletter :
This interesting stamp issue features design by CASCO Studio from ships paintings by John Batchelor and printing by BDT International Security Printing.

The 6 x 50p stamps are available as a mint set for £3 feature four sailing vessels, including the Tudor Mary Rose, the tea clipper Cutty Sark, 1902 steel hulled 3 masted ship Suomen Joutsen (pictured passing Tristan) and the first HMS Endurance. Also featured is cruise ship MS Explorer, which had visited Tristan, but sank after hitting an iceberg in November 2007. Finally the series features the new Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Lyme Bay which brought Operation Zest to Tristan in 2008.

Vicky Jones from CASCO would like to thank Ray Lloyd and Robin Taylor for their assistance in the research for this issue.
20091 6 stamps x 50p for £3.00
20092 Souvenir Sheet
featuring Tristao da Cunha's
voyage in 1506 for £1.00
20093 6 x 50p Cutty Sark Sheetlet for £3.00

20094 6 x 50p Endurance Sheetlet for £3.00

20095 6 x 50p MS Explorer Sheetlet for £3.00

20096 6 x 50p RFA Lyme Bay Sheetlet for £3.00

20097 6 x 50p Mary Rose Sheetlet for £3.00

20098 6 x 50p Soumen Joutsen Sheetlet for £3.00

20099 First Day Cover Souvenir Sheet featuring Tristao da Cunha's voyage in 1506 for £1.25
200910First Day Cover with 6 x 50p different stamps for £3.25