1st April sees the issue of our Europa set entitled 'Mail Ships' and is part of the 2020 theme of Ancient Postal Routes. They feature six mail and packet ships that sailed between Guernsey and the United Kingdom.
Before air mail took off in the twentieth century, sending post to the Channel Islands was only possible by sea and crossing the busy Channel could be a dangerous business, not only because of bad weather, but the very real threat of privateers and shipwrecks too.
50p: Earl of Chesterfield 85p: Alberta
68p: Ariadne 95p: Isle of Guernsey
70p: Antelope £1.02: Sarnia
|Date of Issue
||1 April 2020
||Cartor Security Printing
||50p, 68p, 70p, 85p, 95p, £1.02
||30mm deep x 42mm wide
||PVA Gummed 110gsm
||13.25 x 13.5
Europa: Ancient Postal Routes: Mail Ships