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Royal Mail Postal Services 2008 Issue
Design by Geoffrey Appleton & Richard Woodman

Maday-Rescue at Sea

Royal Mail Postal Service has issued 6 new stamps with postage values of 1st Class, 46p, 48p, 54p, 69p, and 78p named "Mayday Rescue at Sea" on the 13th of March 2008. It has been 100 years since the International Distress Signal-SOS or the dots and dashes became the worldwide standard distress call. Royal Mail is marking this centenary with these Special Stamps highlighting rescue at sea. This could be the only issue ever issued that has the SOS dots and dashes signal on the horizontal perforations of the stamps. The six new stamps depict the dramatic rescue work of the RNLI and Coastguard helicopters as they battle through the weather to rescue people in distress. Each of the stamps is described in the table below:

  • Barra 1st Class - captures the lifeboat fighting through high seas.
  • Appledore 46p - is a Tyne Class lifeboat and is shown approaching a yacht in trouble.
  • Portland 48p - depicts a coastguard helicopter winchman as he retrieves a casualty from a stricken yacht.
  • St. Ives 54p - is a inshore D-Class Rigid Inflatable Lifeboat (RIB) in dramatic seagoing action.
  • Lee-On-Solent 69p - is a coast guard helicopter shown hovering as a casualty is winched aboard.
  • Tenby 78p - is a Tamar Class lifeboat that is being launched from a slipway

"Mayday - Rescue at Sea" stamps can be purchased as a set of 6, Sheets of 50, or Presentation Pack. Sorry no specification available at this time.


Maday-Rescue at Sea Presentation Pack


Maday-Rescue at Sea Partial Sheets



To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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