Royal Mail launches fleet of stamps featuring famous seafaring vessels to celebrate Britain’s proud naval past
- A set of eight stamps will commemorate some of the navy’s key ships
- Starting with Henvy VIII’s Mary Rose, 1511, and ending with the Queen Elizabeth
- Others include Nelson’s flagship Victory and Charles Darwin’s Beagle
For centuries the Royal Navy defended Britain from invasion and turned this island nation into a global superpower.
Now the Senior Service’s role in our history is being celebrated by the Royal Mail – even if the navy and our place in the world are rather less grand than they used to be.
A set of eight stamps, covering 500 years, will commemorate some the navy’s key ships, starting with Henry VIII’s Mary Rose of 1511, and concluding with the giant aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth.
A set of eight stamps, covering 500 years, will commemorate some the navy’s key ships, starting with Henry VIII’s Mary Rose of 1511, and concluding with the Queen Elizabeth
A full set of stamps, available in a presentation pack, costs £11.20. Pictured, HMS Queen Elizabeth Captain Stephen Moorhouse (centre) with (left to right) Siobhan Hehir, Gregory Hattersley, Luke Williams and Lewis Copper
Others include Nelson’s flagship Victory and Charles Darwin’s Beagle.
The stamps also feature Dreadnought, the 1906 battleship which was such a radical design that it gave its name to new breed of warships, the Second World War battleship King George V which helped to sink the Hitler’s Bismarck in May 1941, and the extravagantly decorated Royal Sovereign of 1631.
A full set of stamps, available in a presentation pack, costs £11.20.
Henry VIII’s Mary Rose of 1511. Built in Portsmouth the Mary Rose is thought to have been named after Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, but no evidence supports this
Sovereign of the Seas was ordered in 1634 on the instruction of Charles I. Despite opposition the great ship was built by Peter Pett, later a Commissioner of the Navy
The HMS Victory is best known for the part it played in the Battle of Trafalgar. It was Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship
First launched in 1820, the HMS Beagle is most famous for being the vessel on which Charles Darwin made the observations necessary to develop his theory of natural selection
Britain’s first iron-hulled battleship was built in 1860. It was built in a time of Empire and supported British trade
Dreadnought’s name, and the class of battleships named after it, means ‘a fearless person’. The ship represented an advance in naval power at the turn of the 20th century
Operating during the Second World War the HMS King George V was the lead of five battleships. It was made the flagship vessel of the British Home Fleet in April 1941
The HMS Queen Elizabeth is an aircraft carrier and the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy. It can carry up to 70 aircraft