PITCAIRN ISLAND SHIP COVERS
The Pitcairn Islands Post Office issued an attractive souvenir sheet of stamps on the 8th January, 2003 giving homage to the ships of the Blue Star line which had served as one of the main methods of communication for the isolated island. The sheet was timed to co-incide with the withdrawal of the Blue Star Line service. The sheet shows 4 of the vessels involved waiting off Pitcairn Island in a montage view .
America Star called for the last time, southbound sailing from Houston, Texas to Auckland, New Zealand on 8 January 2003, the date upon which the sheetlet was issued.
The Pitcairn Island Post Office arranged to have a limited number of 200 covers cacheted on the day with the "America Star" official ship's cachet and subsequently also arranged 200 First Day Covers to have each of the three other ships cachets applied.
PITCAIRNSHIP1. 2003 (Jan 8th) FDC Blue Star ships sheet with "America Star" ship cachet. Price US$8
PITCAIRNSHIP2. 2003 (Jan 8th) FDC Blue Star ships sheet with "Melbourne Star" ship cachet. Price US$8
PITCAIRNSHIP3. 2003 (Jan 8th) FDC Blue Star ships sheet with "Queensland Star" ship cachet. Price US$8
PITCAIRNSHIP4. 2003 (Jan 8th) FDC Blue Star ships sheet with "Sydney Star" ship cachet. Price US$8
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The four ships: Melbourne Star, America
Star, Sydney Star and Queensland Star regularly stopped at Pitcairn up to 20 times each
year, bringing supplies and carrying passengers and mail to and from the island.
Originally, these vessels, launched more than 30 years ago were part of the ACT fleet.
Melbourne Star was originally named ACT III, America Star was ACT IV, Sydney Star was ACT
V and Queensland Star was ACT VI.
All four of these ships were withdrawn from service in 2003 and were subsequently broken up in Shanghai, China.
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