Aland, new series of ferries

In June, Àland Post starts a new series of stamps on the theme passenger cerries, which operate or has operated to and from Àland since the start of passenger ferry service in 1959. The fìrst two stamps depict the first ferry and thè newest.

One of the ships featured is thè s/s Viking; the other is so new that is has not yet been named. This is the reason why it is stili called Newbuilding 2009.

On 1 June 1959, the first proper passenger ferry, the s/s Viking, saiied off on its maiden voyage from Galtby in the Finnish archipelago of Turku, via Mariehamn to Gràddò in Roslagen.

The ship was owned by the shipping company Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen, founded by the Alanders Gunnar Eklund and Henning Rundberg. The s/s Viking was built as thè s/s Dinard in 1924 for Southern Railways Company.

The second stamp to be issued 1 June shows Viking Lines' newbuilding, which will be operating between Kapellskàr, Sweden, and Mariehamn, Aland. She is planned to be put in traffic at the end of 2009 or in thè beginning of 2010. It will be the first newbuilding ever for short-route service across thè Sea of Àland.

The passenger ferry series starts in 2009 and is planned to continue for quite a few years ahead. Shipping has always been of great importance to Alanders, not to say a bare necessity if you wish to trave! to or from Aland. Consequently, the Post has a considerarle number of shipping companies and passenger ferries to choose from when planning future stamp motifs.

1 June 2009 Hakan Sjòstròm
2 x 200 000
Inrikes (€0.75) (s/s Viking)
Europa (€0.80) (Newbuilding 2009)
2 x 15 stamps
13 per 2 cm
110 g/m2
4-colour offset
Carter Security Printing
:e of issue

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