|BCSHEET62||175th Anniversary of P&O Cruises Mint Stamp Sheet||£30.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET62S||175th Anniversary of P&O Cruises Mint Stamp Sheet signed Captain Ian Hutley||£45.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 03/07/2012
Issue Name: P&O Cruises 175th Anniversary Mint Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2012 will mark the 175th year that P&O Cruises has been sailing the seas. The company was originally a constituent of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, and operated the world's first passenger ships in the early 19th century. We've joined together with P&O Cruises to produce this official stamp sheet. Official P&O Cruises commemorative stamp sheet Featuring 10 beautiful stamps and labels showing some of P&O's flagship vessels A limited edition stamp sheet Commemorating the 175th anniversary of a cruise giant.
P&O Cruises - A Short History
Originally a constituent part of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, P&O cruises is the oldest cruise line in the world, having operated the world's first passenger ships in the early 19th Century. Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation was formed in 1822, which began as a life partnership between London ship broker Brodie Willcox and Shetlands sailor Arthur Anderson. Initially operating the operating a shipping line with routes between England and the Iberian Peninsula, it received a contract to deliver mail in 1837 to the Iberian Peninsula, and in 1840 won a contract to deliver mail to Egypt.
P&O first introduced passenger services in 1844. The forerunner of modern cruise holidays, these voyages were the first of their kind and have led to P&O Cruises being recognised as the world's oldest cruise line. The company later introduced round trips to destinations such as Alexandria and Constantinople and underwent rapid expansion in the later half of the 19th century, with its ships becoming larger and more luxurious.
In the first half of the following century, parent company P&O merged with British India Steam Navigation Company, leaving the fleet with a total of 197 ships, of which a small number were lost during the First World War. After the First World War, P&O bought a controlling stake in the Orient Steam Navigation Company. It left the Second World War with a lost of 156 ships including popular liners such as Viceroy of India, Cathay, Oronsay and Orcades.
P&O Cruises currnelty operates sever cruise ships with a total passenger capacity of 14,790 and a 5% market share of all cruise lines worldwide.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the Union Jack stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 1000
Captain Hutley hails from Colchester in Essex and joined P&O Cruises in 1981 as a Deck Cadet. He then joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as Third Officer and after three years service with the RFA, he rejoined P&O Cruises as Third Officer on the Royal Princess before being promoted to Second Officer in 1989.
Captain Hutley worked his way through the ranks of First Officer, Chief Officer/Safety Officer and Staff Captain. As Staff Captain he served on Victoria, Oriana, Arcadia, Grand Princess, Adonia and Oceana, where he was promoted to Captain in February 2005.
Since then has has been in command of Ocean Village, P&O's Aurora, Oriana, Arcadia, Adonia and, over the past year, Cunard's Queen Victoria. He is currently serving on board the beautiful Aurora once again.
Captain Hutley lives in the south of England with his wife and two children and enjoys golf, football, cricket, cycling, philately, gardening and reading.