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75th Ann of the launch of RMS Mauretania

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75th Anniversary of the launch of RMS Mauretania Stamp Sheet Presentation Pack £35.00 Sold Out
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  • Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the launch RMS Mauretania
  • Featuring a stunning image of RMS Mauretania
  • with 10 1st class ship stamps
  • Limited edition of just 1938 sheets
  • Available signed by Captain Christopher Rynd

Issue Date: 28/07/2013

Issue Name: 75th Anniversary of the lauch of RMS Mauretania

Producer: Buckingham Covers


The 28th July 2013 marks 75 years since the launch of RMS Mauretania. To commemorate this event we have produced this stunning stamp sheet presentation pack. It features ten labels, five of which feature different views of RMS Mauretania and five feature ladies enjoying the 30's social scene, all painted by renowned artist John Wigston.


  • Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the launch RMS Mauretania
  • Featuring a stunning image of RMS Mauretania
  • with 10 1st class ship stamps
  • Limited edition of just 1938 sheets
  • Available signed by Captain Christopher Rynd


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75th Anniversary of RMS Mauretania

Mauretania was to experience only the briefest period of commercial operation before the outbreak of hostilities halted this work for over six years. On 11th August 1939 she left on her final pre-war voyage to New York. On her return she was requisitioned by the Government. Mauretania was armed with two 6-inch guns and some smaller weapons, painted in battle grey, and then despatched to America at the end of December 1939.

By 1962, she was facing competition from much more modern ships and was beginning to lose money for Cunard Line. On 28 March 1963 she began a new Mediterranean service calling at New York, Cannes, Genoa and Naples. This, however, was a failure and by 1964 she was mainly employed cruising from New York to the West Indies.


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A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the ship 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: 1938



Commodore Christopher Rynd was born in New Zealand and grew up in Singapore, Sri Lanka, and in the islands of Fiji and Samoa.of the tropical South Pacific. He began his sea career in 1970 at the age of seventeen in New Zealand. The influence of his father and upbringing helped in this choice.

After completing his cadet-ship, he joined his first passenger liner, the S.S.Oronsay of P&O Lines. His early days at sea were on P&O's vessels on routes between Australasia and the United Kingdom combined with cruising. Since then, most of his career has been in passenger cruise ships on world-wide itineraries. Additionally Rynd expanded his experience with eight years as a reserve officer in the British Royal Navy. He gained his qualification as Master in London in 1979.

Previous commands have included the Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Pacific Princess - both the original vessel that 'starred' in the 'Love Boat' television series which in turn lead to the growth of cruising as a travel option, and the latest ship to bear the name, which he brought into service for Princess Cruises. He has ,also commanded the Pacific Sky (the last steam turbine vessel to see service in the P&O fleet) and the Sapphire Princess, before being appointed to command Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2. In 2005 as a result of Cunard's acquisition by Carnival Corporation and' changes in management.

Whilst on board QE2, he came to appreciate Cunard's distinctive product and traditions. He was subsequently appointed to Queen Mary 2 the world's greatest liner, and in his time there took her on the maiden world voyage.

Rynd was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute in 2008, the international professional body for maritime professionals, and took time out in 2009/10 to work as a coach under the auspices of the Company's training facility, 'CSmart', in the Netherlands. This was an opportunity to travel in ships across the corporate fleets and be involved in the introduction of new procedures that enhance safe operations in navigating ships.

Rynd was made Commodore of the Cunard fleet in April 2011. Commodore Rynd and his Australian wife Julie, have three children who are now young adults, which allows Julie to accompany her husband at sea most of the time. When not at sea they spend time in both Britain and Australia, but visit New Zealand each year to hike and fish trout.

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