|BC469MB||The Atlantic and Artic Convoys Miniature Sheet, alternative Liverpool Rope postmark, unsigned||£17.50||Buy Now|
|BC469MD||The Atlantic and Artic Convoys Miniature Sheet, with an Autumn Stampex postmark||£17.50||Buy Now|
|BC469ME||The Atlantic and Artic Convoys Miniature Sheet, alternative Merseyside Maritime Museum postmark||£17.50||Buy Now|
|BC469MF||The Atlantic and Artic Convoys Miniature Sheet, with alternative Liverpool Ship postmark||£17.50||Buy Now|
|BC469M||The Atlantic and Artic Convoys Miniature Sheet, Liverpool Medal Postmark, unsigned||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC469MFS||The Merchant Navy: The Atlantic and Artic Convoys Miniature Sheet, signed Cyrill Pettitt||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BC469MS||The Atlantic and Artic Convoys M/S, Liverpool Medal P/M, signed by a Veteran (our choice)||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BC469MS2||Atlantic and Artic Convoys M/S, Liverpool Medal P/M, signed by Baron Boyce and a Veteran||£30.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 19/09/2013
Issue Name: The Merchant Navy: The Atlantic and Artic Convoys Miniature Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This fantastic cover honours the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum which has been represented in the miniature sheet. It features an illustration of Convoy JW55A to Russia, courtesey of the Imperial War Museum and is available with various postmarks. It is available signed by Cyril Pettitt or by our choice of Veteran.
The Atlantic and Artic Convoys
At the outbreak of war, all British merchant ships were recruited, at first volutarily and later compulsory, to work in convoys to supply our forces wherever they were. Each convoy consisted of between 30 and 70 mostly unarmed merchant ships.
The Atlantic covoys from Canada, and later the United States bought supplies, which were vital for Britian to continue its war effort. At least 35,000 merchant seaman died as a direct or indirect consequence of the war, many on the North Atlantic sea. In total 2,426 British registered ships were lost, with a tonnage of 11,331,933 grt.
The Artic Convoys, 42 in all (1941-1945), sailed from various ports, but by far the greatest number, nineteen convoys, sailed from Loch Ewe in Wester Ross. This location was selected because of its deep water and its access to the North Atlantic. Merchant ships would arrive to make up the convoys which would carry essential supplies from Britain and, eventually America. These consisted of tanks, aeroplanes (Hurricanes), explosives (TNT), ammuntion, motor vehicles of all sorts, fuel oil and general cargo and amounted to million of tons. Loch Ewe became a restricted military area. An estimated militaryforce of over 22,000 manned the gun batteries and serviced both Merchant Shipping and the Royal Navy. The journey to Russia was a hazardous one - Winston Churchill called it "the worst journey in the world".
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Cyril Pettitt R.N. Gunner
Cyril was born on 6th June 1925 in Camberwell, London (then Stepney). Four Atlantic Convoys, first trip Queen Mary from Tail o' Bank Greenock carrying US troops, 6" gun at stern.
The Liberty ships out of Baltimore - 12 Royal Navy gunners to each ship. He ws on the 4" Oerlikons (Swedish gun), carrying ammunition, sea going tugs, drones etc to Taranto, Italy. U-boat menace at its height during 1944, Liberty ship was the 'Samtroy', served on 'King George V' also in the far east.