|BCSHEET10||Maiden voyages of Queen Victoria stamp sheet, unsigned||
|BCSHEET10C||Maiden voyages of Queen Victoria stamp sheet, unsigned, CARRIED||
|BCSHEET10S||Maiden voyages of Queen Victoria stamp sheet, signed by the Captain, Paul Wright||
Issue Date: 06/01/2008
Issue Name: RMS Queen Victoria Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
A Sheet Worthy of a Queen!Queen Victoria (QV) is a new cruise ship on the Cunard Line. The world’s newest ocean liner departed from Southampton on 6 January 2008 on her 106-night 'Maiden World Cruise'.To celebrate, we created this beautiful limited edition stamp sheet, created with Cunard. This was the second of our stamp sheets to feature a ship.
Queen Victoria began her maiden cruise to northern Europe on December 11, 2007. Following this, after a cruise to the Canary Islands, the QV embarked on her first world cruise, circumnavigating the globe in 107 days (the first ship to do so was also called Victoria; in 1153 days from 1519 to 1522). The first leg of this voyage was a tandem crossing of the Atlantic with the Queen Elizabeth 2, to New York City, where the two ships met the Queen Mary 2. This marked the first time three "Cunard Queens" were present in the same location.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the Firework 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: 2007
Captain Paul Wright was appointed as the first Master of Queen Victoria in 2006.
In 1965 he set to sea as a young cadet with Shell Tankers. After four years of hard work, he duly completed his cadetship in 1969 and joined Canadian Pacific for his first taste of life aboard a passenger ship, the Empress of Canada as a Junior Deck Officer. Yet it was not until a decade later that Wright joined Cunard, bringing with him wide-ranging experience earned during stints aboard container and cargo ships, ferries and even hovercraft. Cunard Countess welcomed Wright into the Cunard fleet in 1980, and he later embarked on voyages with Cunard Princess, Sagafjord, QE2, Cunard Dynasty and Queen Mary 2.
Wright's obvious qualities and capabilities ensured he soon secured his first appointment of Master, captaining Cunard's last cargo ship Atlantic Conveyor in 1992. Wright subsequently attained the same position aboard Cunard Dynasty (1997), QE2 (1999) and Queen Mary 2.
Captain Wright is the only person to serve as Master of three Cunard Queens