The St Helena Post Office maintains a stamp issuing policy whereby defintive
stamps are replaced every five years. The Current definitive stamps featuring
the beautiful birds of St Helena, released on 26 August 1993, are today
being replaced by a very interesting and attractive issue entitled "Maritime
Each of the twelwe stamps depict a differnet type of naval ships that
called at St Helena during the early times through to the later yeasr of
sail, and includes such ships as HMS Endeavour, HMS Northumberland, the
Dutch ship Witte Leeuw, and the French frigate La Belle Poule, which conveyed
the body of the Island's most famous resident, Napoleon Bonaparte, back
to France in 1840. The ships are shown at sea against backgrounds based
on weather conditions prevailing at the time.
The name of the ship and the year it called at St Helena is printed
on each stamp.
There are two official covers, one blue and the other cream, both bearing
the design of a fleet of East Indiamen off St Helena. The six stamps affixed
to each cover are cancelled with a special cachet featuring the bowline
A liner card containing information on stamps is enclosed in each cover.
Mint sets at £10.80 and official first day covers £5.20
(blue) and £L6.40 (cream) are available from the Philatelic Bureau,
The Post Office, Jamestown.
Just click on stamp!