This week's theme of ships brings me back to the box of FDC's where I dug out the following:
The first cover commemorates Sir Francis Chichester's World Voyage and was issued on 24 July 1967. (Here's the wiki link). The 1/9 (1 shilling and 9d (d = pennies) in 'old money', ie. before decimalisation) was the only value issued.
The next FDC is the set of British Ships issued on 15 January 1969. I don't know the reason (if there was one) why the lowest value, the 5d QE2, is a different design to the others in the set.
The RMS Mauretania (the 1/- value below) is the RMS Mauretania I which was launched in 1906 and retired in 1934. At the time of her launching, she was the largest and fastest ship in the world. In WW1 she served as a troop carrier and later as a hospital ship. (Here's the wiki link). I ended up looking this up as I have recently scanned an old photo album from the 1930s with some photos of RMS Mauretania but that ship only had two funnels. The one in the photo album was RMS Mauretania II which was launched in 1938, and inherited the name from the earlier one of 1906, she was also the first ship of the newly merged Cunard White Star line (here's the wiki link).
The third cover shows the Mayflower and commemorates its sailing on 6 September 1620. The Mayflower stamp is one value from the anniversaries set issued on 1 April 1970.
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