Passenger ferries

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Name: Passenger ferries
Date of Issue: 1 June 2009
Country: Aland
Denominations:Inrikes (€0.75) (s/s Viking), Europa (€0.80) (Newbuilding 2009)

In June, Åland Post starts a new series of stamps on the theme passenger ferries, which operate or has operated to and from Åland since the start of passenger ferry service in 1959. The first two stamps depict the first ferry and the newest.

One of the ships featured is the s/s Viking; the other is so new that is has not yet been named. This is the reason why it is still called Newbuilding 2009.

On 1 June 1959, the first proper passenger ferry, the s/s Viking, sailed off on its maiden voyage from Galtby in the Finnish archipelago of Turku, via Mariehamn to Gräddö in Roslagen. The ship was owned by the shipping company Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen, founded by the Ålanders Gunnar Eklund and Henning Rundberg. The s/s Viking was built as the s/s Dinard in 1924 for Southern Railways Company.

The second stamp to be issued 1 June shows Viking Lines’ newbuilding, which will be operating between Kapellskär, Sweden, and Mariehamn, Åland. She is planned to be put in traffic at the end of 2009 or in the beginning of 2010. It will be the first newbuilding ever for short-route service across the Sea of Åland.

The passenger ferry series starts in 2009 and is planned to continue for quite a few years ahead. Shipping has always been of great importance to Ålanders, not to say a bare necessity if you wish to travel to or from Åland. Consequently, the Post has a considerable number of shipping companies and passenger ferries to choose from when planning future stamp motifs.
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