||The Souvenir Sheet features the international rate stamp, which shows a full colour side illustration of the Titanic, sailing on a calm ocean. Titanic was almost 280 metres (883 feet) in length and, at the time, it was the largest passenger steamship in the world.
Marked on the map behind the ship are Southampton (England), Cape Race (Newfoundland) and Halifax (Nova Scotia)—all prominent locations in Titanic’s story. Southampton is where the Titanic started her much-anticipated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. There were more than 2,220 people on board.
It was from Cape Race that a team working at the Canadian Marconi company’s wireless station heard Titanic’s early distress call. It came through late in the evening on April 14, 1912. Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) became the centre of the recovery efforts after the tragic sinking on April 15, 1912. The people of Halifax, faced with a grim duty, stepped up and dealt with the aftermath in a respectful and dignified way.
Near the base of the stamp appears the House Flag of the White Star Line (Titanic’s owners). This red flag—with its white five-pointed star and v-shaped tail—was flown from the top of Titanic’s main mast.
Even after 100 years, interest in the Titanic remains strong. This year’s centennial events (including the re-release of James Cameron’s Titanic movie in 3D) will likely bring together a whole new audience of enthusiasts.
Canada Post 2012 VFNH $1.80 Titanic Centenary Commemorative Souvenir Sheet.