Canada Post will issue a pair of se-tenant stamps marking the Bluenose centennial on June 29.
Nova Scotia native Doug Ettinger, Canada Post’s president and CEO, unveiled the plans at a March 26 virtual event, the first in a series by the “Bluenose 100” committee to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the schooner’s launch.
“On Jan. 8, 1929, we released our first Bluenose stamp,” Ettinger said.
“Generations of collectors continue to call it one of the most beautiful stamps ever produced in this country. In fact, the stamp was so beloved – and it represented the Canadian spirit so nicely – that we featured it again on a commemorative stamp in 1982. We’ve also celebrated the stories of those whose lives were forever tied to the Bluenose, like Captain Angus Walters in 1988, whose grandson I went to school with in Nova Scotia, and the ship’s designer, William James Roué – we also honoured him with a special stamp in 1998.”
Canada Post will once again release a Bluenose-themed issue for this year’s centennial, Ettinger added.
Roué’s 17th vessel design was the Bluenose (also known as the “Queen of the North Atlantic”), which was built in Lunenburg, N.S., before launching on March 26, 1921.
Lunenburg is also the official first-day cover postmark location for the upcoming issue.