On today’s date in 1912, two young wireless radio operators, Robert Hunston and James Goodwin, heard the first distress call from the luxury liner RMS Titanic, which was en route to New York from England.
In 2012, Canada Post issued a five-stamp Titanic collection, including a stamp pane, a souvenir sheet, an uncut press sheet, prepaid postcards, framed prints, a collectible album and a stamp and coin collector envelope. The four domestic-rate “P” stamps (Scott 2531-2534) come as two pairs of se-tenant stamps, with two showing the ship’s bow and the other two featuring the stern. The stern stamps are available only on a pane of 16 stamps, which includes eight stern stamps and eight bow stamps. The bow stamps are also available in a booklet of 10 and on a pane of 16 stamps. The international-rate stamp (Scott 2535) shows a full-colour side illustration of the Titanic sailing on a calm ocean with a layered map showing relevant locations. It’s available in a booklet of six stamps, a souvenir sheet and a limited edition uncut press sheet.
At 11:40 p.m., Hunston and Goodwin heard the first distress call. The Titanic, on its maiden voyage, sank less than three hours later, with 1,517 passengers lost at sea.