Cayman’s historical ships inspire new stamps

Historic ships are featured on the latest stamp issue from the Cayman Islands Post Office.

Five new stamps have been issued in tribute to the roles the vessels Kirk B, Nunoca, Rembro, S.S. Clara Scott and HMS Dragon played in shaping the islands’ history and economy.

Cayman’s historical ships Kirk B, Nunoca, Rembro and S.S. Clara Scott are on four of five newly issued stamps.
Cayman’s historical ships Kirk B, Nunoca, Rembro and S.S. Clara Scott are on four of five newly issued stamps.

The series includes a 25 cent, 80 cent, $1, $2 and $4 stamps, as well as a first day cover and souvenir sheet.

The 25 cent stamp features the Kirk B, which was built in 1929 by RB Kirkconnell and Brothers. Over the years, the ship was used as a freighter and for fishing and turtling. Built by Heber Arch Sr. in 1932, the Nunoca is featured on the 80 cent stamp. The ship, which sailed regularly between Cayman, Tampa and Jamaica, was lost at sea in 1936 with 22 people on board.

On the $1 stamp is the Rembro, which was built for the McTaggart family in 1930 and mainly transported freight between Cayman, Panama and Jamaica.

The S.S. Clara Scott, on the $2 stamp, was built in Cayman Brac by Capt. James E. Scott in 1905, and was the largest schooner built in the Cayman Islands.

Featured on the $4 stamp is HMS Dragon, a British Royal Navy ship that supported survivors of the 1932 hurricane in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

The Cayman-built vessel Western Union, featured on the first day cover, was framed and prepared on Grand Cayman by the Arch Brothers. It was then dissembled and transported to Key West, Florida, for assembly and service. Built to maintain undersea communication cables between Florida cities, the Caribbean and South America, the schooner is now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The RMS Atlantis, which in 1937 became the first cruise liner to visit Cayman, with 340 tourists on board, appears on the souvenir sheet.

For more information, contact the Cayman Islands Philatelic Bureau at 946-4757, email [email protected], or visit www.caymanpost.gov.ky.

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