Canada 2014 Empress of Ireland

On 28 May 1914 the Royal Mail ship Empress of Ireland collided with the Norwegian coal carrier Storstad. The next day the Empress, having suffered severe damage to her starboard side, sank in the St. Lawrence River with heavy loss of life. A light buoy was placed at the position of her sinking and is represented on the sheet and postal cards shown below which were issued on 29 May 2014 by Canada Post.

Empress of Ireland Light Buoy, 29 May 2014

Empress of Ireland Light Buoy, 29 May 2014

September 2014 Great Britain

On 18 Sep 2014 Royal Mail issued a miniature sheet plus six individual stamps in the “Seaside Architecture” series. One of the stamps features Southwold Lighthouse. The current lighthouse was established in 1890 and was electrified in 1938.

Southwold Lighthouse, 14 Sep 2014

2014 Isle of Man Lighthouse Stamps

Recently, Isle of Man Post Office issued three stamps depicting lighthouses. On 8 Aug 2014 a set of 6 stamps was issued depicting vintage Manx playing cards. Two of these stamps featured Douglas Head Lighthouse on the playing card images.

The third stamps is from another set celebrating the clear, dark skies of the Isle of Man in collaboration with  Dark Sky Discovery and was issued on 1 Sep 2014. There are 4 stamps in this set and the the 230p denomination shows the sky with Langness Lighthouse in the foreground.

Douglas LIghthouse, 8 Aug 2014

Bradda Head Lighthouse and Douglas Lighthouse, 8 Aug 2014

Langness Lighthouse, 1 Sep 2014

2014 German Postal Cancels

Germany continues to be prolific in producing postal cancels featuring lighthouses and buoys. Here are a few of the more recent ones.

Germany, 3 Jul 2014

Germany, 3 Jul 2014

Germany, 3 Jul 2014

Germany, 3 Jul 2014

Germany, 23 Jul 2014

Germany, 1 Sep 2014

Germany, 12 Oct 2014

Germany, 12 Oct 2014

2014 Jersey 350th Anniversary of New Jersey

On 15 September 2014 Jersey Post issued a set of stamps to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the state of New Jersey in the United States. Two of the stamps in the set feature lighthouses. Barnegat Lighthouse is on Long Beach Island, New Jersey and marks the southern approach lanes to New York harbor. Corbière Lighthouse, located on the extreme south-western point of Jersey was the first lighthouse in the British Isles to be constructed from concrete.

Barnegat Lighthouse, 15 Sep 2014

Corbiere Lighthouse, 15 Sep 2014

Barnegat Lighthouse, 15 Sep 2014

Corbiere Lighthouse, 15 Sep 2014

Jersey mini sheet, 15 Sep 2014

Iceland Lighthouses Series IV

Today, Iceland Post issued the latest in it’s series of lighthouse stamps. Akranes Lighthouse is featured on the first stamp. This lighthouse is located on Iceland’s west coast. The second stamp depicts Dyrhólaey Lighthouse on the island’s south coast.

Akranes Lighthouse, 11 Sep 2014

Dyrhólaey LH, 11 Sep 2014

USA Lighthouse Stamp – July 2014

On 30 July 2014 the United States Postal Service issued a set of two stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The stamps come in sheets of 12 with each stamp having a current face value of $0.49. One of the stamps depicts the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 Aug 1864. The Battle of Mobile Bay stamp is a reproduction of a painting by Julian Oliver Davidson, published ca. 1886 by Louis Prang & Co. To the right of  Fort Morgan Mobile Point lighthouse is visible. The lighthouse was severely damaged by gunfire and was later rebuilt. There is an interesting article about the lighthouse here.

Mobile Point Lighthouse, 30 Jul 2014

2014 Cancels from Italy and Spain

These three recent cancels from Italy and Spain feature lighthouses.

Italy, 18 May 2014

Italy, 18 May 2014

Spain, 30 Apr 2014

2014 Republic of China (Taiwan) Lighthouse Stamps

On 6 March 2014 Chungwa Post issued a set of 4 lighthouse stamps in a continuation of the series begun in July 2010.

Fangyuan Lighthouse, 6 Mar 2014

Fangyuan Lighthouse was built in 1983 and is located on the north side of Fangyuan on the west-central coast of Taiwan.

Chamu Yu Lighthouse, 6 Mar 2014

Chamu Yu Lighthouse is located on Chamu Island off the west-central coast of Taiwan and is accessible only by boat. The structure, built in 1913, was heavily damaged during World War II  and was rebuilt in 1948.

Lanyu Lighthouse, 6 Mar 2014

Lanyu Lighthouse at 216 meters has the highest elevation of any lighthouse in Taiwan. Lanyu Island (Orchard Island) is located about 40 miles east of the southern tip of Taiwan. The lighthouse was built in 1982.

Sandiaojiao Lighthouse, 6 Mar 2014

Sandiaojiao Lighthouse built in 1935 marks the eastern most point of Taiwan.

2014 Croatia Lighthouse Stamps

On 30 May 2014 Croatia’s Hrvatska pošta issued another set of stamps in the lighthouse series. The stamps were issued in 10 stamp sheetlets.

Palagruža Lighthouse, 30 May 2014

Palagruža Lighthouse is located on Great Palagruža Island. It was built in 1875 and is the largest lighthouse in the eastern Adriatic.

Struga Lighthouse, 30 May 2014

Struga Lighthouse is located on Lastovo Island and was built in 1839. It was automated in the 1920′s and the building was restored in 2002 to include four tourist apartments. The same family has cared for this lighthouse for more than a century.

Sušac Lighthouse, 30 May 2014

Sušac Lighthouse, built in 1878, is named for island on which it stands. Like Struga, it also contains tourist accommodations.