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Pinky

Ships of Canada, Sailing Vessels

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue November 18, 1977
Year 1977
Quantity 8,736,000
Denomination
12¢
Perforation or Dimension 12 x 12.5
Series Ships of Canada, Sailing Vessels
Series Time Span 1977
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.30
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.25
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About Stamp

No matter what Hollywood says about the computer, a sailing vessel still comes closer to being alive than any other inanimate object. Such craft inflame our passions despite the well-known rigours of seafaring life. Thus the hardships as well as the beauty and elegance associated with sailing are a precious part Canadian tradition. The "pinky", with its distinctive narrow stern, evolved from the "pink", a vessel active for centuries in the Mediterranean coastal trade and prominent in the eighteenth century on the North Sea and the Baltic. Emerging around 1815 as a fishing schooner, the pinky quickly achieved popularity because of its superior carrying capacity, comfort and seaworthiness. Two such boats were among the few smacks to withstand Chaleur Bay's ferocious "American Gale" of October 1851. The craft was particularly adept at mackerel fishing, since it could pursue schools of these creatures as they swam windward. Eventually, fore runners of the Bluenose replaced the pinky. Tom Bjarnason's design for this sailing vessel stamp continue the pattern established in our two previous ships issues. By focusing on the ships alone, his colour wash and line drawing has captured the essential grace and elegance of this hard-working vessel and present a visually interesting interplay of sail patterns and rigging detail. The people on the vessel give it a sense of proportion and aliveness. These ships show us that their builders' attention to function and utility has not ruled out beauty and elegance of design.

Creators

Designed by Tom Bjarnason. Engraved by Yves Baril.
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Reference

Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1977.

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