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Segwun

Steamships

Title

Segwun

Denomination

36¢

Date of Issue

July 20, 1987

Year

Quantity

7,575,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Steamships

Series Time Span

1987

Perforation or Dimension

13.5 x 13

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Douglas Champion

About Stamp

These two Canadian steamships, still in operation, allow passengers to sample the dignified luxuries enjoyed by travellers in years gone by. The Segwun is North America's oldest operational steamship. She was prefabricated in 1887 in Scotland and assembled at Gravenhurst, Ontario as a sidewheeler under the name Nipissing II. Her engine and other machinery came from the wreck of the Nipissing I. Rebuilt in 1925 as a twin screw steamer and rechristened the Segwun, she still cruises Ontario's Muskoka Lakes, each year gaining renown for her beauty and elegance. Toronto designer Douglas Champion has painted both of these steamships in appropriate settings. The designs convey the contrast in scale between the Segwun, a small inland steamer constructed mostly of wood, and the massive all steel steamship, the Princess Marguerite. Both paintings capture the mood and feeling of the vessels in operation.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1987.

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