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William Jackman, Legendary Rescuer

Folklore, Legendary Heroes


William Jackman, Legendary Rescuer



Date of Issue

September 8, 1992




Postal Administration



Folklore, Legendary Heroes

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Perforation or Dimension



Ashton-Potter Limited.


Designed by Ralph Tibbles Based on illustrations by Deborah Drew-Brook Based on illustrations by Allan Cormack

About Stamp

The third issue in the Canadian folklore series, issued on September 8, 1992, focuses on Canadian heroes whose feats have taken on legendary proportions. William Jackman was born on May 20, 1837 at Renews, Newfoundland and followed the family tradition to the sea. By the age of 18 he was captain and in one noted voyage in 1872 returned to St. John's with 33,000 seal pelts. The date of October 9, 1867 was to enshrine his name forever in the annals of maritime history. He heroically rescued 27 people from the floundering schooner Sea Clipper off the coast of Labrador. Eleven times he swam from shore in the frigid sea to affect rescues. He received the Royal Humane Society medal and diploma for his outstanding bravery. Unfortunately he died at the early age of 39 in St. John's in 1877.
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Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 7, 1992, p. 8-10.

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