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The Shipwrecked Hull of HMS Erebus

The John Franklin Expedition

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue August 6, 2015
Year 2015
Quantity 990,000
Denomination
$2.50
Series The John Franklin Expedition
Series Time Span 2015
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 $5.00
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $2.00
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Layouts

Booklet of 6 stamps

Quantity Produced - 130,000
Original Price: $15.00
Dimension: 50 mm x 25 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours

Souvenir sheet

Quantity Produced - 150,000
Original Price: $2.50
Dimension: 103 mm x 65 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA

Uncut press sheet of 12 souvenir sheets

Quantity Produced - 5,000
Original Price: $30.00
Dimension: 650 mm x 483 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: PVA

Souvenir sheet OFDC

Quantity Produced - 15,000
Cancellation Location: Gjoa Haven NU
Original Price: $3.50
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours

About Stamp

Piece together the famous history of an ill-fated Arctic voyage, and the Canadian discovery that located it more than a century and a half later. This stamp honours the Franklin Expedition and depicts a stricken HMS Erebus encased in ice.

“The mystery of Franklin’s expedition has long captured the imaginations of Canadians. It’s a story of leadership, brave exploration, our history, our culture and our iconic North, all wrapped together,” says the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice. “These stamps reflect Canadians’ pride in technology, while embracing the traditional stories and knowledge that helped make the discovery of Erebus possible and highlight a cherished moment in the history of our nation.”

“Canadian stamps have a long history of celebrating our great explorers,” says Deepak Chopra, Canada Post President and CEO. “These stamps honour Franklin and his bold men but also celebrate the discovery of a shipwreck that had eluded previous and perilous searches: the long-lost Erebus.”

In 2014, Parks Canada and its partners located the remains of HMS Erebus, one of two ships from Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1840’s journey in search of the Northwest Passage. Franklin’s voyage ended in tragedy when his ships became permanently trapped in ice. The surviving sailors eventually died in a desperate southbound march.

The main image of this stamp, an underwater photo depicting the finding of Erebus' bell, is overlaid on a map of the Arctic region where Franklin’s sailors met their grisly fate. It combines a sonar image of Erebus beneath the water with a line drawing of the ship's main deck.

The title and the diagonal text across the stamp are written in English, French, and Inuktut, a tribute to the stories of Inuit eyewitnesses, passed down through oral accounts which helped pinpoint the historic discovery.

This distinctive collectible will appeal to boating and marine enthusiasts, history buffs and Canadiana collectors.

Creators

DESIGNER: Roy White (Subplot, Vancouver). ILLUSTRATOR: Mike Little (Halifax) .
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