ISLE OF MAN D-DAY issues 2019

About D-Day 75
To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Isle of Man Post Office is privileged to issue a new set of stamps, a dedicated collection honouring all the Manx men and women involved in the historic landings. Our set is a special 'stamp on stamp' design and includes the artwork from our 1994 collection.
Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on 6th June 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history the Normandy beach landings.
This stamp-on-stamp presentation, derived from our 50th Anniversary of D Day 1994 commemorative issue depicts the most prominent military leaders of the Allied Forces who formulated plans which marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.

The Commanders featured on the stamps are:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, US Army, Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF).
Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur Tedder RAF, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander.
Lt-Gen Omar Bradley, US Army, Commander 1st US Army.
General Sir Bernard Montgomery, British Army, Commander 21st Army Group.
Major General Walter Bedell Smith, US Army, Chief of Staff.
Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey, Royal Navy, Commander Allied Naval Expeditionary Force.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Royal Air Force, Commander in Chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Force and also in command of the landing phase for Operation Overlord.
Lt-Gen Sir Miles Dempsey, Commander 2nd British Army.

The ships depict which are also depicted on 1994 issues, on the 1st stamp are the:
The left stamp of the se-tenant stamp shows the BEN-MY-CHREE : viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7611
Also, are depict some landing craft in the foreground which are not identified.
The right stamp shows from the top the VICTORIA: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10494
LADY OF MAN: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6022
HMS WARSPITE, shown on the bottom in the right corner: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9921
The landing crafts have not been identified.
The EU stamp shows also on the right stamp landing craft and cargo vessels which have not been identified.

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SAMPO icebreaker

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SAMPO icebreaker

Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:23 pm

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Built as an icebreaker under yard no 368 by Sandvikens Skeppsdocka, Helsingfors (Helsinki) for the Finish Board of Navigation in Helsinki.
09 February 1960 launched as SAMPO (2). One of the Karhu-Class.
Tonnage 2,730 grt, 3,587 dwt, dim. 75.68 x 17.40 x 7m. (draught, length bpp. 69.1m.
Powered by four diesel engines, 8.800 hp, twin shafts, speed 16 knots
Can break solid ice with a thickness 80 – 120 cm.
1960 Completed. IMO No 5308938.

The SAMPO has a long and distinguished service record. The massive vessel, which was completed in 1961, was built to operate in extreme arctic conditions. In the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia it kept lanes free for shipping for nearly 30 years. Its predecessor of the same name (1898–1960) was the first icebreaker in Europe with a propeller in the bow and stern. The SAMPO (2) is now used for tourist cruises. Capacity for 150 passengers and 9 crew.

The town of Kemi bought SAMPO from the National Board of Navigation in the year 1987. The price of the vessel was 19 pennies per kilogram i.e. 1 million Finnish Mark (about 167 000 €). Just by making a purchase decision SAMPO got the Finnish Tourist Boards reward of Best Tourism Product of the year 1987.

SAMPO in tourism
During the late winter, 1988 SAMPO started its career among tourism. SAMPO made its first cruise 14.4.1988 with foreign and domestic media. In the year 1989 SAMPO had 1000 passengers and year 1994 the record was 6000 passengers. While doing tourist cruises SAMPO also kept lanes free for shipping in the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
The home port of SAMPO is Ajos in Kemi. During the summertime, SAMPO stays in its home port but during the wintertime, it makes tourist cruises in the Gulf of Bothnia. During the cruise, tourists have a chance to go down from the icebreaker and float in the sea dressed with rescue suites. They can also participate in the guided ship tour and to get to know the icebreaker from the engine room to the bridge. SAMPO can take 150 passengers at a time. Yearly SAMPO takes about 10000 tourists to the cruises, and totally there have been passengers from over 50 countries.
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