Six sea-themed myths and legends will feature on a set of stamps to be issued by Jersey Post on 3 November 2020. The second in Jersey Post’s Myths and Legends series, the stamps have once again been illustrated by local artist, Nick Parlett and depict: The Bull among the Rocks, Legend of the Plank, Jeffrey’s Leap, Spanish Ship on the Rocks, Lavoir des Dames and The Martyrdom of St Helier.
“Jersey has a rich and fascinating history of folklore and superstition and, and as an Island, its culture, identity, and history have all been shaped by the sea,” explains James Dann, Jersey Post’s Philatelic Brand Manager. “It is no surprise, therefore, that many of Jersey’s myths and legends take place on the Island’s coastline.”
Only one stamp shows a sailing vessel in distress of which Jersey post gives:
The 88p stamp illustrates the tale of the Spanish Ship on the Rocks. On the west coast of Jersey, during the 15th century, 'salvagers' purposefully wrecked Spanish ships for the loot by using fires, meant to guide the ships to safety, to guide them into dangerous rocky seas. An old man onboard one of the ships begged the salvagers to save his daughter, but they did nothing to help. The old man cursed the wreckers, saying that they would all be drowned within the year. A year on, celebrating the fact they had beat the curse with a huge feast, the ship wreckers were dragged into the sea by an almighty storm.
Source: https://jerseystamps.com/products/myths ... eet-of-ten
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