Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is situated north of the coast of Normandy, France, together with the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, and surrounded by a number of islets and rocky outcrops. Maritime activity commenced after the sea levels rose during the Neolithic period, separating the Channel Islands from mainland Europe and compelling Islanders to take to the seas to fish, trade and protect their territory. The sea has continued to shape Jersey's landscape and history throughout the centuries with stories of shipbuilding, oyster fishing and privateering now combining with modern-day pursuits such as sailing for sport, leisure or industry, to complete the story of Jersey's unique maritime environment and seafaring heritage.
Drawn by world-renowned stamp artist, Martin Mörck, himself an avid sailor and ship-builder, this new set of stamps embraces Islanders' love for the sea and features a selection of nautical knots. The skill of tying specific knots is an important one for all sea-farers, with an emphasis on safety, reliability and convenience.
The six stamps feature
The Ashley stopper Bowline hitch Carrick bend Double sheet bend Fisherman's knot Reef knot
Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is situated north of the coast of Normandy, France, together with the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark...