Tristan da Cunha 2015 Tristan Lifeboat Disaster of 1885

From Stamps of the World

  • Issue date: 27th September 2015
  • four values
  • Designed by: Victor Ambrus (paintings)
  • Printed by: Lowe-Martin Group, Canada
  • Print process : lithography
  • Perforations: 12.85 x 12.85
  • stamp format: height 28 x width 42mm

Commemorating the Tristan Lifeboat Disaster, 1885[edit]

35p ~ Tristan islanders in their garden plot sight the barque West Riding (en route from Bristol to Sydney) off the island, November 27, 1885
70p ~ the Tristan lifeboat is loaded with livestock and potatoes in hope of making a barter trade for flour and provisions
90p ~ the Tristan lifeboat , out of sight of the island beyond Big Point, encounters heavy seas. The lifeboat was spotted by the West Riding but was then lost from sight (and never seen again)
£1.20 ~ the iron barque West Riding

  • Commemorates the worst disaster ever recorded in island history, to this day remaining a mystery. Almost all Tristan’s able-bodied men, 15 in total, had boarded the boat,
  • which had been donated to the islanders by the Admiralty for their use and to rescue shipwrecked people

Sheet stamps[edit]