United States of America 2011 US Merchant Marine

From Stamps of the World

  • Issue date: 20th May 2011
  • four self-adhesive values, inscribed FOREVER
  • Designed by: Dennis Lyall (illustrations)
  • Printed by: Avery-Dennison in sheet of 20 stamps (five of each design)
  • Print process: lithography
  • stamp format height 25mm x width 40mm
  • Perforations: die-cut 10.75 x 10.75


- (44c) ~ clipper ship Sovereign Of The Seas, launched 1852, after lithograph by Frank Vining Smith
- (44c) ~ auxiliary steamship (side paddle-wheels and sails) of the Collins Line, which provided service between New York City and Liverpool (1850s), after a lithograph
- (44c) ~ liberty ship, from image in Westport Library, Connecticut (unidentified vessel of the 2,710 built to a common design)
- (44c) ~ container ship R.J. Pfeiffer, launched 1992, owned by Matson Navigation Company


At a launch ceremony on Sept 27, 1941 Franklin Roosevelt quoted Patrick Henry's speech Give me Liberty or give me death, which gave rise to the popular name for the mass-produced welded vessels
Notes: the sheet contains five rows of the four designs, in two different sequences. It is possible to extract 'blocks' of four designs in various layouts. The sheet has an enlarged right border (text only)

FOREVER (44c) x four

Sheetlet of Twenty Stamps[edit]

sheet of twenty stamps