The Sail Training Ship “Mircea” appeared on Romanian stamps

May 28th, 2014

The Sail Training Ship "Mircea" has been a genuine ambassador of the Romanian Naval Forces in the world for 75 years, being not only the expression of maritime knowledge, but also a bastion of hardening characters, trust and human solidarity.

Symbol of the Romanian Navy, "Mircea" keeps on its deck the memory of so many generations of sailors, who completed their training here, symbolizing an authentic school of courage, professionalism and manhood.

Marking 75 years since the Training School Ship "Mircea" entered the Romanian Navy service, Romfilatelia joins the anniversary manifestations and introduces into circulation the postage stamps issue The Sail Training Ship "Mircea", 75 years.

The issue is dedicated to the Sail Training Ship "Mircea", brig that carried the Romanian tricolour Flag with great honor on the waters of seas and oceans, alongside the name of the great Ruler Mircea the Elder, Wallachia's unificator to the "Great Sea".

The stamps of the series, with the face values of leu 1.00 and lei 14.50, illustrate the Sail Training Ship "Mircea" in a training mission, with all its sails in the wind, and the Maritime Virtue Order, in Officer Degree with Peace Symbol, conferred to the Sail Training Ship "Mircea", by the Decree No. 304/2014, for the first time in the ship's existence.

The souvenir sheet of the issue illustrates, in a separate stamp, the image of the Sail Training Ship "Mircea" at the moment it was launched, in the autumn of 1938, leaving the "Blohm und Voss" shipyard in Hamburg. On the label of the souvenir sheet there is a painted wooden ornamental sculpture representing the bust of the Ruler Mircea the Elder.

Its background reproduces an engraving with a vintage image of ships sailing in the area where the Danube flows in the Black Sea, the printed text explaining the motivation for the school ship taking the name of the Ruler.

The three values of the issue are joined by the first day cover and a special product, the philatelic album, created into a limited edition of 325 pcs. and equipped with the block of 2 stamps with gold foiling graphic elements, and the first day cover of the issue, having the first day postmark clearly imprinted in gold foiling. Both elements of the philatelic album are numbered in black from 001 to 325.

Starting with Saturday, May 24th, 2014, the postage stamps The Sail Training Ship "Mircea", 75 years are available in all Romfilatelia shops in Bucharest and countrywide.