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Coals from Newcastle collier commemorated on stamp
12:10am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A COLLIER which once carried coals from Newcastle is to be immortalised in a series of stamps celebrating the nation’s merchant ships.
The Lord Hinton has been chosen as one of only three 20th Century trading vessels to be commemorated by the Royal Mail.
Six stamps celebrating British merchant navy ships of the last 200 years and an associated series of four marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic will go on sale today (THURS).
Among the illustrious vessels commemorated are the Royal Mail Ship Britannia, the Royal Mail Ship Queen Elizabeth and the world famous Cutty Sark, now docked in Greenwich where today’s launch will take place.
Less well known is the Lord Hinton, which was built on the Clyde in 1986 and spent most of her working life carrying coal from the terminals on the Tyne and Tees down to Kingsnorth Power Station in Kent to feed the National Grid.
The vessel was later acquired by power generator E.ON, bringing coal from around Europe to Britain until she was retired from the coal trade in December. She has since been sold and, re-christened the Umay and registered in the Cook Islands, plies her trade as a general cargo ship.
Royal Mail said it had launched the collection to salute the heritage of Britain’s trading fleet of ships, which carried goods and passengers around the world.
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