Stamps on Launch of POS Malaysia Berhad – Malaysia 1992.
Postal Services were established in Malaysia in the 1800s in Straits Settlements, started in other parts from 1837 t0 1910. In 1913 the Malaysian Postal Union was formed. Till 1992 Malaysian Postal Services operated as a government department for almost 200 years. In 1992 it was transformed into a corporatised entity POS Malaysia Berhad.
A strip of Five stamps of 30c was released on 01 Jan 1992 to mark the inauguration of Post Office Corporation.
30c – Postman on Cycle 30c – Postman on Motorcycle 30c – Inner City Postal Van 30c- Industrial Postal Van 30c – Plane & Globe
Under the UPU regulations, letters and cards posted at sea should be affixed with the postage stamps of the country under which the vessel is registered. the Postal rates of such country shall apply. If the vessel is at a port when the postcard or letter is handed over it is required to be affixed with stamps of the country in whose waters the vessel is docked. Though not stated in practice, letters with stamps of the country of last port of call are also accepted.
A Paquebot cover posted at Sea onboard Cunrad RMS Mauretania on 29 Jul 1955 with GB stamp postmarked and cancelled at Southampton seaport. The cover was to be delivered in the USA.
Turks Island issued a set of three stamps featuring Queen Victoria on 04 Apr 1867. To commemorate the centenary of these stamps a set of three stamps was issued on 01 May 1967. These stamps with Queen Elizabeth II feature the first stamps on 1867.
A First Day Cover is listed and the cancellation features Ship.
Denmark issued a miniature sheet with a stamp to commemorate the International Stamp Exhibition HAFNIA 87 on 27 Aug 1987 at Copenhagen. It features 9125k Denmark Stamp, Steam Locomotive & Mail Wagon. The Souvenir sheet was sold only in combination with entrance -engraved by Czeslaw Slania. Print Quantity -228,648 and Face Value 45 Danish Kroner.
Today I wish to add another facet of Philately -The Paquebot Mail. It is also known by various other names across different countries and regions. These other names are “Ship Mail” in Australia, Posted at Sea in different countries, “Schiffsbrief” in Austria and Germany, “Pachhibot” in Italy, “Paketboot” in The Netherlands and its Colonies, “Paquete” in Portugal and its Colonies and “Paquetboat” in the United States.
This field of Philately is very interesting and let me assure you it can be mysterious to find all the information from every Paquetbot cover.
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) made special handling regulations for mail posted on the high seas abroad ocean-going vessels at the Vienna Conference in 1891 and further clarified at the Washington DC conference of the UPU in 1896.
Covers and Cards mailed at sea are generally referred to as “Paquebot Covers”.Paquebot is French for “Packet Boat” and the Postal administrations across the World use paquebot handstamps to mark mail received from a sea-going vessel that has no onboard post office.
Such a mail generally originates from Passengers or crew or it might be picked up at a port of call lacking postal facilities for onward transportation to the next port having postal facilities. Mail posted at sea is generally held by ship’s purser or postal officer until the next port with postal facilities is reached.