Supply Ship Day Supply Ship Day
Supply Ship Day

Supply Ship Day $1.00Pitcairn’s remoteness means it is dependent on small supply ships to provide a lifeline to the community.  Since the withdrawal of the Blue Star Line in 2003, the residents have relied on the smaller vessels that ply their way from Mangareva in French Polynesia, some 500 km away.

Supply Ship Day $1.80 Loading and unloading can be a difficult business. Depending on the weather and sea conditions, the decision is made which side of the Island to carry out this tricky operation involving all hands and a good understanding between winch operators and the longboat crews. Sometimes the weather and sea conditions win out, with some items not able to be landed.

Supply Ship Day $2.10 The pre-constructed Museum is a good example having to sail past Adamstown twice before being able to be unloaded.

Supply Ship Day is keenly looked forward to as supplies start to run out and mail and ordered items are anticipated. The Longboats are readied and loaded with goods to be taken elsewhere in the world.

Supply Ship Day $3.00From produce to hand carved souvenirs and passengers, this is a busy time for the community with all residents being involved. The heavy work is left to the experts. Building materials, machinery, fuel and even bulldozers are all part of the goods landed. The very heavy items require barge assistance.

The supply ships are a part of Pitcairn’s history and the Pitcairners have much to be thankful for with the service provided by the Southern Salvor; Claymore II; Braveheart; Taporo VIII and all their crews, for whom this issue is dedicated.
Supply Ship Day FDC

Supply Ship Day
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars
Single set of  4 stamps $7.90
First Day Cover with 4 stamps $9.40
Gutter pair $15.80
Corner Block of 4 $31.60

Technical Details

Alfred Memelink, Wellington, New Zealand Pitcairn Stamps
proudly brought
to you by:
Bounty Post
Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size: 30mm x 42.3 mm horizontal
Sheet Format: Two panes of 20 stamps. 40 stamps per sheet with gutter
Perforation Gauge: 14.0 x 14.167
Denominations: Stamps $1.00, $1.80, $2.10 and $3.00
Paper: 114gsm Tullis Russell non phosphor paper
Period of Sale:
31 August 2011 for a period of 2 years
Acknowledgement: The Philatelic Bureau wishes to thank Dennis Christian for his assistance in obtaining photographic reference for this issue.