Monday, April 7, 2014
GTS Finnjet 17.3.2014
On March 17, Itella Posti Oy will complete the Nordic Maritimeseries by publishing a miniature sheet. Its two stamps depict the legendary Finnjet ferry which navigated between Helsinki and Travemünde from 1977 to 2008. At the time, it was the world's largest car ferry measured by weight, length, capacity, speed and power.
Graphic artist Klaus Welp, the designer of the stamp, has also embedded a childhood photograph in the sheet, showing him enjoying a sea trip to Germany on the deck of the ferry with his father, mother and brother. In the picture, Klaus Welp is three years old.
GTS Finnjet was a cruise ferry, built in 1977 by Wärtsilä Helsinki, Finland for Finnlines traffic between Finland and Germany. At the time of her delivery, Finnjet was the fastest, longest and largest car ferry in the world, and the only one powered by gas turbines. At the point of her scrapping in 2008, she remained the fastest conventional ferry in the world, with a recorded top speed of 33.5 knots (62.0 km/h; 38.6 mph).
Finnjet had remained out of service since 2005, laid up in Baton Rouge, Freeport and Genoa. Although she was purchased by Club Cruise in November 2007 and renamed MS Da Vinci in January 2008 for rebuilding into a cruise ship, the ship was sold for scrap in May 2008. Following the sale she was renamed MS Kingdom for her final voyage to the scrapyard in Alang, India where scrapping finally started in September 2008.
Thank you Dear Ella for this wonderful FDC with the superb minisheet.