Ship Series II : “Goshuinsen” & “Tenchimaru”

Complete Set of 2 nos of postage stamps on the Historic Ships :

1221 Goshuin-sen, merchant ship, 16th-17th Centuries [Historic Ship Issue] Japan Stamp 19751222 Tenchi-maru, state barge, built 1630 [Historic Ship Issue] Japan Stamp 19751221-1222 Merchant ship & State Barge [Historic Ship Issue] Japan Stamp Pair 1975

Issued by Japan

Issued on Sep 25, 1975

Issued for : As the second of the Japanese ship series, two 20 yen postage stamps (se-tenant) will be issued featuring “Goshuinsen” and “Tenchimaru” respectively.

Picture : Goshuinsen was a largesized foreign trader authorized by the shogunate. It was active in trade with Southeast Asia from Momoyama Period (1575-1600) to the early part of Yedo Period (1615-1866). By means of the Goshuinsen the wealthy merchants in Kyoto, Sakai and Nagasaki set about foreign trade. At the beginning the ship was built after Chinese fashion and about 30 metres long, but later European ship-building technique was adopted and the body became larger.

Tenchimaru was the state ship built by the order of Shogun Iyemitsu Tokugawa, the third. Constructed like a warship it was 44 metres long, about 16 metres wide and about 4 metres deep. Lacquered in vermilion it was gorgeous ship with 76 oars and in use from 1630 to the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate (1866).

Colour : 1. Light Olive & 2. Dark Blue

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Denomination : 20 Yen each

Printing Process : Engraved

Perforation : 13

Stamps Printed : Printed checkerwise in sheets of 20

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