22 May 2012

100 years of the Titanic disaster….


Souvenir sheet from Hungary


Date of issue: 13 April 2012

Hi ! Here is a unique souvenir sheet with two stamps  issued on 100 years of Titanic..This is the most unusual issue of this year with embossed design. The ship theme collectors would love to have this nice magnificent  item in his/her collection !! Thus is all for Today….Till Next Post …Have a Nice Time !!

Magyar Posta has issued an exclusive commemorative souvenir sheet  in memory of the Titanic and Dr Árpád Lengyel, the ship’s doctor on the first vessel to hurry to the aid of the Titanic, the British steamship RMS Carpathia. The main motif of this unusual philatelic product is the Titanic heading towards the iceberg, while the stamps show parts of the liner.

In the top right corner there is a portrait of Dr Lengyel and the outline of RMS Carpathia. The unusual feature of this release is that, in addition to offset printing and embossing, iridescent spot-varnish screen printing, usually a security device, has been used and the particles scattered across the surface sparkle icily.

Titanic FDC

The first day cover features a portrait of Dr Árpád Lengyel, while the silhouette of a lifeboat has been used for the special postmark.


The Titanic was built in the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and when she was launched, she was the world’s largest steam-powered passenger liner. She left Southampton at noon on 10 April 1912 with 2207 pas-sengers on board. Several ice warnings were received on the evening before the disaster, but the high volume of telegrams prevented some from reaching the bridge. Although the Titanic was the largest and most elegant vessel on the transatlantic route, it was not the fastest, which jeopardised the planned arrival in New York on 16 April 1912.

For this reason it steamed full ahead and did not try to avoid the potentially dangerous area of drifting ice. At 11.40 pm on 14 April the watch spotted a floating iceberg. The officer on duty ordered the ship to be steered to the left and the port propeller to be put into reverse. A long time passed before the gigantic vessel slowly began to turn, and so the iceberg punctured a series of fatal holes below the waterline on the starboard side of the ship. The captain immediately sent distress signals and gave the order to abandon ship.

RMS Carpathia heard the Mayday but was too far from the scene to offer immediate help. The Titanic sank at 2.20 am on 15 April. The people in the lifeboats were picked up by the Carpathia about 75 minutes later.

The ship’s doctor of the Carpathia, which hurried to the Titanic’s aid, was Dr Árpád Lengyel, who did all within his power to save the survivors, endangered by hypothermia. The survivors gave him a medallion in gratitude. His grave is in the Kerepesi Cemetery in Budapest.

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