Alderney Harbour shown on new set of stamps

Alderney Harbour stamps The set of six stamps shows the history of Alderney Harbour

Related Stories

The history of Alderney Harbour is depicted in Guernsey Post's latest set of stamps.

The six stamps were designed by Richard Thompson.

The 2,700 ft (822m) long Breakwater, built between 1847 and 1864 to help defend against the threatened invasion of Napoleon, is shown in the 52p stamp.

Bridget Yabsley, from Guernsey Post, said building the Breakwater was a huge undertaking, as the sea conditions in Alderney are frequently severe.

She said: "Cottages were built to house the stonemasons, engineers, craftsmen and labourers that were shipped over, as well as forts for garrisoned troops."

The Douglas Quay at Braye Harbour, shown before the Breakwater was constructed, is on the 39p stamp.

The Little Crabby Harbour, also known as the Inner Harbour, is on the 59p stamp. It was built to accommodate tipping barges and steam boats.

The multi-million pound refurbishment of the Commercial Quay, completed in 2011, is shown on the 74p stamp.

There is an image of a courier vessel from 1926 on the 53p stamp, and an RNLI lifeboat, from the present day, is shown off the coast of Corbelets Bay on the 69p stamp.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Guernsey


Guernsey Airport

21 °C 17 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Man holding lipWitch hunt

    The country where a blasphemy charge is a death sentence

  • Espresso cupNews quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?

  • Irvine WelshDeaf ears

    Five famous Scots who can't vote in the Scottish referendum

  • Electric chairReturn of 'the chair'

    Five people talk about their roles in Tennessee's execution debate

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Canada.Hidden rail trip

    Canada's tiny, two-car shuttle is a train lover's dream with scenic views


  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.