The Sea Stallion on the stamps

When the Sea Stallion arrived in Ireland in the middle of August, a new stamp was designed to celebrate the event.

The Sea Stallion on a so called "first day cover"
The Sea Stallion on a so called "first day cover"

The image on the stamps is the Sea Stallion, which is a reconstruction of Skuldelev 2, an old wessel that was excavated in Roskilde Fjord in 1962. The wreck turned out to be the remains of an impressive warship from the viking age. This viking warship was build in Dublin in the year 1042.

During the years 2000-2004 the old warship was revived as the Sea Stallion from Glendalough. And during the summer of 2007 the crew of 65 men and women sailed the ship back to Dublin, where the original was build. This beautiful and striking warship can now be enjoyed by postmen, philatelists, letter writers and the like - and not just the ship itself, which is placed at the National Museum in Dublin, but also on the Irish stamps. The stamp showing the Sea Stallion has been designed by Vincent Killowry, the leading artist in the field of philately in Ireland. The stamp has been made in two versions: One for 55 cent and one for 3 euro.

By: Henrik Kastoft

20/09 - 2007