A postage stamp of motor sailer Läänemaa will be issued

On 9 June, a new postage stamp will be released depicting motor sailer Läänemaa. One of the most remarkable ships in the history of the Estonian merchant fleet started sailing the sea 100 years ago. It was the first modern steel hull watercraft to be built in Estonia.
The postage stamp was designed by Roman Matkiewicz and it was printed in the printing house Vaba Maa. The edition size of the stamps is 20,000 and the nominal price of a stamp is 0.90 euros, which means that it can be used for sending letters within Estonia. The postage stamp, the first-day cover, and the maximum card are available in the e-shop of Omniva and in post offices all over Estonia. The first day stamp will be used at the Toompea post office at 4 Lossi plats, Tallinn.

The ship was designed by lieutenant commander Nikolai Link, a shipbuilding engineer. The keel-laying ceremony took place at Peetri sadam (formerly and later Noblessner) on 6 December 1919 and the ship finally became seaworthy by 5 August 1922 when a test voyage was made. In the particularly harsh winter of 1928, the ship was trapped in ice and suffered severe damage. The ship was repaired in Germany and Läänemaa became a three-masted motor ship. In 1947, a new 400-horsepower main engine was installed on the ship at the Loksa ship repair yard, leaving the ship with two masts and three cargo booms. Renovations in the 1950s led to the installation of a new stern superstructure and the complete replacement of the unloading and loading system, as well as the addition of radio and electrical navigation equipment. The ship made its last voyage in 1970.


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