Ships on Stamps Unit

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Dedicated to the study of philatelic material pertaining to watercraft on stamps, to sharing knowledge, to encouraging the growth of the hobby and to supporting the preservation of our maritime heritage.


Collecting ships on stamps is an enjoyable way to vicariously travel the Seven Seas or the smallest lake without investing in the cost of a boat. The Ships on Stamps Unit of the American Topical Association would like to show you the many ways that you too can enjoy this most enjoyable of hobbies. This page will tell you something about ourselves and how to begin sailing the seas in command of your own fleet. Welcome aboard!


The Ships on Stamps Unit is approaching shoal water. There has been no response to my request for relief. Here are two of the most serious things that need doing. Neither is onerous if you are an organized person which I assume all stamp collectors are well organized.

Secretary (membership) >> enroll new members, answer inquiries and  maintain Roster
President >> This person is responsible for correspondence with ATA and the APS as well as seeing to it that the Unit is represented at the NTSS each year.

It is helpful, but not essential, that the secretary be from the United States or Canada. Since most of the business of the Unit is conducted via e-mail, most of the above items can be handled from anywhere in the world.
I hope that we can avoid rough water and shoals and come out on smooth water and clear skies.

The following are some changes to the Unit web page made this month.

There is a new page showing some new issues for
January 2018

November/December issue of Watercraft Philately is now available. Check out the The first page of this issue.

A link to the award-winning exhibit on Lloyd's of London has been added to the Archives



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