Sail and go for pilot boat

The new stamp featuring pilot boat Falcon.
The new stamp featuring pilot boat Falcon.
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A traditional pilot boat built at Glasson Dock is featured on one of Royal Mail’s new Post & Go stamps.

Falcon, painted by Lancashire artist John William Green, was built in 1894 by Nicholson and Marsh at Glasson Dock and worked from the port of Fleetwood.

The 1897 painting is on display at Fleetwood Museum.

The collection of six stamps, entitled ‘Working Sail’, are the first to be launched in the Royal Mail 2015 Post & Go series celebrating the importance of these ships to local coastal areas.

The other working boats featured from around the country are Briar, Stag, Harry, Nell Morgan and Margaret.

Lynn Asghar, Lancashire County Council’s manager at Fleetwood Museum, said: “I’m so pleased that this local artist has had his work recognised.

“We know that he was employed as a foreman painter at Fleetwood Docks. In his spare time he was a keen amateur artist, working in pen and ink, watercolours and oils. He had a particular interest in painting and drawing the working boats he observed at Fleetwood. “He is a typical folk artist whose work has importantly captured for posterity the many types of traditional merchant and fishing vessels working at this time.

“He was a well-known and well-respected character in the area. Fortunately work by John and other artists like him has been preserved in local and community museums around our coast.”

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson said, “The UK has a rich maritime heritage, especially the working sailboats which served their communities throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries.

“Whether for fishing or for carrying cargo or guiding larger vessels into port, these vessels were the workhorses of the sea, captured forever by the ‘pier head’ painters of the era. These new stamps are a reminder of this proud heritage.

Entrance to Fleetwood Museum is £3 for adults, £2 concessions. Accompanied children go free. For more information visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums,