01 January 2013

Aruba 2012 Wrecks

Aruba issued a set of 10 stamps with the theme of underwater exploration on 15 November 2012, in a se-tenant block of 2 x 5 stamps. Five of the stamps feature marine fauna: orange cup coral, elkhorn coral, a stingray, a queen angelfish and a green turtle; the other five feature underwater wrecks: a Convair 400, the SS Antilla - a German freighter scuttled by its captain  to avoid confiscation when Germany attacked the Netherlands in May 1940, the Jane Sea - a 76-m cement carrier sunk in 1988, the Star Gerren - a 67-m tanker sunk in 2000, and the Kappel - a 51-foot steel boat sunk in 2009 and strategically located on the sandy sea floor next to the Mangel Halto reef at a shallow depth of about 16 metres for easy access by scuba divers. The stamp featuring the Kappel wreck include a scuba diver in its design.

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