Friday, 28 December 2012

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM CANADA

The Queen Charlotte Islands (now known officially by the native name Haida Gwaii) lie off the northern coast of British Columbia, separated from Alaska to the north by the broad Dixon Entrance and from the British Columbia mainland to the east by Hecate Strait. Langara Island is the northernmost Island of the archipelago located approximately 45 km (28 mi) south of Alaska. 
The Langara Point Lighthouse was built in 1913 and is located atop a scenic bluff on the northwest corner of Langara Island (54° 15' 23" N, 133° 3' 29" W). The 7.5 m (25 ft.) hexagonal concrete 6-ribbed tower is a manned lighthouse and the original light, still in use today, is a first-order Fresnel lens (the only one of its size still in service in Canada).  The station is actively involved in numerous scientific projects for the World Meteorological Organization (W.M.O), the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Vancouver Public Aquarium, as well as water sampling and tsunami warning for the Institute of Ocean Sciences (I.O.S). Provides marine and aviation weather as well as seismograph service. This station's remote location makes it particularly important for Search and Rescue and communications.
Celebrating the Lunar New Year, the Canada Post issued a self-adhesive stamp on January 10, 2012 featuring a dragon, the fifth of 12 animals associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. The $1.80 (international rate) stamp is illustrated with the head of a roaring golden dragon and a Chinese graphic element representing the water.
The Canada Post issued on October 15, 2012 a set of three self-adhesive Christmas stamp s featuring Christmas cookies. The $1.80 value features a snowflake-shaped cookie, decorated with creamy sweet icing and a festive green ribbon.
A $1.80 stamp was released by Canada on April 5, 2012 to commemorate 100 years since the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic.  Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City. The stamp shows a full-color side illustration of the Titanic, at that time, the largest passenger steamship in the world. Marked on the map behind the ship are Southampton (England), Cape Race (Newfoundland) and Halifax (Nova Scotia)—all prominent locations in Titanic's story. Near the base of the stamp appears the house flag of the White Star Line (Titanic's owners).

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