SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO2 T63 (71)
Historic ships (1). THE CRUISER INFANTA ISABEL, S. XIX (M.N.M.)
Date of issue :
May 2002  (1st. known date : 7.05.02, Philatelic Serv.)
47 x 27 mm. - Format type 2
Paper :
Thermal self adhesive - multicoloured 
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Imprint varieties : 2+2 (Epelsa with 5 and 4 digits small and large)
Values / Set :
0,01 € to 99,99 € / Set Phil.S.: 0,20-0,25-0,50 €
Design and Printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Printing :
50.000.000 of labels
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First issue of the new ATM set dedicated to the historic ships.
Infanta Isabel, lead ship of a class of six 1160 ton cruisers, was built at La Carraca shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, in 1885.

Although all classified as a 2nd class cruisers, were in fact great cannoneers, not protected (without shield).

Source of image : Naval Historical Center Home Page - Spanish American War

During the Spanish-American War, it was stationed at Havana, Cuba, and returned to Spain after that conflict. Infanta Isabel was disposed of circa 1926.

This class of small cruisers included also the Isabel II (1886-1902), Cristobal Colon (1887-1895), Conde del Venadito (1888-1902), Don Antonio de Ulloa (1887-1898), and Don Juan de Austria (1887-1898). The latter two ships were lost in the Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898, along with the Velasco (1881-1898), a ship of similar design.

This ATM issue has been possible thanks to the documentation contributed by Naval Museum of Madrid - Museo Naval de Madrid (M.N.M.).

Other philatelic issues related ...

A great number of philatelic issues in Spain have had the ships and their history as a main subject. Let us remember, for example, the nice set of 1964 dedicated to Spanish Navy (Edifil 1599/1612) or the set issued every year between 1994 and 1998 dedicated to Ancient ships.

Also different ATM issues in Spain have treated already this subject : Ancient ships (1998) with the Jabeque Tajo and Tall ships 2000 with the Juan Sebastian De Elcano.

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