US 1948 Four Chaplains and Sinking SS Dorchester 3c. Scott. 956

US 1948 Four Chaplains and Sinking SS Dorchester 3c. Scott. 956

Series: Four Chaplains Issue

Stamp details: Four Chaplains and Sinking SS Dorchester

Issued date: 28-05-1948 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 3c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 956
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 953
Michel (Germany): 568
Yvert et Tellier (France): 508

Dimensions (height x width):
25mm x 40mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Rotary Press

Stamp Colors: Grey black
Perforation: Perf 11 x 10

Themes: Famous People, Ships, Shipwrecks

Total print: 121,953,500 (estimate)

Description:- Dorchester was a coastal passenger steamship requisitioned and operated by the War Shipping Administration (WSA) in January 1942 for wartime use as a troop ship allocated to United States Army requirements. The ship was operated for WSA by its agent Atlantic, Gulf & West Indies Steamship Lines (Agwilines). The ship was in convoy SG 19 from New York to Greenland transiting the Labrador Sea when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat on February 3, 1943. The ship sank with loss of 674 of the 904 on board with one of the 230 survivors lost after rescue. The story of four Army chaplains, known as the "Four Chaplains" or the "Immortal Chaplains," who all gave away their life jackets to save others before they died, gained fame and led to many memorials.