SEPAC – Historical Maps

Release Date:  25 March 2021


ARTIST: Swedish Military Archives, Nautical Chart Department, Ålands skärgård 26 by Jonas Hahn
DESIGN: Julia Perander/Strax
DATE OF ISSUE: 25.03.2021
EDITION: 90 000
SIZE OF STAMPS: 35 x 35 mm
SIZE OF SHEET: 2 x 15 stamps
PERFORATION: 13 per 2 cm
PRINTING METHOD: 4-colour offset
PRINTING HOUSE: Cartor Security Printing

Full Sheet of 30 Stamps











First Day Cover (front)














First Day Cover (rear)
















The Sepac series issued annually by the small European postal services has the joint theme historical maps in 2021. The nautical chart from 1747 was drawn up by Swedish pilot officer Jonas Hahn (1703–59). Located approx. 10 nautical miles off Mariehamn, Rödhamn consists of the islands Långö, Ljungskär, Gloskär and Rödö, beyond them lies the Sea of Åland. Rödhamn has served as a sheltered harbour for seafarers throughout the centuries and is, today, a popular marina. PLEASE NOTE! DELIVERY AFTER DATE OF ISSUE

On 25 March, Åland Post issues a stamp in the 2021 Sepac series on the theme historical maps issued by the small European postal administrations. The Åland contribution shows a nautical chart from 1747 of Rödhamn, a group of islets located off Mariehamn, close to a major waterway. For centuries, Rödhamn has served as a sheltered harbour for seafarers.

Located by the Åland Sea approx.10 nautical miles off Mariehamn, Rödhamn is familiar to all seafarers who have used the waterways between Finland and Sweden. Protected from all types of weather and with a muddy sea bottom for good anchoring, it has, for centuries, been a safe harbour for galleasses, sloops, yachts, Swedish warships, and Russian galleys before crossing the open sea. Today, pleasure crafts jostle in the harbour.

Rödhamn is the name of the harbour but, today, defines the entire group of islets consisting of Långö, Ljungskär, Gloskär and Rödö. On Rödö, we find remains of a medieval seafarer’s chapel. On Gloskär stood a sailor’s inn from the 1750s until the early 1900s, and one of the first radio beacons in Finland was active on Långö 1937–1970. A pilot station located on the highest point of Långö bears witness of pilots stationed on the islet until 1928. The maritime traffic could be fully controlled from Rödhamn.

The nautical chart on the stamp was drawn up in 1747 by Jonas Hahn (1703-1759), a Swedish pilot officer who carried out maritime measurements around Åland and southern Finland. Measurements were then made first and foremost to chart the archipelago for navy requirements, establish fairways and locate good harbours for warships.

Order stamp and first day cover at webshop.alandpost.com, by post to Åland Post Stamps, P.O. box 1100, AX-22111 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland, e-mail stamps(a)alandpost.com or telephone +358 18 636 641.

The FDC shows boats in the Rödhamn harbour of the islet of Långö. The first day cancel depicts service stalls placed close to the present-day marina. PLEASE NOTE! DELIVERY AFTER DATE OF ISSUE Last day of sale 31 May 2021. FDC Designer: Julia Perander/Strax




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2 thoughts on “2021 Stamps: Åland Islands (Sepac – Nautical Chart)

  1. Sund, Kristine says:

    Hi, The information above that this issue will be discontinued is untrue. The stamp is available for at least 3 years.

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    • Mark Joseph Jochim says:

      The FDC’s are unavailable after the 31 of May. There is nothing in my article that mentions the stamps being discontinued.

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