Israel will issue a stamp set in this month on Jewish Seamanship.Jewish seamanship and shipping did not exist during the Ottoman period but this changed after the British occupation of Eretz Israel. Following the establishment of Mandatory rule there was a surge of economic initiatives alongside a steady growth in the population. There was no industry or agriculture to sustain the needs of residents and British government authorities and military, thus importation from Europe via sea increased. During the 20-year period between the end of WWI and the outbreak of WWII a number of shipping lines owned by Jews operated in Eretz Israel, sailing in the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Two schools were opened at that time to provide professional seamanship training and maritime youth organizations operated on the Yarkon River and at the Port of Haifa. All of these laid the foundations for the establishment of the State of Israel\’s merchant marine and navy.Numerous maritime youth organizations, such as Hapoel, Maccabi, Elizur etc. began conducting seamanship trainingfor young people in the early 1920\’sA nautical school for Jewish students was established in Civitavecchia, Italy in 1934. Graduates were granted certificates allowing them to immigrate to EretzIsrael. The Jewish Agency established a nautical school as part of the Technion\’s vocational schoolin Haifa.The Palestine Maritime Lloyd company operated two vessels which carried both passengers and freight. Technical detail:Design: Ronen Goldberg, Tuvia Kurtz Stamp Size: 30 mm x 40 mm Plate no: 872, 873, 874 (no phosphor bar)Sheet of 12 stamps Tabs: 4 Printers: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Method of printing: Offset