Great BItter Lake Association Catalogue

with a link to translator

Great Bitter Lake Association
MS Lednice 1967/75
Stamp Catalogue

Peter Valdner (updated 2020)


Part 1 GBLA

6          Foreword
7          Acknowledgements
8          Abbreviations
9          Introduction
12        Chapter 1       GBLA for general public and stamp collectors
51        Chapter 2       Ships
66        Chapter 3       GBLA for collectors of postal history
86        Chapter 4       Pioneers in GBLA stamp production

Part 2 GBLA for ASFE Collectors

89        Introduction
93        Chapter 5       GBLA for ASFE collectors – individual ships
109      Chapter 6       GBLA for ASFE collectors – ships moored together
119      Chapter 7       GBLA for ASFE collectors – stamps with names of more ships,
                                    clubs and associations

Part 3 M/S Lednice

123      Introduction  
125      The Lednice Story

183      Conclusion
184      Epilogue

Part 4 Stamp Catalogue

185                  Introduction
190                  CSR MS Lednice, LEDMELAGA
203                  BGR MS Vassil Levsky
205                  DEU MS Münsterland, Nordwind, MUWINIKI, MUWINIKIES
231                  FRA MS Sindh
235                  GBR MS Agapenor, Melampus, Port Ivercargill, Scottish Star,
                                    Neleus, AGALAMPUS, PORTSTAR
251                  NOR MS MUWINIKIES
254                  POL MS Boleslaw Bierut, Djakarta, DJAKBIER, 
320                  SWE MS Killara, Nippon, NIPPARA
324                  USA S/S African Glen
327                  Imitations

The book is in English, has 332 pages and is already available. It measures about 189 x 246 mm, so quite large format and hence easy readable also for older people. For a would be later reprint, there is a chance to add more pictures of stamps and sheets. So if you have any, I would like to hear from you.  

I have compiled the book originally  for ASFE (= A Stamp From Everywhere) collectors. ASFE collecting is explained in the book.

Sample pages (reduced):



1. Why the new book on the GBLA when Postage Stamps of the Great Bitter Lake Association by Captain Bryan Hill already exists?
Answer: The book is out of print and extremely hard to find. There were some mistakes and many omissions. In my catalogue, there are at least 1000 stamps more. Shown in color.

2. Are there values in the catalogue?
Answer: Yes, there are. And not only stamps, also sheets, covers and wide range of paper items, such as photos, documents, programs, invitations, beer mats, etc. are valued.

3. Is the book in color?
Answer: Yes, the whole book is in color.

4. Do you collect GBLA?
Answer: Yes, I have a collection, formed for 50 years. So proposals to swap the book for GBLA stamps are welcome.

5. If there is  nothing available to swap, can the book be purchased?
Answer:  The English book sells 112 EUR postpaid worldwide, now. Consignments registered with a tracking number, payment to IBAN.

6. Are there many forgeries of GBLA items?
Answer: No, not yet. Just many imitations. Unaware collectors spend a fortune on worthless items.  Some of them are shown in my article on this blog. All are in the catalogue.

Readers of  my book consult me if they should purchase also the book by Captain Bryan Hill (CBH), published in 1975.  

 My answer depends.

1. If you are a general stamp collector, my book is more than enough. 

2. If you are a philatelist, you should consider a purchase of both books. Captain Hill put much effort in de jure legalizing GBLA stamps and dedicated several pages to his correspondence with UPU. He also described in detail the process of producing stamps. In case you were colour blind, both books would be a must, as he mentions colours of stamps. In my book, I have shown colour pictures.

3. If you were a GBLA member, both books are recommended, too. Especially, if you served on a UK ship.

As already mentioned, the book by Captain Hill is long out-of-print and so hard to find. From time to time it appears on ebay and sells as much as 80 GBP. If you need a copy, you are welcome to consult me.