breakwater was built. The stamp on the right identifies a ship "Ariadne at Anchor" and with a piece of luck (plus Google) I found the Priaulx Library on Guernsey had an article from the 19th century celebrating the fact that you could travel between Guernsey and London in three days, and mentioning the Ariadne, which it turns out was one of two steamers which ran from Southampton to Guernsey and Jersey. The Ariadne sailed on a Tuesday and the Beresford on a Friday but only from March to October and for a guinea and half the luxury of a main cabin could be obtained for the 12 to 15 hour journey. For the tribulations of shipping, war with the French and privateers see the article here
Did you notice that railway line on the left stamp with crowds out on the hillside? Today it would be Braye Harbour Station but back then the Victorians knew they needed a lot of rock to build the breakwater and also construct the forts along the coast to provide safe harbour. How would they transport it from the quarry?
both taking a tour of the islands.
An entry to Sunday Stamps II on the theme of - Ports and Harbours - sail into more here