Like a lot of people I took up the hobby of stamp collecting when I was a kid. I was introduced to the hobby by my friend's father who happened to own a stamp shop in Parramatta, Sydney. On weekends I'd stay with my friend and on Saturdays we'd accompany his father to his shop. I spent many pleasant hours rummaging through his pile of used Australian stamps.
What first caught my eye were ships on stamps, particularly sailing ships. I collected as many ship stamps as I could (it was a bit more difficult in those days before the advent of the internet). I started with some ships from Australia, AAT, and Christmas Island and branched out from there.
As inevitably happens, life got in the way of stamps. For many years I completely forgot about the obsession I had had with them as a kid. About ten years ago, I happened to spot a lovely ship on a stamp and all those childhood memories came flooding back!
I am now back into the hobby with a vengeance!