Friday, April 10, 2009

The Lady Franklin (1853)

Date of Issue: August 19, 1967
Scott #: 106

Lady Franklin is a government barque, built at Port Arthur, Van Diemens Land (present day Tasmania), in 1841 and was used mainly for conveying stores between Van Diemens Land and Norfolk Island.

The vessel departed Hobart on 16 December 1853, but returned to Hobart on 28 January 1854, her mission uncompleted. She had not reached Norfolk Island as the convicts on board had mutinied and escaped, taking the postage stamps as part of their booty. Strangely, it is on record that some of the stamps, of the value of £6, were subsequently recovered.

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