Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bicentennial of death of Capt. James Cook (1779 - 1979)

Date of Issue: June 01, 1979
Scott #: C288 (Air Post Stamp)

This is one of the two stamps issued to commemorate Bicentenary of death of Captain James Cook, during his third and final voyage (July 1776 - August 1780).

The stamp shows ships of James Cook, HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery at Karakakoa / Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii. The map shows the route of the third voyage and the dotted line from Hawaii shows route of Cook's crew after his death.

The stamp design was engraved by Pierre Bequet, French engraver for stamps of France and its colonies including TAAF and has engraved more than 700 stamps.

Source: Wikipedia

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