Issue Date: 16/08/2018
Issue Name: 250 Years - Captain Cook Stamps Torn from the Miniature Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook setting sail in one of the greatest voyages of discovery of all time aboard HMS Endeavour with nearly 100 men including astronomers, artists and scientists. This great cover will showcase the stamps torn from the miniature sheet, which detail the maps and paintings of Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti as they were found on the first journey, along with our special Whitby postmark, where The Endeavour was built and where James Cook lodged as an apprentice in the same house where the Captain Cook Memorial Museum is today.
Captain Cook's Three Pacific Voyages
Captain James Cook (27th November 1728-14th February 1779) was a British explorer and Post-Captain in the Royal Navy. He was also a navigator and cartographer, making detailed maps of Newfoundland as well as mapping the Pacific from the Antarctic to Arctic Circles during his three famous voyages of exploration. These voyages provided the scientists on board – and those back home - with important new information about the Pacific Ocean and the people, plants and animals they encountered on its islands and shores. Cook’s first voyage (1768-1771) was in HMB Endeavour, the aim of which was to observe the Transit of Venus in Tahiti then sail south in search of Terra Australis Incognita.
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