Issue Date: 12/02/2009
Issue Name: 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Darwin Stamps Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2009 saw two of the most momentous anniversaries in Scientific history - the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th Anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection". We're marking his historic voyage on the HMS Beagle, which brought about his ground-breaking work, with our very own tribute and are really excited to be working officially with the HMS Beagle Project on this cover.
Our lovely cover has a stunning image of HMS Beagle, and features the 6 Charles Darwin stamps along with a Pembrokeshire postmark. A limited number of covers have been personally signed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE RD*, one of the world's most amazing sailors.
HMS Beagle Project
The HMS Beagle Project was inspired by Charles Darwin's 200th anniversary. Darwin wrote "The voyage of the Beagle has been the most important event of my whole life and has determined my whole career". In building a replica of HMS Beagle we aim to inspire a new generation to discover the oceans under sail, to explore science, and the world around them. She will also be a floating celebration of the years when the Royal Navy defended Britain's shores and trade, and in times of peace sent small ships like Beagle around the world to chart distant shores so that mariners could sail with reilable charts aboard their ships.
The new Beagle will be built of larch planks on oak frames and although a faithful sailing ship rigged as her ancestor was, she will have the modern safety, navigation and communications systems to allow her to sail the oceans safely. Once launched she will follow in the wake of Captain Fitzroy and Charles Darwin on the 1831-36 voyage. She will apply the tools and techniques of modern science to Darwin's work, and allow students and scientists the world over to follow the voyage and take part in her science research and education programme.
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Sir William Robert Patrick "Robin" Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD and bar is an British sailor. In 1969, he became the first person to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe