Issue Date: 16th Aug 2018
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.
The expedition was an incredible success, during which Cook and his men initiated the first European contact with Eastern Australia, mapped New Zealand and accurately observed the transit of Venus.
The three year voyage revealed unprecedented information about the lands, peoples, flora and fauna of the Pacific to European eyes, and set new standards for cartography, scientific enquiry and exploration
The stamps within the minisheet are:
1st Class: A chart of the discoveries made by Captain James Cook by Lieutenant Roberts
1st Class: Boathouse and canoes on Raiatea, Society Islands
£1.45: An arched rock with a Maori clifftop fort in New Zealand
£1.45: Repairing The Endeavour on the Endeavour River, Australia
Background: Hand-coloured engravings from ‘A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas’ 1794
Plymouth 250yrs | Whitby (Cook’s face) | Plymouth FDI | Whitby (Quadrant)