On February 2, 1709, Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer Alexander Selkirk was rescued by Duke, a privateering ship piloted by William Dampier, and its sailing companion Duchess, after being marooned by his captain on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. After four years and four months without human company, Selkirk was almost incoherent with joy. Selkirk had become adept at hunting and … Continue reading The Real Robinson Crusoe is Rescued!
Basalt Island (火石洲) is an island of Hong Kong, administratively part of the Sai Kung District. Together with Wang Chau and Bluff Island, it forms the Ung Kong Group and is part of the Hong Kong Global Geopark. It is located south of Town Island and Wang Chau, east of Bluff Island and north of the Ninepin Group. Its highest elevation is 174 m. On … Continue reading Hong Kong’s Basalt Island
The 426-square mile (1,104 km²) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (中華人民共和國香港特別行政區 — Jūng’wàh Yàhnmàhn Guhng’wòhgwok Hēunggóng Dahkbiht Hàhngjingkēui) contains hundreds of islands, and even a few “former islands”). Tung Ping Chau (東平洲) is located in the northeast corner of Hong Kong in Mirs Bay, close to the border with Guangdong Province in mainland China. The island has an area of 0.447 square mile … Continue reading Tung Ping Chau and Lan Kwo Shui, Hong Kong
Today is another “random stamp” day, the second in a row. There may be a few more of these to come as the next firm date on my ASAD calendar is February 21 (dedication of the Washington Monument) and the next month or so looks fairly sparse as well. I spent much of this morning (finally) cataloguing a large number of Greek stamps that my … Continue reading The Island of Lemnos
Costa Rica – Scott #178 (1936) I have been fascinated by maps ever since I was quite young. I can vividly recall enthusiastically gathering free maps from gas stations whenever my family would take an extended trip in our car. I suppose I began “collecting” maps even before I began collecting stamps and coins. Of course, back then it was more of an accumulation than … Continue reading Isla del Coco
The Republic of Fiji (Matanitu Tugalala o Viti in Fijian) is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (1,300 miles or 2,000 kilometers) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Its closest neighbors are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France’s Wallis and Futuna … Continue reading Fiji #118 (1938)
The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 miles (483 kilometers) east of South America’s southern Patagonian coast, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 square kilometers), comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory, the Falklands … Continue reading Falkland Islands #278 (1978)