The Federated States of Micronesia & the Last Raider of the Confederate States of America Navy

Adding new stamp-issuing entities to my collection is a rare event lately as my current interests are focused away from my “Stamps From (Almost) Everywhere” collection. In fact, the most recent new issuers added were the Comoros Islands in January, the Commonwealth of Dominica (as opposed to the Colony) in December, and the Free City of Danzig in September 2018. Before that, the most recently … Continue reading The Federated States of Micronesia & the Last Raider of the Confederate States of America Navy

Bathyscaphe USS Trieste’s Record-Breaking Dive

On January 23, 1960, The bathyscaphe USS Trieste broke a depth record by descending to 35,797 feet (10,911 meters) in the Pacific Ocean. Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with its crew of two reached its record maximum depth in the deepest known part of the Earth’s oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. Jacques Piccard … Continue reading Bathyscaphe USS Trieste’s Record-Breaking Dive

Northern Mariana Islands & the Latte Stone

January 8 is the day for the annual celebration of Commonwealth Day in the Northern Mariana Islands. For years, the Northern Mariana Islands held referenda that offered integration with Guam but the latter finally rejected it. In 1970s it was decided not to seek for independence but to set closer relations with the United States. The negotiations for territorial status began and were finally approved … Continue reading Northern Mariana Islands & the Latte Stone

Outrigger Canoes of Fiji

The best thing about “random stamp days” is that I get to pick a stamp that normally wouldn’t be written about if I were to adhere to my usual policy of marking event anniversaries (apart from the occasional stamp-issuing entity profile). The issuer profiles have been few and far between since November as I haven’t added too many new places to my “Stamps from (Almost) … Continue reading Outrigger Canoes of Fiji

Norfolk Island #286 (1981)

The Territory of Norfolk Island (Teratri a’ Norf’k Ailen in Norfuk) is a small island in the Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia, 877 miles (1,412 kilometers) directly east of mainland Australia’s Evans Head, and about 560 miles (900 km) from Lord Howe Island. The island is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. Together with two neighboring islands, it forms one of … Continue reading Norfolk Island #286 (1981)

Wallis and Futuna #43 (1930)

The Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands (Wallis-et-Futuna or Territoire des îles Wallis-et-Futuna in French or Uvea mo Futuna in Fakauvea and Fakafutuna), is a French island collectivity in the South Pacific between Tuvalu to the northwest, Fiji to the southwest, Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, and Tokelau to the northeast. Though both French and Polynesian, Wallis and Futuna is distinct … Continue reading Wallis and Futuna #43 (1930)

The First Voyage of James Cook

On August 26, 1768, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Endeavour departed from Plymouth-Dock (Devonport), England, carrying 94 people and 18 months of provisions starting the first of three Pacific voyages of which James Cook was the commander. The aims of this expedition were to observe the transit of Venus across the Sun (June 2-3, 1769) and to seek evidence of the postulated Terra Australis … Continue reading The First Voyage of James Cook

Aitutaki #30 (1920)

James Cook’s Third Voyage

On July 12, 1776, James Cook departed from Plymouth, England, and his third (and final voyage), taking the route via Cape Town and Tenerife to New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands, and along the North American coast to the Bering Strait. Its ostensible purpose was to return Omai, a young man from Raiatea to his homeland, but the Admiralty used this as a cover for their … Continue reading James Cook’s Third Voyage