J Scott - Flying Cloud Off Whitby (1871)
Australia 5c Stamp issued 1998 - Maritime Heritage - Romance of Sail
Held at the Australian National Maritime Museum
Painted in 1871 by John Scott, this picture depicts the three-masted extreme clipper ship Flying Cloud sailing off the port of Whitby, North Yorkshire. An American flag is on its mizzen-mast spanker boom and a house flag on its main mast. In 1854, the famous ship made the journey between New York and San Francisco in 89 days and eight hours, creating a world record that was not broken until 1989. (Commentary: Courtesy Australian National Maritime Museum).
This is one of four stamps of the "Romance of Sail" series from 1998.