Thursday, April 1, 2010

J Scott - Flying Cloud Off Whitby

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.

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