Through the years since the first
definitive issue of Pitcairn stamps was released in 1940, the philately of Pitcairn
Island has enjoyed a much-sought-after status among stamp collectors throughout
Ship Landing Point
Bounty Bay is dominated by a rocky outcrop known as Ship Landing Point. Its name serves a dual purpose being the point overlooking the HMAV Bounty's resting place, and the point where vessels head for when approaching the relative shelter of Bounty Bay.
The Pitcairn Islands Tourism web site http://www.visitpitcairn.pn describes the point as being "approximately 1,100 feet high and can be seen from about 25-30 miles away on a yacht - visibility and swell allowing. Approaching from the East, Pitcairn Island appears to have a saddle in the middle of it. This is where you should initially aim for. As you near the island, toward Bounty Bay there appears to be a distinctive pinnacle, high above the bay - again, head toward this pinnacle."
This visible landmark has at the highest point, a rather precarious rock known as "The Nose." Its future is uncertain as it is fracturing and slowly parting from the cliff. For a first-hand experience try this You Tube adventure with the stamps' photographer Tony Probst: www.youtube.com/watch=tx-ZcmmCMhw. Make sure you turn your sound on.
Ship Landing Point has been described as "possessing considerable beauty." It rises in bold outline almost perpendicularly from the sea, its rugged, rocky front softened here and there by patches of grass and shrubs. For those who make the difficult climb the views of Adamstown and the Pacific are magnificant.
As part of the scenery series on Pitcairn, this stamp issue shows the rugged beauty of Bounty Bay and its surroundings. Ship Landing Point is a stand-out symbol and a feature of Pitcairn Island's geographical landscape.
Technical details: The designer of the stamps is Denise Durkin of Wellington, New Zealand. The printer of the stamps is Southern Color Print, Dunedin, New Zealand. The photography shown in the issue is Tony Probst, California, USA. The Philatelic Bureau is indebted to Mr. Probst for his valuable assistance in making this issue possible. The printing process of the stamp issue is Offset Litho. The stamp size is 45.71 mm x 30.0 mm horizontal. The perforation gauge is 14.00 x 14.00. The stamp denominations are 40c; $1.00 x 2; $2.00 x 2 and $2.10. The paper on which the stamps are printed is Tullis Russell High Reading Yellow/Green phosphor, 103gsm. The period of sale of the stamp issue is December 18, 2013 for a period of two years.
Pitcairn Stamp Issues
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Below is a listing of all Pitcairn stamps issued since 1940 when Pitcairn Island began issuing its own stamps