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 St Helena stamps 1998

 The 15p stamp

To aid the Dutch who were building influence and colonies in the Far East, the Witte Leeuw was sent to protect Dutch interests in the East Indies. Although built as a navy ship she was run by the Dutch East India Company. The loss of the Witte Leeuw was considered a mighty blow for the Company when she sunk in James Bay 1613, during a battle with two Portuguese carracks. Witte Leeuw translates as White Lion.

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