St Helena stamps 1998

 The 35p stamp

This topsail schooner was typical of the type of craft used to carry dispatches for the Government and Royal Navy, Fast and light, they could outsail most other craft as they were able to sail close to the wind than square rigged ships. Built especially for the island by the Honourable East India Company, it was intended that she ply between the island and the Cape of Good Hope carrying, cattle, grain and stores.