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 St Helena stamps 1998

 The 80p stamp

Built of ironwood, 148 feet long with a mast 93 feet high, this pole junk made the long voyage from China arriving at St Helena 17 April 1847 (over four and a half months after setting out). Not normally associated with 'blue water sailing' these ships were very dry and seaworthy. Due to the size of the rudder it sometimes took twenty men to steer.

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