Falklands : HMS CLYDE Stamps her mark on South Georgia
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 22.06.2013 (Article Archived on 20.07.2013)
As part of her routine operations HMS CLYDE makes frequent visits to South Georgia and has become a regular visitor to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research station at King Edward Point. As such the Ship has become part of a series of stamps to celebrate the unique scientific studies conducted at the base.
HMS CLYDE Stamps her mark on South Georgia
As part of her routine operations
HMS CLYDE makes frequent visits to South Georgia and has become a regular
visitor to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research station at King Edward
Point. As such the Ship has become part of a series of stamps to celebrate the
unique scientific studies conducted at the base.
The BAS scientist undertaking a
programme of scientific research at the facility under contract to the
Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which is aimed at
providing sound scientific advice to assist in the sustainable management of
the island and surrounding oceans. In addition to the strategic research on many aspects of
the biology and ecology of the area, since 2011 the British Geological survey
has re-established the King Edward Point magnetic observatory which will plug a
significant gap in the global network of magnetic observatories allowing better
monitoring of the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly and of changes occurring deep
within the Earth.
As well as being uniquely situated
to facilitate Biological and Geological research, South Georgia is an ideal
location for astrophotography as the nearest light pollution is over 800 miles
away. On a clear winter’s night with the
sun well below the horizon the quantity of stars is simply breath taking.
Unfortunately a cloudless South Georgian night is a rarity. Star trail images are created by taking long
exposure photographs of the night sky.
As the earth turns the stars appear to move creating streaks of light
across image. These lines of light
appear as circles around the celestial poles, the points in the sky that
correspond with the South or North pole and about which the earth spins.
Tourism has become a large source
of income in recent years, with many cruise ships and sailing yachts visiting
the area. The territory gains income from landing charges and the sale of
souvenirs. Of these souvenirs one of the
most popular choices are South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands postage
stamps which are produced in the UK.
With attractive subject matter, such as the this year’s star trails,
they are popular with topical stamp collectors
the world over.
This years stamps include: Star
Trails behind Hope Point (£1.20 stamp), Star Trails over the wrecks of the
Albatros and the Dias (£1 stamp), Star Trails over Maiviken Hut (75p stamp) and
Star Trails over the Harker Glacier (65p stamp). The photograph of HMS CLYDE at King Edward
Point is on the Official First Day Cover.
All of the Photos were taken by Samantha Crimmin. For further information please contact: John
Smith, Pobjoy Mint Ltd, Tel: +44 (0) 1737 818181 Fax: +44 (0) 1737 818199