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Postby shipstamps » Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:22 pm

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This stamp depicts the pinky, with a very distinctive narrow stern, evolved from the "pink", a vessel active for centuries in the Mediterranean coastal trade and prominent in the 18th century in the North Sea and the Baltic. Emerging around 1815 as a fishing schooner, the pinky quickly achieved popularity because of her carrying capacity, comfort and seaworthiness. Two such boats were among the few smacks to withstand a ferocious gale in Chaleur Bay in October 1851. The craft was also particularly adept at mackerel fishing, since it could pursue schools of these creatures as they swam windward. Eventually, forerunners of the Bluenose replaced the pinky. SG902
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