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Postby shipstamps » Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:50 pm


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This stamp represents St Paul's visit to Rome and therefore the name of the ship is the Dioscuri, a Roman packet vessel.
These vessels were obviously poor seagoing ships. St Paul does not appear to have been a regular passenger on Roman ships, yet he was shipwrecked four times.
The stamp does not show an accurate representation of the Dioscuri, which was not a small type of corn ship or packet vessel, for she could carry 276 passengers.
The stamp illustration is a reproduction of a minature in the Bible of Borso D'Este. An interesting feature is the design of the anchor.
St Paul's voyage to Rome is described in detail in the Acts of the Apostles, which mention the boat on a davit, anchors and rigging.
He left Phoenicia about September 10 and only arrived in Rome in February after being shipwrecked at Malta and finishing the journey from Malta to Rome in the Dioscuri.
The "Dioscuri" is not mentioned in the Bible and the following slide gives more confusion regarding the dates.
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