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Cuba issued four stamps in 1992 for tourism, the 20c shows us a “pedalo” of which
Wikipedia gives:
A pedalo (British English) or paddle boat (U.S., Canadian, and Australian English) is a small human-powered watercraft propelled by the action of pedals turning a paddle wheel.
The paddle wheel of a pedalo is a smaller version of that used by a paddle steamer. A two-seat pedalo has two sets of pedals, side by side, designed to be used together. Some models, however, have three pedals on each side to allow a person boating alone to pedal from a centrally seated position.
Pedalos, being particularly suited to calm waters, are often hired out for use on ponds and small lakes in urban parks.
The earliest record of a pedalo is perhaps Leonardo da Vinci's diagram of a craft driven by two pedals.

Also on the right of the stamp is a small sailyacht of which I have not any information.
Cuba 1992 20c sg 3739, scott 3433.


Iceland issued in 1986 four stamps for the “Bicentenary of the City of Reykjavik” of which the 12 Kr stamp shows us an 1856 view from the banks of the Tjörn (Pond) with in the background the bay of Reykjavik. By the stamp is given by the Icelandic Post:
In the background there is the French Imperial yacht La REINE HORTENCE. This illustration is copied after a picture in a book entitled’ Voyage dans le mers du Nord” by Charles Edmond, which was published in 1857 and described the French Prince Napoleon’s voyage around the Northern oceans in 1856.

August 1844 the 3-mast yacht was laid down for King Louis-Philippe under the name COMTE D’EU on the yard of Augustin Normand in Le Havre.
20 December 1846 launched.
Displacement 1,100 ton, dim. 62 x 10.80 x 5.7m.
Powered by a Creusot 4-cyl. steam engine, 320 nhp, speed 12 knots.
Armament 6 – 12cm guns.
Laid down as COMTE D’EU, the ship was renamed to PATRIOTE on 20 February 1848 after the French Revolution of 1848.

In June 1853, she became the imperial yacht REINE HORTENSE.
06 August 1853 in Dieppe.
July 1854 Sailed from Cherbourg for Bayonne, at the disposal of the Empress.
19 August 1854 arrived in Danzig.
In 1855, she served as a troopship to ferry forces bound for the theatre of the Crimean War.
08 February 1855 arrived in Kamiesch with ships in tow.

In June 1865 (wrong given by Wikipedia, must be 1856) she took Prince Napoléon on an expedition to Greenland, with the ARTÉMISE (1847), a 28-gun corvette, La PERDRIX and, the COCYTE and two British coal tender screw steamers, the TASMANIA and the SAXON of 700 tons each. On 30 June at Reykjavík in Iceland, she met again Lord Dufferin who was on his own travels that would feature in his book Letters From High Latitudes, published the next year. Dufferin's journey was taking in Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitzbergen. He had chartered the schooner FOAM for the task. Dufferin was invited to join Prince Napoleon aboard his royal steamer, and the Prince hearing that the FOAM had broken down offered them a tow north to Jan Mayen as they were going to the same region. On their last night in Reykjavik the prince held a ball to which all the rank, fashion, and beauty of the tiny town (population 700 or 800) were invited.
The FOAM was attached with two cables and the flotilla set off on 7 July, the collier SAXON traveling all too slowly behind. The fragile La REINE HORTENSE was soon to be in increasing danger from the ice and the French were required to abandon their journey 100 miles short of Jan Mayen, and return to Reykjavík. So on 11 July they let loose the FOAM to carry on north by sail. This was fortunate in a sense since on their return they were to discover that the SAXON had been damaged by ice, and would have meant that the convoy would have been short of fuel. This effectively cancelled the expedition.

18-20 May 1857 sailed from Bordeaux to Rochefort with the Emperor Napoleon III and Grand Duke Konstantine Nikolayevich of Russia. Then via other French ports to the Isle of Wight and returned back in Calais on 31 May 1857, where after the Grand Duke leaves the vessel and traveled to Brussel.
07 July 1857 back in The Isle of Wight with Prince Napoleon and his suite, where after she sailed via Lerwick and Bergen to the North Cape.
REINE HORTENSE ferried Prince Napoléon Bonaparte from Marseille to Genoa in early 1859 for his marriage to Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy, and Napoléon III from Marseille to Genoa on 11 and 12 May 1859.
28 June 1860 in the port of Toulon, 12 April 1862 sails from Toulon with the Duchess of Hamilton ... %80%931888)
In 1862 she was in the Baltic when she gave aid to a British vessel who she towed 80 miles from Bomarsund to Stockholm, on board had been Lord Dufferin, who she was to meet again 3 years later.
21 March1863 arrived in the harbour of Villefrance with the EAGLE.
06 October 1863 arrived on the road of La Rochelle with on board the Emperor.
01 January 1864 returned to the French Navy.
The REINE HORTENSE was recommissioned as the imperial yacht on 20 April 1865 for an official visit of the Emperor to Algeria.
01 October 1865 decommissioned as imperial yacht in Cherbourg.
On 14 February 1867, she was renamed to CASSARD, and commissioned for the Algiers station. She served there until 1881, when she was decommissioned in Toulon before becoming a littoral defence ship
Renamed to FAUNE in 1893, she was used as a hulk in Port-Vendre then munition depot in Toulon. She was eventually broken up in 1920.

Iceland 1986 12 Kr sg 684, scott ?

Exploration of Albany

In 1991, Australia issued a stamp and a miniature sheet, commemorating exploration of Albany, Western Australia by George Vancouver (1791) and Edward Eyre (1841). The coastline of the Albany area was observed for the first time in 1627 by the Dutchman François Thijssen, captain of the ship “ Gulden Zeepaert” (The Golden Seahorse), who sailed to the east as far as Ceduna in South Australia and back. Captain Thijssen had discovered the south coast of Australia and charted about 1,768 kilometres (1,099 mi) of it between Cape Leeuwin and the Nuyts Archipelago. GEORGE VANCOUVER: Departing England with two ships, HMS” Discovery” and HMS “Chatham”, on 1 April 1791, Vancouver commanded an expedition charged with exploring the Pacific region. In its first year the expedition travelled to Cape Town, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Hawaii, collecting botanical samples and surveying coastlines along the way. On 29 September 1791, explorer Captain George Vancouver while exploring the south coast, entered and named “King George the Third's Sound” and” Princess Royal Harbour”, and took possession of New Holland for the British Crown. Vancouver went out of his way to establish good relationships with the local Aboriginal people.On the stamp In the background is the “Discovery”. JOHN EYRE: In 1841, Albany was the final destination of the explorer Edward John Eyre, the first European to reach Western Australia by land from the eastern colonies. Eyre, together with his Aboriginal companion Wylie , was the first European to traverse the coastline of the Great Australian Bight and the Nullarbor Plain by land in 1840–1841, on an almost 2000 mile trip to Albany, Western Australia . He had originally led the expedition with John Baxterand three aborigines. On 29 April 1841, two of the aborigines killed Baxter and left with most of the supplies. Eyre and Wylie were only able to survive because they chanced to encounter, at a bay near Esperance, Western Australia , a French whaling ship Mississippi , under the command of an Englishman, Captain Thomas Rossiter, for whom Eyre named the location Rossiter Bay .
Аustralia 1991;1.05;SG1303. Source: ... s-mnh.html. ... _Australia.

STERN TRAWLER (stylized)

Iceland issued two stamps for the “Export, Trading and Commerce” of which the 35Kr shows us a stylized stern trawler viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11826

By the stamps is given by the Icelandic Post:
The Post and Telecommunications Administration will be issuing two new stamps which depict a few tokens of the branches of industry involved in exporting products from Iceland.

Icelanders are heavily dependent upon foreign trade. The geographical position of lceland and natural conditions lead to our having to transact extensive trade with other countries. Vigorous export activities are the basis for Iceland being an affluent society in the Westem manner. lt will hardly be disputed that the export value is the basis for the standard of living in Iceland being among the best in the world. High prices of sea products on the world market and strong marketing advances by Icelandic concerns have contributed to the fact that the Icelandic people have succeeded in building up a modern society.

Iceland Chamber of Commerce was established in 1917 with 170 founders from all around the country. Now the members are around 390 and consist of representatives of various spheres of the Icelandic economy, Ieading in the various progressive matters of Icelandic firms. The Export Council of lceland was established in 1986 in order to support Icelandic concerns in foreign marketing activities- The Council represents a field of work for most Icelandic Companies which in some way have to do with currency creative assignments. The Export Council s revenues are a part of the expenditure tax base of concerns in the processing of fish, industry, construction work, fisheries and carriage by sea and land. The Board of Directors of the Export Council consist of nine representatives of various spheres of the Icelandic economy as well as representatives of the public sector. In 1991 the total foreign currency receipts of the Icelandic people came to about ISK 130 billion. Sea products weigh most heavily. In 1991 these returned earnings amounting to over ISK 73 billion. Industry ranks next with a yield of about ISK 16 billion. income on account of communications came to almost ISK 13 billion and the tourist industry yielded over ISK 7 billion- Income from agriculture, including fish farming produce, has decreased considerably and agricultural export amounts to ISK 1.5 billion only. The countries of the European Community are Iceland s most important customers Britain is at the top of the list and Germany, France and Denmark are also prominent. Altogether almost 70% of Iceland’s total export go to EU countries. The United States of America and Japan are also important markets for Icelandic produce and about 12% of exports go to the former, but 7% to the latter.
The role of the Export Council is that of granting to export concerns information and marketing advice which aim at increasing the export value of goods and services from Iceland. Also to increase knowledge of the market and competitiveness of Icelandic concerns, thereby building a foundation for better livelihood in the country as well as creating a positive general image of the country, its people and products.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Icelandic Freezing Plants Corporation (SH) the other of the new stamps will depict its trade mark amongst few tokens. The establishment meeting of the Corporation was held on February 25th 1942. The purpose of the Corporation’s foundation was that of selling fish products in foreign markets, undertaking the purchase of operational goods, searching for new markets and experimenting with new products and methods of production.
Twenty three quick freezing plants around the-country are the founders of the Icelandic Freezing Plants Corporation, but now the producers are around 70. The corporation has throughout its activities been in the lead of Icelandic export concerns. In 1947 |he Corporation (SH) founded the concern of Coldwater Seafood Corporation in order to handle the sales of fish products in the United States market. ln 1956 a marketing office of the Icelandic Freezing Plants Corporation was opened
In England and in 1983 a subsidiary company ' Icelandic Freezing Plants, Limited was established
In England. Sales offices of the Icelandic Freezing Plants Corporation are also operated in Germany,
France and Japan, but dealings with the European Continent and Asia have increased rapidly during recent years.

The trade mark ICELANDIC originated in the United States, but it has become an image of quality products in the minds of fish buyers around the world. Behind this trade mark is a long story of development in a tough market where constant watchfulness in the field of quality and sales affairs has to be demonstrated.

Source: Icelandic Post.
Iceland 1992 30/35kr. sg788/789 scott 752/753

Aleksei Chirikov

Aleksei Ilyich Chirikov (Russian: Алексе́й Ильи́ч Чи́риков) (1703 – November 1748) was a Russian navigator and captain who along with Bering was the first Russian to reach North-West coast of North America. He discovered and charted some of the Aleutian Islands while he was deputy to Vitus Bering during the Great Northern Expedition. In 1721, Chirikov graduated from the Naval Academy. In 1725–1730 and 1733–1743, he was Vitus Bering's deputy during the First and the Second Kamchatka expeditions. In May 1741 Chirikov in the St Paul and Vitus Bering in the St Peter left Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskyand headed east. Some time after 20 June they were separated by a storm and never saw each other again. On 15 July 1741 Chirikov saw land at Baker Island off Prince of Wales Island at the south end of the Alaska Panhandle. This is about 450 miles southeast of Bering's landfall near Mount St. Elias at the north end of the panhandle. Unable to find a harbor he sailed north along Baranov Island past the later Russian base at Sitka. He sent out a longboat to find an anchorage. When it did not return after a week he sent out his second longboat which also failed to return. Now without any small boats Chirikov had no way of searching for the two longboats or landing on the coast to explore or replenish his supply of fresh water. After waiting as long as possible, he abandoned the longboats to their fate and on 27 July sailed west. He sighted the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island and Adak Island near the western end of the Aleutians. With water critically low he reached Petropavlovsk on 12 October 1741. In 1742, Chirikov was in charge of a search party for Bering's ship St. Peter. During this trip, he located Attu Island. Chirikov took part in creating the final map of the Russian discoveries in the Pacific Ocean (1746). Chirikov's name is given to Capes of the Kyūshū Island, Attu Island, Anadyr Bay, Tauyskaya Bay, an underwater mountain in the Pacific Ocean, Chirikof Island and Cape Chirikof at the westernmost point of Baker Island.
Rossija 1999;Postal envelope. Rossija1991; 30к,30к;SG 6274,6275. Source:


The traditional Corpus Christi procession has been taking place on Lake Hallstatt for at least 389 years. This popular national holiday, steeped in local, historic tradition, will be celebrated by the lake.
Corpus Christi is a time when the people of Hallstatt decorate their traditional boats with flowers and foliage, and the village is prepared for a special celebration. The festivities date back to the Jesuits who formed colorful processions through the village. Due to the fact that there was limited open space in the old salt-mining village, the walking procession was replaced by boats and salt-carrying small ships on the lake. This afforded the local people some lovely views towards the "salt mountain" which had been their source of income for thousands of years.

The main procession, escorted by a choir and orchestra, assembles for worship at 9.00am in the parish and pilgrimage church "Our Lady of the Mountain" in Hallstatt. The lead celebrant is Otto Krepper, military deacon from Voralberg.

At around 10.00, the procession starts out towards the market square where the first "station" is made. The procession then continues down to the lake and along the lake shore from where the thousands of assembled Christians and visitors to Hallstatt will have stunning views of the bright and colorful collection of boats, and of the Holiest Sacrament. A second "station" is made by the War Memorial, and a third "station" of thanks-giving for young people will then be made by the bus terminal and the HTBLA.

The procession now continues on to the lake from where the "Plassen" - the mountain which guards over the people of Hallstatt - and also the "Salt Mountain" come into view. During the fourth "station" of thanks-giving, God is thanked for the "Mountain of Fortune" and the fruits of the earth.

Afterwards, the procession returns to dry land, and the procession continues back to the market square, accompanied by a local brass band. Here the final "blessing" is made and a The Deum is sung. The first ever procession was formed in 1623, and since 1628 has been a gift from the salt mines of Hallstatt.

Very significant members of the Hallstatt Corpus Christi Procession are the "Hallstatt Corpus Christi Gun Firers" who announce the most important parts of the proceedings by firing "Prangerstutzen" traditional guns. 3 shots are fired by the church and then by each "station" along the way, informing us of the significance of the events which follow. The day has a very early start for these men. They begin firing their guns at 6.00 am at the far end of Hallstatt. They move out on to the lake in boats, and every fifteen minutes continue their journey across the lake towards the church. At 9.00 they arrive on foot at the church and join the main procession. ... ssion.html
Austria 1993 5s sg2349, scott 1619.

Eendracht 1615 (Hartog)

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Eendracht 1615 (Hartog)

Postby john sefton » Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:43 pm

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The Eendracht was an early 17th Century Dutch ship, launched in 1615 in the service of the Dutch East India Company. tonnage: 700 tonnes, 32 guns, crew of around 200.
For her maiden voyage on the open ocean, the Eendracht set sail on 23 January 1616 from the Dutch port of Texel in the company of several other VOC ships, on a trading venture bound for Batavia in the Dutch East Indies (the present-day Jakarta). Her captain was Dirk Hartog, a thirty-five year-old former private merchant, recently now in the employ of the VOC.
Sailing down the west African coastline, the Eendracht became separated from the others in a storm, and reached the Cape of Good Hope alone on 5 August 1616. She stayed there several weeks, until 27 August when Hartog decided to set out unaccompanied across the Indian Ocean towards their destination.

Hartog's course across the Indian Ocean was a much more southerly one than the route usually followed by such voyages in that time. It made use of the prevailing westerly winds at those latitudes known as the "Roaring Forties", a route which had been pioneered a few years earlier by the Dutch navigator Hendrik Brouwer, who had noted it to be a faster way to reach Java. By this time, the VOC had instructed its captains to take advantage of this route, which could reduce the overall travelling time from Europe by a good six months. However, usually the intention was to change heading northwards at a more westerly longitude than the Eendracht was to do. Whether Hartog had intended to maintain such a southerly course for so long via this route, or was perhaps blown a little off course, is not clear.
After approximately two months at sea, on 25 October Hartog and the Eendracht unexpectedly sighted land — "various islands, which were, however, found uninhabited" —, at a latitude around 26° South. These islands and the nearby land were previously unknown to Europeans, and unwittingly the Eendracht had become the second recorded European ship to visit the continent of Australia, having been preceded (albeit, on the opposite side of the continent) 10 years earlier by Willem Janszoon and the Duyfken when they sailed along and (briefly) landed on the western shores of the Cape York Peninsula.

Hartog and crew made landfall on the island, now known as Dirk Hartog Island which lies off Shark Bay in Western Australia. This was to be the first recorded landing on the western coastline by a European. The island was uninhabited, and Hartog spent three days there, finding nothing of great interest or value to him or his company.

Before departing on 27 October, Hartog left behind a pewter plate affixed to a post set in a rock cleft (now called Cape Inscription), upon which he had inscribed the following brief account of his visit:

* 1616 On 25 October arrived the ship Eendracht, of Amsterdam: Supercargo Gilles Miebais of Liege, skipper Dirch Hatichs of Amsterdam. on 27 d[itt]o. she set sail again for Bantam. Deputy supercargo Jan Stins, upper steersman Pieter Doores of Bil. In the year 1616.

This object, now known as the Hartog Plate, is the oldest known written artefact from Australia's European history. It lay unmolested in situ for a further eighty years, until it was re-discovered half-buried (the post had rotted away) by a Dutch expedition of three ships under the command of the Flemish captain Willem de Vlamingh in 1697. De Vlamingh had earlier explored Rottnest Island and the Swan River (later to be the site of the city of Perth), and had been making his way up the western coast of Australia. He replaced the Hartog plate with one of his own, onto which he copied Hartog's original inscription and added an account of his own landing, installing it in the same spot nailed to a cypress-pine trunk taken from Rottnest. Hartog's original plate returned with De Vlamingh later to Amsterdam, where it has remained. It is currently on display in the Rijksmuseum.
After leaving the island, the Eendracht sailed northwards along the western Australian coastline, Hartog charting as he went. He gave this coast the name t'Landt van d'Eendracht or "Eendracht's Land", after his ship. When later on this name and information began to appear on subsequent charts, replacing the former mythical and postulated lands of Terra Australis (South Land) and Nova Hollandia (New Holland), considerable further interest by parties such as the VOC was aroused. This gave further impetus to explore this region in the hope of something notable or exploitable. Hartog himself did not note anything which might be of use, making no further landfalls or contact with the Australian Aborigine inhabitants of the land.

The Eendracht continued along the coast to about 22° South lat., thereafter heading northwards across the Timor Sea. She arrived safely at Batavia harbour on 14 December 1616.
The Eendracht remained in the East Indies for about a year, possibly engaging in local commercial ventures.

On 17 December 1617 she again set sail for the return voyage home, leaving the port of Bantam and bound for Zeeland in Holland, with Dirk Hartog again as her master. This voyage proved to be relatively uneventful, and she arrived back in Holland on 16 October 1618 after a period of some ten months at sea. Captain Hartog left the service of the VOC shortly after the return, to resume private trading ventures in the Baltic. He died a few years later.
On 13 May 1619 the Eendracht again left port at Texel, bound a second time for Batavia and the East Indies, this time under a different (unknown?) captain. She rounded the Cape of Good Hope on 26 November, and reached her destination on 22 March 1620 without recorded incident, a journey of some ten months.
She apparently remained in the East Indies, until 13 May 1622, where on a local trading voyage she is recorded as having been wrecked and lost off the western coast of Ambon Island in the central Moluccas. She had aboard a cargo of coins, and her wreck has not been recovered.It was captained by Dirk Hartog when he made the second recorded landfall by a European on Australian soil, in 1616.

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Re: Eendracht 1615 (Hartog)

Postby john sefton » Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:30 pm

A four cent stamp to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing on the Western Australian coast was issued October 1966 by the Australian Post Office and was on sale for about two weeks. At first viewing the stamp looks an awful jumble, a ship in a spider's web, but the designer, Mr. Frank Eidlitz, of Melbourne, has put a great deal of thought into his work and the historical significance of the design leaves nothing to be desired.
The spider's web appearance of the background is an early 17th century navigator's chart as used by Hartog. At the foot of the chart on the stamp design is a part of a sailor's pewter dish which was left fastened to a pole on one of the islands on the seaward side of Shark Bay, on the west coast of Australia, in latitude 251/2 deg. S. The dish was inscribed by Hartog as proof of his landing, an English translation of the inscription on it being:
"On 25 October, 1616 there arrived here the ship Eendragt of Amsterdam, the supercargo Gillais Miebais, of Liege, skipper Dirk Hartog of Amsterdam; on the. 27 do. it sailed for Bantam: the subcargo Jan Steyn, the mate Pieter Ledocker van Bil"
The pewter dish was found, still on the post 80 years later by Willem de Vlamingh when he called at Shark Bay in the ship Geelvink in 1697. Vlamingh placed another plate where Hartog's had formerly stood and carried the original back to Batavia, presenting it to the Gentlemen Seventeen, who later forwarded it to the authorities at Amsterdam, with a memorandum
"This old plate brought to us by William Vlamingh we have now handed over to the commander, in order that he might bring it to your Nobilities, and that you may marvel how it remained through such a number of years unaffected by air, rain or sun".
"This old plate", as the Gentlemen Seventeen called it, is now in the States Museum at Amsterdam. It was discovered in the city about 50 years ago. The importance of the pewter plate is, of course, that it is the first proof of any ship ,making direct contact with Australia and landing its men on the new continent. Previously it had only been sighted from passing vessels. Hartog's ship gave the continent its first name, Eendrachtsland, and Dirk Hartog's Island still commemorates his landfall.
The Eendracht—the name means "Harmony"—discovered Australia by accident, not design. She sailed from the Netherlands in January 1616, left the Cape of Good Hope towards the end of August and took advantage of the prevailing winds to sail far to the south before beginning to make a northing for her final destination of Java. Her captain had no intention of making a new land discovery. She arrived in the East Indies in December. The stamp shows a Dutch ship of the period, for no known picture of Hartog's vessel exists.

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Re: Eendracht 1615 (Hartog)

Postby aukepalmhof » Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:17 pm

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For the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog landing on the coast of Australia, the Australian Post issued a stamp of $2.00.

A foundation myth of Australia is that Captain James Cook “discovered” the continent in 1770 when he landed at Botany Bay. However, numerous explorers, including several Dutch seamen from the Dutch East India Company (VOC), had already made landfall on the great southern continent. These included Willem Janszoon, who arrived on the western shore of Cape York in 1606 and the western Australian coast in 1618. In 1623, another VOC expedition under Jan Carstensz landed in northern Australia, and in 1642 Abel Tasman made landfall in Tasmania.
On 25 October 1616, captain Dirk Hartog of the Dutch East India ship EENDRACHT made landfall at an island off the coast of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Hartog’s ship had lost its way after setting out from Holland for Batavia in the Dutch East Indies. This unintentional landing made the EENDRACHT the second recorded European ship to visit the Australian continent and the first to arrive on the western coast. Two days later, before leaving what is now called Dirk Hartog Island, Hartog left a pewter dish inscribed with an account of his visit fixed to a wooden post at a location now called Cape Inscription. The EENDRACHT then sailed north-east, charting the Western Australian coastline, before eventually arriving in Batavia on 14 December 1616.
The painting of the EENDRACHT on the stamp is by Western Australian Adriaan de Jong and is based on early 17th-century Dutch paintings and documents.
Source: Australian Post web-site.

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