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30th Anniversary of Prince Albert I Oceanography Prize.

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30th Anniversary of Prince Albert I Oceanography Prize.

Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:49 pm

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Monaco issued in 2001 one stamp for The 30th Anniversary of Prince Albert I Oceanography Price, main design is the medal with Prince Albert I, the secondary design element is a ship, first I was thinking the designer intention was to depict a Royal yacht but the rigging is deferent on the after mast between photos of the yachts and the stamp, most probably a mistake of the designer or make the ship looks more attractive.

Prince Albert I used four yachts as research vessel which have all appears on stamps.

HIRONDELLE (I) a 200 ton schooner. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5594&p=11162&hilit=HIRONDELLE#p11162

PRINCESSE ALICE (I) rigged as a three-masted topsail schooner. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7756

PRINCESSE ALICE (II) viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8584

HIRONDELLE (II) viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5596&p=18861#!lightbox[gallery]/0/

The stamp shows a square rigged vessel on both masts but not one research yacht was rigged that way, the most likely vessel is the PRINCESSE ALICE (II), rigged as a topsail schooner, square on the foremast. You can see her anchor-chain going from the hawse pipe to the gunwale but not her anchor which is laying on the forecastle when not in use.

Monaco 2001 9.00 Fr (1.37 Euro) sg?, scott 2214
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