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New stamps to celebrate 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage

A set of 10 stamps includes an image of Captain Cook.

A new set of stamps is being issued to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook setting sail on one of the greatest voyages of discovery of all time.

The 10 stamps include original drawings and paintings of indigenous peoples, landscapes of the South Pacific and flora and fauna which amazed the scientific establishment at the time.

Almost 100 men, including astronomers, artists and scientists, were on board HM Bark Endeavour when it set off in August 1768.

The vessel returned to the UK in July 1771 after circumnavigating the globe and mapping more than 5,000 miles of coastline.

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The Endeavour’s journey to the South Pacific is one of the greatest voyages of discovery (Royal Mail/PA)

Royal Mail’s Philip Parker said: “Our striking new stamps mark the 250th anniversary of one the most important voyages of discovery of all time.

“On board the Endeavour were scientists and artists who recorded their findings and the ship brought back thousands of specimens and illustrations which amazed society.”

The stamps, which include an image of Captain Cook, will be available from August 16.

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