Nathaniel Palmer

Nathaniel Palmer Washington District of Columbia


Stock #: 235572
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
City: Washington
State: District of Columbia (DC)
Publisher: Unicover Corporation
Postmark: 1988 Sep-14
PM City: Washington
PM State: DC
Stamp: 25c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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No.88-58. In the July of 1820, Captain Nathaniel Palmer was just twenty years old, but he had dreams of experiencing the world far beyond the boundaries of his home of Stonington, Connecticut. That summer, as captain of a tiny sloop called Hero, Palmer set sail for South Atlantic sealing grounds. Months later, the sloop anchored at the South Shetland Islands off the tip of South America. Climbing a hill, the curious young captain gazed across the broad horizon. The air was clear, and Palmer sighted mountains in the distance, perhaps fifty miles away. On November 18, 1820, Palmer maneuvered his boat as close to this uncharted coast as he dared, though ice prevented any landing. After following the mysterious coast for several days, Palmer sailed away, unable to do anything more. The land he spied came to be known as Palmer Peninsula, but Palmer had no idea of the vast, cruel continent of Antarctica to which the peninsula led. And it would be yet another century before explorers would unlock Antarctica's secrets
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