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Island stamps to mark polar year
The stamps are to mark International Polar Year

A set of stamps commemorating a Manx themed expedition to the Arctic has been released on the Isle of Man.

The stamps portray the feats of human endurance encountered by Captain John Ross and his crew in their attempts to reach the magnetic North Pole.

In 1829, the expedition set off in The Victory - a Manx paddle steamer used between Douglas and Liverpool.

Although scheduled for 15 months, the crew did not return for more than four years after getting trapped in ice.

Research projects

In one 28-day overland mission, Captain Ross located the magnetic North Pole on 1 June 1831.

During the time The Victory was trapped by the ice, relations with the local Inuit became a key factor in their survival.

The crew were able to return home after salvaging whaleboats from a shipwreck and getting picked up by a vessel from Hull, The Isabella.

The Isle of Man Post Office has issued the stamps to mark International Polar Year (IPY).

The IPY is a huge scientific programme focused on physical, biological and social research topics in the Arctic and Antarctic.


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