Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The 200th Anniversary of the Discovery of Antarctica on cover from Ukraine

I received in March this cover from Ukraine dedicated to The 200th Anniversary of the Discovery of Antarctica. On 27 January 1820, a Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discovered an ice shelf at Princess Martha Coast that later became known as the Fimbul Ice Shelf. Bellingshausen and Lazarev became the first explorers to see and officially discover the land of the continent of Antarctica. Three days later, on 30 January 1820, a British expedition captained by Irishman Edward Bransfield sighted Trinity Peninsula, and ten months later an American sealer Nathaniel Palmer sighted Antarctica on 17 November 1820. The first landing was probably just over a year later when American Captain John Davis, a sealer, set foot on the ice. Ukrainian Post issued this beautiful stamp on 28.1.2020.

Thank you, Roman!


  1. Cute! I don't think Ukraine has much of a relationship with Antarctica, but they do make beautiful stamps of good subjects. I hope Chile (my country) does something for this anniversary...

  2. Ucrania has the only bar in Antartica . One of the oldest base in the region