1978 13¢ Captain Cook – Alaska
Captain Cook Bicentennial
Issue Date: January 20, 1978
City: Honolulu, HI
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori press
Color: Dark blue (#1732) and green (#1733)
This stamp was half of a two stamp se-tenant marking the 200th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s visits to Hawaii and Alaska in 1778. This issue is unique in that one of the stamps was printed vertically and the other printed horizontally.
Captain James Cook in Alaska
British navigator James Cook was one of the world’s greatest explorers. Cook once said his goal was “not to go farther than anyone had gone before but as far as possible for man to go.” History records that Captain Cook truly attempted to accomplish this feat. He commanded three Pacific Ocean voyages and sailed around the world twice. He was the first European to visit Hawaii, and Australia’s east coast.
Captain Cook’s exploration of Alaska in 1778 added an enormous amount of information to the blank spots on the maps of the northern coast. Cook explored what is now known as Cook Inlet. Alaska’s Captain Cook State Recreational Area honors this historic explorer.