Costa Rica 177-178
The design shows ships
flanking the map of Cocos Island in the Pacific Ocean. The ship on the
right side also appears on United States 232 (1893) and 2625b (1992),
and is identified as Columbus' flagship. Of course, Columbus never
sailed in the Pacific Ocean.
The same ship also appears on Newfoundland 68
where it is associated with John Cabot
rather than with Columbus. Cabot did not sail in the Pacific either.
So, either way the ship is an error. Unfortunately, I do not have the
Newfoundland 68 (1897), another stamp showing the same ship.
Another error is the way the flag on the
middle mast is flying. It should be flying forward since the wind that
fills the sails, and blows the flag, is coming from the rear of the