Tristan da Cunha 123
Tristan da Cunha is often called “The Lonely
Isle,” the most remote inhabited island on earth. The archipelago,
Tristan, Inaccessible, Nightingale, Middle and Stoltenhoff islands,
lies as 37.08°S 12.28°W, 2778 km west of Cape Town, South Africa and
1900 km south-southwest of St. Helena. Gough Island, which can be seen
on the stamp is 320 km southwest of Tristan.
In 1968 a set of four stamps was issued to
mark the 30th anniversary of Tristan da Cunha as a dependency of St.
Helena. The two high values have a map which shows St. Helena, the
Tristan da Cunha archipelago of five islands, and Gough Island, which
is inhabited only by the crew of a weather station operated by South
African National Antarctic Programme.