June 1, 2015
1624 NETHERLANDS (Aruba) - Jolly Roger in Aruba
Jolly Roger is the traditional English name for the flags flown to identify a pirate ship about to attack during the early 18th century. The flag most commonly identified as the Jolly Roger today, the skull and crossbones symbol on a black flag, was used during the 1710s by a number of pirate captains including "Black Sam" Bellamy, Edward England, and John Taylor and it went on to become the most commonly used pirate flag during the 1720s. In nowadays, among others, is the name of a company in Aruba, who organizes trips with vessels for swim and snorkel at three site: Boca Catalina, Arashi Reefs and the famous 400 ft WWII shipwreck Antilla.
About the stamp
The stamp is part of a definitive series issued in 2009, and depicting Alto Vista Chapel, about which I wrote here.
Sent from Oranjestad (Aruba), on 09.07.2014