Regular readers will know I take a close interest in Tristan da Cunha and its people.
I also appreciate stamp issues with a strong nautical influence. One such is the Tristan da Cunha new issue released in November "Peter Green and The Wreck of The Emily."
Pieter Willem Groen was born in Katwijk aan Zee, Holland on 14th April 1808.
He arrived at Tristan in October 1836 aboard the American schooner Emily of Stonnington, sailing from New York. While anchored, she was rapidly beaten to pieces on the rocks due to a storm. Fortunately no lives were lost and the crew were kindly received by William Glass and the community.
In December, Peter married Mary Jacobs and together they had four sons and four daughters. When William Glass died on 24th November 1853, he was replaced as headman by Alexander Cotton, with the assistance of Peter Green, until 1857 when Peter Green became the Headman of the island. During his lifetime, the islanders saved the lives of hundreds of shipwrecked sailors. In 1867, he welcomed HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh to the island and it was Peter Green who asked if the settlement could be named after him.