Longboat at Oeno
Scenic Views

Oeno and Ducie

Oeno and Ducie $2.50The new Scenery stamp issue focuses on the two smallest islands in the Pitcairn group – Oeno and Ducie. Little is known of these islands and they complement the recent Pitcairn Island release with Henderson to follow.

Oeno is a low-lying atoll found approximately 120 km north east of Pitcairn. Estimated at only 0.7 square kilometres in area with a shoreline of 4.6 kilometres, it is flat, with a fringing coral reef and beautiful sandy beaches.

Oeno and Ducie $1.50Discovered by Captain Henderson of the Hercules, it takes its name however from an American whaler which sighted the island in 1824. The tropical location gives rise to mangrove shrubs, pandanus and coconut palms as well as many species of birds. The lagoon is a tranquil turquoise blue however the reef has taken several ships to the bottom with anchors and chain still visible.

Oeno and Ducie $1.00Oeno is the summer holiday destination of Pitcairners. Every year the traditional journey is made at night and many enjoy the semi-permanent “camp” that has been established.

Oeno and Ducie 80cDucie is also a coral atoll and was discovered by Captain Edwards of the HMS Pandora while searching for the mutineers in 1791. He named the island after Lord Ducie but failed to find Pitcairn, which lay 470 km to the west.

Oeno and Ducie 60cConsisting of one large and 3 small islets around a lagoon, Ducie is also home to many birds such as masked boobies, petrels,
fairy terns and frigate birds as well as lizards which all flourish since the removal of the Polynesian rats in 1997. Vegetation is sparse with little soil and no fresh water.

Ducie has also had its share of shipwrecks, the most notable being the Acadia, which was wrecked in 1881. The crew survived and made a 13-day journey to Pitcairn where two sailors took up permanent residence. The Acadia’s anchor now sits on Pitcairn overlooking Bounty Bay.

Oeno and Ducie 50cThe stamps are available as sets in mint or CTO as well as on First Day Cover. The issue is on sale from 10 February, 2004 and is available from the Pitcairn Philatelic Bureau or Pitcairn’s appointed agents worldwide.

Oeno and Ducie FDC

Scenic Views - Oeno and Ducie
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars

50c, 60c, 80c, $1.00, $1.50, $2.50
Single Set

Gutter Pair

Block of 4


Technical Details

Release Date : 10 February 2005
Denise Durkin, Wellington, New Zealand
Photographers : Dr. Michael Brooke, Cambridge, England and Brian Bell, Blenheim, New Zealand
Printer : Wyatt and Wilson, Christchurch, New Zealand
Process : Offset Lithography
Perforation Gauge : TBA
Stamp Size : 42.27 mm x 24.89 mm. All horizontal.
Denominations (NZD) : 50c, 60c, 80c, $1.00,$1.50 and $2.50
Paper : 104gsm, litho gummed stamp paper
Period of Sale :
10 February, 2005  for a period of 2 years.