Posted on March 26, 2007, at Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile’s southernmost region at the southern tip of South America, this spectacular cover features a circular date stamp and the U.S. ships’ cachets.
The cover is franked with a 300-peso stamp (Scott #1290) picturing a student, computer and modern building issued on July 6, 1999, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University of Santiago; and a July 1993 olive and black 90-peso definitive stamp (Scott #1059) picturing Quehui Church on the Chilean island of Chiloé.
R.V. Laurence M. Gould is named after American polar explorer and scientist Laurence McKinley Gould (1896-1995). He was Adm. Richard Byrd’s second-in-command during the first Antarctic expedition. The ship was launched in 1997. The research vessel Palmer is named after the first American credited with sighting Antarctica – Nathaniel Palmer (1799-1877). It was launched in 1994.