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Tre Kronor af Stockholm
From an idea conceived in 1993, the Stockholm Brig Society (Sweden) has supported efforts to build a sailing ship modeled after an 1857 Brig named Gladan. Brigs are two-masted sailing ships with square sails. For their size, they are easy to maneuver and with their sail configuration can move quickly through the water.
By the late 1950s, the last authentic Swedish brig had been scrapped. So, the idea was born to create a replica sailing brig and the builders chose to model their new ship on the brig Gladan. The shipbuilders had access to the rich documentation of the Gladan including original plans and photographs.
Sweden honored its sailing ships on a 4-stamp set of stamps issued on May 15, 2008. The stamps depicted are the schooners Falken and Gladan (not the same as the brig described above), the barque Gunilla, the ketch Gratitude, and the topic of this entry, the brig Tre Kronor af Stockholm.
The stamps have a face value of 11 Swedish kronor, about $1.85 US, each.
You can order these stamps from Sweden Post at http://www.posten.se/m/startpage (English).