Palau’s Prince Lee Boo in England – A story on Palau Sheetlet 1990.

Palau’s Prince Lee Boo in England – A story on Palau Sheetlet 1990.

Prince Lee Boo (1764-1784) was the second son of the ruler of Pelew Islands now called Palau. Prince Lee Boo was one of the first people from the Pacific Islands to visit Great Britain. In 1783 Chinese trade ship Antelope working for East India Company shipwrecked on the island of Oroolong in western Palau while going to China. Its survivors including Captain Henry Wilson spent three months in Palau. When finally rescuedCaptain Wilson agreed to take Prince Lee Boo to Great Britain to acquaint him more about Europe. On his arrival in 1784, the Wilson family took him to their home where he attended Church ceremonies, dinner parties and European School. However, he died of smallpox on 27 Dec 1784, six months after his arrival. He was nicknamed “The Black Prince” and was buried in St Mary the Virgin Rotherhithe. Prince Lee Boo story appeared in a book by George Keate (1729-1797) called An account of Pelew Islands.

Palau issued a Sheetlet featuring the Visit of Prince Lee Boo to England. This MS also commemorates London 90 World Stamp was issued on 03 May 1990. There are nine 25c stamps in the sheetlet. Each stamp features an event along with portraits of PrinceLee Boo and Captain Henry Wilson.

25c – HMS Victory docked at Portsmouth.

25c- St James’s Palace London

25c- Rotherhithe Docks London

25c- Capt Wilson’s residence.

25c- Lunardi’s Grand English Air Balloon.

25c- St Paul’s & The Thames

25c- Lee Boo’s Tomb, St Mary’s Churchyard Rotherhithe.

25c- St Mary’s Church.

25c- Memorial Tablet, St Mary’s Church.