Spain issued one stamp in 2018 for the about 150th Anniversary of Admiral Farragut's Visit to Spain, the stamp shows a portrait of the Admiral and in the background details from a 17th century painting which shows some sailing vessels of the 17th century of which I have not any info.

150 years ago, the first admiral of the United States Navy, who played a crucial role in the Civil War, came to Citadel, birthplace of his father, where he was received in praise of crowds and was appointed by the City Council "adopted son" from the city as proof of his "distinguished appreciation" to "so bravo marino".
He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1801, under the name of James. Son of Jorge Farragut and Elizabeth Shine. His father was captain of a merchant ship of Menorca, and later, in 1766, he immigrated to the United States, where he joined the revolutionary cause and also changed his name to George Farragut.
After the death of his mother, James Farragut agreed to live as the adopted son of David Porter, a naval officer who was a friend of his father, and since then, he grew up in a naval family, as the adoptive brother of the future admiral of the Civil War, David. Dixon Porter, and Commodore William D. Porter. In 1812, he adopted the name of David in honor of his adoptive father, with whom he went to the navy at the end of 1810.
Despite its southern origin, Farragut considered any secessionist act a treason and took sides with the northern states of the Union, presided over by Abraham Lincoln, in front of the Confederate southerners, who proclaimed independence.
On August 5, 1864, he participated in the memorable battle of Mobile Bay (Alabama), the last open port of the Confederation in the Gulf of Mexico. It was there that they say that he pronounced the most famous phrase of the war: "Fuck the torpedoes, full speed!"
His popularity was such that even Jules Verne was inspired by him to give life to "Commodore Farragut" in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
The seal (stamp) contains an image of a portrait of the admiral, and in the background, a painting guarded in the Military Museum of Menorca entitled "View of the city of Mahon, prese of the part of Cala Rata", dated in the XVII century, which It shows a beautiful image of the Poniente dock in Mahón.
Spain 2018 0.55 Euro sg?, scott?

SCHNELLBOOT S26 - 29 series

The “Schnellboot” (e-boat) is most probably one of the S 26-29 series which were built by Fr. Lürssen Werft in Vegesack for the Deutsche Kriegsmarine, and under construction when World War II broke out.

Displacement 92.5/115 ton, dim. 34.94 x 5.10 x 1.90m (draught)
Powered by 3 Daimler-Benz MB 501 diesel engines, each 2,000 hp, speed 39.5 knots.
Armament 2 -53.3 torpedo tubes and 2 – 20mm AA MG guns.
Crew 21.

Source: Schnellboot net Navicula.
Germany 1944 16 + 10Pf. sg 869, scott?

ARGOS circa 1480

The stamp of Paraguay shows what looks like a “cog” the stamp is designed after a panel painted by Ercole di Roberti (1450-1496). The name is given as the ARGO OR ARGOS in the sources, which is the correct name I don’t know.

In Greek mythology, ARGO (/ˈɑːrɡoʊ/; in Greek: Ἀργώ) was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcos to Colchis to retrieve the Golden Fleece. She was named after her builder, Argus.
ARGO was constructed by the shipwright Argus, and its crew were specially protected by the goddess Hera. The best source for the myth is the Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius. According to a variety of sources of the legend, ARGO was said to have been planned or constructed with the help of Athena. According to certain sources, ARGO was the first ship to sail the seas. It was Athena who taught Tiphys to attach the sails to the mast, as he was the steersman and would need an absolute knowledge of the workings of the ship According to other legends, she contained in her prow a magical piece of timber from the sacred forest of Dodona, which could speak and render prophecies.
After her successful journey, ARGO was consecrated to Poseidon in the Isthmus of Corinth. She was then translated into the sky and turned into the constellation Argo Navis.
Several authors of antiquity (Apollonius Rhodius, Pliny, Philostephanus) discussed the hypothetical shape of the ship. Generally she was imagined like a Greek warship, a galley, and authors hypothesized that she was the first ship of this type that had gone out on a high-sea voyage.

More on the panel is given:
This small panel was part of the decoration of a cassone or wedding chest. According to an old description, the chest had three scenes on the front divided by small columns. This information derives from an inventory of 1638 of the collection of Vincenzo Giustiniani in which a pair of chests with the story of the ARGOnauts is recorded and attributed to Ercole da Ferrara. The present panel was in a private collection in Brussels and later in the F. B. Gutmann collection in Heemstede. It entered the Villa Favorita in 1934. A year before it entered the Thyssen collection the panel was exhibited for the first time in an exhibition on Renaissance painting in Ferrara, although it had by that date already been studied by Berenson, who attributed it to Ercole de’Roberti. From that point on the attribution of this panel and of the other surviving, identified panels were the subject of debate by art historians. Venturi, Salmi and Longhi agreed with the attribution to Ercole de’Roberti, while Manca and Molteni disagreed.

The panel illustrates one of the episodes from the story of the ARGOnauts in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Book VII). These Greek heroes accompanied Jason on a mission to find the Golden Fleece. The name of the group derives from their ship, the ARGOS, that transported them during their adventure, and was also the name of the person who built it. The present panel depicts the moment when Jason, accompanied by Medea, daughter of king Aeëtes, leaves Colchis, having captured the Golden Fleece that was guarded by a dragon and having survived a series of tests with Medea’s invaluable help.

The panel, which has been cut down at the upper part and on the right side, depicts the ARGOS — depicted as a large, 15th-century ship — leaving shore with the principal characters on board. The landscape in which the boat is set is depicted with a uniform approach to line and colour, with the sea and sky blending together and few other references to natural elements. This lack of specificity in the setting for the great sailing ship produces a fantastical effect and the vessel seems to float in the air rather than sail. The artist used the warmest and most contrasting tones for the elegant and sophisticated clothes worn by the small figures.

Two fragments have been identified from the panels that decorated the Giustiniani cassone. They are The Battle of the ARGOnauts in the Rucellai collection, Florence, and Court Dignitaries in the Peter Wilson collection. Other identified panels are Jason and the Dragon, which was in the Houstoun-Boswall collection in London; The Expedition of the ARGOnauts in the Museo Civico, Padua; and A Court Banquet in the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris. These scenes have been attributed to various artists including Ercole de’Roberti, Lorenzo Costa and an anonymous master.

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Paraquay 1979 3g sg?, scott 1905a


The Leichtes Sturmboot 39 was essentially a small, high-powered assault craft used for river and small waterway crossings and assaults. They were also employed on security and anti-partisan patrols along river ways in occupied territories. Leichtes Sturmboot were very fast, able to achieve about 30mph with the use of an Otto outboard motor of 30 hp. extended from the rear of the craft. Speed 25 km/h. They were without much protection or firepower though, aside from the possibility of an attached MG at the bow of the vessel and the weapons of the men inside. Leichtes Sturmboot 39 were transported into battle by most German construction and assault engineer units and were used to spearhead river and small waterway assaults, usually in conjunction with an attempt to form a bridgehead for the construction of a bridge. The craft could carry 6 men or about a half-ton of weight.

Hundreds of Leichtes Sturmboot 39 were built and used during WWII, and they did not carry specific number or letter identification markings, making a record of individual vessels nearly impossible to compile.
Dim. 5.98 x 1.58m.
Crew 1 or 2 men Navicula.
Germany 1944 3pf + 2pf, sg 861, scott?

German World War pontoon

The stamp shows us German Army Pioneers building a bridge during World War II, with in the background a pontoon which carried equipment and material to build the bridge. Most pontoons are a steel box which is decked, with flat bottom with a wide beam. Of the depicted pontoon I have not any details.

Germany 1943 8 + 7pf sg 823, scott?


The Hero Memorial Day set of stamps issued by Germany in 1943 (1940?) the 50pf + 50pf shows us a “schnellboat” (fast attack boat better known by the Allies during World War II as E-boat).
According an article in Log Book October 1988 page 67 the schnellboot shown on the 50 pf is designed after a photo in Harald Focks book “Fast Fighting Boats 1870 - 1945” which shows us the S 22.
The boat was built at the Fr. Lürssen in Vegesack, Germany for the Kriegsmarine (German Navy). She was one of the S-18 – S 25 type, which were built before the outbreak of World War II.
Displacement 97,5/115 ton, dim. 34.62 x 5.10 x 1.40m. {draught)
Powered by 3 Daimler-Benz MB 501 diesel engines 1500/2050 hp, speed 39.5 knots.
Range by a speed of 35 knots, 700 mile.
Armament 2 – torpedo tubes 53.3cm, 1 – 20 mm AA gun.
Crew 1 off. and 19-22 men.
1939 Completed.

1941 She was active in the English Channel under command of S. Priebe.
Her fate is not clear, some sources give she was lost in an action at sea in 1944, others give that she was still in service in 1945 as a training ship.
Schnellboot net, give that she sank on 30 March 1945 in Wilhelmshaven after a Allied bombing raid on the town.

Navicula gives that she is most probably one out of type S 14 – 17.
Tonnage 79 ton, dim. 34.62 x 5.28 x 1.67m. (draught).
Powered total by 6150 hp.
Range 700 mile by 35 knots.
Armament: 2 torpedo tubes 53.3 cm and 2 – 2cm AA

Source: Schnellboot net and Navicula.
Germany 1943 (1940) 50 + 50Pf. sg 830, scott?


The cable between Singapore and Djakarta (Indonesia) was laid by two Japanese cable ships, this cable and a very small ship can be seen on an Indonesia stamp of 75r and 200r issued in 1980. It is impossible to identify which ship is on the stamp, but most probably KUROSHIO MARU she was a cable layer while the CHOSUI MARU laid only the shore ends, she was built as a training trawler. But I can’t find a photo of her on the net. I will give the details for both vessels.
Built as a training trawler under yard no 651 by Hayashikane Shipbuilding & Engineering in Nagasaki, Japan for the Nagasaki Prefecture, Nagasaki.
Launched as the CHOSUI MARU.
Tonnage 360 grt, dim. 40,1 x 7.96 x 3.84m. draught 3.69m.
Powered by one 6-cyl. diesel engine 10,50 bhp, speed 11.5 knots.
1967 Completed. IMO No 6715750.

1973 Lengthened to 50.1m. bpp. 45,1m, tonnage 473 grt, 308 dwt. Converted in a cable ship.
1979 Sold to Settsu Kisen KK, Sasebo, Japan not renamed.
1984 Sold or chartered to Sasebo Jukogyo KK, Sasebo, not renamed.
1985 Returned to Settsu Kisen KK, Sasebo, not renamed.
1989 Broken up at Sasebo.

The other ship was built as a cable ship under yard no 749 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Shimonnoseki, Japan for the Japan Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Tokyo. (comparing with the stamp I believe she is depict.)
12 March 1974 keel laid down.
01 October 1974 launched as the KUROSHIO MARU.
Tonnage 3,344 grt, 1,239 nrt, 2,645 dwt. Dim. 119.3 x 16.21 x 5.90m., draught 5.99m. Length bpp. 105.0m.
Powered by one 16-cyl. MAN/Mitsubishi diesel, 8,900 bhp. Speed 16.5 knots.
One thruster forward and one aft.
28 February 1975 completed. Imo No 7377945.

1995 Sold to Nagashima KK, Tokyo not renamed.
1998 Sold to NTT World Engineering Marine Corp., Tokyo not renamed.
29 October 2002 broken up.

Indonesia 1980 75/200r sg 1589/90, scott ?
Source: Log Book February 1989 page 130, Piet Snyers. Lloyds Registry.

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