In the morning today, the CORREOS presentation of a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the visit to Spain of Admiral David G. Farragut, illustrious sailor who played a crucial role in the Civil War, took place at the Museo Naval. and was the first Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral and Admiral of the United States Navy. The presentation ceremony was attended by the president of SEPI, Pilar Platero Sanz; the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy, Teodoro López Calderón, the director of the Naval Museum, Fernando Zumalacárregui Luxan; the president of “The Legacy”, Eva García; and the president of CORREOS, Javier Cuesta Nuin, among others.
This new issue has been made possible thanks to an initiative of the Association “The Legacy”, whose objective is to promote cooperation for the improvement of knowledge, dissemination and teaching of the common historical legacy between Spain and the United States, and the collaboration of SEPI and the Ministry of Defense.
The stamp collects 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 Ciutat de Maho, prese of the part of Cala Rata”, dated in the 17th century, which It shows a beautiful image of the Poniente dock in Mahón.
First Admiral of the Navy
150 years ago, the first admiral of the United States Navy came to Ciudadela (Menorca), the birthplace of his father, where he was received and acclaimed by the crowds and appointed by the City Council “adopted son” of the city, as proof of his ” distinguished appreciation “to” so brave marine “, and as proof of his appreciation towards him.
David G. Farragut, 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 emigrated 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, naval officer friend of his father. 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.
Hand in hand with Porter, Farragut began as a midwife at the age of nine years a naval career that lasted six decades in seas of half the world, but reached the glory with two decisive victories in the American Civil War. 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 Navy in philately
The commitment that has always had the Spanish mail and philately with the Navy, can be seen in the numerous issues that have been dedicated to them and that have recognized ephemerides, personalities and historical events. In this sense, in 2016 a stamp dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Spanish scientist, military and marine Antonio de Ulloa was issued. Also, the figure of the naval engineer and scientist, Jorge Juan has also been reflected in two stamps, the first in 1971 and the second in 2004.
In 2015, a stamp commemorated the Centenary of the creation of the Spanish Submarine Weapon, and in 1987 another seal celebrated the 450th Anniversary of the Marine Infantry. Also, a year before, in 2014, we presented the seal dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of the launching of the Peral Submarine. Spain is also the first country that issued a postal series dedicated to submarine mail in 1938.
Four years ago, CORREOS presented two postmarks dedicated to two emblematic vessels of our fleet: the Hespérides Oceanographic Ship and the Elcano School Ship, an act that took place on the deck of the school ship itself. Finally, in 1979 the first seal was dedicated to the Day of the Armed Forces, which represented the three armies, Earth, Navy and Air, and in consecutive years other stamps have been issued to commemorate this day.