"Tagomago" is the name of a small island in the Balearic archipelago, and also of a coastal patrol vessel belonging to the Spanish Navy. She bears the code number P-22, and is permanently based at the port of Málaga. Lately, her major role has been, among others, protecting sunken shipwrecks off our mediterranean coast of Andalusia, one of the richest seabeds in the world in underwater treasures, against treasure hunters. A recent case has been the wreck of the Mercedes, for instance. Facing the mouth of the Mediterranean, there seems to be plenty of work for P-22, as there lay phoenician, greek and roman vessels; muslim galleys, galleons from various countries; steamers, a british aircraft carrier, german and spanish submarines, and many other ships.
Our local group of Urban Sketchers was invited to draw aboard, and we spent a whole morning sketching all sorts of nautical gear. The crew was really friendly and helpful, giving us plenty of explanations about the ship: the meaning of flags and signals, the names of the different parts of the boat, what every piece of equipment on the bridge was used for... we also had complete freedom to visit all the rooms on board.