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sneakgun28 Dec 2020 9:31 p.m. PST

Any good history books for the Spanish Navy, I have ordered a Black Seas Spanish fleet? Descriptions and histories of individual ships? Thanks.

NotNelson29 Dec 2020 2:32 a.m. PST

Best one I've found so far is 'Trafalgar and the Spanish Navy' by John Harbron but it's not as good as the reference sources on other navies such as France and Britain. Seems an obvious hole in the market!

HMS Exeter29 Dec 2020 4:55 a.m. PST

+1 NotNelson. The Habron book was a bit of a disappointment.

sneakgun29 Dec 2020 6:35 a.m. PST

Thanks !

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2020 8:25 a.m. PST

JJ's Wargames Blog has some amazing Black Seas models, many of them Spanish. When Mr. Jones makes an entry for a Spanish ship he often gives background on the ships including resources and paintings of the ships, their origin, their war record and final disposition.

Blutarski29 Dec 2020 9:36 a.m. PST

There is another book worthy of note, although fairly $$$

"Navios de la Real Armada 1700-1860"
by Enrique Garcia-Torralba Perez

It is in Spanish, but offers a goldmine of useful data for anyone with a bit of patience and a Spanish-English dictionary.



HMS Exeter30 Dec 2020 1:28 a.m. PST

Fascinating historical tidbits…

Research where the Santissima Trinidad was built,

and, as she was not made of oak…

of what wood was she made?

Blutarski30 Dec 2020 4:14 p.m. PST

A goodly number of Spanish warships were built in Havana and in Manila from teak and mahogany. Spanish ships had a reputation for VERY long lives.


NotNelson30 Dec 2020 5:03 p.m. PST

Teak wasn't favoured by the British even though it was strong and resistant to the Toredo worm because injuries from teak splinters were much more prone to lead to infection. Not sure why but I'd love to hear a medical opinion.

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