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Warship (1588); Galleon; Spanish

Ship models

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Collection Ship models, Sailing warships
User collections Captain's Collection by goldhawg
Gallery locationNot on display
Publication(s)Ship models : their purpose and development from 1650 to the present : illustrated from the ship model collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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Object ID SLR0359
Description Scale: 1:96. A full hull model of a Spanish galleon (circa 1588). Built in the solid and plank on frame. Model is decked, equipped and fully rigged, including details such as a pair of anchors, deck gratings, flags, decoration around the stern and bulwarks, and a number of scale figures in the rigging and on deck. This model and the English equivalent (SLR0358) have been built from a design by David White, formerly of the NMM, based upon contemporary evidence and known naval architectural design. By comparison, the Spanish ships were much higher and rounded in the midship section. Spain did not possess a permanent force of sailing warships in the Atlantic before the 1570s. Twelve royal galleons built between 1568 and 1570 were deemed to small for fighting ships, and the three building programmes between 1578 and 1591 aimed to produce large ships that could carry a great deal of sail, many guns and would be able to overcome their opponents. This model represents one of the new, large galleons of the Armada period.
Date made 1988

Artist/Maker Lees, James
Wride, Philip
Place made Stoke Fleming; Chatham
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials brass; cotton; gilt; paint; perspex; plastic; varnish; wood
Measurements Overall model: 660 x 750 x 312 mm; Base: 125 x 750 x 267 mm
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