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Date Posted: 13:27:04 04/29/16 Fri
Author: Ruyter
Subject: Re: Spanish Ships of the Line 1700-1860
In reply to: John Tredrea 's message, "Re: Spanish Ships of the Line 1700-1860" on 11:31:37 04/27/16 Wed

The book looks very interesting.
Is there any scientific work that covers the same subject for the 1500-1700 period? I am most interested in a comprehensive list of ships built or used by the Spanish Navy or by the Portuguese Navy between 1500-1700.
The Spanish Carrera de Indias and the Portuguese Careira da India are very well documented in various works and the military ships employed in commerce escorting are most of the time easy to identify.
I gathered information about hundreds of such ships employed by the Iberian monarchs on various missions, but still very hard to identify which ship was which, as the name or the tonnage are not necessarily proof of a separate ship in a short period of time.
I am confronted with a lost of official sources of royal contracts or shipyard activities that provides launching dates for many ships (sometimes with addition information about tonnage, armament, destination, but nothing about subsequent activity or ultimate fate).
David Goodman in his Spanish Naval Power did cover a great deal of 1589-1665 period, but his appendix mentioned just a small fraction of the actual number of ships built by the Habsburg Crown of by contract.

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