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Date Posted: 23:59:50 05/17/16 Tue
Author: Manu (Blasco Felip)
Subject: Re: Spanish Ships of the Line 1700-1860
In reply to: Albert Parker 's message, "Re: Spanish Ships of the Line 1700-1860" on 21:46:54 04/29/16 Fri

Hello,

First, regarding Enrique's new book, shipping expenses is work in progress.
Will let you know as soon as all the paper work is complete and the website updated. We are talking more or less to reduce the shipping price from 37 to abut 16.

Regarding questions and answers to spanish naval
history paper works and documents, I have to agree with all unfortunally.

But, I would like to add some facts.

There were plenty of documents, most of them with several copies, some in the navy departments (Cadiz, Ferrol, Cartagena, Havanna, etc...).

Seems like with the start of the XVIII century there was a project to centrilize these docs in the Real Alcazar in Madrid. BUT, this suffered a 4 days fire in 1734 and so most of it were gone. That's one of the main reasons that there is not much data on ships before 1732.

Second try, was later in the XVIII century, again in Madrid there was an Admiralty building centralizing all navy departments documents, ship's plans, etc..but this time, due to the french invasion and soldiers pillage.

So now, most of the documents we have left are from shipyards and naval department copies.

Besides these naval locations, with special mention to Cadiz, as being the biggest and most documented one due to naval trade with Americas and main naval base in Spain, but on the oposite almost nothing regarding naval builds, as were not at all a shipbuilding place.

Simancas, inside Spain, Valladolid, old Admiral house-palace now turn into a Naval Archive building.
Viso del Marques, another inside small town in La Mancha, a very nice building propierty of the Navy nowadays and formely from Alvaro de Bazan family.
Naval Museum of Madrid, with many models, flags, books, records and access on demand to other archives.

Cartagena, Barcelona, Pasajes, Ferrol, and other navy locations have some small museums and documents.

And in the Americas, Mexico, Havanna, Colombia, Philippines, Argentina, Peru, etc...they have documents and letters of interest between governors and so.

And also it is true that lately there has been an increase on books and paper works on spanish navy, sometimes accessing old documents or even never seen before as were just never been clasifed before.

Enrique has been on Simancas and Viso del Marques among others, many weeks and he has been able to get access to these documents and so conduct this great work that was missing from our history.

Regards,
Manu.

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