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Date Posted: 21:29:54 11/05/16 Sat
Author: Albert Parker (Re: "Marinha de Goa")
Subject: Re: São Francisco Xavier
In reply to: Albert Parker 's message, "Re: São Francisco Xavier" on 21:03:18 11/05/16 Sat

Googling "Marinha de Goa" gets a variety of hits, all of them, of course in Portuguese, including a library catalogue listing for the following book-length consideration:
A marinha de Goa e outros ensaios nauticos
Main Author: Costa, Adelino Rodrigues da
Publication: Lisboa : Comissão Cultural da Marinha, 2009
Description: 280 p. : il. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9789898159106
Bibliography: A bibliografia existe em cada capítulo
Contents note:
A Marinha de Goa, p. 11-155
O farol da Aguada, p. 157-181
Navegação, hidrografia e cartografia náutica de Goa, p. 183-212
A construção naval em Damão, p. 215-253
O ensino náutico em Goa, p. 257-278
Subject: História Geral | História - India Ocidental - Goa | Marinha - Goa | Faróis - Farol da Aguada - Goa

If you could find it, the chapter on "A construção naval em Damão" might have more information about the 80-gun São Francisco Xavier.

The "marinha de Goa" must have been something like the "Bombay Marine," a locally maintained navy in the Indian Ocean that presumably exerted seapower against Indian princes threatening Portuguese outposts and protected Portuguese merchantmen in the Indian Ocean and seas to the eastward. There were pirates on the route from China (remember Macao), especially in the Strait of Malacca. During wars between European powers, unprotected neutral merchantman would be tempting prey for privateers, even though that would constitute piracy. Immediately after a war, privateers would still want to make a living, and the merchantmen of a far-off minor power would make the best targets. So the need for a local naval force is understandable. Google turns up too much literature for me to suppose that the Marinha de Goa is a modern figment of someone's imagination.

Googling "Goa Navy" gets hits on the present-day Indian navy and on U.S. Navy activities in the Gulf Of Alaska," but Googling "Navy of Goa" gets https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom_Fernando_II_e_Gl%C3%B3ria about a ship built for that navy in the 1840's that is still in existence as a museum ship at Lisbon.

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