Luxurious in the extreme, the San Felipe ship was one of the most beautiful in the entire Spanish Armada. It set sail for the first time in 1690, following a substantial construction period, and assumed the role of flagship for the Spanish naval forces. Boasting a colossal size of over 1,000 tons and an impressive armament of nearly 100 cannons (a total of 96), this formidable warship garnered international admiration and respect. Indeed, it struck fear into the hearts of rival British and French navies, their primary contenders in the maritime arena.
With our meticulously crafted 95cm San Felipe ship model, you can now intimately explore the very essence of the San Felipe’s revered reputation. This model masterfully captures the rugged yet captivating beauty of the San Felipe, paying tribute to its remarkable history of service and valor in battle. If you’re on the quest for a magnificent ship model for display, look no further, for this is the ideal choice to embark on your journey. We also have display cases tailored for this model ship, enabling you to showcase this legendary Spanish warship in all its splendor.
The San Felipe was constructed from 1862 by the shipbuilder D. Antonio De Amas at the Colindres – Cantabria shipyard for Spanish Navy. The ship first took to the waves of the world in 1690. When it did so, it was one of the most elegant ships of the era – or indeed any era. Luxurious in the extreme, this beautiful ship soon became one of the most important in the entire Spanish Armada. Indeed, she was the major ship of the era in terms of both power and potential.
With 96 cannons armed and ready, too, it was powerful enough to handle anything the British and French could muster up. Indeed, it helped to protect many of the most important Spanish settlements, and also helped to transport precious treasures. The trips to and from various Spanish ports were essentially warzones, so the San Felipe helped to police them and keep invaders in check. She was used for many battles, including an overwhelming battle against over 30 British ships. Eventually losing the numerical battle, the San Felipe was smashed up and then captured. Sadly, it sunk to the bottom of the sea – including with plenty of gold onboard, legends say. Though it finally met its end the fact it took nearly three times the number of British ships as Spanish to win shows the legend of the San Felipe is more than just a heartening tale.