Ferrol - Urban History
'Maestranza' at work in a Spanish shipyard (1748)

Both 'maestranza' and seamen were subject to military discipline. The Commander-in-Chief of the Department was in charge of both the squadron and the dockyards. Furthermore, both groups fell within the Navy's jurisdiction. The illustration is from the 'Royal Acts for the Rule of the Dockyards of the [Spanish] Navy', and is a declaration of intent. Before the gaze of the sentinel in his sentry-box (left-hand corner), the soldiers march (left) amongst workers who almost seem to be following some kind of choreography. The day-to-day reality was something quite different.

Reales Ordenanzas de los Astilleros de la Marina (1748), Museo Naval de Madrid