Ferrol - Urban History
Battleship 'Santísima Trinidad', launched in Havana in 1769

Naval reforms in the eighteenth century gave priority to warships that could combine speed (depending on the amount of sail they carried and their keel) with a large capacity for artillery. The 'Santísima Trinidad', a ship of the line that carried 112 guns on its three decks, is a fine example of the pros and cons of the Bourbons' naval policy. Its innovative design, by a British expert, revealed insurmountable technical problems. Launched in the shipyards of Havana in 1769, and destined for Ferrol, it was sunk at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, along with the rest of the Spanish fleet.

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