Ferrol - Urban History
Esteiro Shipyard Gate (1908)

In the first half of the nineteenth century, after the loss of the Spanish fleet at Trafalgar, the Dockyards in Ferrol were left without orders. Unable to adapt to the novelties of steamships, unemployment rose and the city's population fell by half. Shipbuilding recovered after 1854, when iron and steam arrived at the hands of British technical consultants. They also brought new work-discipline with them, introducing uniforms and the obligation to clock on. The new Shipyard Gate, in the image, was built in 1858 to mark the visit to the city by Queen Isabel II.

Ferrol City Council, Postcard collection