Ferrol - Urban History
Midshipmen from Ferrol's Naval Academy (c. 1900)

Making the Navy professional was closely linked to the training of future officers. As a result of the naval crisis in the first half of the nineteenth century the naval academies of Ferrol and Cartagena closed, with only Cadiz remaining open. From 1834 it was not required that cadets belong to the nobility, but must at least show purity of blood. Also, nearly half of the vacancies were reserved for the sons of naval officers, leading to recruitment becoming a highly endogamic process. In 1868 the Naval Academy of Cadiz closed, and three years later the centre in Ferrol reopened, on board the frigate 'Asturias'. It would continue there for more than 30 years.

Museo Naval de Ferrol