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Nuestra Señora de la Concepción y de las Ánimas
1688

This ship was the first proven three-decker of the Spanish navy. Construction of that ship began in 1682 by the shipbuilder D. Antonio De Amas at the Colindres (Cantabria) shipyard. The displacement of the ship might have been about 1500 tons.

In 1687 José Antonio de Gaztañeta (1656 – 1728) visited the shipyard to catch up on the work of the new flagship. As admiral of the Spanish Armada, Gaztañeta influenced Spanish ship building markedly, till the 18th century. His book 'Arte de Fabrica Reales' of 1691 contains detailed drawings of the Nuestra Señora de la Concepción y de las Ánimas. There is a view of the stern, a side view and a detail drawing of the stern gallery. The ship is shown as a small three-decker without elevated forecastle, carrying 90 to 94 guns. After launching in 1688 the ship was transferred to Santoña and completed. In May 1690 the masts were set in place.

 Nuestra Señora de la Concepción y de las Ánimas 1688

The ship’s painting by Martin Amigo is from 1690. It is an oil painting on canvas. Today the painting is in the parish church "Iglesia de la Asunción“ in Arcenillas, Zamora.

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