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Real Felipe
1732

Although the 'Real Felipe' was not built in the 17th century, it has been included to illustrate the possibility of historical confusion.

This ship is well documented, although the only image availabe is the drawing below. The ship was built by Ciprián Autrán and Pedro Boyer using the system and the new design specifications of Antonio de Gaztañeta. The work on the shipyard of Guarnizo in Santander was finished in 1732. This three-decker was a giant of 1965 tons that could take up to 114 cannon. At that time only the French Foudroyant was larger. In a register of 1740 the crew was stated to be 1152 men. The 'Real Felipe' proved to be a firm vessel of great firepower. In the battle of Toulon on February 22, 1744 she was repeatedly attacked by British ships [4]. She could repulse all attacks and fought “like hell”, according to English sources. However, the ship was damaged so badly that she was never completely repaired, due to high cost. In 1750 she was finally broken up.

Real Felipe 1732 

Side view drawing of the 'Real Felipe', author and time of origin unknown, Museo Naval Madrid

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