Monday, July 19, 2010

The Spanish Galleon

The Spanish Galleon was an advanced vessel for the Spanish Armada, with uses in peacetime while also being effective in times of war. Drawing upon different ship models of its time, the Galleon had influences from the Caravel and the Carrack. Drake's Revenge was one such Galleon, built in 1575, she participated in that battle against the spanish invasion fleet. This warship later engaged a fleet of fifty-three Spanish warships near the Azores in 1591. She sank two ships outright and only struck her colors fifteen hours after the battle began because the majority of the crew, including the captain, was killed or wounded and she had exhausted her supply of gunpowder. The victory for Spain, however, was bittersweet for The Revenge was so damaged that she sank.