NSM Santisima TrinidadJune 1 2015
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Hi all ¡¡
The 3D model at the pic does not belong to the Trinidad, but to another ship of the line, 74 guns class, named Montañes (translated ---> Highlander).
The Stma. Trinidad was a four decked ship of the line, the only one ever.
She was built by the Mullan family by appointment of Jorge Juan and Santacilla.
At la Habana, a model of the Trinidad has been recently built. It has been paid by the "Friends of the Santisima Trinidad" from Canada.
Unfortunately I think, that model is not accurate. Mathew Mullan, the master architect, died before finishing the works. Hence the original works plan, was changed and some aspects of the design updated.
After the seatrials and first voyage across the Atlantic, many changes were also made at Cadiz.
So many changes and so many battles with so many damages and modifications, make quite difficult to track the ship construction history.
For us, is a very important ship, may be the most important together with the Nao Sta. Maria. Her sinking marks the end of the Spanish power at sea.
The delays come from disagreements between the University, the Archeological Studies Center and the Navy.
I belong to the University group, have been in the program for 7 years, and .............. I think its a pitty that a find like this, still remains almost kept secret and that nothing is being done due to extrange politics that I cannot understand.
I hope to "push" a little bit during a conferences cycle that will take place late January at Cadiz.
As the wreck has been already located, our main goals are:
Research of the design and building procedures followed for the construction of the NSM Santisima Trinidad.
As no original drawings and only partial information and some pictures have been conserved (She was built at La Habana, Cuba), our main goal is the study of her design and building.
As a first stage, we are intended to build an accurate 3D model of her, from the Naval Architectural point of view, rather than from the artistic one, upon which all models until today are based.
After that, what seems to be the more complex and expensive part of the program, would be to build a real replica of the ship as she was during her last years.