SAN FELIPE Spanish First Rate Ship Model 1690 (56in)100% hand built from scratch using “plank on frame” construction method. Hundreds of hours are required to finish a model.
Completed models contain thousands of details created by our skillful master craftsmen.
Made of finest wood like Rosewood, Mahogany, Teak and other exotic tropical wood.
Chrome and brass fittings and ornaments constitute the excellence of our models.
Extensive research through original plans and pictures make our models authentic.
Each model goes through a demanding quality control process before leaving the workshop.
Makes a perfect gift for home or office decorator, boat enthusiast or passionate collector.
The San Felipe was built by King of Spain and she was launched in 1690. Her exquisite ornamentation marked her as one of the most beautiful ships of the line ever built.
As Spain’s lead ship during the 17th century, the San Felipe displaced over 1000 tons and was armed with 96 cannons, rendering her as one of the most capable fighters in the European Sea. San Felipe’s role in the fight against Britain and France was to aid in the defense of Spanish settlements and harbors while transporting goods, and also to safeguard the hazardous journey back to the Spanish ports from these colonies.
In the year 1705, the San Felipe participated in an epic battle wherein 12 Spanish vessels and 35 British ships fought for 24 full hours. Captured by an English ship, but so badly damaged that she could not be salvaged, the San Felipe capsized, plummeting to the depths of the sea with several tons of gold on board.
The San Felipe possessed a slim profile and broad sails which allowed it great agility. The war ship’s beauty was pronounced by various intricately fashioned sculptures adorning her stern.
Thus, to recapture the beauty of this ship into the model, we have used the most exotic wood that are available, the highest quality brass fittings that we can cast and more than 200 hours to put together this magnificent model.
Examples of wood use include rosewood, ebony and mahogany. These materials are transformed into art pieces by the skillful hand of the master craftsmen. If you look closer, you can see an evenly smooth surface of wood on the hull. It was done more beautifully then most pieces of fine furniture. From the bow to the stern, you can see hundreds of shiny brass fittings and cannons. Wood pieces of different shades and colors are carefully selected and used to create an impressive look.
The stern is the most decorated area with hundreds of small brass ornaments, brass railing, figurines and lanterns. You will more than likely be falling in love with the art work on the different decks of this model. All decks are done by putting together many rectangular small wooden pieces. There are round shape stairs connected the main deck and the forecastle deck.
The main deck is also equipped with a couple of life boats, which even come with their own paddles. And then there are the skylight, ship bell, and ship wheel…etc. The model comes with its original flag and rest on a steady wooden base with attached metal name plate.
Limited edition. We've only built 5 of these so far. 100% assembled, ready for display.
56 x 16 x 50.5 Inches