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There are some interesting stories about the San Felipe Ship and some are more interesting than others.

What really makes the ship famous it that it is treasured by ship model builders? And for good reason the San Felipe is indeed a beauty and as a model ship she makes the perfect decorative display for an office lobby or restaurant.

Some of the stories say she was only built as a model ship and a lot of doubts about the ships authenticity exist.

Many articles are written about the San Felipe but no real information on whether she existed or not.

Real or only just a model she is a real beauty. The common consensus is very likely she never existed.

The story told about the San Felipe that is most repeated but most likely is made up for the models being sold. The story does a good job describing her beauty rather than the facts.

As the story goes the “San Felipe” was launched around 1690. It was said she was one of Spain’s most majestic fighting ships of the 17th century.

She was to have displaced around one thousand tons and said to be armed with 108 cannons. They built her to engage with success any of the capable ships British and French Navies.

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Artwork on the Bow was second to none!

She was said to have had a slim profile and impressive wide spread of sails. This combination gave her agility and maneuverability second to none.

Enhancing the overall beauty of this ship was the beautiful sculptures to grace her stem transom. As the story goes the San Felipe was suppose to be an integral part of the great Spanish Fleet.

When the Spanish Fleet was engaged in perennial wars with Britain and France over territory dominance in the Caribbean and South America a battle broke out.

Sometime around 1705 this battle took place and being one of 12 Spanish ships against 35 English ships. The horrific battle went on for over 24 long hours and The San Felipe was said to be captured by the English ship “Revenge”.

With the San Felipe being damaged badly ended up sinking with several tons of gold and other treasures still on board. Or so the story goes!

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More of the story of the invented life of this beautiful ship is The San Felipe real birth may have come from a Barcelona model ship builder from around the middle of the twentieth century. It is believed that he created the design based on illustration of Spanish, English and French ship of the 18th century.

The plans were republished many times by a number of different companies. This fact is believed to be what makes the San Felipe one of the most famous Spanish ships of all. Ship history even the false ships make for some very interesting stories.

The Marine Museum of Barcelona has done some extensive searches and has come to the conclusion that the “San Felipe” is and invented boat.

Even the story about the naval engagement between the English was made up.

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The battle does resemble the story that goes with the Battle of Cape Passaro in 1718 when a Spanish ship with the name “Real San Felipe” was captured and exploded while being towed.

As a model she is indeed a Beauty and makes a great conversation piece. After all was she a real ship or just a model?

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HMS Sovereign of the Seas was ordered in August 1634 at the whim of Charles I of England, who desired a giant Great Ship to be built. The decision brought on a lot of opposition from the Brethren of Trinity House. They were eager to point out that "There is no port in the Kingdome that can harbor this ship".

The wild sea must be her port; her anchors and cables will keep hold her safety. So if either fail, the ship must perish, the King will lose his jewel, four or five hundred man must die, and maybe some great and noble peer.

The King overcame the objections with the help of John Pennington and beginning May 1635 she was built by Peter Pett. Built under the guidance of his father Phineas, the kings master shipwright. The HMS Sovereign of the Seas was launched at Woolwich Dockyard on Oct 13. 1637. Peter Pett later became a Commissioner of the Navy.

HMS Sovereign of the Seas the most extravagantly decorated warship of the Royal Navy. She was adorned from bow to stern with gilded carvings against black background by John and Mathias Christmas from a design of Anthony Van Dyke. All the money spent on her created a financial crisis for Charles I and contributed to the English Civil War.

The Sovereign of the Seas was not so much built because of tactical considerations, but as a deliberate attempt to bolster the reputation of the English crown. Her name was in itself a political statement as Charles tried to revive the perceived ancient right of the English kings to be recognized as the 'lords of the seas.'

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Back in 1758 the Royal Navy ordered a new first-rate new ship from the commissioner of the Chatham Dockyard. This seemed strange at the time because the Royal Navy went for smaller faster ships that were very maneuverable.


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The ships plans were based on the HMS Royal George and were presented in June 1759. The George was launched from the Woolwich Dockyard in 1756. Sir Thomas Slade was appointed Surveyor of the Navy and chosen to build the new ships. The new ship was to carry 100 guns and after her launching in practice she carried 104 to 106 guns and carronades.

The name was chosen in October 1760 to commemorate Annus Mirbilis (Year of Victories) or 1759. It was though that Victory was not a good name because the first Victory of 1744 was lost with all hands. The Seven Years War was won at Quebec, Minden and other naval battles of Lagos and Quiberon Bay all contributed to the year of victories.

The frame of the ship was built and then left for almost three years and work did not restart on her until autumn of 1763. This added to the ships longevity allowing the frame to season. The ship was finally completed May 7th of 1765, 90% of oak with some elm, pine and fir and they also used a small amount of Lignum Vitae to complete construction.

The Victory had no reason to be used at the time so she was moored in the Medway River for 13 years dismasted and roofed over and placed under general maintenance. She remained there until France joined the American War of Independence.

John Lindsay appointed as her first captain ended up transferred to the HMS Prince George in May of 1778. The Honorable Augustus Keppel Admiral raised his flag in Victory. The HMS Victory was finally commissioned under the command of Rear Admiral John Campbell and Captain Jonathan Faulknor under the flag of Admiral Keppel.

The HMS Victory’s armaments consisted of smooth bore cannons. She started out with thirty 42 pounders on the lower deck, 28 24 pounder on the mid deck and thirty 12 pounder on the upper deck. The quarterdeck and forecastle held twelve 6 pound guns. Later on some of the sizes were changed out and 2 carronade guns were added that would fire 68 lb shot.

The Victory was stationed at Chatham if February 1798 under the command of Lieutenant J. Rickman. Declared unfit for service as a warship in December she was ordered converted to a hospital ship. The idea was to treat French and Spanish prisoners of war.

After the loss of the HMS Impregnable off Chichester the on the way back from Portsmouth the Admiralty planed the recondition the Victory which turned out to a costly undertaking and extensive reconstruction.

They replaced her figurehead and paint scheme from red to black and yellow. The pattern was called the (Nelson Chequer) adopted by Royal Navy ships after the Battle of Trafalgar. With new masts and paint scheme completed April 11th 1803 under her new captain Samuel Sutton she left for Portsmouth.

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No much of the original ship that stands at Portsmouth is from the original ship. The ship was and still is a work of art built 246 years ago that make the experts of today marvel at the workmanship. Even O’Sullivan believes the ship is a true work of art.

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The HMS Victory was in service for 30 years, commissioned back in 1778. This great warship is the only one that survived the American War of Independence, French Revolutionary War and Napoleonic wars.

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USS Yorktown (CV/CVA/CVS-10)

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One of the distinguished Essex-class aircraft carries the USS Yorktown was built during the II World War for the U.S. Navy. The USS Yorktown is the forth ship to carry the name for the United States Navy. While under construction her planned name was to be Bon Homme Richard. But it was agreed to re-name her Yorktown after the USS Yorktown (CV-5) that was lost during the battle of Midway.

USS Yorktown CV-10 Commissioned April 1943

Her distinguished years of service include; eleven battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. The Yorktown was involved in several campaigns in the Pacific.

Not too long after the end of World War II the Yorktown was decommissioned. She was re-commissioned and modernized in the early 1950s CVA or as an attack aircraft carrier. Not long after her designation became CVS or anti-submarine aircraft carrier. Her commission came a little late for the Korean War. After the Korean War she served for many years in the Pacific. During the Vietnam War the Yorktown earn 5 battle stars.

She most likely is most remembered for her service as a recovery ship for the Apollo 6 mission. The USS Yorktown was also used in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! That recreated the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.

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The construction of the Yorktown began on the first of December 1941 by Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Her sponsor was Eleanor Roosevelt and she was launched in January of 1943. At command of the USS Yorktown Captain Joseph J. Clark received her commission in April of 1943.

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The Yorktown received a total of 16 battle stars during her distinguished service. Eleven from World War II along with the Presidential Citation and five more battle stars for service during Vietnam.

In June of 1970 the USS Yorktown was berthed with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet the Philadelphia Group. After about three years the USS Yorktown was struck from the naval ship registry. The Yorktown was donated to Patriot’s Point Development Authority in Charleston, South Carolina in 1974. On the 200th anniversary of the Navy she was dedicated as a memorial in October 1975.

As of 1986 the Yorktown was declared as a National Historic Landmark. She was decommissioned in 1970 and by 1975 became a museum ship Patriot’s Point, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Late in 2009 the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was notified by the U.S. Navy to make repairs to the great ship or dispose of her. The final outcome of the Yorktown still in question because disposing of the ship costs much more than repairing her.

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