Our San Felipe 19" model is a smaller scale version of a much larger version such as the San Felipe 37” and the 56”. She is handcrafted from beautiful wood such as rosewood, mahogany, teak, and various other exotic wood. It is simply amazing to see how real it looks. This San Felipe model has a clear varnished coating followed with impecable details.
On the ship, you can actualy see a wooden bowsprit, foremast, mainmast, and mizzen mast. They are all connected to numerous fabric sails with detailed stitching. All rigging are painstakingly fastened by hand in matching colors. There’s a small wooden cabin with a wooden boat on the main deck and a wooden cabin on the quarter deck. There are wooden railings surrounding the beakdeck area toward the quarter deck area. You can easily spot 3 long rows of metal cannons on both side of the hull, and other crafted metal parts on the front and back of the ship. There’s also a wooden rudder to help the ship maneuver in the right direction.
The hull is constructed using a plank on frame method, each strip of exotic wood are carefully join together to form a smooth hull. This model is completely hand built to spec by skillful and creative master craftsmen. This San Felipe model was built according to scale through original plans, pictures and drawings. An attached wooden stand with a nameplate engraved “San Felipe 1690” is standard on this model.
We absolutely use no plastic parts only the highest quality wood and metal parts. This model is carefully secure and packed inside a wooden crate for easy shipping purposes. Our San Felipe model comes fully-assembled and ready to be display.
First launched in 1690, the San Felipe was easily one of the most impressive ships of the Spanish Armada. As Spain�s lead ship during the 17th century, the San Felipe displaced over 1000 tons and was armed with 96 cannons, making 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 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 where 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 that allowed her great agility. San Felipe�s beauty was pronounced by various intricately designed sculptures adorning her stern.