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San Dámaso

Nominal Guns74
OperatorArmada Real
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardCartagena - Murcia
Ship ClassSan Joaquín Class (1771)
Designed by
Francisco GautierFrench
Ship Builder
Service 1733-1800
CategoryThird Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck175' 2"Imperial Feet53.3407 
Length of Keel143' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet43.6055 
Breadth48' 9"Imperial Feet14.659 
Depth in Hold21' 1 ½"Imperial Feet6.4135 
Burthen1,811 6094Tons BM 


30.3.1776Broadside Weight = 670 Spanish libre (722.93 lbs 307.53 kg)SWoA
Upper Gun Deck30 Spanish 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle16 Spanish 8-Pounder
Lower Deck Bow Chaser28 Spanish 24-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
30.3.1776550Design ComplementSWoA

5 Ship Commanders

6.1776 - 1780Capitan de navio
Francisco de BorjaSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1826
31.7.1780 - 1780Capitan de navio
Jose de VarelaSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1730-1830
2.1789 - 1789Jefe de Escuadra
Joaquin CañaveralSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1839
26.4.1793 - 1793Capitan de navio
Nicolas Estrada y PosadaSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1833
17.2.1797 - 1797Capitan de navio
Jose JordanSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1843

2 Flag Officers

1781 - 1782Teniente General
Antonio Osorno y HerreraSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1826
1795Brigadier de marina
Domingo PerlerSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1845

Service History

1776Patrolled Mediterranean waters to fight algerian corso for 65 days.
8.1776Entered at Cadiz.
13.11.1776Left Cadiz under Adm. Tilly's fleet for the Campaign of Sacramento.1
1777At Martin Garcia island.
3.1777The fleet arrived & conquers Santa Catalina island.
30.3.1777Adm. Tilly's fleet left Santa Catalina to Rio Grande de San Pedro.
18.4.1777Arrived to Maldonado's harbour with damages due to a storm.
17.7.1778Arrived to Cadiz from Santa Catalina with Santo Domingo (70), Monarca (74) & America (64) with troops & supplies.
17791st Campaign of the English Channel.
1779At Cadiz, under Admiral Langara's fleet, patrols the Strait of Gibraltar.
1.1780Left Brest to Cadiz.
31.7.1780Left Cadiz under Adm. Cordoba's fleet to patrol nearby Cape St. Vincent waters.
9.8.1780Captured a british convoy of 55 vessels under Adm. Cordoba's fleet nearby Cape St. Vincent.
6.2.1781Left Cadiz under Adm. Cordoba's fleet to patrol nearby Cape St. Vincent waters.
28.3.1781Entered back to Cadiz under Adm. Cordoba's fleet.
1.5.1781Left Cadiz under Adm. Cordoba's fleet to patrol nearby Cape St. Vincent waters.
8.6.1781Entered back to Cadiz under Adm. Cordoba's fleet.
22.7.1781Left Cadiz under french-spanish fleet of Adm. Cordoba for the 2nd Campaign of the English Channel.
3.9.1781Entered back to Cadiz from the English Channel.
1782Joinned Adm. Cordoba's fleet at high seas for the 3rd Campaign of the Enlgish Channel.
3.1782Left Cadiz with other 12 spanish SoL & Contre Adm. Guichen to patrol Madeira & Puerto Santo.
12.9.1782At Algeciras bay for the Siege of Gribaltar.
10.10.1782Suffered a storm at Algeciras bay, lossing some masts.
5.11.1782Repaired continued supporting the siege of Gibraltar.
2.1789Joinned Adm. Felix de Tejada's testing squadron.
24.9.1789Finished testing sailing under Tejadas's squadron.
1793At Cadiz set in commission for the war against french revolutionary.
4.1793Joinned Adm. Borja's squadron for the Campaign of Sardinia and then patrolled Viscay Bay.
12.1794At Rosas bay under Adm. Langara's squadron, lossing some masts due to storms.
1795Transported troops from Barcelona to Malaga and after to Cadiz.
6.1795At Cadiz, joinned Adm. Mazarredo's fleet.
1796Canceled the departure to Cartagena de Indias and stayed at Trinidad.
4.8.1796Left Cadiz under Rear Adm. Apocada's squadron to Trinidad.
14.9.1796Arrived to Trinidad under Apocada's squadron.2
1797Used as prison hulk at Portsmouth.
16.2.1797Blocked at Shagaramus (Chaguaramas) bay, Trinidad by Rear Adm. Harvey's fleet.3
16.2.1797Capture of Trinidad
17.2.1797Set on fire by the spanish at Shagaramus (Chaguaramas) bay, Trinidad to avoid capture by the british.
17.2.1797The fire was extingued and the ship captured.
17.2.1797Taken by the British by Harvey's fleet at Chagaramus Bay, Trinidad

Notes on Ship

Sources (research by Santiago Gomez)
Cesareo Fdez. Duro, "Armada Española desde la union de los reinos de Castilla y Aragon" - Tomo VIII (b61)

Revista General de Marina. Historias de la Mar, diciembre 1962.

Revista General de Marina, Miscelánea, mayo de 1996.

FERNÁNDEZ GAYTÁN, José. “Historias de la Mar. La ocupación británica de la isla Trinidad de Barlovento, Revista General de Marina, junio de 1997

FERNÁNDEZ DURO, Cesáreo. Disquisiciones náuticas. Tomo V. Ministerio de Defensa, 1996.

FERNÁNDEZ DURO, Cesáreo. Armada española. Tomo VIII, Museo Naval, Madrid, 1973.

GÓMEZ VIZCAÍNO, Juan Antonio. “Marinos extremeños en la Cartagena del siglo XVIII”, Revista de Historia Naval, (1984), nº 87.

JUAN-GARCÍA AGUADO, José Mª de. José Romero F. Landa. Un ingeniero de marina en el siglo XVIII, Universidad de La Coruña, 1998.

NÚÑEZ IGLESIAS, Indalecio, BLANCO NÚÑEZ, José María. La diversión de Tolón, 2 tomos, Ministerio de Defensa, Madrid, 1998.


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Posted by H Gittens on Wednesday 9th of January 2019 02:16

Trying to find out information on my ancestor Placedo Medina who was part of the Spanish administration in Trinidad in 1797. Is there any site or link that has the names of the Spanish officers and crew who surrendered to the British in 1797?

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