“The Santa Anna”, An Early Armour-Clad

By C. Field R.M., published December 1923


The Santa Anna was, without doubt, the “Super-Dreadnought” of her day. Not only was she of great size, but she was an armour-clad, being cuirassed with lead, from her upper deck right down to her keel. She was built at Nice, it is said about 1530. The double tier of guns firing through ports in light coloured bands, on the dark brown sides of the ship, give her hull much more the appearance of an early 19th century ship than of the contemporary men-of-war of her epoch.

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Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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