Author Results for Carla Rahn Phillips

The Life Blood of the Navy: Recruiting Sailors in Eighteenth Century Spain

By Carla Rahn Phillips

In this article the author explores Spain’s approach to naval recruitment during the 18th century. In an effort to increase the number of mariners in its service without resorting primarily to the use of crimping and impressment both France and Spain instituted forms of ‘enlightenment’ to encourage their marine population to accept service in the […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C) | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Galleon San José, Treasure Ship of the Spanish Indies

By Carla Rahn Phillips

The Spanish treasure galleon, San José, has become noteworthy for the amount of treasure with which she was loaded, and for her demise, a catastrophic explosion, during an attack by a British squadron under Commodore Wager in 1708 off Cartagena in what is now Colombia. Now her remains have become a target for treasure hunters, for whom […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Caribbean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Spanish Ship Measurements Reconsidered: the Instrucción Náutica of Diego García de Palacio (1587)

By Carla Rahn Phillips

Students of 16th and 17th century maritime history know that Spain used five principal measurements for calculating tonnage (beam, keel, length, floor, and depth) and characteristic ratios such as keel-to-beam.  Re-examining the contemporary literature, especially Deigo Garcia de Palacio’s Instrucción náutica of 1587, Phillips concludes that while beam, keel, length and floor are consistently defined […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design