San Giacomo di Galizia: the reconstruction of a 16th-century Spanish vessel

Author(s): Raul O Palomino; Miguel San Claudio

Year: 2020


This is an abstract from the session entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Ships: The J. Richard Steffy Ship Reconstruction Laboratory and the future of the archaeology of Shipbuilding" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

San Giacomo di Galizia (Santiago de Galicia) was a 16th-century galleon built by Ragusan shipwright Giacomo di Polo, commissioned by King Phillip II of Spain to be part of the Great Armada during the conflict against the British Crown. The ship sank, however, in 1597 off of Ribadeo, Spain due to bad weather after a failed attempt to take Falmouth. In 2011, the San Giacomo's remains were found during construction works and it has been subject to surveys and excavations. The present paper focuses on the reconstruction of the San Giacomo di Galizia based on the archaeological remains and the historical records located in the General Archive of Simancas, Spain. The reconstruction was done, first, in a two-dimensional setting, and later translated into a three-dimensional format to measure all the physical attributes of the ship.

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San Giacomo di Galizia: the reconstruction of a 16th-century Spanish vessel. Raul O Palomino, Miguel San Claudio. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457572)


galleon Reconstruction Spain

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
16th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 262