NUESTRA SENORA - During the 17th and 18th centuries Spanish galleons served the Spanish crown as merchantmen and warships. Many of them sailed between Acapulco and Manila, transporting South American silver to the Philippines and exotic goods from Asia to Mexico, from where the treasures were sent back to Spain.
Commissioned in 1731 and launched in 1733, Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza (Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza) was one of these Manila Galleons
built of the finest Philippine wood, she was 112 feet on deck and displaced 1,000 tons. A 4th rate of the Cavogonda class, she was fitted with 50 cannon, two stern chasers and six swivel guns. She carried a crew of 385 men. She plied the Acapulco – Manila route for 17 years and was wrecked in 1750.
Nuestra Senora is a faithful representation of the original treasure galleon, complete with fine detailing and rich ornamentation. Kit contains hundreds of laser cut wooden parts and an incredible array of fittings. Double plank-on-frame construction uses flexible lime wood strips for the first layer of planking and beautiful walnut for the second. Each plank-on-frame
ships boat is a mini-kit by itself. Perfectly finished hardwood blocks, deadeyes and belaying pins, grating strips and taffrail stanchions make up most of the wooden fittings. Eyebolts, rings, chain, rudder hinges, sheaves and lanterns are brass. Other metal fittings include blackened metal anchors, mast feet and cleats. Stern ornamentation comes in photo-etched brass and life-like figurehead is finely cast bronzed metal. Turned brass cannon and other guns replicate a full battery of armament. You
will get no fewer than 18 spools of line in two colors and various diameters for rigging. Kit also includes a full set of pre-sewn ready-to-rig cotton sails, silk-screened flags a wooden display base. Five sheets of plans accompanied by color photos of every step of assembly take the guesswork out of building a magnificent model of the Nuestra Senora.