Neptune was an 80-gun ship launched in El Ferrol in 1795. Used the Retamosa system, the 5th and best of the Spanish Navy. It was very seaworthy and surpassed similar vessels of other power. It differed from other Spanish ships in the figurehead, with the image of the Roman god instead of the lion of the Spanish ships.
It was common for Spanish ships to receive a nickname, sometimes unrelated to the original name. Neptune's was "San Francisco Javier".
In Trafalgar he was commanded by Cayetano Valdés and was part of the avant-garde division of Dumanoir, but while Dumanoir escaped Valdés tried to help the Bucentaure, flagship of Admiral Villeneuve. Neptune suffered very serious damage and had to surrender after Valdés was seriously injured. Neptuno sank the next day.
This image is based on drawings of Neptune, and the rigging on drawings of the Bahama (from the same period) and on models of arsenal kept in the Naval Museum of Madrid.
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