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Museo de la Construcción Naval de Ferrol
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The Museum of Naval Construction of Ferrol, run by the EXPONAV Foundation, is the only one of its kind, making it the most important shipbuilding museum in Spain. All sorts of pieces related to this activity can be found among its collection, such as shipbuilding tools, propulsion systems, scale models and even the
remains of a sunken frigate from 1810.

All of it in a unique building as relevant as the collection itself, an 18th century blacksmith’s for the production of anchors and chains, among others, employing more than 140 workers at the time.

  • Toy reproduction of the battleship España (1930). Manufactured in Alicante by the company Hermanos Payá. The movement of its front wheel simulates the ocean waves. ...

  • Scale reproduction of a Yarrow boiler. This is an acuotubular boiler: water circulates inside the tubes while combustion gases circulate outside them. This type of ...

  • Model representing the launch of the oil tanker Arteaga in 1972, from slipway no. 1 of the Astano Shipyard. It was the largest vessel ever ...

  • Discoverer Enterprise model, one of the largest offshore units built in Fene’s shipyards in 1998. During a storm in January 1998, it broke free from ...

  • Educational automaton that spreads the frames along the length of the ship.

  • Composed of three parts: tail, float and superstructure. Counterweights at the bottom of the tail provide the buoy with vertical stability. ...

  • 11-metre-long wooden trainera, with eight thwarts and seven oars on each side for sailing competition. ...

  • Records of entry and category changes of SECN workers, handwritten, ink on paper. Year 1909.

  • Diorama at a scale of 1:10,000 representing Ferrol’s square, the estuary, the Arsenal and their defences in the 18th century (more specifically in 1795). ...

  • Recovered parts of the Santa María Magdalena wreckage. Built in 1773 in the Esteiro slipways, it sank due to a storm the night from 2 ...

  • Staging of the Officers’ Mess, the non-commissioned officers and crew’s cabins and bathrooms of a 21st-century FFG frigate. ...

  • The media construcción boat is a representative boat of the Ferrol estuary. It is a boat of simple, quick and cheap construction. The hull has ...

  • Cross sections of the centre of a ship, showing the structure of the main frame and part of the rigging. ...

  • The model represents the cruiser as it was during the Semana Naval de Barcelona (Barcelona’s Naval Week), held in june 1966. The Canarias was one ...

  • Tool used to work on assemblies, frameworks, chisel handles, rivets, etc.

  • First machine ev er used for the production of scale models of ships to be tested in the El Pardo Model Basin. ...

  • Full-sized replica of a ship section, including the main structural elements of an 18th century ship frame. Access ramps allow the visitors to walk through ...

  • Two lion sculptures from the 18th century, originally located in a slipway close to the 12 Apostolado slipways, at the old Royal Dockyard of Esteiro. ...

  • Construction boat named MAPI with mast and lateen, characteristic of the Ares and Ferrol estuaries. It was built by Manuel Picallo around 1970 in the ...

  • Model of the Royal Dockyard of Guarnizo (Cantabria), one of the most important shipyards in Spain between the 17th and 18th centuries. Scale 1:200. Very ...

  • Section of a double-expansion steam engine: an external combustion machine which transforms steam energy into mechanical work. ...

  • Model of the Puerto Real Shipyard in Cádiz. The shipyard was inaugurated by the Marquess of Comillas in 1878, and it had different owners throughout ...

  • Model of the F-105 Cristóbal Colón, one of the frigates of the F-100 class or Álvaro de Bazán class, in service with the Spanish Navy ...

  • Olivetti computer composed of screen, keyboard, disk unit and punched card reader/writer. It was among the first personal computers available on the market. ...

  • Wooden piece from the Phillipines, carved in the shape of a centreboard. It acted as a door for an irrigation channel or a dock. Its ...

  • Longitudinal sec tion plan of battleship Alfonso XIII. Scale 1:50. Black and White, ink on paper. Displaying various ship compartments in detail. ...

  • Model of the Astano Shipyard from the bridge of As Pías. It started as a private company founded by José María González Llanos. Towards the ...

  • Model that reproduces a longitudinal section of an 18th century ship, displaying its different compartments and equipment, such as between-deck areas and upper deck details. ...

  • Three plans showing the construction of the ship Real Felipe.

  • Model of two ships on the slipways of Ferrol’s Shipyard: the Canarias, ready for launch, and the Baleares, still under construction. Scale 1:100. ...

  • Hand tool, similar to a hammer but larger and heavier, used to counter the blows of the riveter from outside the hull. ...

  • Firts hard disk with integrated heads, used in the IBM 360 and 370 computers, with a capacity of 250 Mb, coeval with punched card equipment. ...

  • Half hulls used between 1900 and 1975 in the shipyard’s Technical Office to define the outlines of the strakes that form the hull shell. ...

  • Plywood ‘Snipe’ boat, with white hull and varnished deck, complete with wooden mast and boom, rudder, tiller, centreboard and a set of sails. It was ...

  • Replica of the Borna; this piece evokes prehistoric naval construction using leather, which was used for sailing between Ireland and Galicia. It takes inspiration from ...

  • Recreation of one of the 32 forges of the Herrerías building, destined to the production of anchors and chains. The forges employed up to 144 ...

  • Model of Bazán’s dock No. 2, the Reina Victoria Eugenia, built on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. This dock was built between 1909 and ...

  • Section of a turbine showing the three parts of it: ciar, cruise and navigation paddles. Is completed with the reduction necessary to attack the propeller. ...

  • Partial reproduction of a mould room floor with the outlines of several frames.

  • Telephone switchboard from the Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval, with jacks, wiring, handset, wooden board and cast iron base. ...

  • Named after its inventor, Sprague Stanley, this integraph is a mechanical instrument used to calculate section areas of a ship directly off plan. ...

  • Wooden boat presented with several cuts, an example of carvel construction.

  • Reproduction of the instrument used for defining top levels of a piece based on its model at a 1:10 scale. This information is later used ...

  • Small vessel traditional from the Rías Baixas, Galicia, used for octopus fishing, restored leaving the wood exposed, original from Bueu (Pontevedra).

  • Model of the operating me chanism of a steam hammer, used in many forges located on river banks. This mechanism is described in the Códice ...

  • Mechanical device th at can be activated manually or by an electric motor. It is used to l.ift and move heavy loads. This piece comes ...

  • Telegraph used to transmit orders between the bridge and the engine room or the deck.

  • The Comercio, a steamboat bought by the company La Herculina Ferrolana in 1901 in Glasgow (UK), carried passengers and goods between Ferrol and A Coruña. ...

GROUND FLOOR

The Museum begins on the ground floor of the Herrerías building. The first stage of the tour is subdivided into five thematic modules.

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FIRST FLOOR

The Temporary Exhibition Hall houses pictorial, photographic, and artistic exhibits on themes related to the sea.

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