San Giovanni Battista
San Giovanni Battista is a model of the Spanish galleon
built in 1688. The model is plank on frame built from a kit by Dale
Rusmisell. Mr. Rusmisell is an excellent craftsman and model builder with
a reputation for precision work with attention to detail.
San Giovanni Battista is a fine example of the majestic galleons
that ruled the seas during the 16th and 17th centuries. San Giovanni Battista,
Saint John the Baptist in English, had a painting of the saint on the stern of
the ship. The galleon evolved from the caravel with a lowered forecastle and
elongation of the hull that gave unprecedented stability in the water and
reduced wind resistance at the bow, making it a faster more maneuverable vessel.
Galleons were built from oak with a large ship requiring over
2000 trees. The ship weighed 400 tons, sailed at 4 to 8 knots, and could carry
100 sailors and passengers. The galleon had five decks, three masts and awesome
firepower. Whether used for war or commerce the galleon was armed with demi-culverin
type cannons. Galleons were most famously used in the Spanish treasure fleet.
30" L x 27" H x 7" W