Santísima Trinidad battleship replica, Alicante
The battleship "Holy Trinity", or in Spanish "Nuestra Señora de la Santísima Trinidad", was launched in 1796 and remained the largest ship in the world until its death.
I will not retell its history, there is a lot of information about it, I will only remind that the ship participated in the battle of Trafalgar, surrendered to the British and sank during towing to England.
The sailboat, which stands in Alicante, repeats the legendary ship only externally. Some claim that "Sentima Trinidad" was built for filming, but there is no information about the films with the participation of this ship.
In fact, this floating structure was conceived as an entertainment complex. In 2006, in Galicia, the old merchant ship was covered with prop sides and deck, there it was installed masts. Then the ship was towed to Algeciras, where they built a bow and stern superstructure with the appropriate design, installed a rigging, equipped the interior.
Part of the interior is repeated interiors and equipment of the real ship, wax figures represent the members of its crew. Here you can see the battery deck with the cannons, the galley, the officer's and captain's cabins, the wardroom. On board there is a restaurant and several bars, a disco hall, an exhibition hall. They are decorated in an 18th-century style.
The floating model of the warship was transported to Malaga, where it was used for its intended purpose until 2011. But the project was not profitable-at first the attendance was high, but the factor of novelty and originality to the local audience did not last long, and then there is also an economic crisis undermined the flow of tourists.
Therefore, it was decided to send a floating tavern to Ibiza, where there are never problems with the lack of customers of such institutions. In the meantime, the owners moved the boat for a couple of years in Alicante, in the hope of a temporary effect, which suddenly surpassed all expectations.
These pictures I made in January 2014, the sailboat was in the center, on Paseo Puerto, near the casino and the hotel "Melia". The entrance ticket cost 5 euros. For groups of 20 people or more, 45-minute guided tours were offered, followed by a half-hour wine tasting in one of the bars.
This winter (January 2018) I didn't find the ship in the old place, but walking along the Mall, I found it at one of the piers in the industrial part of the port. It turns out that in may 2017 it was removed from the center after numerous complaints of the owners of "Melia" - the noise from the night disco prevented guests.
In addition, problems began with the building, and the port's Supervisory authorities banned its use for public purposes. Despite the complaints of the hoteliers, the port agreed to extend the lease of Parking, but subject to the repair of the ship in the dry dock. How will the fate of this certainly interesting object - is still unknown. I think the chances of him there is now a Spanish beach crowded with tourists.