Nuestra Senora Del Pilar
The Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza is a galleon of Manila. These being the ships that covered the Spanish trips between the Philippines and America through the Pacific Ocean .
It was built in Cavite in 1731 and was enlisted in 1733, being the twin of the ship Nuestra Señora de Covadonga, which had a similar mission. She left on August 1, 1750, in Manila, under General Martinez de Faura. On August 28, 1750, the ship was overloaded with boxes of contraband in the port of San Jacinto (Island of Ticao) and departed on September 1, without anyone knowing more about her.
The ship had capacity for 22 guns of 18 pounds, 22 guns of 14 pounds, 6 guns of 10 pounds and 10 pedreros of 2 pounds. It was 34 meters long, 9.5 meters wide, had a draft of 5 meters, displaced a thousand tons and housed a crew of 460 men. At the time of his last departure he had 2 18-pounder guns in the first battery, 22 10-pounder guns in the second, 6 6-pounders in the quarterdeck and 10 pedreros in poop and castle. In 1733 the name was not given to the ships, so that instead of the name had a shield of the city of Manila.
The construction of this ship, based on plans and regulations established by JosT Antonio de Gaztaneta, took place in the Port of Cavite, in the Philippines, along with that of Nuestra. Sra. de Covadonga. Work began in 1731 and she was finally launched two years later in 1733. She had two bridges and a displacement of 1,000 tons, was fitted with 50 cannon as well as 10 swivel guns, mounted on quarter deck and forecastle. For twenty years she plied the route from Mexico to Manila and in 1750 underwent a complete refit in the Port of Cavite. In 1750, on her last voyage, she set sail from Manila bound for Acapulco. Despite being overloaded, and contrary to the opinion of both pilots and Master, her Captain insisted on weighing anchor at the beginning of September. En route for the Mariana Islands, in the Pacific, they began to have difficulties, after sailing into a heavy storm, and she sank taking all of her crew down with her.