NA 1st Rate Santissima
The Santisima(full name being Nuestra Senora de la Santisima Trinidad) is a first rate ship of the line in Naval Action with 138 guns, making her the most heavily armed ship of the line in the game and the she is the only ship with four gun decks(her weather deck acts as fourth gun deck)
The Santisima being the largest ship in the game also has the maneuverability to match, she is not as maneuverable as the Victory. However, her speed is slightly higher than the Victory. She makes up for the worse maneuverability through her extra guns, 138 compared to 106. Interestingly enough the Santisima has 100 worse structure than the Victory on the sides however 100 structure at the high structure ratings that these ships of the line have is insignificant and just like with turn rate, the extra guns on the Santisima means her damage output outweighs the fact that she can take less damage by quite a significant amount.
Immediately apparent from her sailing profile is her non-performance anywhere more upwind than a beam reach. She will very quickly slow to very low speeds as soon as she turns anywhere near the wind. More so than the other ships of the line, she will also perform poorly on a beam reach as well as running with the wind directly astern. Together with her low turning rate this makes the Santisima Trinidad the hands-down most difficult vessel to sail.
Santisima Class Information
Crafting Level: 45/46/47/48/49
Labor Hours: 1952
Ship Yard Level: 3
Notable Ships of Class
Ship Name, Captain
Nuestra Senora de la Santisima Trinidad was a Spanish first-rate ship of the line of 112 guns, which was increased in 1795–96 to 130 guns by closing in the spar deck between the quarterdeck and forecastle, and around 1802 to 140 guns, thus creating what was in effect a continuous fourth gundeck although the extra guns added were actually relatively small. She was the heaviest-armed ship in the world when rebuilt, and bore the most guns of any ship of the line outfitted in the Age of Sail.
In July 1779, Spain declared war on Great Britain, joining France in support of the American colonists in the American War of Independence. Santísima Trinidad became the flagship of the Spanish fleet, taking part in the Franco-Spanish operations in the English Channel in the late summer of that year.
In August 1780 she took part in the capture of 55 ships from a British convoy of 63, escorted by the ship of the line HMS Ramillies and three frigates. In 1782 she was incorporated into the Mediterranean Squadron, participating in the second siege of Gibraltar and she fought in the brief and indecisive Battle of Cape Spartel. In 1795, she was modified by the addition of extra 8-pounder guns on a new deck between herforecastle and quarterdeck.
Infante don Pelayo going to rescueSantisima Trinidad at Battle of Cape St Vincent on 14 February 1797
In 1797, she was the flagship of Teniente General José de Córdoba y Ramos, the Spanish commander, at Battle of Cape St Vincent on 14 February 1797, where she was badly damaged and nearly captured by the British fleet. She was first in action with the British ship Captain (74), commanded by Commodore Nelson, and Culloden (74). She was then attacked by the Blenheim (90), Orion (74), Irresistible (74) andExcellent (74). By now she was severely damaged, having lost all her masts and with half of her crew killed or wounded. She struck her colours, but the British failed to take possession and she was saved by the Infante don Pelayo (74) and Príncipe de Asturias (112). Several days later, Santísima Trinidad was spotted, still damaged, making her way back to Spain, and engaged by the 32-gun frigate HMS Terpsichoreunder Captain Richard Bowen, but she escaped. She eventually returned to Cadiz for repairs.
Eight years later, commanded by Francisco Javier Uriarte and the flagship of Rear Admiral Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros, she took part in the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805, as part of the combined Franco-Spanish fleet. Due to her great bulk, her helm was unresponsive in the light winds of the day, contributing to her ineffective service in the combined fleet's cause. Her great size and position immediately ahead of the fleet flagship Bucentaure made her a target for the British fleet, and she came under concentrated attack by several ships. She lost her mast and eventually surrendered to the Neptune, a 98-gun second rate commanded by Captain Thomas Fremantle. She was taken in tow by the 98-gun second rate Prince, but sank in a storm the day after the battle, having been scuttled by her British captors.
It's believed that her wreck was found by coincidence during testing of a new sidescan sonar of the Spanish Navy, in 2009