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Our Lady Weeps from Stem to Stern

James A. Lewis

in The Spanish Convoy of 1750

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033587
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033587.003.0006
Our Lady Weeps from Stem to Stern

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Under the command of a very experienced merchant sea captain, Juan Manuel de Bonilla, the Guadalupe would become the most famous ship in the flota, simply because of the travails she and her crew underwent. Probably most disturbing of all to Bonilla, his crew would not obey direct orders. In one of his letters, Bonilla noted that from stem to stern, his sailors contested his authority through verbal insults, apparently fearing that the Guadalupe was about to sink. Moreover, they felt free to openly ransack cargo and personal belongings, taking whatever they wished. Bonilla's only recourse at this moment was to call the ship's company together, appeal to their loyalty to the king and to their employer's interests, remind everyone what punishment they could expect if they ever returned to Spain, and promise double wages if they supported his efforts to save the ship and cargo.

Keywords: Galga; Guadalupe; Bonilla; Spanish maritime; pirates

Chapter.  5796 words. 

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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