The Maritime Museum’s collections are extremely rich and varied. They include pieces ranging from a ship that still sails to a postal stamp, or from a steam engine to a 14th-century manuscript. Of course, they also include everything you expect to find in a maritime museum: binnacles, anchors, model ships, navigational tools, etc. In other words, all sorts of documents and objects from the miniscule to the huge, from all different periods and made of all sorts of materials. For decades, the Museum has gathered examples of the maritime past, a heritage that reminds us of the lives of seafarers, the histories of ships and maritime activities in peacetime or war.
We would like to offer a selection of objects and documents that are notable for their historical interest, their rarity or their aesthetic value. These can give you a general idea of the content of the Museum’s collection. However, do not forget that there is a great deal beyond this selection, with thousands of artefacts and documents that you can discover using our search engine or other resources.
We encourage you to take a stroll through some of the key pieces in our Museum’s collection, grouped into twelve categories to help you keep your bearings.
Drawing of the steamship Reina Victòria EugèniaShip portraits
Longitudinal cross-section of the Reina Victòria Eugènia, showing the details of a ship built in 1913 by the William Denny Brothers of Dumbarton (Scotland) as a commission of the Compañía Trasatlántica.
For several years, the Reina Victòria Eugènia was the biggest steamship in the Spanish merchant marine, with a gross tonnage of 10,137 and 13,666 displacement tons. The Trasatlántica used this ship for its South America route, taken by most of the Spanish and Italian immigrants that travelled in the company’s packet boats. The ship could carry 159 first-class passengers, 290 second-class passengers, 122 preferential third-class passengers and 805 immigrants.
It sailed under the name Reina Victòria Eugènia from 1913-1931, and under the name Argentina from 1931-1936. During the Spanish Civil War, the republican authorities used it to hold political prisoners. It suffered bombardments and a fire, and was decommissioned in 1947.