Fin de la guerre
Fin de la guerre (French for "End of War"; also called by its Spanish
or Latin name, Fin de la Guerra or Finis Belli) was a Dutch rebel ship
employed during the siege of Antwerp (1585) against the imperial
The vessel resembled a huge floating fighting platform, featuring a
castle in its center manned by a large number of guns and a thousand
musketeers. According to some sources, the ship was protected by
thick iron plates. The defenders put great faith into the
construction to relieve the siege, thus its name. When put into
action, however, the vessel proved too heavy for the shallow waterways
and soon ran aground, prompting some Spanish to call it mockingly Los
gastos perdidos (The lost expenditure).
After one final, unsuccessful sortie, Antwerp was ultimately forced to
surrender in August 1585.
^ a b Martín 1999
^ Rudloff 1910, pp. 2f.
Martín, Juan Giménez (1999), Tercios de Flandes, Falcata Ibérica,
pp. 180–186, ISBN 978-84-930446-0-2 , books.google
Rudloff, Johannes (1910), "Die Einführung der Panzerung im
Kriegschiffbau und die Entwicklung der ersten Panzerflotten",
Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie, 2 (1):
1–58 . Online at digizeitschriften.de
Robert Henry Thurston: The Earliest Iron-Clad. In: Cassier’s
Magazine. vol. 6, 1891, p. 312–314 archive.org.
Revolt of the Netherlands
Santa Anna (1522 ship)
Siege of Antwerp (1584–85)