Pasaia (Basque Country)

San Juan Network

Seeking scientific excellence

Thanks to exhaustive research from the Parcs Canada team, Albaola can use accurate plans and information on construction techniques. These materials, along with Albaola's document and experimental study, give a strict scientific basis to building this singular boat.

The construction project on the Nao San Juan replica aims to be an exemplary project in term of scientific and historic criteria and so it is based on the commemorative integrity concept developed by the Parcs Canada agency with accurate use of plans, materials and techniques from the time.

The Nao San Juan replica construction is a scientific laboratory documenting all phases of the constructive process, learning from experimentation and observation. The ultimate aim is not only to build a 16th century ship, but also to learn how these boats were built.

Materials and original techniques

With the same scientific rigour used to investigate the San Juan for 30 years, its replica uses the same materials as those found on the wreck. The materials are worked in the same way, using craftsmanship which respects the historical reconstruction.

A beech-wood keel almost 15 metres long; 200 oak trees selected with specific shapes for structure; 20 fir trees for the masts and foresails; 560 square metres of cloth and 6 kilometres of hemp rope make up this singular ship 28 metres long, with a 7.5 m beam, measuring 30m up to the highest mast.

Suppliers and collaborators

Donostia/San Sebastian European Capital of Culture heads this Network so the San Juan whaling ship construction might become a collective and collaborative project and to spread its advantages and the cultural programming of this project throughout the surrounding area.

This is a new way of continuously working together, for mutual benefit, involving both cultural agents and resources from public and private entities with a link to the San Juan project in terms of geography and theme.

Many of our collaborators are museums and cultural institutions that we encourage you to visit them because they provide information related in some way to the construction of the replica of the San Juan whaling ship.