Isaac Peral’s Submarine: The Story of an Infamy that left Spain Without Colonies

Isaac Peral devised a submersible ship at the end of the 19th century that was not duly supported by the Spanish authorities. Otherwise, as the report shows, Spain might have avoided the disaster of 1998

As reported by José María García Pérez in EL ESPAÑOL, on April 30, 1898, an American fleet, commanded by Admiral Dewey, entered the Bay of Cavite (Philippines). Thus began the loss of the so-called colonial empire. After a brief naval battle,  Spanish ships burned or sank at the bottom of the sea. Dewey wanted to meet Isaac Peral’s brother, a sailor like him. Then he said:  “With a submarine-like your’s we would not have been able to enter Cavite. ”

A historic postcard that has won this week’s pack after the successful test of the S-80, the most ambitious submarine of the Spanish armed forces today. Its emergence after several problems of buoyancy aroused the joy of those present, just as Peral’s artifact did two centuries ago.

At dawn on July 3, 1898, Admiral Cervera, by order of Sagasta, president of the Council of Ministers, left with his fleet the port of Santiago de Cuba for slaughter. A powerful American armada was waiting to destroy him without remedy. The value and skill of the Spanish sailors did not serve much in the face of the superiority in tons and armour of the American navy.

The signing of the Paris treaty with the USA resulted in the loss of the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico, almost half of the national territory:  the disaster of 1898. Could it have been avoided? Reviewing the history data and the archives and documents of the Spanish Navy … Absolutely yes.

The submarine of Isaac Peral the story of an infamy that left Spain without colonies

Death certificate of the Peral submarine

On October 28, 1890, the Gaceta de Madrid published, on page 321 and following,  the death certificate of the Peral Submarine, announcing “the main documents referring to the project and tests of the ship built in La Carraca by the plans and the direction of Lieutenant of Ship D. Isaac Peral “. A weapon, then invincible, a ship capable of navigating underwater and firing torpedoes without emerging. It was the end of a dream. Also the continuation of a betrayal that still today some try to burrow. The Government and the Spanish Navy did not want the submarine that could save them.


Source: CLM24