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A commentary in reference to the notes of
Max Gómez
about the Naval History of Cuba

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With his notes Maximino Gómez has developed an interesting synthesis of the Cuban Naval History at least until 1960. However, I regret that in his reference to the excellent Cuban timber used in shipbuilding during the colonial times he didn't mention the pine, the tree that amazed Christopher Columbus while he explored the Moa River , located in the north coast of Oriente, Cuba's easternmost province.

Samuel Elliot Morrison in "Admiral of the Ocean Sea" cites the so-called Discoverer visualizing a large shipyard in that region meanwhile some pine trees were used to repair the mizzenmast and a yard of the caravel "La Niña" .Then, years later at the beginning of the "sugar fever" and the need of more land to cultivate sugar cane in Cuba , the Spanish Navy opposed the destruction of many Cuban woods for their strategic values.

On the other hand Mr. Gómez in his commentary about the former Cuban Naval Academy in Mariel, Pinar del Río Province, honors all of us who attended that institution until 1959 , when los "puros" , the naval officers who openly sided with the revolution, took over.

"Santísima", the history of the troublesome Spanish four -decker vessel is more profane .She was lost during a storm after being captured by the British during the Trafalgar Battle. That end related to the fate of the "Yamato", the "Bismarck " and the "Hood" reminds me that sometimes fame is worthless. The "Victory" was retired from active service some years after the Franco-Spanish defeat at Trafalgar. She was restored at the beginning of the last century and became a living museum in Portsmouth, Great Britain. In the original note I failed to mention that she remains the flagship of the British Second Sea Lord.

Once again I insist that also the cruiser "Cuba " could have been converted into a naval museum. But when a nation irresponsibly rely upon a bunch of assassins and thieves led by a mad being the outcome is predictable and you can't get blood out of stone.
Alberto Gutiérrex Barbero

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