BARCELONA SCHOOL OF NAUTICAL STUDIES
The origins of the Barcelona School of Nautical Studies date back to 1769. The founder was Sinibald de Mas i Gas, a pilot born in Torredembarra and trained in Seville and Cartagena. After serving in the Marina Real, he was captured by Algerian corsairs and forced to work as a pilot in corsair ships for six years. In 1768 he was released and redeemed thanks to the efforts made by the Brotherhood of Socorro Mutuo "Sant Elm" and in 1769 he arrived in Barcelona where he proposed to the Junta de ComerÃ§ the creation of a Nautical School, a request that was accepted.
The Barcelona School of Nautical Studies began its activity in the Barceloneta on June 26th, 1769, with five students and Sinibald as the only teacher. In 1770 the School already had 23 students and in 1772 it had 2 teachers. At present, since 1990, the Barcelona School of Nautical Studies is attached to the Universitat PolitÃ¨cnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech) and has over 90 teachers and 800 students.
The current building of the Faculty, of neoclassical style and located in the Pla de Palau dates from 1932 and is the work of the architects Adolf Florensa and Josep Vilaseca. Its central part was designed to serve as a framework for the model of the ship San Carlos which you can still admire inside.