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Frigate Captain Dionisio Alcalá-Galiano, Marina real, circa 1792

Caption: Frigate Captain Dionisio Alcalá-Galiano, Marina real, circa 1792

Dionisio Alcalá-Galiano (1762-1805) was the Spanish officer commanding the schooner Sutil when that vessel took part in a mapping expedition to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in 1792. This contemporary portrait shows him wearing the uniform of a captain of the Marina real (the Spanish navy). Alcalá-Galiano died in the famous battle of Trafalger in 1805, commanding the 74-gun ship-of-the-line Bahama. (Museo Naval, Madrid)