Key figureÁlvaro Flores de Quiñones
CommandÁlvaro Flores de Quiñones
CaptainDomingo Laínez Ome
Shipwreck zoneOld Bahama Channel, The Bahamas
Port of departureHavana (CUB)
CargoSilver ingots , and gold bullion
Philip II ordered the Tierra Firme Fleet, commanded by Captain General Alvaro Flores de Quiñones, and the Nueva España Fleet to meet in Havana and travel together in convoy to Spain. Around 75 to 100 ships sailed from that port, but when they reached the entrance to the Old Bahama Channel on September 9, it was not long before a hurricane struck. The nao Santa Catalina had a capacity of 350 tons.