Nuestra Señora de Belén & San Antonio de Padua
Aka El Herrera
Ship typeMerchant ship
Key figureRodrigo de Torres
Shipwreck zoneUpper Matacumbe Key, Florida
Port of departureHavana (CUB)
CargoSugar, silver coins, tobacco, indigo , and hides and skins
On Friday, July 13, 1733, the Nueva España Fleet, under the command of General Rodrigo de Torres, left the port of Havana bound for Spain. The fleet consisted of 4 escort galleons, 16 merchant ships and 2 small ships that transported supplies to the Presidio St. Augustine.
Nuestra Señora de Belén y San Antonio de Padua, nicknamed Herrera after her owner Luis Herrera, was designed and built in England and could carry 10 to 13 iron cannons. Her return cargo to Spain consisted of animal skins, cochineal, indigo, sugar, tobacco, and silver coins. The Herrera was sailing in the middle of the fleet when she left the port of Havana. On the day of the accident, the hurricane pushed her over a reef; damaged and leaking, she sank. Spanish divers of the time were successful in recovering the silver coins. It can be visited.