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Ship type

Merchant ship


A hurricane



Rodrigo Torres

Shipwreck zone

South Long Key, Florida

Port of departure

Havana (CUB)


Cadiz (ESP)


Hides and skins, eastern ceramics, tobacco, silver ingots , and dyes

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.

As its nickname suggests, Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Santo Domingo, San Antonio y San Vicente Ferrer, commonly known as Sueco de Arizón after her captain Juan José de Arizón and owner Jacinto Arizón, may have been built in Sweden. She sailed at the rear of the fleet near the Almiranta. She was probably one of the smallest ships in the fleet. Her hull remained intact, although she lost her masts and rudder. No lives were lost and all the cargo was recovered: silver, porcelain, hides, cochineal, indigo and tobacco. It can be visited.

Read the full story in “10 notable shipwrecks”