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Ship type




Antonio de Oteiza


Antonio de Oteiza

Shipwreck zone

Cabeza de Florida Key, Florida

In 1630, two galleons of the Tierra Firme fleet were ordered by Maestre de Campo Antonio de Oteiza to bring supplies from Havana to St. Augustine, but both sank at the top of the Florida Keys. Everyone on board the ships were saved, and the 56 bronze and iron cannons from the two ships were recovered and taken to Havana, where they were distributed to be used in different forts in that port.

The remains known as Mystery Wreck are probably from this shipwreck, a small 19-meter long ship built according to Iberian shipbuilding tradition.

At the site, ballast stones, a 13-meter long anchor, some remains of the hull, lead bullets, ceramics, jugs, part of the rudder, a corn mill, wood fragments, fire bricks, 3 cannonballs, a piece of molten copper and a fragment of lead sheet were found.