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Ship type



A storm


Tristán de Luna


Juan de la Puerta

Shipwreck zone

Pensacola Bay, Pensacola, Florida

Port of departure

Veracruz (MEX)



The fleet, which consisted of 11 ships and had arrived at Pensacola in August 1559, was lost to a storm in September: 1 galleon, 1 boat and 4 or 5 ships.

If we compare the list of the 11 ships compiled in Worth’s (2009) work with the one carried out by Smith (1995), there is one major difference. In the 1995 list, three ships are included (San Antón, Santiago and a frigate whose name is not mentioned), which according to Worth’s research (2009) do not seem to have been part of the original colonial expedition in 1559. And yet three of the ships that did take part in said expedition (the almiranta, Jesús, and two ships with identical names to two other vessels that were also part of the fleet, the San Juan de Ulúa and the 420-ton Espíritu Santo) are not included in said list.

The remains found at the so-called Emanuel Point I Shipwreck or Emanuel Point II could belong to this wreck.

Read the full story in “10 notable shipwrecks”