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  1. Name: Santa María La Anunciada
  2. Type of vessel: sail-powered ship
  3. Flag: Spain
  4. Date of sinking: 28 October 1596
  5. Cause: storm
  6. Location: Restelos point (Finisterre)
  7. Diving level: basic
  8. GALP territory: Costa da Morte (Coast of Death)


Martín de Padilla's ship, whose fate was cut short in Finisterre

This 1,000 ton wooden hulled ship was built in the shipyards of Vietri sul Mare, in Salerno, Italy. It was manned by a crew of 90 men and was carrying 160 passengers.

The ship had plenty of weapons aboard, among which was a 12-pound demi-culverin, a 3-pound falconet, four 3-pound swivel guns, four 13-pound grey cast iron guns, one 9-pound grey cast iron gun and two 5-pound wrought iron Lombard guns. Researchers have estimated that there were a total of seventeen bronze artillery pieces and seven iron ones.

Ocean Navy

The boat belonged to the Armada del Océano (Ocean Navy) under the command of Martin de Padilla Manrique. It was travelling from Portugal to Ferrol. The fleet consisted of 100 ships, carrying an expeditionary army as well as weapons and ammunition. Its mission was to help the Irish in their fight against Elizabeth I.

In just one day, the fleet lost 30 ships between Ferrol and Corcubión, amongst which was the Santa María La Anunciada. There were 243 casualties and only 7 survivors.