Azores's Shipwrecks

 Archival Research by Paulo Monteiro

 

 XVIth century

 

Identification

Year

Date of Loss

Island

Place of loss

Name

Type

Observations

800

1526

?

?

?

Santa Maria  de la Luz

Spanish Nao

 

801

1529

?

Flores

?

La Trinidad

Spanish Nao

Captain Diego Sanchez Colchero

802

1539

?

Faial

?

?

Spanish Nao

Owner Alonso Delgado, from Hispaniola. Salvaged

200 

 1542

 ?

Terceira

?

Grifo 

  Portuguese Nao

 Captain Baltazar Jorge 

803

1542

?

S. Miguel

?

San Juan

Spanish Nao

From Tierra Firme, Captain Juan Hurtado

804

1549

?

?

?

Santa Barbara

Spanish Nao

 

805

1550

?

Terceira

?

Santa Maria de la Piedad

Spanish Nao

Fom Hispaniola

806

1550

?

Terceira

Praia?

Santa Maria de la Flor de la Mar

Spanish Nao

Captain Sebastian Quesada

807

1551

?

?

?

San Anton

Spanish Nao

From Puerto Plata. Captain Juan Basquero

808

1552

?

?

?

La Magdalena

Spanish Nao

 

809

1552

?

Terceira

Baía de Angra

Santiago

Spanish Nao

From Mexico, Captain Miguel de Oquendo, unloaded

810

1552

?

?

?

?

Spanish Nao

Pilot Santiago de Vaim

466

1554

 ?

 Terceira

?

?

Spanish 

Almiranta de Bartolome Carreno

467 

1554

?

Terceira

?

?

Spanish Nao

Juan Tello de Guzman fleet

122 

1554

 ? 

Pico 

South coast

La Maria

Spanish Nao

With 2.000.000 pesos

811

1554

?

S. Jorge

?

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Spanish Nao

 

201

1555

?

Terceira

Run aground

Assumpção

Portuguese Nao

Captain  Jácome de Mello 

202

1555

?

Terceira

?

Algarvia Velha

Portuguese Nao

Lost inbound voyage

812

1555

?

?

?

San Medel y Celedon

Spanish Nao

From Mexico

203

 1556 

06-Ago 

Terceira 

?

 Nossa Senhora da Vitória

 Portuguese Nao

1556 armada

204

 1556 

06-Ago 

Terceira

 ?

N. S. da Assunção 

Portuguese Nao

1556 armada

813

1559

?

Faial

?

?

Spanish Nao

Captain Gregorio de Espinosa

814

1559

?

Faial

?

?

Spanish Patacho

Captain Francisco Nunez

815

1559

?

Faial

?

?

Spanish Nao

From Puerto Plata

39

 1560

?

Faial

?

Santa Maria de Begona

Spanish Nao

 

205

 1560

?

Terceira

?

Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

Spanish Nao

Pedro de Roelas fleet

206

1560

?

Terceira

?

?

Spanish Ship

 

816

1560

?

?

?

?

Spanish Nao

From Santo Domingo

817

1560

?

?

?

?

Spanish Nao

From Santo Domingo

818

1560

?

?

?

?

Spanish Nao

From Santo Domingo

819

1563

?

Terceira

Near Monte Brasil

Nuestra Senora de la Luz

Spanish Nao

Captain Juan Garcia, in a storm, from Santo Domingo

820

1563

29-Nov

Terceira

Angra bay

?

Spanish Carvel

From Jamaica

821

1563

?

S. Jorge

?

El Espiritu Sanctu

Spanish Nao

 

468 

1566

?

?

High seas

?

Portuguese Nao

With 60.000 cruzados

822

1567

?

S. Miguel

?

La Concepción 

Spanish Nao

From Havana, Captain Luis de Alcala, partly salvaged

324

1568

17-Fev

S. Miguel

Relva, Ponta Delgada

?

Portuguese Carvel

With wheat, run agound after being capsized for 8 day

325 

1568

02-Ago

S. Miguel 

3 NM from Vila Franc run aground

?

Spanish Nao

Almiranta

822

1568

?

Terceira

?

?

Spanish Carvel

From Mexico

823

1576

?

Santa Maria

?

La Concepción

Spanish Nao

From Santo Domingo, Captain Bartolome de Espinar

824

1580

24-Jan

S. Miguel

?

Santa Catalina

Spanish Nao

Captain Luis de Villalobos

326

1582

04-Ago

S. Miguel

Run aground

?

Spanish Nao A

Marquis of Santa Cruz armada

327 

1582 

04-Ago

 S. Miguel

Run aground

?

Spanish Nao B

Marquis of Santa Cruz armada

469

1583 

Set 

?

High seas

Squirrel

Frigate

Captain Humphrey Gilbert, brother of Sir Walter Raleigh 

207

 1583 

21-Out

 Terceira 

Angra bay

?

Patacho A

Run aground

208 

1583

21-Out 

Terceira 

Angra bay

?

Patacho B

Run aground

209

1583

21-Out 

 Terceira

Angra bay

?

Patacho C

Run aground

328

1583

Out

S. Miguel 

Vila Franca

Catalina

Spanish Nao

Run aground

29

1585

?

Corvo

?

?

Dispatch Nao

 

329

1585

?

S. Miguel 

?

?

5 Spanish Ships

Sunk by the English

210

1586

17-Set 

Terceira

Angra bay

Santa Maria de Tomala

Spanish Nao

Run aground on reef. From Santo Domingo

211

 1586 

18-Set

Terceira 

Angra bay

Nuestra Senora de los Remedios

Spanish nao

Capitana, 30 bronze cannons

212

1586 

?

Terceira

?

Santa Maria del Juncal

Spanish Ship

Some cargo salvaged

213 

1586

?

Terceira

?

N.S. de la Concepción 

Spanish Ship

From the Juan de Guzman fleet

330

1587 

 08-Jun 

S. Miguel

 ? 

São Filipe

Portuguese Nao

From the 1586 armada, inbound to India

214 

1587

 ? 

Terceira 

Angra bay

Santiago

Portuguese galleon

Lost while anchoring. Cap. Francisco Brito Lobato, from Malaca

215

1587

?

   Terceira

?

?

Spanish Nao

56.000 ducados were salvaged

216

1588

 Ago

Terceira

 ? 

Santiago Maior 

Spanish Galleon

From the 1586 armada

825

1588

?

Terceira

?

Nuestra Senora del Rosario

Spanish Nao

 

826

1588

?

Faial

?

?

Spanish Nao

Captain Pedro Yllanes

217

1589 

04-Ago

 Terceira

Angra bay

?

Portuguese Nao

From Malaca. gold, silver porcelain, silk

218 

1589

 20-Out 

Terceira

Near the south coast

Nuestra Sra. de Guia

Spanish Nao

200.000 ducats in gold,silver and pearls lost.

219

1589

?

Terceira

Angra bay

Nuestra Senora del Rosario

Spanish Nao

 

827

1589

?

Terceira

?

Nuestra Senora del Rosario

Spanish Nao

Second of the same name

828 

1589

?

Faial

?

Nuestra Senora de Loreto

Spanish Nao

 

829

1589

?

Faial

?

San Juan

Spanish Nao

 

830

1589

?

Faial

?

El Espiritu Santo

Spanish Nao

 

831

1589

?

?

?

Nuestra Senora de Begona

Spanish Nao

 

220

1590

?

Terceira

?

?

Spanish Ship

 

832

1590

?

S. Miguel

?

Begona Pequena

Spanish Nao

 

221 

1590 

Jan 

Terceira

 Baía de Angra 

?

Spanish Ship

From Biscay, run aground

185

1591 

30-Set

 Graciosa 

Run aground

 

Patacho

From Urquiola's squadron, crew and artillery rescued

123 

1591 

30-Set 

Pico

?

?

Spanish Nao

From New World

144

1591

30-Set 

S. Jorge

Near Topo

?

Spanish Nao

From New World

145

1591

30-Set

S. Jorge

Near Topo

?

Spanish Nao

From New World

 470

 1591

 30-Set 

 High seas

?

 Vegoña

 Spanish Nao

 From Sevilla, Sancho Pardo's squadron, 70 dead

 457

 1591

 30-Set

 Near Formigas islets 

 

 San Medel y Celedón

 Spanish Nao

From the New World 

471

1591

17-Set 

High Seas

Between Flores and Terceira

Espiritu Sanctu

Spanish Nao

From Santo Domingo, one survivor

222 

1591 

30-Set

Terceira

North coast

?

Spanish Nao

Capitana from Mexico, with bullion

223

1591

30-Set

Terceira

Run aground on sunken reef, near the coast of Serreta

Revenge

English Galleon

42 bronze cannons recovered, 70 dead

224 

1591

30-Set

Terceira

On a small bay of the coast

Whiite Duyve

Dutch Fluyt

Only 15 crewmen survived

225

1591

Set

Terceira

Run aground

Magdalena

Spanish Nao

From Urquiola's squadron

331

1591

?

S. Miguel

Wrecked on a storm

Vengeance

English Ship

 

226

1591

Set

Terceira

2 NM from the island's south coast

Santa Maria del Puerto

Spanish Nao

Crew left the ship

227

1591

?

Terceira

Run  aground

?

Spanish Nao

 

1592

09-Jul

Flores

On a bay

Santa Cruz

Portuguese Nao

From India, burnt by the English

40

1592

?

High seas, near Faial island

 

Chagas

Portuguese Nao

Burnt by the English

332

1593

?

S. Miguel

?

?

Spanish Ship

Capt.. Francisco de Leyva

833

1593

?

S. Miguel

?

La Encarnación

Spanish Nao

 

834

1593

?

S. Miguel

?

Nuestra Senora de los Remedios

Spanish Nao

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Magdalena

Spanish Nao

 

2

1594

24-Jul

Flores

Run aground

Madre de Deus

Portuguese Nao

From India

333

1596

S. Miguel 

Run aground to escape the English

?

Portuguese Nao

From India, capt. Vasco Borges

335

1597

Nov

S. Miguel

Run aground

São Francisco

Portuguese Nao

Burnt by the English

228

1598

?

Terceira

Angra bay

São Tiago

Portuguese Nao

From Malaca, lost while anchoring

 
 

Citation Information:

Paulo Monteiro,
2002,
Shipwrecks in the Azores, World Wide Web, URL, http://nautarch.tamu.edu/shiplab/, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University.