Shipwrecks

Routes_of_the_Spanish_ArmadaOf the 130 Spanish ships that set out in 1588 to invade England, over 20 of them were wrecked off the North and West coasts of Ireland.

The Streedagh Wrecks

La Lavia A Venetian Trader of 728 tons, she was commandeered in Feb 1588 while unloading a cargo of sugar at Lisbon. Armed with 25 guns, she served as Almiranta or vice-flagship of the Levant squadron. Her crew comprised of 71 sailors and she carried 271 soldiers according to the Lisbon muster list. Of the … Continue reading The Streedagh Wrecks

La Girona

One of the most impressive Armada wrecks lies off the North Antrim coast. La Girona sank on the morning of 26th October 1588 and it was her discovery that probably rekindled interest in the Armada.

La Trinidad Valencera

Large and unwieldy, La Trinidad Valencera was the first Armada ship to run aground in Ireland. Badly damaged by heavy seas, she struck a reef in Kinnagoes Bay, North Donegal on 16th September 1588.

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