San Telmo (ship)

San Telmo (ship)

"San Telmo" ("Saint Peter Gonzalez" or "Saint Erasmus of Formiae") was a Spanish 74-gun ship of the line, launched in 1788.

In 1819 the "San Telmo" commanded by Captain Rosendo Porlier was the flagship of a Spanish naval squadron bound for Callao (Peru) to reinforce colonial forces there fighting the independence movements in Spanish America. Damaged by severe weather in the Drake Passage, south of Cape Horn, it sunk off in September 1819.

The 644 officers, soldiers and seamen lost onboard the "San Telmo" were the first people to die in Antarctica, as parts of her wreckage were found months later by the first sealers who reached Livingston Island. Indeed, if somebody of the "San Telmo" survived to set foot there they would be the first men in History to reach Antarctica.

ee also

*List of ships of the line of Spain

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