Santa Marta

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Santa Marta (#) (1560-1582), one of the earliest Manila Galleons that reportedly ran aground on Santa Catalina Island in 1582 after a rough return voyage from the Philippines. Although the crew and passengers were able to save some of her valuable cargo, an estimated 200 tons of treasure went down with the ship. It is possible that a salvage expedition was dispatched from Acapulco the following year, since the location of the wreck was known to the survivors. However, there are no records of the Santa Marta ever being salvaged. It reportedly struck a rock and was stranded off the West End.