The Strange Story of a Place in the World with More Shipwrecks Than the Bermuda Triangle

Post sponsored by the Laval Jobs Site


No need for flying saucers or improbable fantasies, the coasts of Maldonado and Rocha accumulate more shipwrecks than the Bermuda Triangle. Here they run aground or sink … but they do not disappear.

There are scholars who have left us surprising surveys and stories of heroics, blunders and frauds to insurance companies. Because in places so little inhabited, still today, it is difficult to find witnesses. But let’s not be so badly thought, let’s have respect because this inventory includes thousands of deaths and misfortunes. Some were adventurers and even pirates, but many others were emigrants not very different in desperation, to those who today try to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa.

If someone took the job of signaling, or marking the GPS so popular today, walking those deserted beaches would be the most exciting sport when the west wind discovers the bottom of the ocean during the great downspouts. It would be an excellent bloke for the baqueanos that are never missing in the area. If they build a little trolley, the tourists on horseback would enjoy an activity that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

And if you do not want to get your feet dirty with sand, pack the mate and sit on the deck chair with one of the books recommended by Alberto, always writing about things from the sea.

By Alberto Moroy

Many who spend their summer or visit the beaches of Maldonado have no idea how many wrecks there were in the area. They say that in the Rio de la Plata they are more than a thousand. 67% in the vicinity of the port of Montevideo as recorded by archaeologist Juan Pablo Gagliardi, 3% occurred between 1516 and 1775. 20% between 1776 and 1861.

Today, as a racconto we will replicate part of the work of Carlos Seijo “Maldonado and his region” related to shipwrecks between 1548-1932 I advise you to read everything related in the link below. Surely this list is not all shipwrecks Between the sinking of Drake’s nephew in 1581 and 1765 of the San Rafael frigate 500 meters from the beach of the same name, there is a gap of 184 years where many ships surely ran the same misfortune. To separate the Dept. Maldonado with those of Rocha, these are in cursive and underlined letters. J. Varese points out 153 shipwrecks on the coast of Rocha until 1932 (Varese, 1998, p.309-332)

Maldonado and its region

Fray Bartolomé de las Casas in 1554, when the galleon that took him to Santo Domingo sank.

“The ship tripped over a stone or island that he did not see, and opened in the middle,” says the friar. “Some people grabbed the boards they found near them. Destos happened that a father and a son took together the same table and was not so long and capable that by her the two could escape. And the father said to the son: Son, save yourself with the blessing of God and leave me, who am an old man, to drown. “

Historical chronology of shipwrecks on the coast of the Depto. of Maldonado

The average life of a seventeenth-century ship is 25 years, but at the end of the eighteenth century it did not reach 15 years, without detriment to exceptional durations. It takes 18 months, on average, for the construction of a ship until its launch and 2 years for it to be able to navigate. At the age of 5 he needs a first fairing, which gives him life for 3 or 4 years and then requires a more important rearrangement. At 13 or 14, you have to decide between redoing it or abandoning it. Regarding the causality of the phenomenon, atmospheric factors affect 80% of cases and the wear of materials in the remaining 20%. (Antonio Lezama)

The strange story of a place in the world with more shipwrecks than the Bermuda Triangle

  1. 1548. – Alonzo Riquelme de Guzmán departed in a caravel of the port of La Asunción, taking 60 soldiers to Spain, was still in a brigantine that was Hernando de Rivera. They left the river to penetrate the wide sea, and dismissed one from the other, they went by the channel that is going to leave to the port of Maldonado, where that night a great storm overtook them, that gave with the caravel in an undercover Laja, which is on the same channel and which today is called the “Laja del Inglés”. A ship lost in it, a few years ago, that coast ran. So that the caravel, which was stuck on the rocks, was opened by the sides and so much water entered them, that they could not exhaust it; the furious storm never ceased in all this time; and distrusting all the perdition that they had so close, they agreed to forsake the ship and go off to the mainland, to the danger and risk of all coming to the hands of the Indians of that land, who are the Charrúas, cruel and barbarous. And to be able to do it they cut the main topmast, and with boards and wood they made a big raft together with the batel, so that they could cross that arm and go out to

Under Mostin, “alias la Caldera” Possible slab of English /

Alfonso Riquelme

1581 (Sic ). Pedro Sarmiento in his “Sumaria Relacion”, told that an English ship “was lost between the island of Lobos and the mainland and escaping in the batel, the people went to the mainland, and the Indians brought them along; and where in time the captain named Juan Drac (nephew of the famous privateer Drake (Drack) of Plemud (Plymouth) and the pilot and another fled in a canoe and went upstream of the Plata. »

This counted the nephew of Drake, before the inquisition of Lima 1587

On a date close to the year 1583, the nephew of Francis Drake who had gone around the world with his uncle, was lost adrift in the River Plate. The 16 men who manned the Francis, as well as the master Richard Farewether and John Drake himself saved himself from a choke by miracle, but fell into the hands of the Indians After thirteen months of captivity John Drake, the master Richard and John Daclós fled in a canoe to Buenos Aires where they arrived in March 1584 , the Spanish authorities imprisoned them and sent them to Santa Fe, where Drake declared before a notary public the story of his adventures in the company of his uncle Francis, according to a record dated March 24, 1584.

1728 . September 29 ship “Sea Horse”. At the southern tip of Gorriti Island. According to the information (1-ccahiiclii cii csl Archivo de Indias de Sevilla and in the General Archive of the Argentine Nation) it was a slave ship, belonging to the Real Seat of England, that came from Buenos Aires under the command of the captain Moore WhiteJ. ” The ship was shipwrecked at 2 o’clock at night, drowning 23 crew.

1753 January 31 of the ship Our Lady of the Rosary, San José and the Animas alias “Fredisberg” of Danish factory and 408 118 tons, owned by José Polloni Salio de Cádiz on November 13, 1752, bound for Buenos Aires, transporting his cellar, in addition to other loads, 2 thirds and 24 canvas pieces of Tomb Prats and 1 drawer and 28 thirds embarked by Josep de Molas (5 1). On January 31, 1753, at the height of Los Castillos on the coast of Montevideo, it was spoiled as a result of a tremendous storm, although it is known, thanks to the cars of the wreck, that most of the cargo could be saved.

1765 . – On August 3, the frigate “San Rafael”, on the beach to the east of the According to the Spanish chronicles that relate the shipwreck, the ship “sank with a scant shot of rifle”, which would be between 100 and 150 meters. However, those who say they have located the “San Rafael”, say that the remains are about 500 meters from the coast. Two centuries after the sinking, Rodolfo Filippelli, a 53-year-old Argentinian, wants to take that load to the surface. 01/23/2003. The San Rafael frigate sailed from the port of Cádiz-Spain, captained by Francisco López Fiesco on January 29, 1765, bound for the port of Santísima Trinidad in Buenos Aires, a destination that never reached since on May 22 of the same year, the Winds pocketed their sails and pushed the ship against the coast making it shipwreck.

1778 . – On the 6th of September, the boat in charge of Antonio Algeziras, sent from Buenos Aires, arrives at the port of Maldonado, where it remained anchored until the night of the following day; but continuing the storm with the same fury, was ruined on the beach.

1785 . – On January 19, from Buenos Aires, Francisco de Paula Sanz ordered the minister of finance of Montevideo to give aid in money to the Minister of the Royal Treasury of Maldonado for the rescue of the frigate “La Limeña” in the Rincón de Don Carlos .

1785 . – At the beginning of April, the “La Soledad” packet that went to Cádiz was shipped on Solís beach, and orders were given to safeguard the cargo of leather that it was carrying, but the tenacity of the contrary times and the strong bursting it exerts. The sea in that destination barely gave rise to the third part. The rigging, candles, sticks and utensils that could be saved, as well as the wood that was smashed and went to the beach.

The strange story of a place in the world with more shipwrecks than the Bermuda Triangle

  1. – On May 18 the brig “Tragamar” of Malaga. Captain Manuel Arróspide, on Maldonado.

1789 . – The frigate «Our Lady of the Good Trip», on the coast of Maldonado, in the month of December, given that it had left on 9/1/1789. In it traveled Tadeo Haënke (Naturalist, botanist, zoologist and Czech geologist) at the request of the expedition of Alexandro Malaspina.

  1. Ganges «It is about extracting from the sea bottom a treasure whose importance rises according to some to six million. The extraction operations must begin in front of Maldonado. That fabulous sum is contained in the hull of the Spanish warship “Ganjes” of 74 guns that went down in this harbor about a century ago. »

1792 . – On October 13, the brigs “Nuestra Señora del Pilar” and “Santa Rosalía”, of Barcelona in Punta Negra. (Next to the Port of English).

  1. – On January 28, the brig “Explorer” from Cadiz, the Royal Maritime Company, to the E. Cape Santa Maria.
  1. – On April 22, the frigate «Our Lady of the Star», coming from Barcelona, ​​in the inlet of Burgos immediately to Maldonado.

1794 – On July 7, the frigate “La Liebre”, Málaga, to the E. of Maldonado, on San Rafael Beach. The frigate “La Liebre” was a Spanish warship built in the arsenal of La Carraca (San Fernando, Cádiz) between 1753 and 1755. It had dimensions of 41 meters in length, 10 meters in width and 5.5 meters in draft. It was armed with 34 guns, of which 26 were 12 pounds.

1795 – The frigate “Gaditana” of Cádiz in the restinga of the island of Lobos. In recent years, important investigations have been conducted in the vicinity of Isla de Lobos. There have been recovered many valuable and interesting artillery pieces that, apparently, had belonged to the wreck of La Gaditana (1795).

1795 – On August 12, the brig “San Miguel”, of Santander, in the inlet of Castillos.

1797 . In Punta Negra, the Portuguese summit “Our Lady of Sorrows” is shipwrecked, traveling from the Bay of All Saints to the Silver.

1797  Meeting Frigate

1797 NS of Dolores Zumaca Portuguesa area Punta Negra

1801 – On May 1, the king’s brig named “El Carmen y San Antonio”, about 4 leagues from the Solís Grande Guard. From Montevideo they sent a canoe, so that with the help of her and the one that the neighborhood could lend, they would go to the rescue of the shipwrecked.

1801 – On August 3, the summit “Santa Rita” alias (El Gallito) of Corsica, to the N. of the island of Palmar. (Rocha)

1801 – On October 21, the frigate «La Amalia», from Hamburg, in the stone restinga of the Castles inlet.

1801  – On December 1, the summit “Bota Fogo” of the Big Island, dam made by the summit “Santa Ana” in Castles

1801 – On the 1st of December, the summit «La Bizarra» of the Big Island, dam made by the Sumaca «Santa Ana», in Maldonado.

1801 – On December 15, the summa “Our Lady of Carmen”, of the Big Island, dam made by the Sumaca “Santa Ana”, in José Ignacio.

1801 – On December 16, the summit “Sinforosa”, from the Isla Grande, dam made by the Sumaca “Santa Ana”, in Pan de Azúcar.

1801 – On December 16, the summit “Nuestra Señora del Rosa- rio” of the Isla Grande, dam made by the Sumaca “Santa Ana”, in Pan de Azúcar.

1805 – In December. The North American cutter «Spray», in the Chaplet.

1805 – On June 6, the English frigate “Duque de Clarens” of 180 tons, of Liverpool, with royal patent for the fishing of the whale in the seas of the S. and the Corsican against Spaniards and French.

1806 – On January 30, the frigate «Adelaide», from Lisbon on the coast or port of Maldonado.

1806 – On January 31, the frigate “Young Casimiro de Gijón”, on the coast of Maldonado.

1806 – On April 17, the frigate «Luisa», from Rio de Janeiro on the coast of Maldonado. He led a number of black muzzles.

1806 – The English ship “Agamemnon”, to the N. of Gorriti, forming a bank at the end of the island, on which there is no more than 18 feet of water. There they were agglomerating sands and gravel producing a very hard bottom. In this same place, called the Placer de los Chinos, with 4 or 5 fathoms of water is where it was wrecked due to such a shallow depth.

Gorriti Island, the most famous shipwreck

1808 August Brick French Le Consolateur

1809– On April 23, the English merchant brig “Caledón” had left Montevideo for England. They sailed without any occurrence until the next day at 11 o’clock in the morning; being 4 miles distant from the NNE of the English Bank, they ran aground. They zafaron, but the great current that had lowered it on the SE near the mouth of the Solís Grande stream, where it wavered completely without there was hope to save it, because the SSO wind came hardening more and more. The people were saved in the boat, moving away from the ship, where only the captain and the pilot remained. There they stayed until 8 pm Later in the boat, with much risk and work could disembark in the corner of Pan de Azúcar at seven thirty in the morning of the next day 25.

1812– On August 31, the merchant ship “San Salvador” of 50 meters. of length from Cádiz, which brought to Montevideo the 2nd battalion of the Albuera Regiment, was wrecked in Maldonado Bay. Only escaped from that On the coast of Uruguay, just a hundred meters from the beaches of Punta del Este, lie the bodies of almost 400 Spanish soldiers who were shipwrecked in the largest maritime tragedy suffered by the Spanish Navy in the Rio de la Plata . The remains are accessible, at shallow depths and, as we have learned from official sources, many skeletons still conserve soft tissues – in addition to the accoutrements and uniforms that the sea has miraculously preserved. After 81 years, in June of 1893, Antonio Rebolledo going from Maldonado to Punta del Este, in the vicinity of the remains of the Russian boat, at a distance of 250 yards from the sea, and near the spring designated by the name of La Pastora, discovered a number of skulls and jaws. These belonged to 5 graves and in semi-circular order appeared partly on the sandy surface of the land. According to data, collected then, from ancient neighbors, the human remains corresponded to the crew of the Spanish warship “San Salvador”, shipwrecked in the bay.

1815 – The Portuguese Sumaca Americana Sandosa was captured and shipwrecked in Punta del Este by the corsair Esperanza.

1816 – On April 18, the Portuguese brig «Caña Verde» when entering the port of Maldonado, chose such a bad spot to anchor, that due to a storm it sank on a restinga of stones in Punta del Este. The crew could be saved.

  1. In August, the French schooner “Victoria” of Saint Malo. His cargo consisted of brittany, canvas and silks and was shipwrecked on the coast of Rocha, splitting in half. Your crew was saved.

1821 – The English brig “Clyde” on the beach of San Rafael.

1823 – In March, the brig «Galiano», on the beach of Maldonado.

1823 – In June, the brig “Blucher”, English, coast of Maldonado.

1823 – The brig “Águila de Río”, Maldonado coast.

1824 – On March 3, the Sumaca “Concordia” ran aground on the beach, 6 miles east of Maldonado.

1824 – In April, the brig “Aleluya”, on the coast of Maldonado.

1824 – In July, the sumaca “Santo Domingo” ran aground, Garzón’s bar. They were saved.

1824 – In October, the brig “Alianza”, on the coast of Maldonado.

  1. – On June 24 at 10 and 1/2 of the day, the imperial gunboat called number nine «Paqueta». Among the castaways came a furriel named Antonio Cardozo de Silva who claimed to be his commander, and to have left on April 28, Rio de Janeiro, 1 0 gunships, a corvette and three brigantines. That the gunboat of his appointed command, led a carrion of 24 and his crew consisted of the commander, 1 pilot, 9 sailors and 2 soldiers. That not being able to accompany the other boats was forced to arrive at Santa Catalina, from where it left in the direction of Montevideo and that in the storm of that day its shipwreck took place. The Cabildo ordered them to be assisted, preserving them as prisoners in a barracks room, and then being sent to San Carlos. (Part of José Machado to General Lavalleja, Military Correspondence of the year 1825.

1826 – On March 14, the Anglo-American brig “Slate”, of New York, on the coast of Maldonado.

1828 – In May, the American brick “John London”, on the coast of Maldonado.

1828 – In June, the corsair vessel “Triunfo Argentino” (Ex Moctezuma), on the coast of Rocha.

1829 – On February 3, a storm threw 8 boats to the beach and 2 to sink in the port of Maldonado. (Names are ignored.)

1832 – A ship wrecked on the coast of Solís Grande. (The name is ignored).

1833 – On August 25, the brig “Prompt”, English, Liverpool, on the coast of Garzón. He was driving 200 barrels of flour, 100 bushels of wheat and general cargo.

1833The brig “Evergreen”, in Castles .

1839 – On December 12, the Spanish brig “Comercio”, in the Rincón de San Carlos, east of the bar, called José Ignacio. They were saved.

1840In May, the Spanish brig “Leonidas”, on Balizas beach .

1840 – On May 27, five ships were lost on the coast of Pan de Azúcar, among them a Spanish frigate, a French boat «La Reina Rosa». 6 passengers perished.

1840 – In June, the Brazilian pataro «Leopoldina», in the Portezuelo.

1840 – On July 5, the Sardinian poland «Our Lady of Mercy», in Boca Chica. Punta del Este

1840 – In August, the Brazilian brig «Carolina», on San Rafael beach.

1840 – On December 18, the English boat «Gazelle», in Castles.

1842 – On January 18, the Spanish brig “Victoria”, from Mallorca, on the bank between Isla de Lobos and Cabo Santa María. The captain told us that at night there came a strong blow of the sea, which lifted the boat up high, dropped it on a sand bank, leaving it leaning on the starboard side. The sea had been washing us for an hour and a half, but the ship always stayed whole. Desperate in the face of a coming death and imagining ourselves isolated, at dawn we saw, with surprise and astonishment, the distant gun shot of the brig, a man on horseback; This one encouraging us. Chop the ratchet and serve as a bridge with the rods and masts, we jump to the ground putting us all safe, because the coast was so low and sandy that nothing was seen more than the point of our shipwreck.

1842 – On June 9, the ship «Leopoldina Rosa», from Bayonne, on the coasts of Castillos. They saved 72 and drowned 236.

1842 – On August 26, an English frigate in Punta del Este.

1843 – On June 25, ships lost in the storm in Maldonado: French boat «L ‘Aigrette», whose crew including the captain, perished, except for 3 individuals. English brig «Conception». Brazilian Zumaca «Deolinda». Sardinian schooner «Bella Angelica». Schooner «Our Lady of the Garden». Goleta «María Luisa». Schooner «Three friends». English Pailebot «Cau». Lanchones: «León», «Pepita», «Emilia», «Avelina», «Cometa», «Forment», «Carolina», «Francisco» and «Juan». (The Isidore of Mary quotes in the “Annals of Defense”.).

1845At the beginning of July, the English brig “Catherina”, on the coast of Chuy, losing only one man.

1845 – In August, the English brig “Jonathan Fell”, in El Polonio.

1845 – On August 26. The English boat «Seagull», on San Rafael beach.

1845 – On October 30 the French brig “Auguste” in Castles. They drowned, the captain his second and 2 sailors.

1845 – On November 2, the North American brig “Sea bird”, in Punta Negra, Maldonado coast. Six died.

1848 – The English ship “Francton Filis” in Maldonado.

1850 – On February 21, the English ship “Achilles” with salt cargo, at San Rafael beach. The captain and crew were saved.

1851 – The 5th of July. The English brig «John Peal». Forty miles south of Maldonado.

1852 – On September 23, the national boat «Flores». At night he suffered a storm in which he lost his two chains, going to run aground in the vicinity of the battery called «The Shepherdess». The whole crew was saved.

1859 – On April 1, the English brig “Minalto”. On the coast of Garzón.

1859 – In July, the Polish «Victoria». Barra by José Ignacio.

1859 – The 30 of Julio. The Brazilian ship “Vigilante”. At Cape Santa Maria.

1861 – The Argentinean polish «Giussepina» in the port of Maldonado.

1862 – November 22. The Italian brig «Apollo», on the island of Lobos.

1868– “The schooner brig” Saint John of Scotland “, coming from Maldonado, was a carrier of some details about the event that took place on board an English vessel (supposedly the” Hosbornee House “) that was coming from India, with a valuable cargo. From the reports that we have been able to gather, it turns out that the British ship had on board an insurrection led by some individuals of the crew, which led to the assassination of the captain, his wife and several people from the baggage. Consummed by the rebels that barbarous crime, they became owners of the ship; the one that they have navigated until they lead it to the eastern coast; and once close to the Isla de la Paloma, (Rocha) some passengers were locked in the chamber and then several directions were opened, the ship sank and the insurgents gained the coast. One of these, believed to be the pilot, was able to separate from the others, and to report to the authorities of Rocha about what happened, that without loss of time they went to give him a home. What apparently has managed to capture them. “(” La Nación. “Montevideo, October 20, 1868).

1864 – February 8. The North American frigate «Oceand Stred», from Cardiff, with a cargo of coal, at Cape Santa Maria. There were no victims and the crew were transported to Maldonado in carts.

1864 – The 10 of Julio. The Brazilian boat «Tolerancia», 3 miles north of Castillos. The crew was saved.

1864 – In September. The Norwegian boat “Tree Broderen”, in Castles.

1864 – In December. The English boat «Apolline», on the coast of the Isla de Lobos. They were saved.

1864 – In December. The French boat «General Atalin», on the coast of the Isla de Lobos. They were saved.

1865 – December 5. The English steam “Hershel”, in front of the Cabo Santa María, touched on a rock, called “False Cabo”, making a course. A pilot made them enter the Boca Grande (Maldonado) when it began to sink. They were saved.

1867 – In August. The German schooner “Anovarinna Eddo”, lay down in the port of Maldonado.

1868 – In February. The English boat «Javet», near the Isla de Lobos.

1868 – June 1 9. A brig on the coast of Pan de Azúcar.

1868 – July 7. The Dutch brig “Elisabeth”, on the shores of Maldonado.

1868 – The 1st of July. The national pailebot «There is no other», in Punta del Este. 5 crew members were saved.

1868 – The 4th of August. On the coast of Castillos, an Italian boat with a cargo of coal appeared to sink, with no people on board, no boat at its side and without the velámen. The crew had to be saved on the immediate coast.

1868 – August 1 9. The English boat «Star of the West», on the restinga of the Isla de Lobos.

1868 – September 4. The Italian boat “Egitto”, in La Pastora (port of Maldonado). The captain made her embrate because she was about to go under. The crew was saved.

1868 – September 21. The Italian boat «Giacomo», in José Ignacio.

1868 – In October. The French ship «Amelie», in Cape Santa Maria. Finding himself a pailebot navigating this cape, he was forced to take refuge in the port of La Paloma; Upon entering, he saw on the stone restinga of the island, pieces of a helmet, rods and a boat. At the cape they spotted a pit in which a large number of corpses had been buried, and another body that floated near the shore. After 9 or 10 days it was officially known.

1869 – June 17. The Italian steam «Valparaíso», in La Paloma. They were saved.

1869 – The 4th of July. The German schooner “Júnior”, on the coast of Castles.

1869 – August 3. The English boat «Syren», in the restinga of the Isla de Lobos.

1869 – August 1 3. The English brig “Mary”, on the coast of Maldonado.

1869 – On September 8. The Brazilian brig “Marinho 3 a” It suffered a blow of sea at the height of the Isla de Lobos that swept the deck, taking part of the dead work.

1869 – September 27. The English boat «Bessio Stanton», in the Polonio. They all saved.

1869 – October 14. The English frigate “General Lee” was lost 20 miles east of Lobos Island. They saved 20, along with the captain.

1869 – October 17. The North American frigate “Marther Redout” on the coast of Garzón.

1869 – December 18. The Belgian boat “Providencia” 40 miles from Maldonado.

1870 – January 1. The German brig “Johan Paap”, on the beach of Pan de Azúcar. He saved the crew and part of the cargo.

The strange story of a place in the world with more shipwrecks than the Bermuda Triangle

1870 – On January 16. The Italian boat «Valparaíso», between the islands of La Paloma and Las Tunas. I saved part of the load and 400 passengers.

1870 – On January 26. The Dutch boat «Rival», on the island of La Paloma. They saved everyone.

1870 – On January 31. The English schooner brig “Woodman” on the island of Lobos. He saved crew and cargo.

1870 – February 28. Spanish brig «Rosita», on the Isla de Lobos. Saved crew.

1870 – May 16. A Brazilian brig on the coast of José Ignacio.

1870 – June 7. The English schooner “Kitten”, on the coast of José Ignacio. They were saved.

1870 – June 28. The German boat «Bismarck», on the coast of José Ignacio.

1870 – The 4th of July. The German «Júnior», on the coast of Castillos.

1870 – July 31. The English boat «Mouline», in small Castles. The crew was saved .

1870 – The 3 of August. The English boat “Syren”, on some stones in front of the Isla de Lobos. The captain and the crew were saved by the British gunboat “Beacon”.

1870 – September 27. The English boat «Bessie Stanton», on the Island of La Paloma.

1870 – November 25. The Spanish Pole “María Josefa”, on the O. tip of Gorriti Island. They were saved.

1871 – The Dutch brig “Cosmopolitan”, at the tip of Castles. (April, the 21st).

1871 – On April 29. The French boat “Mére de famille”, at the tip of Castles.

1871 – August 8. The German schooner “Hampiel” on the coast of Rocha.

1871 – August 8. A ship that did the fishing of sea lions, in the Laguna de los Padres. They died 6.

1871 – September 19. The Argentine cutter «Garibaldi», on the Costa de Solís Grande .

1871 – September 20. The English boat «Oberon», in front of Garzón.

1872 – September 29. The Italian boat “Rosina” collided with a German brig, near Maldonado and went under. The pilot and 8 sailors were saved.

1872 – October 4. The English boat «Alcyone», in La Paloma.

1872 – October 28. The English steam «Tacora», in the Palomitas Islands near Cabo Santa María. After getting rid of the rocks, he was made to strand on the sand, in said cape.

On day 29. Six hundred passengers remained on an island of sand, without roof, served with the ship’s provisions.

On the 30th. After two nights there, the English gunboat «Perk» picked up 17 people. On the 31st the others were also taken to Montevideo. 11 died only.

1872 – The 4th of November. The English boat «Isabela», on the rocks of the island of La Paloma (10 blocks from «Tacora»). Of his thirteen men, only one was saved .

1873 – In July. The English schooner “Queen of Belgium”, on the coast of Garzón.

1873 – On August 4. The English brig “Mystic”, on the coast of Garzón.

1873 – On October 24. The English ship «Amoy», Isla de Lobos.

1874 – February 20. The French boat «Courrier des Mers», on the beach of Castles. I had left Bordeaux with: 1 71 2 bordalesas of wine, 1298 caissons Idem, 3 cognac barrels, 960 boxes idem, 100 id. of Bitter, 100 id. of wormwood, 14 ditto liquors, 10 ditto fruit in syrup, 100 sugar barrels in pylon, 50 bales caps, etc. 572 bordalesas, 300 cajones, 1 16 id. cognac, 72 id. Bitter, 19 Id. Of absinthe, 9 id. of preserved fruit.

1874 – On July 23. The Brazilian package «Corumbá». On the coast of Rocha They were saved.

1874 – August 22. Steam of the Royal English Company «Liffey». Punta de José Ignacio. This ship was found at the point where it ran aground, 3 steamers arrived from Montevideo, taking the passengers in one and the others expected to unload it. Most of it was transported to the capital. Steam “Fé” towed three or four languages, having to cut the hawser due to the impossibility of his trailer. The ship lost itself again on the coast of Polonio.

1874 – October 20. The French boat «Granville», from Cette, loaded with wines. At 1 o’clock in the morning he hit the coast of the port of Maldonado, in front of the Batería del Medio. At 5 o’clock in the afternoon he completely broke down, throwing the cargo to the coast for the most part.

1874 – November 30. The Russian boat «Medora», in the harbor of Maldonado. After considering a total loss and 12 days of continuous work for the evacuation of the cargo of ashes, it was able to be afloat. When the “Uruguay” steamer towed it, it turned out that it started to make water and had to take it to the coast, wrecking it again.

1875 – January 1 9. The French boat «Polidora», in the Rincon de Garzón.

1876 – May 2. The Brazilian steam “Solís”, on the coast of Pan de Azúcar.

1876 – On August 29. The Swedish boat «Iris», in the Barra de Garzón.

1876 – August 30. The Brazilian brig «Santa Rita», in the Barra de Castillos

1876 – December 25. The German steam «Goethe», in the restinga of the Isla de Lobos. He ran aground on Christmas night, with general cargo; a passenger drowned.

1876 – The German steamer «Ibersehell», on the coast of Pan de Azúcar.

1877 – March 27. The Spanish schooner “Partollas”, stranded in the restinga of the low of the E. (between Gorriti Island and Punta del Este), carrying 155 tons with cargo of wine, salt, oil, etc. Immediately the Greek pailebot «Greece», took anchors to help him. The circumstances of the shipwreck, which occurred without time, put the young captain so out of his mind, that in the first moments he feared for his reason. When the cargo is composed of the savings of the father, also a sailor, the desperation of the son will be understood. A part of the cargo was saved, but in the night, the ship completely fell apart, losing everything else with the helmet.

1877 – On August 22. The English boat “Mountain”, on the coasts of Castles, with 2,000 tons of coal and 20 crew members.

1877 – The steam «Arimos» in Castles.

1878 – January 31. The English steam «Astarte», in the Polonium. As soon as the shock struck, the bow was submerged and the stern was resting on the rocks for about ten minutes. Finding moments later on the same bridge the second pilot and three sailors, it broke off and fell apart with the force of the sea, leaving those caught or seized from the davits of the boats and turning with them by the action of the waters. At first they tried to throw the boats into the water, but this operation was done with such bad luck that the first of them (one of the lifeguards) was undone in the act, and the second that had been lowered and in which they embarked; the butler, the first engineer and three sailors, filled up with water immediately, bursting the lines and crashing against the rocks.

The butler and the first machinist wore their lifesavers and were in the attitude of swimming, but they were not heard from again. A moment more and the foremast fell, which could not be used when the catastrophe occurred. Twenty-three of those unfortunates, including the captain, had risen to the stern stick, remaining there until the stick surrendered and with it they all fell into the sea. Wrapped in this number were also the two shipwrecked survivors, who after a terrible struggle with the element that tried to swallow them, came to Polonio Island, but in many opposite directions, spending an interval of half an hour to meet and without any of them having entertained the hope of finding the other. Being already on the island saved and united by misfortune, the third machinist spotted another of his companions who swam at a distance from the island, but could not get his attention because it was prevented by the noise of the sea and the wind. So they stayed all day Friday on the island, encouraged in the hope that some relief would come from the coast, where they saw people on foot and on horseback, making signals, to which they replied, but without any favorable result I could mitigate your misfortune.

Then they built a raft with which they hoped they could reach the coast, using for that purpose the barracks of the hatches of the “Astarte” and the cork of the lifeboat that had been dismantled, and whose remains had reached the shore of the island. , together with a bag of dirty clothes from the vessel, which was used as a sail. Having prepared this simple lifesaving device, they tried to repair their exhausted forces a little with some food, which was reduced to the raw flesh of a small wolf that they killed and slaughtered with a weak penknife. So they spent the night of Friday and desperate to receive any help, they finally resolved on Saturday at noon to put the raft provided in everything with two oars, an iron rod that served as a mast for the bag transformed into sail ,

He began that sad navigation under a thousand painful adventures: once lying down the raft and climbing back to it with great work, came to approach the coast for three times, being dismissed as many offshore, until at last, after having sailed for more than thirty hours, they arrived almost inhuman from hunger, thirst and fatigue at the port of La Paloma, where all the personnel of the Santa María lighthouse and the authorities of that coast went to receive them.

1878 – On March 25. The English boat “Modoc” manned by thirteen men. The captain said that on that day at 8 o’clock in the evening he saw the lighthouse of José Ignacio, mistaking him for the one in Punta del Este. That at 9 and 20 minutes ran aground on the Isla de Lobos in Punta NNE, hitting a rock, and at 1 1/2 it was filled with water and at 9 o’clock in the morning on the 26th it went ashore on that island sending a boat with the pilot and four sailors to give to Maldonado, knowledge of the shipwreck. He drove coal and they were saved.

1878 – The 1st of October. The Argentine steam «Alsina» in José Ignacio.

1878 – October 16. The French steam «Hoogly», from Bordeaux, in one of the islets of him Polonium, because of the haze. There were 121 passengers and 123 crew on board.

1878 – The English frigate «Montaño», on the coast of Castles.

1879 – October 16. The “Pastora” sloop on Portezuelo beach.

1879 – November 17. A French steam », in the Polonium.

1880 – January 1 3. The Paraguayan patacho “Pancho”, in the port of La Paloma.

1880 – On July 29. The Italian boat «Delaida», in Polonio. They were saved.

1880 – On July 29. The Argentine Whaling “Gral. Belgrano », to the SW of Punta del Este.

1880 – August 8. The Italian brig «Avulla Pellegrina», in front of the Angostura.

1880 – September 13. The English brig “Alina” in the corner of the Piriz, near La Barra. It came with general cargo. He drowned alone.

1880 – September 14. The Italian brig «Gardicke», on the coast of José Ignacio.

1881 – May 13. The Spanish Pole «Carmita», on the tip of Gorriti Island.

1881 – In October. The English steam «Govino», on the Island of Gorriti.

1882 – In April. The English brig “Elna”, on the coast of Rocha .

1882 – May 28. The national sloop «Santiago», to S. de Gorriti.

1882 – The 25 of August. The Italian sloop “Maria”, in the bar of Castles.

1884 – The 25 of February. The Austrian ship “Elpi”, in the restinga of Isla de Lobos. They managed to get out and then sank in the channel.

1884 – September 17. The English steam «Linword». in Punta del Este.

1884 – September 30. The English steam «Gainford», in Castles.

1885 – September 13. The German steam «Hermes», in Castles Grande.

1886 – May 13. The sailing ship, Spanish, «Antonio López», in the restinga de Lobos.

1886 – June 1. The Argentine sailing ship «D Juan»; on the Island of Lobos.

1887 – The 16 of Julio. The steam “Río Jaguarao”, at the bottom of Punta del Este.

1888 – In June. The German “Alwine”, on the coast of Rocha .

1888 – November 1. The French boat «Noemi», next to the lamppost of José Ignacio.

1888 – December 7. The Argentine schooner «Carlos», in front of Castillos Grande.

1889 – In June. A boat in Polonio. Nobody was saved.

1889 – June 12. The Argentine sailboat «Young Lion», in the Portezuelo.

1889 – In August. The «Georgina», on the coast in the port of Maldonado. The crew moved on a boat to Punta del Este.

1889 – In December. The “Andean Condor” steamer, on the coast of Maldonado. He was driving from Brazil, 20 passengers and 1 0 crewmen, when arriving near the coast, which was only 5 miles away, a strong storm was unleashed. The ship began to make water, the fires of the machine were extinguished by a blow of the sea and were at the mercy of the elements. When he was about to sink and there was no hope of salvation, he saw a merchant ship in the distance. They beckoned him, approached and soon after transferring them all, he sank. The savior vessel was the Swedish vessel “Hicklonius”.

1891 – March 16. The German potato «Juana», in Castillos Grande.

1891 – June 6. The Norwegian boat «Etenvanger», on the coast of Castles .

1891 – October 9. The Italian brig «Antonio Padre», on San Rafael beach. On the morning of that day the “Viking” steamer, of the submarine cable, observed a vessel that asked for help and immediately went towards it, and taking it in tow, it made its way to Maldonado Bay. The efforts made were unsuccessful, because after two hours spent towing it, it sank completely, but not before having put the crew safe. It was in the distant spot 2 miles to the E. of the lighthouse.

1891 – December 30. The Argentine pataque «Bien Venido», in the bay of Maldonado.

1892 – In May. The English steam «Dolores», in the Polonium. His crew was saved by the «Emperor».

1892 – May 19. The Brazilian battleship “Solimoes” at 9 pm ran aground on Rasa Island (Castles). Having ordered his commander to drop a boat to go ashore to warn the employees of the Polonio street lamp, to go help them, volunteers, a nurse and four sailors, who declared: that they had moved away 200 meters from the ship , they heard an explosion that seemed to be from the boilers, and the ship disappeared instantly. They tried to reach the coast, which they achieved with great difficulty, saving themselves. The “Solimoes” was traveling for Matto-Grosso. Only 5 individuals of the 123 of their crew were saved ». (Antonio D. Lussich, Famous Shipwrecks). The family of Captain Xavier de Castro, offered to reward 10,000 pounds to the person who found the body.

1892 – May 22. The Danish boat «Keren», in Garzón.

1892 – June 29. The steam Brazilian package «Pelotas», from the Brazilian Lloyd. He was shipwrecked in the Polonio, saving himself crew and passengers in number of 1 30, except the captain who thinks he has committed suicide.

The newspaper “El Siglo” reported: “It seems that Mr. Antonio Lussich, who was in the” Emperor “to the rescue of” Pelotas “, has found the point where the helmet of the” Solimoes “is found, under water . «I moved aboard the« Pelotas », and when contemplating that precious ship, true floating palace, built with all the advances, of the modern progress, with splendid halls only comparable to those of« Venus »and« Eolo », adorned with real artistic taste; comfortable cabins with comfortable sofas and luxurious curtains; magnificent marble bathrooms, large poop, electric light in all departments. .. I entered the cabin of the ill-fated commander, which was a small room of five square meters, furnished with seriousness and taste; some small boxes of merit hung on its walls, those that we transferred to the “Emperor”,

1892 – July 8 The Argentine torpedo boat “Rosales” 200 miles E of Cape Polonio. One of the warships that nation had sent to Spain to attend the celebration of the Centennial of America. The commander of the ship, officers and engineer were saved by winning the coast, and without the crew, who embarked on several boats and a raft, there was news. This shipwreck had great resonance on the occasion of the dramatic events that occurred on board.

1892 – In September. The pailebot «Now I come», on the coast of Maldonado Bay.

1893 – On January 23. The English steam «Muriel» in the restinga of the Isla de Lobos.

The commander of the “General Rivera” gunship, seeing it stranded in part E. of the aforementioned island, went there from the port of Maldonado. He did the rescue of the crew, including the captain, his wife and daughter, forming a total of 24 people. He drove a valuable general cargo, which saved almost everything.

1893 – September 8. The Italian boat «Teresa Madre», on the tip of the Chilean reef. (Port of Maldonado). Finding himself at the height of José Ignacio, he noticed that the boat was seven inches of water per hour and lacking the necessary elements to drain it, it drifted aft and came to the tip of the reef, where it lay down completely. He had collided with another ship.

1894 – January 30. The Argentine steam «Messenger», in Punta del Este, by the fog.

1895 – March 23. The Austrian boat «Pelasae», in Punta Piedra. Maldonado.

1895 – May 24. The Spanish steam «Ciudad de Santander», in the restinga of Isla de Lobos, due to the fog. It belonged to the fleet of the Marquis of Comillas. Fourteen days of incessant efforts by the Lussich flotilla saved the cargo, 117 people, their luggage and correspondence. On board came the virgin who is in the temple of Maldonado.

1895 – December 14. The Italian ship «Risseti», in Castles .

1897 – May 23. The national sloop «Femandina», in Maldonado Bay.

1898 – In January. The steam «Jupiter», in Punta Colorada. (Bread of sugar).

1898 – The boat “Prepotent” that made the race between Montevideo, Maldonado and La Paloma, upon entering it crashed and went to the bottom.

1898 – May 7 The Brazilian boat “Lince”, in Maldonado Bay.

1898 – June 15. The Italian boat “Sirius”, in part S.

1898 – In September. The Italian boat. «Fortunato» in José Ignacio.

1898 – On the 1st of December. The Italian steam «Montevideo», by fog, restinga de Lobos.

1899 – The American ship “Niagara”, at the tip of Punta del Este.

1 899 – February 28. The English steam «Bellova», on the same extremity. All the passengers and crew were saved.

1890 – March 12. The English steam «Red Car», in Punta del Este by fog.

1890 – October 21. The English steam «Paraná», in the restinga of the Isla de Lobos.

1890 – November 28. The Argentine sailboat «Joven Arturo», in the Puerto del Inglés.

1902 – December 19. The English steam «Armonides», in the port of Maldonado.

1904 – July 31. The English sailboat «Louvina», in the restinga de Lobos. Fog.

1905 – June 4. The Brazilian steam «Ouvidos», in Punta del Este. Fog.

1905 – On August 17. The Norwegian boat «Baldar», in the restinga de Lobos.

1906 – October 24. The national warship “General Flores”, in Punta del Este (Boca Chica). According to Francisco P. Miranda, the “Flores” was a historic ship and had been in service since 1873, having been first called “Fé”, then “15 de Janiero”, for the second time “Fé” and since 1886 “General Flowers”. It was the school of two generations of sailors.

1907 – May 7. The French steam «Poitou», in Garzón. Fog.

The steam tomb Poitou

1908 – The 4th of July. The English steam «Manorairon», SE of the island of Lobos. (There was no siren).

1908 – December 27. The Italian sailboat “Rekare”, in Punta del Este, SW of the lighthouse. There he was close to the coast and only the next day was able to establish a rope and save his crew.

1911 – February 5. The Greek steam “Proodos” was rammed by the Argentine “Colastine” steam; That one went to the bottom 12 miles from Isla de Lobos.

1911 – May 7. The English steam «Barnby», in Manantiales (José Ignacio).

1911 – The English steam “Bisleri”, on the coast of Polonio.

1911 – December 27. The English dredger «Lauro Muller», on San Rafael beach.

1912 – April 22. The Canadian schooner “William Bell”, in Punta del Este.

1912 – In May. The Argentine steam “Fortuna”, on the east coast.

1915 – The 25 of Julio. The English steam «Doldwell», to the S. of the Island of Lobos.

1918 – December 25. The Argentine steam “Río de la Plata”, in Manantiales, (José Ignacio).

1918 – July 17. The English steam «Jorkmoor», in Punta del Este.

1919 – The Argentine steam “San Salvador”, on Garzón beach.

1919 – September 22. The English boat «Celina Goldman», between Punta Ballena and Punta Negra. 1919 – September 23. The Norwegian boat «Dorade», to the NW of the Isla de Lobos.

1921 – In October. The “San Miguel” flat tire caught fire about four miles west of Maldonado, being towed to its port.

1921 – December 12. The North American lug «Blue Peter», on the beach of Portezuelo.

1921 – The Mexican steam “Mercedes Ocampo”, in the vicinity of the Isla de Lobos.

1922 – February 15. The boat «Venizelos», sank near Boca Chica. Punta del Este

1923 – The 10 of Julio. The Belgian ship «Devonier», on the coast of José Ignacio.

1923 – The Brazilian ship “Cáceres”, in the vicinity of Garzón.

1928 – On August 22. The steam “Salvador”, to the SE of Gorriti Island.

1929 – March 29. The steam “Sheaf Dar”, English, in Castles.

1932 – November 18. The Greek steam «Mariego« Marionga J. Goulandris », to the O. of the Punta del Este lighthouse.



Source: Viajes El Pais