Antonio López (shipwreck)
SS ANTONIO LÓPEZ Shipwreck Site and Remains
|Nearest city||Dorado, Puerto Rico|
|Architect||López y López, Antonio; Denny, Peter|
|NRHP Reference #||93001593|
|Added to NRHP||February 9, 1994|
|Designated NHL||December 9, 1997|
Antonio López (shipwreck), also known as SS ANTONIO LÓPEZ Shipwreck Site and Remains, in Puerto Rico. It is one of Puerto Rico's 63 National Historic Landmarks.
The "Antonio López" was a transoceanic steamer belonging to the Compañía Transatlántica Española named after its founder Antonio López y López. The ship was bound for San Juan from Cádiz, Spain during the days of the 1898 Spanish–American War.
On June 28, 1898, two American cruisers fought with a squadron of Spanish warships. This squadron consisted of one cruiser, two gunboats and one blockade runner. During the engagement, the "Antonio López", a transoceanic steamer belonging to the Compañía Transatlántica Española which had a cargo of military supplies, was pursued by USS Yosemite and it ran aground at Ensenada Honda, Puerto Rico with its valuable cargo.
Claudio López Bru (1853–1925), Antonio López y López' son, then owner and president of the company, sent a telegram to the ship's captain saying:
Es preciso que haga usted llegar el cargamento a Puerto Rico aunque se pierda el barco. (You must get your cargo to Puerto Rico, even if the ship were lost)
Capt. Ramón Acha Caamaño was placed in charge of retrieving the ships cargo. The men under his command quickly removed as much of the stranded ship's cargo as possible. The desperate efforts proved fruitful, and nearly the entire cargo was salvaged from the hulk. Only some minor articles and one cannon that had fallen overboard during salvage attempts.
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