The San Felipe was a Spanish Battleship launched in 1690, with an armament of 96 cannons. It was one of the most beautiful and formidable ships of the 17th century. San Felipe’s main task was to protect Spanish settlements and harbours against the British and French. It also had to transport treasures and safeguard the passage back to Spanish ports. The San Felipe is well known for her heroic battle during the War of the Spanish succession in 1705 with 12 Spanish ships against 35 British ships. The San Felipe was captured by the British but was so badly damaged that they could not salvage her. She went to the bottom with several tons of Gold.