Concepcion (ship)

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Concepcion was an early-16th-century Spanish carrack, one of the five ships of the Magellan-Elcano expedition to the Spice Islands (the Moluccas). The expedition, finding itself short-handed, burnt the ship in the Philippines in 1521.

Magellan-Elcano expedition

Concepcion weighed 90 tons and cost 228,750 maravedis to construct, ranking it the second lowest in terms of price in the expedition armada, after San Antonio (330,000 maravedis), Victoria (300,000 maravedis), Trinidad (270,000 maravedis), and more expensive than the Santiago (187,500 maravedis).

The ship was named after one of the most popular objects of Marian devotion in Sevilla, the Immaculate Conception.

Along with the other vessels in the Magellan-Elcano flotilla, Concepcion left Seville, Spain on 10 August 1519.

Concepcion's crew consisted of 44 men, including Spanish Captain Gaspar de Quesada and boatswain Juan Sebastían Elcano. The latter would complete the expedition on the carrack Victoria (which Luis De Mendoza captained while he was alive) in 1522, the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.


After an eventful journey which included a mutiny, in April 1521, the crew of Concepcion along with the expedition's other remaining ships Trinidad and Victoria, put into Cebu, an island in the Pacific Ocean, in an archipelago that would become known as the Philippines.

The sailors made contact with natives, and after initially befriending one group led by Rajah Humabon, Magellan was killed on April 27, 1521 in a battle against ruler Lapulapu on Mactan.

After a series of other conflicts, the remaining sailors destroyed Concepcion, and divided the crew among Trinidad and Victoria before leaving for Europe. Victoria was the only vessel to return to Spain.