The Spanish Armada of 1588, comprising 130 ships past close by to Hope Cove as they moved up the channel and back again upon their retreat. On 28th October, a storm blew the 'San Pedro deal Mayor' (St Peter the Great) onto the Shippen rocks, according to a number of records. The San Pedro was a hospital and supply ship, with a crew of 30 plus 100 soldiers. There appears to have been 40-50 survivors. Rumours of gold and silver coins being found since abound. Wood from the ship is supposedly in the Village Inn, Thurlestone and some armour is at the Cookworthy Museum in Kingsbridge. The Cabin cottage next to the post office is supposedly built from the Sea Pedro's timbers.