U.S. Scott #2625b (22 May 1992) La Santa María, the flagship of Christopher Columbus on his first voyage. The Santa María was the slowest of Columbus’ vessels, but performed well in the Atlantic crossing. Her master and owner was Juan de la Cosa. He is known for designing the earliest European world map that included the Americas. The Santa María did not return to Spain. It was shipwrecked the early morning of 25 Dec 1492 off the present-day site Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.