The expedition set sail with five ships in search of a new route to the Maluku Islands and their precious spices. The ships were named the Trinidad, the San Antonio, the Victoria, the Concepción, and the Santiago. Four of them were medium-sized carracks, designed to carry goods. The fifth one, the Santiago, was a smaller, more agile ship designed for exploration. The Victoria was the only one of the five ships to survive and make it back to port in 1522. Captained by Elcano, it became the first ship to circumnavigate the world.