Vessels of the serie Monasterios
and similars






The serie Monasterios, ordered by Empresa Nacional Elcano, included six vessels which finally where bought by three different shipping companies: Naviera Aznar, Trasatlántica and Trasmediterránea
Although the Monasterios vessels were sister ships with the same external size their distribution was different, depending on their main use: passenger or cargo, as can be observed in their particular specifications.
Later was built a smaller ship, which I include here because she had the same engine, and one more with similar specifications to the original serie.
All of them were combinated passenger and cargo ships.


The Monasterios main specifications were:
Length: 148.5 mtr      Breadth: 18.92 mtr      Depth: 12.1 mtr     Draft: 7.91 mtr
Propulsion: Diesel engine Sulzer SD - 7,300 HP - 10 Cylinders x 720 mm bore x 1,250 mm stroke
Daily consumption: 25 MT gasoil      Bunker capacity: 1,250 MT
Speed: 17.5 knots

Monte Udala by T. Diedrich
Monte Udala
Built in year: 1948 Passengers: 392
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 10,170
Owner: Naviera Aznar, S.A. NRT: 7,233
Home port: Bilbao DWT: 8,557
Registry number: 589 Cargo: 8,750
Displacement: 14,750
     She was ordered by Aznar and her specifications were used for the Monasterios class, that was the Elcano's type C. She sank off Santos (Brasil) on 10 September 1971 due to a hold in the hull.


Monte Urbasa by T. Diedrich
Monte Urbasa
Built in year: 1948 Passengers: 390
Shipyard: Naval de Sestao GRT: 10,142
Original name: Monasterio de El Escorial NRT: 7,205
Owner: Naviera Aznar, S.A. DWT: 8,557
Home port: Bilbao Cargo: 8,750
Registry number: 591 Displacement: 14,750
     In the early 70's was bought by Ybarra and renamed Cabo Santa Paula.
     In 1977 was sold to Greek owners.



Monte Urquiola by T. Diedrich
Monte Urquiola
Built in year: 1949 Passengers: 74
Shipyard: Naval de Sestao GRT: 7,723
Original name: Monasterio de Guadalupe NRT: 4,519
Owner: Naviera Aznar, S.A. DWT: 8,971
Home port: Bilbao Cargo: 9,115
Registry number: 599 Displacement: 14,630



Monte Ulia by T. Diedrich
Monte Ulia
Built in year: 1952 Passengers: 74
Shipyard: Naval de Sestao GRT: 10,123
Original name: Monasterio de Silos NRT: 7,708
Owner: Naviera Aznar, S.A. DWT: 8,864
Home port: Bilbao Cargo: 8,803
Registry number: 608 Displacement: 14,800



Naviera Aznar edited an interesting brochure about these four vessels



Guadalupe by T. Diedrich
Guadalupe
Built in year: 1952 Passengers: 90
Shipyard: Naval de Sestao GRT: 10,226
Original name: Monasterio de Guadalupe NRT: 8,023
Owner: Cía. Trasatlántica Española S.A. DWT:
Home port: Barcelona Cargo: 8,500
Registry number: 397 Displacement: 14,800



Covadonga by T. Diedrich
Covadonga
Built in year: 1953 Passengers: 90
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 10,226
Original name: Monasterio de la Rábida NRT: 8,023
Owner: Cía. Trasatlántica Española S.A. DWT:
Home port: Barcelona Cargo: 8,500
Registry number: 400 Displacement: 14,800



Ciudad de Toledo by T. Diedrich
Ciudad de Toledo
Built in year: 1956 Passengers: 52
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 9,835
Original name: Monasterio del Paular NRT: 6,715
Owner: Cía. Trasmediterránea DWT: 7,390
Home port: Valencia Cargo: 8,625
Registry number: 519 Displacement: 14,550
     This vessel was converted in a floating exbition to show the Spanish products around the world. She visited 16 countries berthing in 33 ports.
     She was scrapped in 1978.


I included the next ship in this list because though rather smaller she had the same main engine.
After several years in the line Canarias-United Kingdom with fruit and passengers was converted to reefer, fitting three extra auxiliary engines and three new compressors in the hold n.4 lower tweendeck, which was linked to the Engine Room.


Monte Arucas by T. Diedrich
Monte Arucas
Built in year: 1956 Passengers: 36
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 4,691
Owner: Naviera Aznar, S.A. NRT: 2,644
Home port: Bilbao DWT:
Registry number: 621 Cargo: 3,800
Length: 113.8 mtr Displacement: 7.200
Breadth: 16.08 mtr Velocidad: 19
Depth: 9.3 mtr
     In 1976 was sold and renamed Nissos Kerkyra. In 1980 was renamed as Atlantic Reefer and in 1981 as Bardini Reefer.
     On 16th December 1981 when at Casteltownbere (Ireland) a big fire broke up, with explosions that difficulted the extinguising. After several days on fire she was sunk close to the port inlet. She was ready to leave bound to Avilés (Spain).



There was other vessel very similar in size to the original serie as can be observed in her main specifications:
Length: 146.0 mtr      Breadth: 18.9 mtr      Depth: 12.1 mtr     Draft 7.5 mtr
Propulsion: Diesel engine Sulzer SD - 7,300 HP - 10 Cylinders x 720 mm bore x 1,250 mm stroke
Speed: 17.5 knots



Monte Umbe by T. Diedrich
Monte Umbe
Built in year: 1959 Passengers: 580
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 9,971
Owner: Naviera Aznar, S.A. NRT: 6,488
Home port: Bilbao DWT: 8,400
Registry number: 654 Cargo: 7,390
Displacement: 13,746
     With her original confifuration the 580 passengers were in three classes: 4 in First, 84 in Tourist and 492 in Third, and she was in the line Bilbao - La Coruña - Vigo - Tenerife - Rio de Janeiro - Santos - Montevideo - Buenos Aires.
     In 1968 was reformed in Euskalduna and converted in a single class vessel with 360 passengers. With this configuration sailed in the line Tenerife- United Kingdom, mainly Liverpool.
     In 1975 was sold to Lebanese owners.


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