Santa Maria del Pino - Collection C. Kleiss
At Santa Cruz de Tenerife
        Between 1963 and 1967 were received five sister ships; this series was called Clase Pelícano. All of them were built at Valencia by Union Naval de Levante. The first two were the Santa Maria del Pino and Santa Maria de la Candelaria, which with an interval of more than two years were followed by the Santa Maria de las Nieves, Santa Maria de la Caridad and Santa Maria de la Paz.
      They were basically alike but there were small differences between the first two and the next three, and they could even be seen in the outer aspect.
      The first two had 1,200 TRB and 457 TDW; with 67.1 meters Lenght, 11.1 breadth and 5.2 depth, being the maximum draft 4.0 meters; and with capacity for 333 passengers. Their two MTM T829CRN diesel engines with 1,750 HP gave them a speed of 15 knots. The Santa Maria del Pino was scrapped on 1980 and the Santa Maria de la Candelaria on 1982.
      Built for Canary Island inter-island traffic they were small in size. The last three came from shipyard with stabilizing fins, which were also incorporated to the first ones to improve the comfort of the passage.
      The three seconds also had 1,200 GRT, but their dead weight was 365 MT; with 66.9 meters Lenght, 11.0 breadth and 5.3 depth. Their two diesel engines had 2,000 HP and also gave them about 15 knots. All them had Valencia as home port.
      The Santa Maria de la Paz was sold on 1984 to the same owner as the Santa Maria de la Caridad and renamed Maria, who on 1985 sold her to a Chinese shipowner. She was scrapped on 2012.
      The Santa Maria de las Nieves was sold on 1982 to a South African shipowner for cruises from Durban, and was renamed Royal Zulu. The cruises had little success and she was scrapped on 1992.
      The Santa Maria de la Caridad was sold on 1984 to the same owner as the Santa Maria de la Paz and renamed her as Irene. She was bought on 1998 by a hotel organization with the purpose of making cruises by the Philippines, being renamed Coco Explorer No. 1. She was scrapped on 2005 because of her poor condition, and the company acquired the old Vicente Puchol to replace her.
      Javier Careaga has identified the Rio Tambre, that was by her bow, the tug alongside the ship that was by the bow of this, that was the Punta Anaga, and by the bow of this the floating turboelectric station Nuestra Señora de la Luz.
Shipyard / Year U.N. de Levante / 1963
Dead weight 454 MT
Gross register 1,216 GRT
Passengers 333
Lenght 67.1 mtr
Breadth 11.1 mtr
Depth 5.2 meters
Propulsion 2 x MTM T829CRN
Power 1,750 H.P.
Speed 15 knots
Scrapped Vilanova i la Geltrú - 1980

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