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Naviera Sota y Aznar





  Naviera Aznar was created, as Naviera Sota y Aznar, on 1906 with the merge of several single vessel shipping companies owned by the cousins Ramón de la Sota Llano y Eduardo Aznar de la Sota.

  They started with the single vessel shipping companies on 1889. The first was the Compañía del Vapor Alcedo, that on January 1889 bought to Compañía Bilbaina de Navegación the Febrero, built on 1881 as Cornucopia and purchased by Compañía Bilbaina de Navegación on 1883. This company was managed by Eduardo Aznar, that was also major shareholder, and who was the second biggest one in Compañía del Vapor Alcedo, his cousin being the first. Although she sunk few month later, on September same year, the experience was successful and following year they started creating more single vessel shipping companies.

  The next list is ordered by year of purchase of the ship. As can be observed several companies are twice in the list, because they sold their steamer and bought other. In some cases it was to improve the specifications, in others due to the loss of the ship. There were two that sold their vessel to other companies created in the group to bought them. These last ones sold later the vessels and bought others. In the case of Compañía del Vapor Cierbana the first steamer was named Ciervana and the second Cierbana.
Company Shipyard / Year DW Length Breadth Depth Machine C.V. Year bought End / Sold to / Year Pass to S&A
Compañía del Vapor Alcedo Caird & Purdie / 1881 2,400 74.7 10.5 4.6 Compound 650 1889 Sunk / 1889 No
Compañía del Vapor Musques Schlesinger Davis / 1882 2,278 71.0 10.7 4.7 Triple exp 694 1890 Sunk / 1894 No
Compañía del Vapor Abanto E.Withy / 1883 2,360 84.0 10.5 5.5 Triple exp 584 1890 Sunk / 1911 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Cierbana Cunliffe and Dunlop / 1881 1,400 73.5 9.9 4.6 Triple exp 623 1890 Cía. Sevillana de Navegación a Vapor / 1894 No
Compañía del Vapor Sestao William Gray / 1890 2,200 74.7 10.8 4.6 Triple exp 987 1890 - New Sunk / 1904 No
Compañía del Vapor Santurce Kish, Boolds & Co. / 1884 2,061 76.2 11.1 4.0 Compound 723 1891 A.& A.Y.Mackay - Norberto / 1906 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Somorrostro E.Finch & Co. / 1884 2,805 76.3 11.1 6.2 Triple exp 933 1891 Cía. de Carbones Asturianos - Samuño / 1912 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Poveña U.S.K. Steamship / 1884 701 44.2 7.6 3.4 Compound 166 1892 Compañía del Vapor Gorliz / 1897 No
Compañía del Vapor Algorta Tyne Iron SB Co. / 1886 727 51.6 8.3 3.9 Triple exp 386 1892 Compañía del Vapor Getso / 1898 No
Compañía del Vapor Baracaldo William Gray & Co. / 1893 1,690 70.1 9.8 4.4 Triple exp 786 1893 Antonio de Bereincua / 1915 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Musques William Doxford / 1888 2,942 76.2 11.0 5.2 Triple exp 876 1894 Ybarra y Cía. - Cabo Higuer / 1906 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Albia Mitchell & Co / 1870 2,199 70.1 9.8 4.7 Compound 690 1894 Sunk / 1895 No
Compañía del Vapor Cierbana Raylton Dixon / 1894 1,987 68.9 9.9 4.6 Triple exp 625 1894 - New Frederik Sorlesen - Solhaug / 1915 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Albia Tyne Iron SB Co. / 1890 3,805 91.4 12.0 5.9 Triple exp 1,397 1895 Sunk / 1915 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Begoña Raylton Dixon and Co. / 1896 3,154 93.0 12.9 6.1 Triple exp 1,497 1896 - New Sunk / 1917 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Portugalete R.Craggs and Sons 4,496 86.3 12.6 5.0 Triple exp 911 1896 - New Sunk / 1912 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Poveña William Gray / 1894 3,286 82.8 11.6 5.6 Triple exp 1,340 1897 Noorland Shipping - Bovra / 1915 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Deusto Raylton Dixon / 1897 2,537 76.0 11.3 5.2 Triple exp 875 1897 - New Ybarra y Cía. - Cabo Santa Pola / 1901 No
Compañía del Vapor Erandio Ropner and Son / 1897 4,752 97.5 14.0 6.5 Triple exp 1,215 1897 - New Axpe-Mendi / 1918 - Torpedoed / 1918 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Plencia Raylton Dixon and Co. / 1898 3,657 91.1 12.8 6.2 Triple exp 1,120 1898 - New Andraka-Mendi / 1917 - Monte Contes / 1939 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Arminza Raylton Dixon and Co. / 1898 3,683 88.2 12.8 5.4 Triple exp 1,149 1898 - New Sunk / 1908 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Bakio Blyth SB & DD Co / 1892 2,880 88.2 11.9 5.8 Triple exp 1,107 1898 Sunk / 1902 No
Compañía del Vapor Bakio Campbeltown / 1904 3,425 86.1 12.2 6.2 Triple exp 1,092 1898 Uruguayan flag - Sunk / 1916 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Gorliz U.S.K. Steamship / 1884 701 44.2 7.6 3.4 Compound 166 1897 Cía. Vasco Cantábrica de Nav. - Axpe / 1899 No
Compañía del Vapor Getso Tyne Iron SB Co. / 1886 727 51.6 8.3 3.9 Compound 386 1898 Leoni Rovigo - Antonino / 1903 No
Compañía del Vapor Bermeo C.S.Swan and Hunter / 1898 4,550 88.5 12.2 5.5 Triple exp 1,239 1898 - New Arno-Mendi / 1917 - Torpedoed / 1918 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Mundaka William Gray / 1899 3,660 95.2 12.5 5.5 Triple exp 1,109 1899 - New Arinda-Mendi / 1917 - Sunk / 1917 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Elantsobe William Gray / 1899 3,660 95.2 12.5 5.5 Triple exp 1,112 1899 - New Atxeri-Mendi / 1917 - Torpedoed / 1918 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Ea James Readhead / 1893 4,010 91.0 12.2 6.2 Triple exp 1,288 1899 Sunk / 1902 No
Compañía del Vapor Lekeitio Willian Gray / 1896 3,763 91.4 13.1 6.3 Triple exp 1,375 1899 Aizkori-Mendi / 1918 - Scrapped / 1933 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Gorbea-Mendi Willian Gray / 1896 4,200 95.7 13.4 5.6 Triple exp 1,100 1899 J. Stern - Pomone / 1915 - Torpedoed / 1917 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Gorliz James Readhead / 1891 2,765 79.1 11.0 5.4 Compound 853 1900 Astondo-Mendi / 1917 - Scrapped / 1929 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Algorta William Gray / 1898 3,191 83.8 12.7 5.4 Triple exp 1,256 1903 Sunk by submarine / 1917 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Getso Euskalduna / 1905 1,800 71.4 11.2 5.3 Triple exp 450 1905 - New Arza-Mendi / 1917 - Mina Cantiquin / 1952 Yes
Compañía del Vapor Sestao Euskalduna / 1906 3,176 77.4 11.0 5.4 Triple exp 842 1906 - New Arnabal-Mendi / 1918 - Sunk / 1928 Yes



Ciervana
Ciervana - Collection M. Rodríguez Aguilar

Shipyard / Year R.Mackill and Co / 1881
Dead Weight 1,400 MT
Length 73.5 mtr
Breadth 9.9 mtr
Depth 4.6 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 623 H.P.
Bought 1890
Sold 1894
Sunk 1930




Abanto
Abanto - Collection F. García Echegoyen

Shipyard / Year E. Withy and Co / 1883
Dead Weight 2,360 MT
Length 84.0 mtr
Breadth 10.5 mtr
Depth 5.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 584 H.P.
Sunk 1911

Abanto - Collection F. García Echegoyen



Musques
Cabo Higuer - Collection T. Diedrich

        In this photo the vessel is passing by close to the Puertochico dock, at Santander, listed to starboard. Observing the photo carefully can be seen that the boom has been removed. Behind can be seen a Trasatlántica vessel, which I believe is the first Alfonso XIII or the Reina Maria Cristina.
Shipyard / Year William Doxford / 1888
Dead Weight 2,945 MT
Length 76.2 mtr
Breadth 11.0 mtr
Depth 5.2 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 876 H.P.
Sold 1906
Scrapped 1934



Cierbana
Cierbana - Collection L. Santa Olaya
        She was built on 1894 for the Compañía del Vapor Cierbana. On 1906 the company was integrated in Sota y Aznar. On 20/January/1915 she was sunk by the British steamer Bangor whilst at anchor in Wales. She was refloated, repaired and sold on April to a Norwegian shipping company and renamedSolhaug.
Shipyard/Year Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. / 1894
Dead Weight 1,987 MT
Gross Register 1,253 GRT
Length 68.9 mtr
Breadth 10.4 mtr
Depth 4.6 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 625 H.P.
Sold 1920 to
Owner Frederik Sorselen & Co.
Sunk 1917

Cierbana - Collection L. Santa Olaya
El Noroeste - 11/June/1917
        On these press clips is related the sinking by a German submarine on 10/June/1917 close to Cabo Peñas. The vessel name was written wrong, as well as the Spanish old name, wrote as Ciervana instead Cierbana.
Cierbana - Collection L. Santa Olaya



Deusto
Cabo Santa Pola - Collection F. García Echegoyen

Shipyard / Year Raylton Dixon / 1897
Dead Weight 2,537 MT
Length 76.0 mtr
Breadth 11.3 mtr
Depth 5.2 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 875 H.P.
Sold 1901
Scrapped 1933



Plencia
Andraka-Mendi
Monte Contes
Monte Contes by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Raylton Dixon / 1898
Dead Weight 3,657 MT
Length 91.1 mtr
Breadth 12.8 mtr
Depth 6.2 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 1,120 H.P.
Sold 1955
Scrapped 1979



Getso
Arza-Mendi
Mina Cantiquin by T. Diedrich

Shipyard/Year Euskalduna / 1905
Dead Weight 1,227 MT
Length 70.0 mtr
Breadth 10.4 mtr
Depth 4.8 mtr
Propulsion Triple expansion
Power 450 H.P.
Speed 9 knots
Sold 1952
Scrapped 1972



Sestao
Arnabal-Mendi
Sestao - Collection C. Kleiss
At Burdeaux, passing the lock.
        She was built on 1906 by Euskaduna for the shipping company of hers name, being the second in it. On 1918 she was renamed Arnabal-Mendi. She was lost on 26/November/1928 after grounding close to San Juan de Luz. She sailed on 24th from Bilbao bound to Pasajes but due to a storm she broke three blades of the propeller and was adrift. All the crew was saved thanks to the help provided by fishing ships from Pasajes.
Shipyard / Year Euskalduna / 1906
Dead Weight 3,176 MT
Gross Register 1,375 GRT
Length 77.4 mtr
Breadth 11.0 mtr
Depth 5.4 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 842 H.P.
Sunk 1928



Ama Begoñakoa
Ama Begoñakoa

Shipyard / Year Mac Millan / 1902
Dead Weight 4,000 MT
Gross Register 2,516 GRT
Length 91.4 mtr
Breadth 13.2 mtr
Depth 7.6 mtr
Propulsion Sailing vessel
Sold 1911



Eretza-Mendi
Monte Jata
Socogui by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year William Graye / 1909
Dead Weight 6,750 MT
TRB 4,153
Length 111.3 mtr
Breadth 14.8 mtr
Depth 7.7 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 1,700 H.P.
Sold 1952



Bizkargi-Mendi
Monte Facho
Bizkargi-Mendi - Collection C. Kleiss

        On 1939 was renamed as Monte Facho. She was sunk close to the Portuguese coast after a collision with a British vessel. All the crew was saved by the British vessel, that with big damages managed to arrive to Lisbon.
Shipyard / Year Euskalduna / 1910
Dead Weight 4,703 MT
TRB 3,234
Length 101.2 mtr
Breadth 14.2 mtr
Depth 6.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 1,030 H.P.
Sunk 1952



Upo-Mendi
Monte Jarindo
Upo-Mendi - Collection C. Kleiss
She was the only turret vessel built in Spain. On this photo she was yet as Upo-Mendi, and can be seen with her original look with open bridge.

Upo-Mendi - Collection C. Kleiss
This photo shows her at Delfzijl (Netherlands), carrying out cargo operations with barges.
Upo-Mendi - Collection C. Kleiss

Felguera by T. Diedrich
On 1939 was renamed as Monte Jarindo
Shipyard / Year Euskalduna / 1912
Dead Weight 6,605 MT
Gross register 4,193 GRT
Length 111.3 mtr
Breadth 15.3 mtr
Depth 7.7 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 1,250 H.P.
Sold 1951

Felguera by T. Diedrich
On 1951 she was sold to Duro Felguera and was renamed as Felguera. She was scrapped on 1962.



Unbe-Mendi
Monte Javalon
Utamboni por T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Euskalduna / 1914
Dead Weight 6,990 MT
Length 114.6 mtr
Breadth 15.3 mtr
Depth 8.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 1,450 H.P.
Speed 7.5 knots
Sold 1952



Arate-Mendi
Monte Faro
Monte Faro by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Euskalduna / 1915
Dead Weight 4,193 MT
Gross Register 2,917 GRT
Passengers 12
Length 97.2 mtr
Breadth 13.5 mtr
Depth 7.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 1,200 H.P.
Bought 1935 to
Owner Trasmediterránea
Scrapped 1965

Arate-Mendi - Collection L. Santa Olaya
Avance - 30/April/1937



Artagan-Mendi
Monte Nuria
Artagan-Mendi - Collection L. Santa Olaya

Shipyard / Year Euskalduna / 1917
Dead Weight 8,590 MT
Gross Register 5,718 GRT
Length 126.8 mtr
Breadth 16.3 mtr
Depth 9.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 2,000 H.P.
Scrapped 1965

Monte Nuria by T. Diedrich



Arno-Mendi
Monte Naranco
Monte Naranco by T. Diedrich

Shipyard/Year Euskalduna / 1920
Dead Weight 8,650 MT
Length 126.9 mtr
Breadth 16.3 mtr
Depth 9.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 1,800 H.P.
Speed 10 knots
Scrapped 1964

Monte Naranco - Foto suministrada por F. Antón


Aritz-Mendi
Monte Navajo
Monte Navajo by T. Diedrich

Shipyard/Year Euskalduna / 1920
Dead Weight 8,650 MT
Length 126.9 mtr
Breadth 16.3 mtr
Depth 9.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 1,800 H.P.
Speed 10 knots
Scrapped 1965

Monte Navajo - Foto suministrada por F. Antón



Arnotegui-Mendi
Monte Castelo
Monte Castelo by T. Diedrich

Monte Castelo - Collection F. García Echegoyen

Shipyard/Year Euskalduna / 1921
Dead Weight 5,619 MT
Length 107.2 mtr
Breadth 14.2 mtr
Depth 9.8 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 1,300 H.P.
Speed 10 knots
Scrapped 1964

Monte Castelo - Foto suministrada por F. Antón



Artiba-Mendi
Monte Espadan
Monte Espadan by T. Diedrich

Shipyard/Year Euskalduna / 1921
Dead Weight 3,677 MT
Gross Register 2,543 MT
Length 94.7 mtr
Breadth 13.5 mtr
Depth 6.9 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 1,000 H.P.
Scrapped 1966

Monte Espadan - Supplied by J.L. Herrería
At Santoña (Cantabria)

Artiba-Mendi - Collection C. Kleiss
        Yet as Artiba-Mendi, berthed at Bilbao to the opposite side of El Arenal. On the background is the City Hall. On the right side of the photo is the Agadir, owned by Echevarrieta y Larrinaga.
Artiba-Mendi - Collection C. Kleiss

        When started the Civil War she was under republican control, trading between the United Kingdom and Spain until seized by the codfish fishing ship Galerna on 6/March/1937. She was returned back to Naviera Aznar on 1939, being renamed as Monte Espadan<. She was scrapped on 1966.
Monte Espadan - Collection C. Kleiss
At Bilbao. Although it is not possible to be sure they seem the Monte Espadan (left) and the Cabo Silleiro (right).



Abodi-Mendi
Monte Serantes
Monte Serantes by T. Diedrich

Shipyard/Year Furness / 1921
Dead Weight 9,270 MT
Length 125.9 mtr
Breadth 16.2 mtr
Depth 10.0 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 1,850 H.P.
Speed 10 knots
Scrapped 1963

Monte Serantes - Photo supplied by F. Antón

Abodi-Mendi
        Here is as Abodi-Mendi during the Spanish Civil War. She is the first ship, fully loaded.
        The third ship is the Cantabria, that was the name given to the Alfonso Perez. She steamed several voyages under the Republican Govern control, until sunk by the nacionalist auxiliary cruise Nadir, name given as camouflage to the Ciudad de Valencia.


Arola-Mendi
Monte Sollube
Monte Sollube by T. Diedrich

Shipyard/Year Furness / 1921
Dead Weight 9,270 MT
Length 125.9 mtr
Breadth 16.2 mtr
Depth 10.0 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 1,850 H.P.
Speed 10 knots
Scrapped 1959

Monte Sollube - Photo supplied by F. Antón



Artxanda-Mendi
Monte Galera
Monte Galera - Photo supplied by F. Antón
        She was built on 1921 by Euskalduna as Artxanda-Mendi. At the starting of the Civil War she was in Italy, and was flagged there and integrated in the Cooperativa de Navigazione Garibaldi, being renamed Siena. On 1939 she was returned back to Naviera Aznar, that sold her on 1961 to Naviera Santa Catalina, being renamed Cimadevilla. She was scrapped at Bilbao on 1968.
Shipyard/Year Euskalduna / 1921
Dead Weight 4,959 MT
Gross Register 3,229 MT
Length 106.5 mtr
Breadth 14.2 mtr
Depth 7.4 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 1,500 H.P.
Sold< 1961 to
Owner Naviera Santa Catalina
Scrapped 1968

Monte Galera - Collection de C. Kleiss
Arriving to Amsterdam



Ariaga-Mendi
Monte Oiz
Monte Oiz - Photo supplied by F. Antón

Shipyard/Year Dobson / 1921
Dead Weight 9,180 MT
Length 121.9 mtr
Breadth 16.2 mtr
Depth 9.3 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 2,300 H.P.
Scrapped 1964

Ariaga-Mendi - Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao
In this picture she is as Ariaga-Mendi, with the Sota y Aznar funnel



Agire-Mendi
Monte Orduña
Monte Orduña - Photo supplied by F. Antón
        She was ordered by a Dutch owner who cancelled the delivery. The shipyard sold her to Sota y Aznar, leaving the yard already as Agire-Mendi.
        On the Civil War she was under republican control until being seized on 11/April/1937 by the auxiliary cruiser Ciudad de Palma during a trip from Havana to Rotterdam. Since then she was managed by the Gerencia de Buques Mercantes Incautados until returned back to her owners. She was scrapped on 1959.
Shipyard/Year Dobson / 1921
Dead Weight 9,180 MT
Gross Register 5,529 GRT
Length 121.9 mtr
Breadth 16.2 mtr
Depth 9.3 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 2,300 H.P.
Scrapped 1959

Agire-Mendi - Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao
In this picture she is as Agire-Mendi, with the Sota y Aznar funnel
Agire-Mendi - Collection C. Kleiss
Passing a lock at Antwerp



Arantzazu-Mendi
Arantzazu-Mendi - Photo supplied by J.C. Gonzalez
In this photo the vessel is in the Bazán drydock, at Ferrol, on 1 September 1926
Shipyard/Year J.L.Thompson & Sons / 1920
Dead Weight 10,573 MT
Length 125.7 mtr
Breadth 16.9 mtr
Depth 10.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 2,340 H.P.
Sunk 1939




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