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Naviera Sota y Aznar

Monte Albertia
Monte Albertia by T. Diedrich
        On 1929 the Naviera Sota y Aznar began receiving eight sister motor ships, built by Euskalduna. They were: Axpe-Mendi, Ayala-Mendi, Altube-Mendi, Arnabal-Mendi, Aya-Mendi, Anboto-Mendi, Artza-Mendi and Araya-Mendi, renamed on 1939 as Monte Albertia, Monte Ayala, Monte Altube, Monte Arnabal, Monte Almanzor, Monte Amboto, Monte Abril and Monte Aralar respectively.
        They had 2,955 GRT, with 107.4 meters lenght, 13.9 breadth and with 6.2 depth, and 3.820 MT of cargo with maximum draft 5.9 meters. All them had a diesel engine Burmeister and Wain 4SC6SA 55/100, with 6 cylinders with 600 mm diameter and 1,060 stroke, with 1,908 HP, what gave them 11 knots consuming 4.5 MT of gasoil daily.

Monte Ayala
Monte Ayala by T. Diedrich
Built on 1929 as Ayala-Mendi on 1937 she was renamed Elise under German flag to avoid attacks from the republican ships, and in 1938 again Ayala-Mendi.
Monte Ayala - Collection I. Gallego
On 1940 Naviera Aznar S.A. changed her name to Monte Ayala

Monte Ayala - Collection F. Antón
During the Second World War to show her neutral country condition, specially to the submarines, she had Spanish flags painted on her hull.
Monte Ayala - Collection F. Antón

Monte Ayala - Collection V. Sanahuja
Here the poop can be seen very detailed, whilst passing by the bridge of Deusto (Bilbao)

Monte Altube
Monte Altube by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Euskalduna / 1929
Dead weight 3,948 MT
Gross register 2,955 MT
Length 107.4 mtr
Breadth 13.9 mtr
Depth 6.2 mtr
Propulsion Burmeister & Wain 4SC6SA 55/100
Power 1,650 H.P.
Sold 1969 to
Owner Armadores de Cabotaje
Owner Monte Altube
Sunk 16/12/1972 - Close Cape Juby
       The Altube-Mendi was sold on 1969 to Armadores de Cabotaje, keeping her name. She was lost on 16/December/1972 after grounding close to Tarfaya (Morocco) in a trip carrying wheat in sacks from Cádiz to Mauritania.
Monte Altube - Collection C. Kleiss
At Vigo

Monte Arnabal
Monte Arnabal by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Euskalduna / 1929
Dead weight 3,897 MT
Gross register 2,955 GRT
Length 107.4 mtr
Breadth 13.9 mtr
Depth 6.2 mtr
Propulsion Burmeister & Wain 4SC6SA 55/100
Power 1,650 H.P.
Speed 12.5 knots
Scrapped Bilbao - 1967

Monte Arnabal - Collection F. Antón

Monte Arnabal - Collection J.C. Valdés
In 1959 at Avilés, with her sister ship Monte Ayala.
Monte Arnabal - Collection C. Kleiss
At La Guaira

Monte Almanzor
Monte Almanzor by T. Diedrich

Monte Almanzor - Collection J.C. Valdés

Monte Amboto
Monte Amboto by T. Diedrich

Monte Amboto by J. Madarieta
At Santoña on 1960

Monte Amboto - Collection K. Rivas
At Villagarcía de Arosa

Monte Amboto - Collection A. Paniagua
And these, that showed her so good, were at unknown places with the two different hull colours.
Monte Amboto - Collection A. Paniagua
She was also sold on 1969 to Armadores de Cabotaje, keeping her name.

Monte Abril
Monte Abril by T. Diedrich

Monte Aralar
Araya-Mendi - Revista de Ingeniería Naval

Monte Moncayo
Monte Moncayo - Collection T. Diedrich
       She was owned by a German shipping company and was interned at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria because she took refuge there during the Second War World. She was delivered on 1942 to Aznar by the German Government as compensation for the sinking of the Monte Gorbea. She was sold on 1954 to Marítima Madrileña and renamed Tajuña. She grounded on 1957 at Mazarrón (Murcia) when the anchor dragged due rough weather, whilst waiting for loading, being total loss.
Shipyard / Year Coll Pollack / 1921
Name Louisiana
Name / Year Nord Friesland / 1928
Name / Year Munster / 1931
Name / Year Corrientes / 1937
Dead weight 7,040 MT
Gross register 4,648 GRT
Lenght 110.8 meters
Breadth 14.6 meters
Depth 9.5 meters
Propulsi0n Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 3,000 H.P.
Integrated 1944 from
Owner Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfs.
Name Corrientes
Sold 1954 to
Owner Marítima Madrileña
Name Tajuña
Grounded 11/12/1957 - Mazarrón
Scrapped Cartagena - 1958

Monte Moncayo - Collection A. Paniagua
Very nice view of the poop, with the emergency wheel on the top of the deck house.

Monte Moncayo - Collection A. Paniagua

Monte Moncayo - Collection C. Kleiss
At Searsport - Maine - United States

Monte Nafarrate
Monte Nafarrate - Collection F. Antón

Shipyard / Year Cammell, Laird & Co. / 1919
Owner Pacific Steam Navigation Company
Name Bogota
Owner / Year G.& F. Fratelli Bozzo / 1933
Name Madda
Dead weight 7,950 MT
Gross register 5,181 GRT
Lenght 125.7 mtr
Breadth 15.9 mtr
Depth 8.6 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,610 H.P.
Incorporated 1945 from
Owner G.& F. Fratelli Bozzo
Name Madda
Sold 1955 to
Owner Vapores Suardíaz
Name Rivadeluna
Transferred 1967 to
Owner Naviera Rivadeluna
Name Rivadeluna
Scrapped Santander - 1976

Monte Nafarrate - Collection C. Kleiss

Monte Betayo
Monte Betayo by T. Diedrich
        Built in Germany she was Birgenti and Hundeck. After confiscated due to smuggling during the Spanish Civil War was delivered to the Gestora de Buques Mercantes para Servicios Oficiales and renamed as Ria de Pontevedra, passing on 1942 to Elcano. She was bought by Aznar on 1948 and renamed Monte Betayo. On 1950 she was sold to Naviera Astur Andaluza and rechristened as Benjamin. She was scrapped at Gijón in 1967.
Shipyard / Year F. Schichan / 1923
Dead weight 2,560 MT
Gross register 1,531 GRT
Lenght 81.7 mtr
Breadth 11.7 mtr
Depth 5.8 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 900 H.P.
Speed 12 knots
Bought 1948 to
Owner E.N. Elcano
Sold 1950 to
Owner Naviera Astur Andaluza
Scrapped 1967

Monte Betayo
Monte Betayo by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Duro Felguera / 1948
Nombre Peñon de Ifach
Armador / Año Jaime Castañer Enseñat / 1953
Nombre Peñon de Ifach
Dead weight 590 MT
Lenght 49.2 mtr
Breadth 8.5 mtr
Depth 5.2 mtr
Propulsion Atlas Polar - 5 cylinders
Power 450 H.P.
Speed 11 knots
Bought 1956 to
Owner Jaime Castañer Enseñat
Name Peñon de Ifach
Sold 1973 to
Owner Armadores de Cabotaje
Name Monte Betayo
Scrapped Ferrol - 1981

With the contribution of Javier Careaga Basarrate, who supplied the engines data.

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