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Naviera Sota y Aznar








Axpe-Mendi
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 length, 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 & Wain, 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.

Ayala-Mendi
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 - Photo supplied by I. Gallego
On 1940 Naviera Aznar S.A. changed her name to Monte Ayala

Monte Ayala - Photo supplied by 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 - Photo supplied by F. Antón

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


Altube-Mendi
Monte Altube
Monte Altube by T. Diedrich
       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


Arnabal-Mendi
Monte Arnabal
Monte Arnabal by T. Diedrich

Monte Arnabal - Photo supplied by F. Antón

Monte Arnabal - Photo supplied by J.C. Valdés


Aya-Mendi
Monte Almanzor
Monte Almanzor by T. Diedrich

Monte Almanzor - Photo supplied by J.C. Valdés


Anboto-Mendi
Monte Amboto
Monte Amboto by T. Diedrich

Monte Amboto by J. Madarieta
At Santoña on 1960

Monte Amboto - Supplied by K. Rivas
At Villagarcía de Arosa

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


Artza-Mendi
Monte Abril
Monte Abril by T. Diedrich



Monte Moncayo
Monte Moncayo - Photo library of 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.
Monte Moncayo - Colección de A. Paniagua
Very nice view of the poop, with the emergency wheel on the top of the deck house.
Shipyard/Year Coll Pollack / 1921
Dead Weight 7,040 MT
Length 110.5 mtr
Breadth 15.9 mtr
Depth 9.5 mtr
Propulsion Alternative triple expansion
Power 3,000 H.P.
Delivered 1942
Sold 1954
New owner Marítima Madrileña
Sunk 1957

Monte Moncayo - Photo library of A. Paniagua



Monte Nafarrate
Monte Nafarrate - Photo supplied by F. Antón

Dead Weight 7,950 MT
Length 125.7 mtr
Breadth 15.9 mtr
Depth 8.6 mtr
Propulsion Alternative Triple Expansion
Power 1,610 H.P.



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 delievered 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 on 1967.
Shipyard / Year F.Schichan / 1923
Dead Weight 2,560 MT
Gross Register 1,531 GRT
Length 81.7 mtr
Breadth 11.7 mtr
Depth 5.8 mtr
Propulsion Alternative 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
Dead Weight 590 MT
Length 49.2 mtr
Breadth 8.5 mtr
Depth 5.2 mtr
Propulsion Diesel engine - 5 cylinders
Power 360 H.P.
Speed 11 knots
Sold 1973
New owner Armadores de Cabotaje
Scrapped 1981



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