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Monte Udala
Monte Udala by T. Diedrich
        The Monte Udala was built by Euskalduna on 1948. She was like the Monasterios serie, which had the next three, plus two more vessels for Trasatlántica, plus one more for Trasmediterránea, but was ordered before the serie started and not included in it. In the page dedicated to the serie can be observed the differences during the five years spent since the first to the last vessel.
Built in year: 1948 Passengers: 392
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 10,170
Home port: Bilbao NRT: 7,233
Registry number: 589 DWT: 8,557
Cargo: 8,750
Displacement: 14,750
Monte Udala - Photo supplied by G. Robinson
     She sank at Archipelago dos Abrolhos (Brasil) on 07 September 1971 due to a hole in the hull. This archipelago is at 18º S.
Monte Udala - Postal card supplied by F. Antón

Monte Udala - Photo supplied by R. Ruiz Martínez
     The crew was picked up by the Liberian vessel Freeport, from where this photo was shot by the Second Deck Officer, Rafael Ruiz Martínez. The vessel has the Ybarra's funnel, because she was on time charter.

Monte Udala - Photo supplied by F. Rodríguez
        Felipe Rodríguez, who was the Third Deck Officer at same time, sent these four photos with the ship carrying out cargo operations at Buenos Aires and Montevideo on August 1971. Few days earlier of her sinking.
Monte Udala - Photo supplied by F. Rodríguez
The previous an this were shot at Buenos Aires. This is showing the discharging of a uncommon cargo, bumping cars loaded at Genoa (Italy).
Monte Udala - Photo supplied by F. Rodríguez
On this are the granite blocks that can be seen on the the photo showing her sinking.
Monte Udala - Photo supplied by F. Rodríguez
They were loaded at Montevideo with destination Valencia.



Monte Urbasa
Monte Urbasa by T. Diedrich
        This vessel was the first on the serie, second if we include the Monte Udala. and built by Naval de Sestao on 1948 as the previous.
        The vessels of the Monasterios serie were combinated cargo and passengers ships and their main common specifications were: length: 148.5 mtr; beam: 18.9 mtr; depth: 12.1 mtr; draft: 7.9 mtr. Being the rest different for each vessel.
Built in year: 1948 Passengers: 390
Shipyard: Naval de Sestao GRT: 10,142
Home port: Bilbao NRT: 7,205
Registry number: 591 DWT: 8,557
Initial name Monasterio de El Escorial Cargo: 8,750
Displacement: 14,750
Monte Urbasa - Photo supplied by F. Antón
On 1969 was bought by Ybarra and renamed Cabo Santa Paula
Monte Urbasa - Postal card supplied by F. Antón
On 1977 was sold to Greek owners, and scrapped on 1980
Monte Urbasa - Photo supplied by F. Antón



Monte Urquiola
Monte Urquiola by T. Diedrich
The propulsion of all them was a diesel engine Sulzer SD with 10 cylinders of 720 mm bore and 1,250 mm stroke, with 7,300 HP. The speed was 17.5 knots.
Built in year: 1949 Passengers: 74
Shipyard: Naval de Sestao GRT: 7,723
Home port: Bilbao NRT: 4,519
Registry number: 599 DWT: 8,971
Initial name Monasterio de Guadalupe Cargo: 9,115
Displacement: 14,630
Monte Urquiola - Photo supplied by I. Gallego
The Monte Urquiola was sold on 1976 to Sigaporean owners and renamed Climax Ganet. She was scrapped on 1978.
Monte Urquiola - Foto suministrada por F. Antón



Monte Ulia
Monte Ulia by T. Diedrich
As the rest of the vessels in the serie, except the Covadonga, was built by Naval de Bilbao.
Monte Ulia - Photo supplied by F. Antón
The daily consumption was around 25 MT gasoil and the bunker capacity was 1,250 MT, except the Monte Urquiola that had 2,290 MT.
Monte Ulia - Photo library of M. Rodríguez Aguilar
Built in year: 1952 Passengers: 74
Shipyard: Naval de Sestao GRT: 10,123
Home port: Bilbao NRT: 7,708
Registry number: 608 DWT: 8,864
Initial name Monasterio de Silos Cargo: 8,803
Displacement: 14,800
She was sold on 1976 to the same Singaporean owners and renamed Climax Opal, but suffered a big fire next year and was scrapped in Santander.

Monte Ulia - Photo supplied by F. Fernández Alvarez
These two photos showed some ship's interiors.
Monte Ulia - Photo supplied by F. Fernández Alvarez
And the passenger ticket of three of the persons showed on them.
Passenger ticket for Monte Ulia - Supplied by F. Fernández Alvarez

Monte Ulia - From Webmar



The company edited an interesting brochure about these four vessels



Monte de la Esperanza
Monte de la Esperanza by T. Diedrich

Monte de la Esperanza - Photo supplied by I. Gallego

Shipyard/Year Pusey & J. Co / 1938
Dead Weight 2,249 MT
Length 90.5 mtr
Breadth 14.8 mtr
Depth 6.1 mtr
Propulsion Turbines General Electric
Power 5,000 H.P.
Speed 19 knots
Passengers 10

Monte de la Esperanza - Photo supplied by F. Antón



Monte Arucas
Monte Arucas by T. Diedrich
     Her main engine was the same that for the Monasterios serie and being a rather smaller vessel her speed was 19 knots.
Built in year: 1956 Passengers: 36
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 4,691
Home port: Bilbao NRT: 2,644
Registry number: 621 DWT: 3,800
Length: 113.8 mtr Displacement: 7.200
Breadth: 16.08 mtr Speed: 19
Depth: 9.3 mtr
     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 F. Salvador
     On this photo she was in Liverpool, berthed at King's Dock, on 1963 before her modifications. In 1976 was sold and renamed Nissos Kerkyra. In 1980 was renamed as Atlantic Reefer and in 1981 as Bardini Reefer.
Bardini Reefer by T. Carey
     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). In the photo the first mast is the poop one. In the rear is the funnel with the casing already destroyed by the corrosion, only the Main Engine exhaust pipe remaining.
Bardini Reefer by T. Carey
Here can be seen better how is the funnel and the bridge.



Monte Umbe
Monte Umbe by T. Diedrich
     This vessel had similar specifications to the Monasterios serie:
     Length: 146 mtr      Beam: 18.92 mtr      Depth: 12.1 mtr     Draft 7.53 mtr
     The main engine was the same as in the serie and she got the same speed.
     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 and renamed Liban.
Built in year: 1959 Passengers: 580
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 9,971
Home port: Bilbao NRT: 6,488
Registry number: 654 DWT: 8,400
Cargo: 7,390
Displacement: 13,746



Monte Anaga
Monte Anaga by T. Diedrich



Monte Berretin
Monte Berretin by T. Diedrich
        On 1964/66 the Naviera Aznar was scheduled for taking delivery of five coastal ships built by Juliana Constructora Gijonesa. Their names would be: Monte Uno, Monte Dos, Monte Tres, Monte Cuatro y Monte Cinco, but three were sold when yet at the shipyard. They were the Monte Uno, Monte Dos and Monte Cinco, sold to Naviera Eco the first and to Naviera Vasco Gaditana the other two, renamed Eco Luisa, Puerto de Pasajes and Puerto de Cadiz respectively.
        The Monte Tres and Monte Cuatro were also renamed before their delivery as Monte Berretin and Monte Balerdi.
Shipyard/Year Juliana Gijonesa / 1965
Dead Weight 1.933 MT
Gross Register 1.165 GRT
Length 74,7 mtr
Breadth 10,8 mtr
Depth 5,8 mtr
Propulsion Diesel engine
Power 1,230 H.P.
Sold 1968 to
Owner Grupo Suardíaz
Scrapped 1992



Monte Balerdi
Monte Balerdi by T. Diedrich
        They were sold on 1968 to Vapores Suardíaz, keeping their names until sold on 1982 to Panamanian shipping companies.
        After several owners and names they finished their lives almost at same time. The Monte Berretin was scrapped on 1992 and the Monte Balerdi on 1990 but before she was during short time used for radio broadcasting close to Honduras.
Shipyard/Year Juliana C. Gijonesa / 1965
Dead Weight 1.933 MT
Gross Register 1.165 GRT
Length 74,7 mtr
Breadth 10,8 mtr
Depth 5,8 mtr
Propulsion Diesel engine
Power 1,230 H.P.
Sold 1968 to
Owner Grupo Suardíaz
Scrapped 1990



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