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Monte Udala
Monte Udala by T. Diedrich
        The Monte Udala was built by Euskalduna in 1948. She was like the Monasterios serie, that was built following her specifications. In the page dedicated to the serie can be observed the differences during the five years spent since the first to the last vessel.
Shipyard / Year Euskalduna - Bilbao / 1948
Dead weight 8,760 MT
Gross register 10,170 GRT
Displacement 14,750 MT
Passengers 392
Length 148.6 mtr
Breadth 18.9 mtr
Depth 12.1 mtr
Maximum draft 7.9 mtr
Propulsion Sulzer - Winterthur 10SD72CN
Power 7,300 C.V.
Speed 16.5 knots
Wrecked 07/09/1971 -- 15º02'S-36º38'W

Monte Udala - Collection G. Robinson
She sank at Archipelago dos Abrolhos (Brasil) on 07 September 1971 due to a hole in the hull.
Monte Udala - Collection F. Antón

Monte Udala - Collection 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 - Collection 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 - Collection 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 - Collection F. Rodríguez
On this are the granite blocks that can be seen on the the photo showing her sinking.
Monte Udala - Collection F. Rodríguez
They were loaded at Montevideo with destination Valencia.
Monte Udala - Collection P. Blanco Álvarez



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 in 1948 as the previous. The vessels of the Monasterios serie were combinated cargo and passengers ships.
Shipyard / Year S.E.C.N. - Sestao / 1948
Dead weight 8,557 MT
Gross register 10,142 GRT
Displacement 14,750 MT
Passengers 390
Length 148.6 mtr
Breadth 18.9 mtr
Depth 12.1 mtr
Maximum draft 7.9 mtr
Propulsion Sulzer - Winterthur 10SD72CN
Power 7,300 C.V.
Speed 16.5 knots
Sold 1969 to
Owner Ybarra y Compañía
Name Cabo Santa Paula
Name / Year Esperos I / 1977
Name / Year Eurostar / 1978
Scrapped Yemen / 1979

Monte Urbasa by T. Diedrich

Monte Urbasa - Collection F. Antón
In 1969 was bought by Ybarra and renamed Cabo Santa Paula
Monte Urbasa - Collection F. Antón
In 1977 was sold to Greek owners, and scrapped in 1980
Monte Urbasa - Collection F. Antón



Monte Urquiola
Monte Urquiola by T. Diedrich
The propulsion of all them was a diesel engine Sulzer 10SD72, with 10 cylinders of 720 mm bore and 1,250 mm stroke, with 7,300 HP. The speed was 16.5 knots.
Shipyard / Year S.E.C.N. - Sestao / 1949
Dead weight 8,971 MT
Gross register 7,723 GRT
Displacement 14,630 MT
Passengers 74
Length 148.6 mtr
Breadth 18.9 mtr
Depth 12.1 mtr
Maximum draft 7.9 mtr
Propulsion Naval - Sulzer 10SD72CN
Power 7,300 C.V.
Speed 16.5 knots
Sold 1974 to
Owner Climax Shipping / Panamá
Name Climax Garnet
Scrapped Gadani Beach (Paquistán) / 1977

Monte Urquiola - Collection I. Gallego

Monte Urquiola - Collection F. Antón
The Monte Urquiola was sold in 1976 to Sigaporean owners and renamed Climax Ganet. She was scrapped in 1978.
Monte Urquiola by T. Diedrich
With black hull
Monte Urquiola - Col. G. Robinson

Monte Urquiola - Collection F. Estrañi
Alerta - 20/March/1957



Monte Ulia
Monte Ulia by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year S.E.C.N. - Sestao / 1952
Dead weight 8,864 MT
Gross register 10,122 GRT
Displacement 14,800 MT
Passengers 114
Length 148.6 mtr
Breadth 18.9 mtr
Depth 12.1 mtr
Maximum draft 7.9 mtr
Propulsion Winterthur - Sulzer 10SD72CN
Power 7,300 C.V.
Speed 16.5 knots
Sold 1976 to
Owner Climax Shipping / Panamá
Name Climax Opal
Fire 02/04/1977 - Belfast
Scrapped Santander / 1977
As the rest of the vessels in the serie, except the Covadonga, was built by Naval de Bilbao.
Monte Ulia - Collection 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 - Collection M. Rodríguez Aguilar
She was sold in 1976 to the same Singaporean owners and renamed Climax Opal, but suffered a big fire next year and was scrapped in Santander.

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

Monte Ulia - From Webmar



Brochure
The company edited an interesting brochure about these four vessels



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

Shipyard / Year Pusey & Jones Co. - Wilmington / 1938
Name Cavalier
Name / Year Monadnock / 1941
Name / Year Cavalier / 1946
Name / Year Karukara / 1949
Dead weight 2,249 MT
Gross register 3,245 GRT
Passengers 10
Length 90.8 mtr
Breadth 14.8 mtr
Depth 9.8 mtr
Propulsion Turbines General Electric
Power 5,000 H.P.
Speed 17.5 knots
Bought 1952 to
Owner Cooperative de Nav. Guadeloupe
Name Karukara
Scrapped Santander - 1966

Cavalier - Col. M. Mohedano
As Cavalier, with side doors and without derricks.
Monte de la Esperanza - Collection I. Gallego

Monte de la Esperanza - Collection F. Antón

Monte de la Esperanza - Col. T. Diedrich
At Santander, beginning the scrapping.



Monte Arucas
Monte Arucas by T. Diedrich
Above her original look, with passengers cabins along main deck both sides. Below after converted to reefer, with the cabins removed.
Monte Arucas by T. Diedrich
Below a close look to the cabins along main deck
Monte Arucas by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Euskalduna - Bilbao / 1956
Dead weight 3,800 MT
Gross register 4,691 GRT
Displacement 7,200 MT
Passengers 36
Length 118.4 mtr
Breadth 16.1 mtr
Depth 9.3 mtr
Maximum draft 7.2 mtr
Propulsion MTM - Sulzer 10SD72CN
Power 7,300 C.V.
Speed 19 knots
Sold 1976 to
Owner Greeksea Shipping
Name Nissos Kerkyra
Name / Year Atlantic Reefer / 1980
Name / Year Bardini Reefer / 1982
Fire 15/02/1982 - Casteltownbere - Ireland
Foundered 18/02/1982 - 52º38'45''N-09º55'21''W
Her main engine was the same that for the Monasterios serie and being a rather smaller vessel her speed was 19 knots.
Monte Arucas by F. Salvador
     On this photo she was in Liverpool, berthed at King's Dock, in 1963 before her modifications. 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.
Bardini Reefer by T. Carey
     In 1976 was sold and renamed Nissos Kerkyra. In 1980 was renamed as Atlantic Reefer and in 1981 as Bardini Reefer. 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. The main engine was the same as in the serie.
     With her original configuration 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.
Monte Umbe por T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Euskalduna - Bilbao / 1959
Dead weight 8,200 MT
Gross register 9,971 GRT
Length 154.8 mtr
Breadth 18.9 mtr
Depth 11.6 mtr
Maximum draft 7.7 mtr
Propulsion Naval - Sulzer 10SD72CN
Power 7,300 H.P.
Speed 17 knots
Sold 1975 to
Owner Demline & Star Steamship Co.
Name Liban
Scrapped Gadani Beach - Pakistan / 1979

Monte Umbe - Collection J. Careaga

Monte Umbe - Collection R. Cortés



Monte Anaga
Monte Anaga by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Euskalduna - Bilbao / 1959
Dead weight 5,545 MT
Gross register 6,813 GRT
Passengers 162
Length 130.9 mtr
Breadth 18.1 mtr
Depth 10.3 mtr
Maximum draft 6.8 mtr
Propulsion MTM - Sulzer 10SD72CN
Power 7,300 C.V.
Speed 18 knots
Sold 1973 to
Owner Gobierno de Mexico
Name Primero de Junio
Scrapped Unknown

Monte Anaga - Col. I. Gallego



Monte Berretin
Monte Berretin by T. Diedrich
        In 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
Maximum draft 5.0 mtr
Propulsion Euskalduna – MAN G9V30/45ATL
Power 1,230 H.P.
Sold 1968 to
Owner Grupo Suardíaz
Name Monte Berretin
Owner / Year Naviera Marítima Arroyo Frío / 1982
Name Monte Berretin
Name / Year Maroula / 1984
Name / Year Ionnian Wave / 1987
Name / Year Dabiyan / 1988
Scrapped Gadani Beach (Pakistan) / 1992

Monte Berretin by T. Diedrich



Monte Balerdi
Monte Balerdi by T. Diedrich
        They were sold in 1968 to Vapores Suardíaz, keeping their names until sold in 1982 to Panamanian shipping companies.
        After several owners and names they finished their lives almost at same time. The Monte Berretin was scrapped in 1992 and the Monte Balerdi in 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
Maximum draft 5.0 mtr
Propulsion Euskalduna – MAN G9V30/45ATL
Power 1,230 H.P.
Sold 1968 to
Owner Grupo Suardíaz
Name Monte Balerdi
Owner / Year Naviera Miravalles / 1982
Name Monte Balerdi
Name / Year Dionissios K. / 1982
Name / Year Nannell / 1986
Name / Year Mi amigo / 1989
Scrapped Zeebrugge / 1990



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



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