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Empresa Nacional Elcano







Castillo Figueras
Castillo Figueras - Collection J.C. Díaz Lorenzo

Shipyard / Year Aktie Geschaft Neptun / 1906
Name Roma
Owner / Year Gobierno Español / 1918
Name España Nº 3
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1941
Name Castillo Figueras
Dead weight 3,480 MT
Gross register 2,108 GRT
Length 79.6 mtr
Breadth 11.6 mtr
Depth 8.2 mtr
Maximum draft 6.6 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 640 C.V.N.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1962 to
Owner José Pastoriza González
Name Castillo Figueras
Scrapped Valencia - 1965



Castillo Bellver
Castillo Bellver - Colección de J.C. Díaz Lorenzo

Shipyard / Year J. L. Thompson & Company / 1923
Name Age
Name / Year Kazan / 1935
Name / Year Lensovet / 1936
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Bellver
Dead weight 6,838 MT
Gross register 4,718 GRT
Length 115.3 mtr
Breadth 16.1 mtr
Depth 7.4 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,438 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1961 to
Owner Marcosa
Name Kogo
Scrapped Santander - 1971

Castillo Bellver by T. Diedrich



Castillo La Mota
Castillo La Mota by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Wood Skinner & Co / 1916
Owner Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd.
Name Horden
Name / Year Hordena / 1937
Owner / Year Spanish Government / 1937
Name Ferrolano
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo La Mota
Dead weight 3,920 MT
Gross register 2,667 GRT
Length 97.8 mtr
Breadth 13.2 mtr
Depth 5.9 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,500 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Scrapped Sevilla - 1963

Castillo La Mota - Collection A. Paniagua
In July 1960 at Walhaven (Rotterdam)
Castillo La Mota - Collection J. Agrasot



Castillo Monforte
Castillo Monforte by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year S.P. Austin & Son / 1912
Name Hillingdon
Name / Year Corbrae / 1920
Name / Year Nagos / 1934
Owner / Year Gobierno Español / 1937
Name Huelva
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Monforte
Dead weight 3,920 MT
Gross register 2,667 GRT
Length 97.8 mtr
Breadth 13.2 mtr
Depth 5.9 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,500 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1962 to
Owner Marcosa
Name Jalon
Owner / Year Compañía Marítima del Cadagua / 1965
Name Jalon
Scrapped Bilbao - 1969



Castillo Simancas
Castillo Simancas by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Charles Connell / 1907
Name Den of Ruthven
Name / Year Wincote / 1915
Name / Year Kintyre / 1924
Name / Year Polymnia / 1929
Name / Year Sydney / 1937
Owner / Year Gobierno Español / 1938
Name Coruña
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name 1939 Castillo Simancas
Dead weight 7,950 MT
Gross register 4,937 GRT
Length 121.9 mtr
Breadth 15.9 mtr
Depth 9.0 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,890 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1952 to
Owner Marítima Madrileña
Name Jarama
Owner Riva Suardíaz
Name Rivademar
Owner / Year Naviera Forestal Africana / 1962
Name Munisa
Wrecked 28/04/1972 - Close to Sinoe (Liberia)



Castillo Peñafiel
Castillo Penafiel by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year De Noord - Alblasserdam / 1918
Name Noord
Name / Year Smidovich / 1935
Owner / Year Gobierno Español / 1937
Name Pasajes
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Peñafiel
Dead weight 4,285 MT
Gross register 2,483 GRT
Length 87.2 mtr
Breadth 13.8 mtr
Depth 7.3 mtr
Maximum draft 6.1 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,050 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Scrapped Castellón - 1964



Castillo Ampudia
Castillo Ampudia by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Worf Voorh Rijkee / 1912
Name Charon
Name / Year Jason / 1912
Name / Year Katayama / 1934
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Ampudia
Dead weight 5,400 MT
Gross register 3,209 GRT
Length 109.0 mtr
Breadth 15.8 mtr
Depth 6.7 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,600 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1955 to
Owner Naviera Morey
Name Castillo Ampudia
Name 1965 Ampuries
Scrapped La Spezia (Italy) - 1967

Castillo Ampudia - Collection P. Blanco Álvarez

Castillo Ampudia - Collection E. de Cusa
       On this photo she was at El Musel - Gijón, showing her port side. Behind her, at the other side of the pier, was the Ria de Vigo, owned previously by Elcano and that at that time was already owned by Naviera Morey, whose funnel colours showed. The leaving vessel wasRomeu or Escolano. On the left bottom was Cabo Silleiro.


Castillo Villafranca
Castillo Aulencia
Castillo Aulencia by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Komitern Yard 61 Kommunarsk / 1932
Name Tsyurupa
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Villafranca
Dead weight 3,235 MT
Gross register 2,081 GRT
Length 86.7 mtr
Breadth 12.2 mtr
Depth 6.9 mtr
Propulsion Komintern Locomotive – Sulzer 6S47
Power 1,200 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Name 1950 Castillo Aulencia
Scrapped Castellón - 1964

Castillo Aulencia by T. Diedrich



Castillo Butron
Castillo Butron by T. Diedrich
She was seized during the Civil War by the auxiliary cruiser V. Puchol due she was smuggling war equipment.
Castillo Butron - Collection P. Blanco Álvarez

Shipyard / Year Rodger and Company / 1899
Owner William Robertson
Name Citrine
Name / Year Avontown / 1915
Name / Year Pomaron / 1931
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1938
Name Castillo Butron
Dead weight 2,625 MT
Gross register 1,743 GRT
Length 79.2 mtr
Breadth 11.4 mtr
Depth 5.1 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 668 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1957 to
Owner Cía. Vasco Cantábrica de Navegación
Name Rio Jiloca
Owner / Year Marcosa / 1963
Name Rio Jiloca
Scrapped Santander - 1965

Rio Jiloca - Os naufraxios da Galicia Norte

Rio Jiloca by T. Diedrich

Rio Jiloca by T. Diedrich



Castillo Mombeltran
Castillo Mombeltran - Collection C. Kleiss

Shipyard / Year Rickmers - Bremerhaven / 1904
Owner Rickmers Reismuhlen
Name Maria Rickmers
Name / Year Stambul / 1912
Name / Year Istanbul / 1914
Name / Year Stambul / 1919
Name / Year Cape Point / 1921
Name / Year Angelos L. / 1927
Name / Year Ellinico Vouno / 1937
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Mombeltran
Dead weight 5,800 MT
Gross register 3,667 GRT
Length 107.5 mtr
Breadth 13.8 mtr
Depth 8.9 mtr
Maximum draft 7.3 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,400 H.P.
Speed 9 knots
Consumption 25 MT/day coal
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1958 to
Owner Cía. de Navegación Vasco Asturiana
Name Mombeltran
Scrapped Gijón - 1968

Castillo Mombeltran by T. Diedrich



Castillo Moncada
Castillo Moncada - Collection G. Robinson
This vessel was damaged by a submarine on 17/March/1938 and was towed to Barcelona. In January 1939 was sunk by bombs during an air raid. She was refloated in July, when this photo seems was shot.
Shipyard / Year Blyth Shipbuilding Co. / 1914
Name Aydon
Name / Year Jet / 1918
Name / Year Charity / 1919
Name / Year Aydon / 1919
Name / Year Warszawa / 1920
Name / Year Brompton Manor / 1925
Name / Year Drakelow / 1936
Name / Year Stancliffe / 1937
Name / Year Navarion / 1938
Name / Year Lena / 1938
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Moncada
Dead weight 2,600 MT
Gross register 1,735 GRT
Length 77.7 mtr
Breadth 11,7 mtr
Depth 6.5 mtr
Maximum draft 5.5 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,120 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Wrecked 16/03/1951 - Ponta Sagres (Portugal)

Castillo Moncada - Vida Marítima
Other view of the refloating works at Barcelona
Castillo Moncada - Vida Marítima
View from the aft to the ship fully laden



Castillo Morella
Ulia by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Richardson Duck / 1896
Name Swanley
Owner / Year Compañía Naviera Aurrerá / 1900
Name Yandiola
Owner / Year Cía. Naviera Guipuzcoana / 1920
Name Yandiola
Name 1930 Ulia
Owner / Year Compañía Naviera Bidasoa / 1934
Name Ulia
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1938
Name Castillo Morella
Owner / Year Compañía Naviera Bidasoa / 1939
Name Ulia
Owner / Year Compañía Naviera Española / 1942
Name Ulia
Dead weight 3,960 MT
Gross register 2,370 GRT
Length 91.4 mtr
Breadth 13.1 mtr
Depth 6.2 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,230 H.P.
Scrapped Barcelona - 1959



Castillo Sagunto
Reus by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year N.V. Werf Zeeland / 1921
Name Stella
Owner / Year Matías Mallol Bosch / 1930
Name Ciutat de Reus
Dead weight 1,400 MT
Gross register 845 GRT
Length 65.9 mtr
Breadth 9.6 mtr
Depth 5.0 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 485 H.P.
Speed 8.5 knots
Sold 1943 to
Owner Domingo Tomás Royo Rodrigo
Name Reus
Fire 19/07/1970 - Almería
Scrapped Almería - 1970



Castillo Monteagudo
Vicente Suarez by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year J.P. Rennoldson and Sons / 1905
Name Solo
Name / Year Yorkbrook / 1929
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1940
Name Castillo Monteagudo
Dead weight 1,770 MT
Gross register 1,370 GRT
Length 71.6 mtr
Breadth 10.4 mtr
Depth 5.3 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,870 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1952 to
Owner Vicente Suárez
Name Vicente Suarez
Scrapped Bilbao - 1970



Castillo Madrigal
Ramon Oller by T. Diedrich
She was sold to Santiago Oller Martínez in 1951 and renamed Ramon Oller. In 1962 she was bought by Joaquín Ponte Naya, keeping the name Ramon Oller until scrapped in 1963.
Shipyard / Year Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. / 1920
Name Diadem
Name / Year Eleni Nicolaou / 1934
Name / Year Nicolaou Eleni / 1937
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Madrigal
Dead weight 8,150 MT
Gross register 4,258 GRT
Length 118.9 mtr
Breadth 16.5 mtr
Depth 7.5 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 2,200 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1951 to
Owner Santiago Oller Martínez
Name Ramon Oller
Owner / Year Joaquín Ponte Naya / 1962
Name Ramon Oller
Scrapped Avilés / 1963



Castillo Fuensaldaña
Castillo Fuensaldaña by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year William Gray and Co. / 1910
Owner La Tunisienne Steam Navigation Co.
Name Camerata
Name / Year Ronturn / 1928
Name / Year Everards / 1933
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Fuensaldaña
Dead weight 6,180 MT
Gross register 3,726 GRT
Length 106.7 mtr
Breadth 15.3 mtr
Depth 7.2 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 1,280 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1957 to
Owner Naviera Crú
Name Cru Mediterraneo
Owner / Year Marcosa / 1961
Name Sendye
Owner / Year Naviera de Cantabria / 1967
Name Sendye
Scrapped Santander / 1968



Castillo Gibralfaro
Carlos Tartiere by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Short Brothers / 1905
Name Cairnnevis
Name / Year Tolsta - 1919
Name / Year Juss - 1937
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes - 1938
Name Sevilla
Name 1939 Castillo Gibralfaro
Dead weight 2,660 MT
Gross register 1,587 GRT
Length 79.0 mtr
Breadth 11.2 mtr
Depth 5.5 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 700 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1954 to
Owner Cía. de Navegación Vasco Asturiana
Name Carlos Tartiere
Owner / Year Soc. Metalúrgica Duro Felguera / 1967
Name Carlos Tartiere
Scrapped San Esteban de Pravia - 1974



Castillo Daroca
Daroca by T. Diedrich

Shipyard / Year Bergens Mek Vaerks / 1910
Name Skulda
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Daroca
Dead weight 1,780 MT
Gross register 1,105 GRT
Length 69.8 mtr
Breadth 10.7 mtr
Depth 5.8 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 650 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1956 to
Owner Naviera Daroca
Name Daroca
Scrapped Marín - 1970

Castillo Daroca - Collection C. Kleiss
Here is at Pasajes. Although she is hidden by the crane can be observed that in the above photo that the accomodation was modified and the funnel shortened. By her bow was the coaster Leo.
Castillo Daroca - Collection C. Kleiss


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Castillo Riaza
Mina Sorriego by T. Diedrich
        She was formerly Island Queen and Foynes, and was sunk when she wore this last name by the aviation at the port of Valencia on 19/09/1938 during the Civil War. She also had other names when camouflated as trap ship during World War I. When she was refloated in 1940 received the name of Castillo Riaza and was integrated in the Gerencia de Buques Mercantes para Servicios Oficiales, and later in the Empresa Nacional Elcano de la Marina Mercante when it was created. She was sold in 1958 to Naviera del Nalón, being renamed Mina Sorriego and after a few years in that company was scrapped at Gijón in 1966.
Shipyard / Year Goole Shipbuilders / 1916
Name Island Queen
Owner / Year Gerencia de Buques Mercantes / 1939
Name Castillo Riaza
Dead weight 1,100 MT
Gross register 844 GRT
Length 56.4 mtr
Breadth 9.2 mtr
Depth 5.4 mtr
Propulsion Reciprocating triple expansion
Power 500 H.P.
Incorporated 1942
Sold 1958 to
Owner Naviera del Nalón
Name Mina Sorriego
Scrapped Gijón - 1966

Island Queen - Collection L. Santa OlayaIsland Queen - Collection L. Santa Olaya
On these photos she was as Island Queen
Privet - Collection L. Santa Olaya
And on this already as Privet, the Q ship Q-19.
Barco Q - Collection L. Santa Olaya
A Q ship with the gun camouflaged and already on deck
Castillo Riaza - Collection L. Santa Olaya
On August 1955 grounded at Cabo Peñas area



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



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