Marasia's ensigh by A. Mantilla


Pedro de Alvarado by T. Diedrich
This vessel was built at Cartagena (Spain) by Empresa Nacional Bazán, ordered by Empresa Nacional Elcano, and named Pedro de Alvarado.
Elcano ordered her as turbine school-ship, due to this the complement was larger than usual. From outside can be seen the many places available in lifeboats.
Her main specifications were:
Length: 131.4 mtr  -  Breadth: 17.4 mtr  -  Depth: 10.9 mtr     Maximum draft: 7.6 mtr
2,444 NRT  -   5,120 GRT  -   7,570 DWT  -   11,295 MT Displacement
Propulsion: Turbines Rateau with 7,000 SHP
Fuel consumption: 42.7 MT/day gasoil
Bunker capacity: 1,090 MT gasoil
Sea trial speed: 17.7 knots

Pacifico by F. Estrañi
On 1972 was bought by Marasia, which before had had her under charter, and renamed Pacifico.
She was usually sailing to West Coast of South America, but their first trips after bought were to Australia. She was also carrying out some trips to West Africa.

Pedro de Alvarado - Collection J. Careaga
General arrangement
Pedro de Alvarado-Planta - Collection J. Careaga
Steam plant
Pedro de Alvarado-Calderas - Collection J. Careaga
Pedro de Alvarado-Turbina de alta - Collection J. Careaga
High pressure turbine
Pedro de Alvarado-Turbina de baja - Collection J. Careaga
Low pressure turbine
Pedro de Alvarado-Condensador - Collection J. Careaga

Collection M. Ronchera
On 25 January 1976 she grounded at Ría de Arosa, when inbound to Villagarcia de Arosa (Spain) in a trip started at Valparaíso (Chile). She was declared constructive total loss, and on 10 February 1976 was towed to Ferrol to be scrapped by F. Mata.

Pacifico by T. Diedrich
Here she was at Ferrol waiting the scrapping, already with some holes cut on the side.

Pacifico by V. Díez García
Here she is at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with many Land-Rovers on the main deck. These cars were often transported to South America in the company vessels.

Pacifico by V. Díez García
In the second of these two, steaming in rough weather after passing the Strait of Gibraltar, several seafarers can be seen working on deck. Maybe securing the boom that could be loosening.
Pacifico by V. Díez García

Pacifico by E. Rodríguez Plá
A big wave breaking against the forward. For sure part of the wave fall on the people working with the boom.

Pacifico by E. Rodríguez Plá
With the sextant taking the noon readings. The list can be seen checking the horizon against the ship deck. The bridge wings were well protected against the waves splashings, and also against the sun with the shed.

Pacifico - Collection M. Ronchera
There are always unforgettable times, like 1975 Christmas. On the left are Paco Sabor Uhía and Miguel Villarejo; at back table Marisa, Roselló, Rufino (Master), Edmundo Redondo Pérez (Chief Engineer), and Francesc Lleal Galcerán; and on the right Andrés Vidal Sampedro. The two closest ones on that side remain unidentified, as well as the one standing in the background.

Pacifico - Collection M. Ronchera
And not only onboard, but also ashore, as at Pireus (Greece). It was Daphne's Festival, on August 1973, and can be seen Lola, Xavier Brugarolas, Faustino Bodelón, not identified, Curro, not identified, Mimí and Emilio Clemares.
Pacifico by E. Rodríguez Plá
In the same voyage there was the opportunity of visiting the Acropolis
Pacifico by E. Rodríguez Plá

Pacifico by V. Díez García
Different views
Pacifico by V. Díez García
that show her nice looking
Pacifico by V. Díez García

Pacifico by V. Díez García

Pacifico by V. Díez García

Pacifico by V. Díez García

Pacifico by V. Díez García
The onboard dog
Pacifico by V. Díez García
Transiting the Panama Canal
Pacifico - Water color by R. Hernández
This water color shows her at Santa Cruz de Tenerife maneuvering with tugs help
Pedro de Alvarado - Collection M. Cranfield
At Antofagasta (Chile) still carrying the name of Pedro de Alvarado. I don't know if she was already owned by Marasia and had not yet been renamed, or she was chartered but carried the Marasia funnel marks as was the norm with time chartered vessels.
Pacifico - Collection M. Cranfield
In this one she was already renamed Pacifico. She was leaving Cape Town (South Africa) during one of her trips to Australia.

Alonso de Ojeda by T. Diedrich
Elcano ordered at the same time a sister ship, as motor school-ship, but built in Cádiz instead Cartagena. She was called Alonso de Ojeda and was chartered for some time to Marasia.
Her propulsion was 4 diesel engines, with 8 cylinders each and 450 mm bore x 900 mm stroke, geared to two shafts delivering 8,000 HP, getting 18.6 knots in sea trials. Her bunker capacity was 711 MT.
Alonso de Ojeda by V. Díez García
On the left. Alongside the Indico. The Alonso de Ojeda was without boats, so they should be at shipyard.

To carry out properly her role as School Vessels they had many Officers, who had a double work, as normal complement and teachers.
On Deck there were: Master, Chief Officer, Second Officer and three Third Officers. In Engine: Chief Engineer, First Engineer and six Second Engineers. There were also Radio Officer, Doctor, Chaplain, Male Nurse and 33 more (Petty Officers and Crew).
The Master and Chief Engineer were at same time the School's Director and Subdirector, and the Chief Mate and First Engineer the studies chiefs of their respective area.
Each vessel had capacity for 24 Cadets, 12 Deck and 12 Engine. In each speciality there were two groups of six, and whilst a group was in academic works the other carried out training. For the academic work there were two classrooms, one for each especiality. There were also a extra chart room and an extra workshop for training. The Cadets had two berth cabins, and a messroom and a dayroom for their exclusive use.

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