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Compañía Trasatlántica Española






Cristobal Colon
Cristobal Colon by F. Estrañi Sr.
        Built on 1923 was 10,883 GRT with 14,400 MT displacement. She was in the line North Spain - Cuba - Mexico - New York, like the Habana ex-Alfonso XIII, until grounded and lost off-Bermuda on 25 October 1936.
Cristobal Colon - Supplied by M. Budiño
This photo shows her impressive and nice look viewed from forward
Shipyard / Year S.E.C.N. / Ferrol / 1927
Dead Weight 6,320
Gross Register 10,833 GRT
Passengers 2,700
Length 152.6 mtr
Breadth 18.6 mtr
Depth 10.9 mtr
Propulsion 2 x Steam turbines
Power 11,083 H.P.
Speed 17 knots
Sunk 1936

Cristobal Colon - Collection F. García Echegoyen

Cristobal Colon - Collection F. García Echegoyen



Juan Sebastian Elcano
Juan Sebastian Elcano - Photo supplied by J.C. Gonzalez
        The Juan Sebastian Elcano was the first of a three vessels serie, being the other two the Marques de Comillas and the Magallanes. She was launched by Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval at Sestao on November 1926.
Juan Sebastian Elcano  - Photo supplied by F.J. Tomás Martinez
       This ship was seized by the Soviet Union at Odessa on 1937, transformed in workshop ship and renamed Wolga in the Soviet Navy. Later was converted to hospital vessel and renamed Odessa. Later was converted to cargo vessel and renamed Jakutia, being scrapped on 1968.


Marques de Comillas
Marques de Comillas - Photo supplied by F.J. Tomás Martinez
        
        The Marques de Comillas was launched at Ferrol on March 1927. On 1961 caught a fire at shipyard Astano de Ferrol and due to the heavy damage and her age was scrapped on 1962.
        The three ships were commissioned on 1928.
Marques de Comillas by T. Diedrich
        When new they had two funnels, which in the Marques de Comillas and Magallanes case was reduced to one around 1940, when they were transformed to modify their passanger capacity. In these photos can be seen with two funnels and after the modification.
        Although sister ships their passanger capacity was different, and was around 145 passangers in First, 50 in Second and 40 in Third, with very different capacity in Emigrant because it was between 530 and 830 depending of the vessel. The emigrants were traveling in bunks in the tweendecks. Later they were converted to three class vessels: First, Second and Turist.
Marques de Comillas - Supplied by J.L. Castañeda
On this nice photo can be seen leaving La Habana

Marques de Comillas - Collection C. Kleiss
At Vigo
Marques de Comillas - Collection C. Kleiss


Magallanes
Magallanes - Photo supplied by F.J. Tomás Martinez
        The Magallanes was launched at Matagorda on May 1927. After her commissioning on 1928, together with her sister ships, was sailing in the America lines till 1953 when was laid up at Bilbao waiting to be transformed, but on 1957 was sold to the scrappers.
Magallanes by F. Estrañi Sr.
     These three ships main specifications were:
TDW 6.200 TM
Displacement 13.200 TM
GRT 9,900
Length 145,1 metros
Breadth 17,1 metros
Depth 9,8 metros

        The propulsion was by 2 turbine groups Curtis-Parsons with 8,300 HP which got them 15 knots. The steam was supplied from five boilers with 25 bar pressure and burning 80 MT of heavy fuel oil daily.


Interior views
These photos show how were the decoration on those years

Infanta Isabel de Borbon from the book Trasatlántica - Cien años de vida sobre el mar
Isabel de Borbon - Gallery
Cristobal Colon - From the book Trasatlántica - Cien años de vida sobre el mar
Cristobal Colon - Hall
Magallanes from the book Trasatlántica - Cien años de vida sobre el mar
Magallanes - Mess room


     Cristobal Colon - Marques de Comillas - Magallanes     

Cristobal Colon - From the book Trasatlántica - Cien años de vida sobre el mar



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  Part of the information has been extracted from the pages of Manuel García


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