Funnel by Aingeru Astui

Flag by Alberto Mantilla

Compañía Trasatlántica Española

Satrustegui - Collection T. Diedrich
        In this two photos the Satrustegui is shown before and after a full rebuilt, which besides the change of colour we can see the change of funnel, the change in the forecastle line, changes in the forward of the accomodation, etc.
Satrustegui - Collection T. Diedrich
Virginia de Churruca - Collection A. Paniagua
In this nice photo at Veracruz the Satrustegui or Virginia de Churruca was on the background. On the foreground was a Norwegian vessel owned by Wilh. Wilhelmsen and next a Swedish one owned by White Star Line.

Virginia de Churruca
Virginia de Churruca by T. Diedrich
        In these two photos the Virginia de Churruca is shown before and after a full rebuilt similar to the carried out on Satrustegui, and we can see similar changes.
        These two ships started their service in the America lines in 1952.
Virginia de Churruca - Collection T. Diedrich

Virginia de Churruca
These two postcards show her with the original colours
Virginia de Churruca
And this photo is like the postcard, but with a big stream of cooling water
Conde de Argelejo

Guadalupe by T. Diedrich
        The Guadalupe and Covadonga were part of the Monasterios serie together with plus three more vessels for Naviera Aznar, plus one more for Trasmediterránea. They were the vessels four and five in the serie.
        They were passenger and cargo ships, and her main specifications were:
            Length: 148.5 mtr      Beam: 18.92 mtr      Depth: 12.1 mtr     Draft: 7.61 mtr
            Propulsion: Diesel engine Sulzer SD - 7,300 HP - 10 Cylinders x 720 mm bore x 1,250 mm stroke
            Speed: 17.5 knots
            Their 349 passenger capacity was split: 105 in First Class and 244 in Second Class.

Guadalupe by B. Pedersen
            On this photo she is in the Mississippi River on the early 70s.
Built in year: 1952 Passengers: 349
Shipyard: Naval de Sestao GRT: 10,226
Original name: Monasterio de Guadalupe NRT: 8,023
Home port: Barcelona DWT: 8,500
Registry number: 397 Displacement: 14,800

Guadalupe - Collection F. Estrañi
The First Class menu. The drawing on the cover is wrong because it is the Satrustegui or Virginia de Churruca
Guadalupe - Collection F. Estrañi

Guadalupe - Collection F. Estrañi

Covadonga by T. Diedrich
The Covadonga was the last vessel in the Monasterios serie and the only one not built in the Naval of Sestao.
        If closely observed can be seen that the after part was different, in the Covadonga the bridge superstructure was linked to the poop one.
Covadonga by B. Pedersen
        This photo and the next showed her in the Mississippi river on the early 70s.
        They were sailing for twenty years in the line Spain-United States-Cuba-Mexico until scrapped in 1973.
Covadonga by B. Pedersen
Built in year: 1953 Passengers: 349
Shipyard: Euskalduna GRT: 10,226
Original name: Monasterio de la Rábida NRT: 8,023
Home port: Barcelona DWT: 8,500
Registry number: 400 Displacement: 14,800
Covadonga - Collection C. Kleiss
Awesone postcard; sailing close to the Torre de Hércules, at La Coruña

Brochure - Covadonga and Guadalupe



Crucero Iberoamericano - 1967
Covadonga - Collection J. Careaga
Covadonga - Collection J. Careaga
Photo signed by the Captain

Covadonga - Collection J. Careaga
Itinerary and dates

Covadonga - Collection J. Careaga
List of passengers, with their ports of embarkation and destination.

Covadonga - Collection J. Careaga
Services and rules during the voyage

Covadonga - Colección de J. Careaga
Customs form at New York

Covadonga - Collection J. Careaga
Menu of the day 14/August/1967

Covadonga - Collection J. Careaga
Menu of the day 15/August/1967

Montserrat - Collection J.C. Díaz Lorenzo
        The Montserrat was built in 1945 in Los Angeles as a class Victory cargo vessel and named Wooster Victory. She was bought by Sitmar Line (Italia) which converted her in a passanger ship and renamed her Castel Verde, increasing the GRT to 9,008 and her capacity to 900 passengers. She was bought by Trasatlantica in 1957.
Montserrat by T. Diedrich
        On the first photo is like when bought. In this one after painted in black, like all the company's vessels. Also the funnel was modified with a telescopic tube, to improve the smoke dispersion. After upgrading the accomodation she had capacity for 830 passangers.
Montserrat by T. Diedrich
        In 1970 after a big repairing in Curaçao she was again painted in white. The funnel was modified and painted in ocher, with the company's flag on it. She was the only ship with this look. She was scrapped in 1973.

Begoña - Collection J.C. Díaz Lorenzo
The Begoña was built in Baltimore in 1945, also as a class Victory cargo ship, and named Vassar Victory.
Begoña - Collection T. Diedrich
        In 1947 was also bought by Sitmar Line which converted her in a passanger vessels with capacity for 480 passangers and renamed her Castelbianco.
Castelbianco -
        This drawing shows her when bought by Sitmar, before the conversion, and shows the big change.
        In 1952 was converted again and increased her size to 10,139 GRT with capacity for 1,200 passangers and renamed Castel Bianco. In 1957 was bought by Trasatlántica which modified her to 940 passangers capacity. Her GRT and passengers capacity was bigger than the Montserrat because this modification included building an extra deck.
Begoña by T. Diedrich
        For both vessels the original GRT was 7,604. During their whole life their length was 138.7 mtr and their beam 18.9 mtr
        The propulsion was by turbines, with 6,600 HP. In the Begoña they were Westinghouse, and in the Montserrat they were Allis Chalmers. They had only one propeller, and the speed was around 16 knots.
Begoña - Collection J.C. Díaz Lorenzo
This photo, shot in Vigo, shows very well the poop.
Begoña - Collection J.C. Díaz Lorenzo
        This very nice photo was shot in Santa Cruz de La Palma.
        After many years sailing in the America lines she was scrapped in Castellón on October 1974, being the last passengers vessel of the company.

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