Spanish cruiser Canarias

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Career (Spain)
Name: Canarias
Builder: SECN, Ferrol
Laid down: 15 August 1928
Launched: 28 May 1931
Commissioned: September 1936
Decommissioned: 17 December 1975
Fate: Scrapped 1977
General characteristics
Class and type: Canarias-class heavy cruiser
Displacement: 10,670 long tons (10,840 t) standard
13,500 long tons (13,700 t) full load
Length: 636 ft (194 m)
Beam: 64 ft (20 m)
Draught: 21 ft 5 in (6.53 m)
Propulsion: 4 shafts, Parsons type geared turbines, * Yarrow type boilers, 90,000 hp
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h)
Complement: 679
Armament: • 8 × BL 8" (203 mm L/50) Mk.VIII guns in four twin turrets

• 8 × 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns
• 12 × 40 mm AA guns
• 3 × 20 mm AA guns

• 12 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes in triple tubes above water
Armour: Belt 2 inch, 1.5 - 1 inch deck, 4 inch box around magazines, 1 inch turret , 1 inch conning tower

Canarias was a heavy cruiser of the Spanish Navy. She was designed in the United Kingdom and was a modified version of the Royal Navy's County-class cruiser. She was built in Spain by the Vickers-Armstrongs subsidiary Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval. She saw service during the Spanish Civil War.


Canarias sailing to be scrapped in 1977

Canarias was the flagship of the Nationalist Navy and sank 34 ships[citation needed] including the Spanish Republican Navy destroyer Almirante Ferrándiz during the battle of Cape Espartel,[1] and the Soviet merchant Komsomol off Oran, both in the second half of 1936. Canarias was the main player of the battle of Cape Machichaco on 5 March 1937, when the Basque Auxiliary Navy naval trawler Nabarra was destroyed.[2] She also damaged the destroyer Jose Luis Díez forcing her to seek refuge at Gibraltar on 29 August 1938. Canarias captured the Republican liner Mar Cantábrico, which was later converted to an auxiliary cruiser. During World War II she took part in the search of survivors from the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941.[3]

She remained in commission (due to several repair and refit periods) as the fleet flagship throughout her career. A major refit was planned for her around 1973 to further extend her life, but a survey of her condition (conducted with help of US Navy personnel) concluded she was too old and obsolete to warrant the work. She was decommissioned in 1975 and then sold for scrap in 1977, but was able to steam on her own power to the scrapyard.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Beevor 2000, p. 118.
  2. ^ Los bacaladeros vascos y el combate del Cabo Machichaco (Spanish)
  3. ^ [1] (Spanish)
  • Beevor, Antony (2000) [1982]. The Spanish Civil War. London: Cassell. ISBN 0-304-35281-0. 
  • Gardiner, Robert and Roger Chesneau. Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1980. ISBN 0-85177-146-7.
  • Gardiner, Robert and Stephen Chumbley. Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland, USA, 1995. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.

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