Spanish cruiser Canarias
|Laid down:||15 August 1928|
|Launched:||28 May 1931|
|Decommissioned:||17 December 1975|
|Class & 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)|
• 8 × BL 8" (203 mm L/50) Mk.VIII guns in four twin turrets
|Armour:||Belt 2 inch, 1.5 - 1 inch deck, 4 inch box around magazines, 1 inch turret , 1 inch conning tower|
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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 was the flagship of the Nationalist Navy and sank 34 ships including the Spanish Republican Navy destroyer Almirante Ferrándiz during the battle of Cape Espartel, 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. 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.
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Spanish cruiser Canarias.|
- Canarias, Adiós by Willard C. Frank, Jr. (1975)
- Buques de Guerra, a Spanish website about warships (Spanish)