Spanish cruiser Conde del Venadito

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Conde de Venadito in 1895
Career Armada Española Ensign
Name: Conde de Venadito
Namesake: Count of Venadito
Builder: Naval shipyard Cartagena
Laid down: 1883
Launched: 15 August 1888
Completed: 1888 or 1889
Fate: Stricken 1907
General characteristics
Class and type: Velasco-class
Type: unprotected cruiser
Displacement: 1,152 tons
Length: 210 ft 0 in (64.01 m)
Beam: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m) maximum
Installed power: 1,500 ihp
Propulsion: 1-shaft, horizontal compound, 4-cylinder boilers
Sail plan: barque-rigged
Speed: 13 knots
Complement: 173 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4.7 inch (120-mm) guns
4 × 6 pdr guns
1 x machine gun
2 × 14 inch (356-mm) torpedo tubes
Notes: 200 to 220 tons of coal (normal)

Conde de Venadito was a Velasco-class unprotected cruiser of the Spanish Navy.

Technical characteristics[edit]

Conde de Venadito was built at the naval shipyard at Cartagena, Spain. Her keel was laid in 1883, she was launched on 15 August 1888, and she was completed in 1888 or 1889. She had one rather tall funnel. She had an iron hull and was rigged as a barque. She was stricken in 1907. Her hull was sunk as a target ship in 1936.[1]

Allianca incident[edit]

In March 1895, Conde de Venadito was involved in an incident with the American merchant ship Allianca off Cape Maisí, Cuba. The Spanish ship attempted to stop Allianca for search on suspicion of filibustering, or smuggling arms to the insurgents in Cuba. The American ship failing to stop, the Spanish vessel fired several solid shots at the merchant ship during an unsuccessful chase of about 20 miles.[2] This touched off much sensational reporting in the American press and is credited by many with crystallizing anti-Spanish sentiment in the American public in the years preceding the Spanish-American War.


  1. ^ Escobén magazine, February 8 2004(Spanish)
  2. ^ Wisan, Joseph (1965). The Cuban Crisis as reflected in the New York Press. New York: Octagon Books. p. 71. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 


  • Chesneau, Roger, and Eugene M. Kolesnik, Eds. Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. New York: Mayflower Books Inc., 1979. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.
  • Gray, Randal, Ed. Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1985. ISBN 0-87021-907-3.

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