Spanish monitor Puigcerdá
|Namesake:||Capital of Cerdanya|
|Builder:||FCM, La Seyne, France|
|Laid down:||28 September 1874|
|Launched:||19 November 1874|
|Length:||41 m (135 ft)|
|Beam:||9 m (30 ft)|
|Draft:||2 m (6.6 ft)|
|Installed power:||530 ihp|
|Complement:||59 officers and enlisted|
|Notes:||23 tons of coal|
The Puigcerdá was the only monitor ever commissioned in the history of the Spanish Armada, and was acquired to defend the estuary of Bilbao and the coast of Cantabria during the Third Carlist War, at a price of ₧840,000.
Construction and Naming
The acquisition of Puigcerdá was approved on August 25, 1874, by General Serrano and Minister of Marine Rafael Rodriguez Arias. The contract for the construction of the ship was signed September 11, 1874, with the ship to be built in the shipyard of the Societe Nouvelle des Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee, in La Seyne, Toulon, France.
By a Royal Order dated October 30, 1874 it was ordered that the ship be given the name:
"...Puigcerdá, thus perpetuating in the Navy one of the memorable events of this civil war that unfortunately divides us"
Third Carlist War service
During the Third Carlist War, Puigcerdá defended the province of Vizcaya against Carlist troops. After the war the ship was laid up at Ferrol with the floating battery Duque de Tetuán, and was decommissioned in 1890.
In 1900 Puigcerdá was decommissioned, and sold for 30,000 pesetas for civilian use as the small steamer Anita; later it was sold to John Holt & Co. of Liverpool.
- "The Monitor Puigcerda", Spanish-American War Centennial Website.
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