Alfonso XIII was built as a dreadnought class battleship at Sociedad Espanola de Construccion Naval in Ferrol, and was launched in February 1912. She was commissioned the year after, and under the Rif War in Morocco in the1920's she participated as a stationary fire support. She was renamed to Espana in 1931, and under the Spanish Civil war she was seized by the Nationalists and used to intercept and seize freighters carrying supplies for the Republic forces. 30. April 1937 she was called upon to try and stop an English blockade breaker, but underway she sailed on a mine and sank. The wreck was found in 1984, and rest today upside-down outside Laredo on a depth of 65 to 75 meter.

Former names:
Alfonso XIII
460,0 x 79,0 x 26,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
15700 displ ( std )
Ferrol ( ES ) 1912
( ES )

Picture: Alfonso XIII in 1922
Courtesy of Foto Car Collection, Public domain

Last updated: July 2017