Alfonso XIII was built as a dreadnought class battleship at Sociedad Espanola de Construccion Naval in Ferrol and launched in February 1912. She was put in service the year after, and under the Rif War in Morocco in th e1920 she participated with fire support. She was renamed to Espana in 1931, and under the Spanish civil war she was overtaken and sailed for France and the Nationalists. 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 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
Ferrol ( ES ) 1912
( ES )

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

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Last updated: July 2017