Foreign ships sunk

Belgian flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Arctic, 147 ton,
30 January 1938
Brunet & Co., Ostend Grounded near Coruna Total loss

British flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
African Mariner, 6581 ton, 22 January 1939 African & Continental, London Air attack at Barcelona Raised by Nationalist ships on 18 April 1939, confiscated and renamed Castillo Montjuich
Alcira, 1387 ton, 4 February 1938 J. Bruce & Co., Glasgow Air attack off Barcelona Sunk in deep waters
Arlon, 4903 ton, 27 June 1938 Arlon S.S. Co. Air attack at Valencia Set ablaze – Towed outside the port and sunk
Blue Shadow, 34 ton, 9 August 1936 Eloise Drake Surface action – Shelled by the Nationalist cruiser Almirante Cervera at Gijon Yacht wrecked, skipper killed. American owner Eloise Drake and two members of the crew wounded, rescued by destroyer HMS Comet
Dellwyn, 1451 ton, 27 July 1938 Dillwyn S. S. Co., Swansea Air attack at Gandia Raised by Nationalist ships on 10 May 1939, confiscated and renamed Castilla Montesa
Eleni, 1138 ton, 30 November 1938 Inter Levant Co. Ltd. Air attack at Águilas Raised by Nationalist ships in 1940, confiscated and renamed Castillo Vera
Endymion, 887 ton, 21 January 1938 Verano S.S. Co., Gibraltar Torpedoed and sunk by the Nationalist submarine General Sanjurjo off Cape Tiñoso Sunk in deep waters. Submarine’s commander dismissed after British protest
English Tanker, 5387 ton, 6 June 1938 Campsa-Gentibus, Madrid Air attack at Alicante Raised by Nationalist ships on 26 April 1939, confiscated and renamed Castillo Almenara
Farnham, 4793 ton, 27 June 1938 Alpha S.S. Co., London Air attack at Alicante Raised by Nationalist ships on 27 June 1939, confiscated and renamed Castillo Montiel
Foynes, 822 ton, 27 June 1937 Limerick S.S. Co., Limerick Air attack at Valencia Raised by Nationalist ships in 1940, confiscated and renamed Castillo Riaza
Greatend, 1495 ton, 28 May 1938 NewbiginS.S. Co., Newcastle Air attack at Valencia Raised by Nationalist ships on 24 November 1938, confiscated and renamed Castillo Noreña
Isadora, 1324 ton, 9 June 1938 Stone & Rolfe, Belfast Air attack at Castellon Raised by Nationalist ships in 1939, confiscated and renamed Castillo Frías
Jean Weems, 2349 tons, 30 October 1937 Thameside Ship Co., London Air attack off Santander Sunk in deep waters
Lake Lugano, 2120 ton, 28 January 1939 Strubin & Co., London Damaged by air attack on 6 August 1938; abandoned and eventually beached off Palamos
Surface action – Shelled and wrecked in situ by the Nationalist auxiliary cruiser Mar Negro
Sunk in shallow waters
Lucky, 1235 ton, 10 February 1938 Toussi Ship Co., Gibraltar Air attack at Valencia Raised by Nationalist ships on 24 May 1939, confiscated and renamed Castillo Benisano
Miocene, 2153 ton, 24 January 1939 Campsa-Gentibus, Madrid Air attack at Barcelona Raised by Nationalist ships in 1940 and confiscated, but eventually scrapped in 1944
Penthames, 3995 ton, 31 May 1938 D. P. Barnett, London Air attack off Valencia Sunk in deep waters
St. Winifred, 5683 ton, 6 June 1938 Barry Shipping Co. Ltd. Air attack at Alicante Heavily damaged. Hull sold to an Italian company which rebuilt her as Capo Vita
Stanburgh, 1095 ton, 4 November 1938 Billmeir, London Internal explosion off Sète, France, while on passage to Barcelona Beached and later scrapped
Stancroft, 1407 ton, 27 December 1938 Billmeir, London Air attack at Barcelona Raised by Nationalist ships on 24 April 1939, confiscated and renamed Castillo Almansa
Standale, 2456 ton, 12 May 1937 Billmeir, London Foundered off Berlengas islands while bound to Cartagena Sank in deep waters
Stangrove, 516 ton, 23 February 1939 Billmeir, London Surface action – Shelled and seized by the Nationalist gunboat Dato off Cap de Creus Ran aground in a gale while in custody at Palma de Mallorca. Skipper killed in the wreckage.Raised by Nationalist ships in 1939, confiscated and renamed Castilla del Oro (later Condestable)
Sunion, 3054 ton, 22 June 1938 African & Continental S.S. Co., London Air attack off Valencia Sunk in deep waters
Thorpehall, 1251 ton, 25 May 1938 Westcliff S.S., London Air attack off Valencia Sunk in deep waters
Thorpeheaven, 3683 ton, 10 June 1938 Westcliff S.S. Co., London Air attack at Alicante Raised by Nationalist ships on 18 May 1938, confiscated and renamed Castillo Guadalest
Thorpeness, 4798 ton, 21 June 1938 Westcliff S.S. Co., London Air attack off Valencia Sunk in deep waters
Ulmus, 2733 ton, 18 January 1939 Reardon Smith, Cardiff Accidental fire at the Strait of Gibraltar Abandoned. Salvaged by Nationalist warships, towed to Barcelona
Woodford, 6987 ton, 1 September 1937 Cº Primera de Navegación, Ltd. Torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine Diaspro off Columbretes islands Sunk in deep waters
Yorkbrook, 1370 ton, 13 October 1938 Angel Sons & Co., Cardiff Air attack at Barcelona Raised by Nationalist ships on 16 January 1940, confiscated and renamed Castillo Monteagudo

Danish flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Bodil, 844 ton, 29 July 1938 J. Lauritzen A/S, Copenhagen Air attack at Palamos Sunk in deep waters
Edith, 1566 ton, 13 August 1938 J. Lauritzen, Copenhagen Air attack off Balearic Islands Sunk in deep waters
Jan, 1739 ton 26 May 1938 Holm & Wonsild, Copenhagen Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist patrol boat Iñasi Confiscated, renamed Castillo Coca

Dutch flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Hanna, 3730 ton, 11 November 1938 F.W. Wittenbogaart, Rotterdam Torpedoed and sunk by the Nationalist submarine General Mola off Cape San Antonio Sunk in deep waters
Jonge Jacobus, 1757 ton, 27 January 1937 Middelandsche Zeevaart, Rotterdam Foundered off Berlengas Islands Sunk in deep waters

Estonian flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Juss, 1187 ton, 22 January 1938 unknown Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist auxiliary cruiser Mallorca at the Strait of Gibraltar Confiscated, renamed Castillo Gibralfaro
Pomaron, 1743 ton, 21 January 1938 Strubin & Co., London Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist auxiliary cruiser Vicente Puchol at the Strait of Gibraltar Confiscated, renamed Castillo Butrón

French flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
France Artois, 439 ton, 14 August 1938 Marseille Maritime, Marseilles Hit a mine while en route from Marseilles to Oran Sunk in deep waters
Aunis, 439 ton, 15 January 1939 Marseille Maritime, Marseilles Surface action – Seized by the Nationalist gunboat Dato Confiscated, renamed Castillo Valldemosa
Azelma, 177 ton, 25 January 1939 unknown Air attack at Sant Feliu de Guíxols Raised by Nationalist ships in 1940, confiscated and renamed Castillo Javier
Belle Hirondelle, 2 May 1937 unknown Internal explosion off Palma de Mallorca Sunk in deep waters
Brisbane, 4004 ton, 8 June 1938 André Puech, Paris Air attack off Denia Beached, total loss
Cap Bear, 212 ton, 15 June 1938 G. Ciamoni, Marseilles Air attack at Valencia Total loss
Chausser 91, 20 October 1938 Marine Nationale Air attack at Fornells Total loss
El Djem, 2575 ton, 30 May 1938 Soc. Maritime Nationale, Paris Air attack off El Grau, Valencia Total loss
Francois, 3457 ton, 21 December 1937 Soc. Commerciale d’afrettements et Commissiones, Paris Surface action – Seized by the Nationalist auxiliary cruiser Mallorca at the Strait of Gibraltar Confiscated, renamed Castillo Andrade
Gaulois, 500 tons, 15 June 1938 Enterprise Cotière des Transports Maritimes, Marseille Air attack at Valencia Raised by Nationalist ships on 28 September 1939, confiscated and renamed Castillo Turégano
Guaruja, 4282 ton, 2 January 1938 France Transports Maritimes, Paris Grounded at Punta Polacra Total loss
La Corse, 643 ton, 4 November 1938 S.A.R. Louis Carlini, Marseilles Air attack off Cape Matara Raised by Nationalist ships, confiscated and renamed Castillo Jarandilla
Liberte, 6 July 1937 La Peche Française, Fecamp Surface action – Seized by the Nationalist cruiser Almirante Cervera Confiscated and renamed Castillo Almodóvar
Oued Mellah, 2414 ton, 24 October 1937 Cia. de Navigation Paquet, Marseilles Air attack off Balearic Islands Sunk in deep waters
Saint Prosper, 4330 ton, 8 March 1939 Soc. Navale de L’Ouest Hit a mine while bound for Algiers Sank with all hands
Sydney, 4937 ton, 17 December 1937 Soc. Commerciale d’afrettements et Commissiones, Paris Surface action – Seized by the Nationalist auxiliary cruiser Lázaro at the Strait of Gibraltar Confiscated, renamed Castillo Simancas
Tregastel, 1,046 ton, 28 September 1938 France Navegation, Paris Grounded at Cadaqués Total loss
Yolande, 1733 ton, 26 January 1939 R. Gardellá, Paris Air attack at Barcelona Total loss

Greek flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Ellinico Vuono, 3667 ton, 19 May 1938 T. Papadimitrou, Pireus Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist cruiser Canarias near Cape Passer Confiscated, renamed Castillo Mombeltrán
Gardelaki, 2282 ton, 28 March 1937 E. Theophilatos, Ithaca Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist patrol boat Uad Kert on the Strait of Gibraltar Confiscated, renamed Castillo Tarifa
Lena, 1735 ton, 30 March 1938 Jean Milonas, Paris Torpedoed by a submarine – apparently the Nationalist General Mola Towed to Barcelona, and sank there in shallow waters. Raised by Nationalist ships, confiscated, and renamed Castillo Moncada
Loukia, 2143 ton, 4 March 1937 Mavris & Diacon Zadeh, Istanbul Hit a mine off Cape San Sebastian Sank in deep waters
Loulis, 330 ton, 25 February 1939 unknown Hit a mine off Cap de Creus Sank in deep waters
Nagos, 1926 ton, 5 April 1937 J.G. Livanos, Chios Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist patrol boat Maria Teresa at the Strait of Gibraltar Confiscated and renamed Castillo Monforte
Nicolau Eleni, 4528 ton, 9 November 1938 Georgios Nicolau, Pireus Surface action – Captured by Nationalist patrol boat at the Strait of Gibraltar Confiscated and renamed Castillo Madrigal
Poli, 2861 ton, 2 April 1937 E. Vintiades, Genoa Surface action – Shelled and sunk by the Nationalist cruiser Baleares Sunk in deep waters
Victoria, 6600 ton, 11 November 1938 Georgios Nicolau, London Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist auxiliary cruiser Mar Cantábrico Confiscated, renamed Castillo Oropesa

Latvian flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Everards, 3075 ton, 19 November 1938 F. Grauds, Riga Surface action – Captured by Nationalist patrol boats off Gibraltar Confiscated, renamed Castillo Fuensaldaña

Norwegian flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Alix, 1115 ton, call signal MQPR – LCPZ, 30 March 1938 A.S. Salvesen, Oslo Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist patrol boat Huelva off Gibraltar in 1937. Grounded march 1938. Grounded and lost off Cabo de Quejo, Santoña
Gulnes, 1195 ton, 8 December 1936 H. Storaas, Bergen Bombed midship by Republican aircraft at Seville. Four Norwegian sailors died: stoker Egil Nilsen Pleym from Nesna in Helgoland, first mate Adolf J. Lund Ervik from Bergen, stoker Eugen Marinus Hansen from Drammen and the cook Alfred A. Aasheim from Meling, Bømlo. They were all buried at the graveyard from San Fernando, Sevilla, next to the grave of captain Gabriel Kielland. An obelisk was raised on their joint grave with an inscription. Broken up in Vado Ligure, Italy, in May 1937
Skottland, 736 ton, 1 January 1938 A.S. Skottland, Nordbø Struck at Cabo Mayo near Santander Total loss
Skulda, 1105 ton, call signal MFWC – LEWI, 21 July 1938 William Hansen, Bergen Surface action – Captured by Nationalist patrol boat at the Strait of Gibraltar, traveling from Iceland to Marseille Confiscated, renamed Castillo Daroca

Panamanian flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Andra, 1,384 ton 6 April 1937 Sodeco, Antwerp Surface action – Shelled and sunk by the Nationalist armed trawler Galerna off Santoña. Dutchman 2nd engineer Harmannus Antonius Deekens (1894 -1937) and donkeyman Teunis Johannes Stolk (1881 – 1937) died. Sunk in deep waters
Authorpe, 274 ton, 6 January 1939 Marseille Maritime, Marseilles Air attack at Alicante Raised by Nationalist ships in 1939, confiscated and renamed Alhucemas
Geo McKnight, 12442 ton, 15 August 1937 Nazi Germany Waried Tankschiff (Esso affiliated) Surface action – Shelled and torpedoed by the Italian destroyer Freccia off Tunis Ran aground after being abandoned
Hordena, 2667 ton, 16 April 1937 Scotia Corp., Paris Surface action – Captured by Nationalist cruiser Almirante Cervera Confiscated and renamed Castillo la Mota
Janu, 1347 ton, 14 March 1937 Socdeco, Antwerp Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist patrol boat Huelva Confiscated and renamed Castillo Arévalo y Tarifa
Nausicaa, 5005 ton, 27 May 1938 Veniselos, Pireus Air attack south of Minorca Sunk in deep waters
Reina, 1436 ton, 19 October 1937 Scotia Corp., Pari Air attack at Gijon Raised by Nationalist ships on 30 June 1938, confiscated and renamed Castillo Olmedo
Wintonia, 168 ton, 30 May 1938 C. Calunietti, Ciudad de Panama Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist cruiser squadron Confiscated, renamed Castillo Rio Seco y Finisterre

Soviet flag

Name and date of loss Ship’s owner Type of Incident Aftermath
Blagoev, 3100 ton, 3 September 1937 Sovietflot Torpedoed and sunk off Skyros by the Italian submarine Settembrini Sunk in deep waters
Katayama, 3209 ton, 17 October 1938 Sovietflot Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist minelayer Vulcano Confiscated, renamed Castillo Ampudia
Komsomol, 5109 ton, 14 December 1936 Sovietflot Surface action – Shelled and sunk by the Nationalist cruiser Canarias Sunk in deep waters
Lensovet, 4718 ton, 19 March 1938 Sovietflot Surface action – Captured by Nationalist patrol boats at the Strait of Gibraltar Confiscated, renamed Castillo Bellver
Max Hoelz, 3472 ton, 2 November 1938 Sovietflot Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist minelayer Vulcano Confiscated, renamed Castillo Montealegre
Potishev, 3545 ton, 31 May 1938 Sovietflot Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist auxiliary cruiser Vicente Puchol Confiscated, renamed Castillo de Olite
Skvortzov Stepanov, 2152 ton, 26 May 1938 Sovietflot Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist cruiser Canarias Confiscated, renamed Castillo Maqueda
Smidovich, 2485 ton, 10 January 1937 Sovietflot Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist destroyer Velasco off Bilbao Confiscated, renamed Castillo Peñafiel
Timiryazev, 2151 ton, 31 August 1937 Sovietflot Surface action – Torpedoed and sunk by the Italian destroyer Turbine off Tigzirt Sunk in deep waters
Tsyurupa, 2081, 23 October 1938 Sovietflot Surface action – Captured by the Nationalist cruiser Almirante Cervera Confiscated, renamed Castillo Villafranca
Dedicated to the blockade runners, sailors and dock workers and their organisations who supported the Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War 1936 -1939.
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