Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa
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December 1, 2020

The Auxiliary Navy of the Basque Country
(1936-39)

Naval records of EUZKAL-ERRIA / BIZKAYA

Ship
EUZKAL-ERRIA / BIZKAYA EUZKAL-ERRIA / BIZKAYA EUZKAL-ERRIA / BIZKAYA
Class
Armed Trawlers
Commanders
  • Cap. Augusto Fernández Glez. de Linares (Nov.36-Dec.36)
  • Com. Alejo Bilbao B. Gebara (Dec.36-Jun.37)
  • 1st Of. Avelino Gonzalez Zulaica (Jun.37)
  • Com. Ramón Garrastazu (Jun.37)
  • Com. José Antonio Sopelana (Jun.37)
  • 1st Of. Avelino Gonzalez Zulaica (Jun.37-Jul.37)
  • Com. Alejo Bilbao B. Gebara (Jul.37-Aug.37)
  • TN Francisco Murga Pérez (Aug.37-Nov.37)
  • TN Antonio Fernández Santos (Nov.37-Jan.38)
Career
Trawler Euzkal-Erria seized in Oct-36 by the Basque Government and entered service in Nov-36. Renamed Bizkaya in Dec-36. Taken over by the Republican Navy in Santoña on 5-Aug-37. Fled to Bordeaux on 28-Aug-37. Planned transformation into raider (corsair ship) not carried out. Seized under French Court orders in 1938. Returned to her owners in 1939.
Characteristics of the ship
Built GRT Length Beam Draught Depth Knots Crew
1927 1.190 65’40 10’53 5’79 5’85 10’5 38-56
 
 
Armament
Nov/36: 1-101’6mm(4”)/50 Vickers; 2 machine guns-8mm Steyr; 1 machine gun-7mm Astra
Feb/37: 2-101’6mm(4”)/50 Vickers; 2 machine guns-8mm Steyr; 1 machine gun-7mm Astra
Jul/37: 2 machine guns-8mm Steyr

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