Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Ships of the Nationalist and Republican Navies during the Spanish Civil War: Jupiter-class Minelayers

Built at El Ferrol between 1934 and 1937, they all served in the Nationalist Navy. The design was dual-purpose, and they were intended to function as Gunboats as well as Minelayers.

Ships’ characteristics:
  • Displacement: 2,100 tons standard; 2,600 tons full load
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 320’ (100m)
    • Beam: 41’ 6” (12.7m)
    • Draught: 11’ 6” (3.5m)
  • Maximum Speed: 18.5 knots
  • Armament: 4 x 4.7” (120 mm) (4 x 1); 2 x 2.9” (75 mm) Anti-Aircraft Guns (2 x 1); 4 x 0.8” (20 mm) Anti-Aircraft Guns (2 x 2); 264 Mines
  • Complement: 123
Jupiter survived the Civil War, and was stricken and broken-up in the 1970’s.
Volcano survived the Civil War, and was stricken and broken-up in the 1970’s.
Marte survived the Civil War, and was stricken and broken-up in the 1970’s.
Neptuno survived the Civil War, and was stricken and broken-up in the 1970’s.

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