Friday, 24 March 2017

Ships of the Nationalist and Republican Navies during the Spanish Civil War: Basque Auxiliary Navy

As the Basque part of Republican Spain was separated from the rest, it had to extemporize its own navy with which to protect its coast. Most of the vessels were ex-trawlers that were armed with whatever weapons were available.

The ships of the Basque Auxiliary Navy included:

Araba
  • Displacement: 1,190 tons
  • Armament: 1 x 4” (102mm) (1 x 1); 2 x 8mm Machine Guns (2 x 1)
  • Complement: 50

Bizkaya

  • Displacement: 1,190 tons
  • Armament: 2 x 4” (102mm) (2 x 1); 2 x 8mm Machine Guns (2 x 1)
  • Complement: 50
Donostia

Donostia.
Donostia's main armament ... a 3" (76mm) gun.
  • Displacement: 287 tons
  • Armament: 1 x 3” (76mm) (1 x 1); 1 x 4 pdr (47mm); 2 x 8mm Machine Guns (2 x 1)
  • Complement: 30
Gipuzkoa
  • Displacement: 1,251 tons
  • Armament: 2 x 4” (102mm) (2 x 1), 2 x 8mm Machine Guns (2 x 1)
  • Complement: 50
Goizeko Izarra
  • Displacement: 136 tons
  • Armament: 1 x 6 pdr (57mm) (1 x 1)
  • Complement: 18
Iparreko Izarra

Iparreko Izarra.
  • Displacement: 136 tons
  • Armament: 1 x 6 pdr (57mm) (1 x 1); 1 x 8mm Machine Gun (1 x 1)
  • Complement: 18
Nabarra

Nabarra before her conversion from a trawler.
Nabarra.
Nabarra.
  • Displacement: 1,204 tons
  • Armament: 2 x 4” (102mm) (2 x 1); 2 x 8mm Machine Guns (2 x 1)
  • Complement: 50

2 comments:

  1. Great photos - now I'm itching to bash one of these, I've got some ship bits and pieces from 'The Virtual Armchair General' somewhere. But where....?

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    1. AlFront,

      The Basques converted what they had a lot of ... fishing boats! Depending upon the scale you want to model your boat in, there are several models available that would be suitable to use as a basis for your conversion.

      All the best,

      Bob

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