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Compañía Naviera Sota y Aznar, Bilbao
Sota y Aznar / Naviera Aznar (Aznar Line)

Ramón Sota and Eduardo Aznar, began a partnership in 1902. The company was formed as Sota y Aznar in Bilbao in 1906, as cargo ship owners.
In 1939 Ramón Sota and Eduardo Aznar split and the company became Naviera Aznar S.A and commenced liner routes to South America, the Caribbean and the U.S.A. At this time, all their ships were renamed MONTE_____.
A new route between the Canary Islands and London started in 1952 and Canaries and Liverpool in 1959. Cruises were started in the 1960s. The company ceased trading in the late 1980s.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

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  Sota y Aznar
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Abodi-Mendi 1921 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Serantes, 1963 scrapped. 5,874
Agire-Mendi 1922 ex- Schiehaven, 1922 purchased from G. van Uden, Rotterdam renamed Agire-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Orduna, 1959 scrapped. 5,514
Aizkarai-Mendi (1) 1897 ex- Minerva, 1909 purchased from Cia Anon Maritima Rodas, Bilbao renamed Aizkarai-Mendi, 1915 sold to Hijos de Jose Taya, Barcelona renamed Luisa. 3,603
Aizkarai-Mendi (2) 1922 1936 transferred to H. Aschpurwis & Co., Hamburg renamed Blanca, 1937 transferred to R. M. Sloman, Hamburg renamed Erica, 1938 returned to owners, reverted to Aizkarai-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Iciar, 1963 scrapped. 3,278
Aizkori-Mendi (1) 1896 see Lekeitio.  
Aizkori-Mendi (2) 1922 see Altuna-Mendi. 6,193
Alona-Mendi 1929 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Bizcargui, 1960 scrapped. 1,598
Altobizkar-Mendi 1921 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Saja, 1960 scrapped. 5,955
Altube-Mendi (1) 1914 ex- Amasis (Kosmos Line, Hamburg), 1921 purchased from The Shipping Controller, London renamed Altube-Mendi, 1924 resold to Kosmos Line, Hamburg renamed Uarda. 7,232
Altube-Mendi (2) 1929 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Altube, 1969 sold to Armadores de Cabotage, Bilbao. 2,955
Altuna-Mendi 1922 1937 renamed Aizkori-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Teide, 1967 scrapped. 6,193
Alu-Mendi 1907 28th Apr.1917 captured by UC.65 and sunk with explosives in St. George's Channel. 2,095
Alu-Mendi 1920 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Inchorta, 1959 scrapped. 3,261
Anboto-Mendi (1) 1907 10th May 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.21 off Teesmouth. 2,114
Anboto-Mendi (2) 1924 1924 sold to N.V. Stoom. Mij de Maas, Rotterdam renamed Kieldrecht. 6,247
Anboto-Mendi (3) 1929 1940 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Amboto, 1970 sold to Armadores de Cabotage, Bilbao. 2,955
Andraka-Mendi 1898 see Plencia.  
Andutz-Mendi 1929 29th Jul.1937 shelled and sunk by Spanish Nationalist cruiser GENERAL SANJURJO at Barcelona, 1940 refloated and renamed Monte Buitre, 1962 scrapped. 1,601
Araitz-Mendi 1922 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Corona, 1971 scrapped. 2,572
Aralar-Mendi 1928 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Bustelo, 1961 scrapped. 1,597
Arantza-Mendi 1923 1936 transferred to Soc Anon Cooperativa di Nav, Garibaldi, Genoa renamed Lecce, 1938 returned to owners, reverted to Arantza-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Gorbea, 19th Sep.1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.512 in Atlantic. 3,720
Arantzazu-Mendi 1920 ex- Lord Guilford, 1922 purchased from Byron SS Co., London renamed Arantzazu-Mendi, 9th May 1939 wrecked on Kearney Point, Co. Down. 6,635
Arate-Mendi 1915 ex- Rio Navia, 1935 purchased from Cia Trasmediterranea, Barcelona renamed Arate-Mendi, 1936 captured by Spanish Nationalist cruiser, transferred to R. M. Sloman, Hamburg renamed Ellen, 1938 returned to owner, reverted to Arate-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Faro, 1965 scrapped. 2,917
Araya-Mendi (1) 1924 10th Dec.1935 wrecked off Ceuta. 3,741
Araya-Mendi (2) 1930 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Aralar, 2nd Jan.1941 stranded near Bonanza at mouth of Rio Guadalquivir. 2,955
Ardantza-Mendi 1922 ex- Maraglo, 1922 purchased from N.V. van der Eb, Rotterdam renamed Ardantza-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Monjuich, 1956 sold to Naviera Astur S.A., Bilbao, 1958 renamed Bahia de Palma. 4,889
Ariaga-Mendi 1921 ex- Delfshaven, 1922 purchased from G. van Uden, Rotterdam renamed Ariaga-Mendi, 1940 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Oiz, 1957 sold to Maritima Madrilena, Bilbao renamed Henares. 5,514
Arinda-Mendi (1) 1899 see Mundaka.  
Arinda-Mendi (2) 1921 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Igueldo, 24th Feb.1943 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine BARBARIGO off Brazil. 3,282
Aritz-Mendi 1920 1940 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Navajo, 1964 scrapped. 5,754
Arnabal-Mendi (1) 1906 see Sestao.  
Arnabal-Mendi (2) 1929 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Arnabal, 1967 scrapped. 2,955
Arno-Mendi (1) 1897 see Bermeo.  
Arno-Mendi (2) 1920 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Naranco, 1963 scrapped. 5,754
Arnotegi-Mendi 1921 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Castelo, 1964 scrapped. 3,222
Arola-Mendi 1921 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Sollube, 1959 scrapped after stranding damage at Santander. 5,853
Artagan-Mendi 1917 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Nuria, 1963 scrapped. 5,717
Artea-Mendi 1921 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Gurugu, 13th Nov.1949 foundered in heavy weather off Hartland Point, Devon. 3,551
Artiba-Mendi 1921 1940 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Espadan, 1966 scrapped. 2,543
Artxanda-Mendi 1921 1936 transferred to Soc Anon Cooperativa di Nav, Garibaldi, Genoa renamed Siena, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Galera, 1962 sold to Naviera Santa Cataline, Gijon renamed Cimadevilla. 3,212
Artza-Mendi (1) 1921 1928 sold to Cia Arrendataria del Monopolio de Petroleo, Bilbao, 1930 renamed Zorroza. 4,597
Artza-Mendi (2) 1930 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Abril, 1965 scrapped. 2,955
Arza-Mendi 1905 see Getso.  
Astoi-Mendi 1918 ex- Highmead, 1922 purchased from B. J. Sutherland & Co., London renamed Astoi-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Negro, 22nd Dec.1950 wrecked on Takoradi breakwater. 5,263
Astondo-Mendi 1891 see Gorliz.  
Atxeri-Mendi (1) 1899 see Elandsobe.  
Atxeri-Mendi (2) 1921 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Isabela, 20th Sep.1946 struck reef and sank near Las Palmas. 3,276
Atxuri-Mendi 1929 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Banderas, 1961 scrapped. 1,597
Axpe-Mendi (1) 1897 see Erandio.  
Axpe-Mendi (2) 1921 1st Oct.1928 wrecked Boavista Island, Cape Verde. 3,259
Axpe-Mendi (3) 1929 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Albertia, 1967 scrapped. 2,955
Ayala-Mendi (1) 1920 ex- Bra-Kar, 1922 purchased from Fred Olsen & Co., Christiania renamed Ayala-Mendi, 30th Jul.1922 sunk in collision with s/s Francesco Ferruccio in Bay of Biscay. 4,047
Ayala-Mendi (2) 1929 1937 transferred to Neptun Line, Bremen renamed Elise, 1938 returned to owners, reverted to Ayala-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Ayala, 1967 scrapped. 2,955
Aya-Mendi (1) 1914 ex- Anhalt (North German Lloyd, Bemen), 1919 ceded to the Shipping Controller, London, 1921 purchased from Hogarth Shipping Co., Ardrossan. 1921 renamed Aya-Mendi, 1925 repurchased by North German Lloyd, Bremen reverted to Anhalt. 1932 sold to USSR (Sovtorgflot, Odessa) renamed Kharkov. October 14th 1941 scuttled at Nicolaev, salvaged by Germans. 1942 to German Goverment, renamed Boy Feddersen. August 11th 1943 sunk by Soviet submarine D.4. near Sevastapol. 6,580
Aya-Mendi (2) 1929 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Almanzor, 1967 scrapped. 2,955
Bermeo 1897 1900 purchased from Ramon de la Sota, Bilbao, 1918 renamed Arno-Mendi, 13th Mar.1918 torpedoed and sunk by UC.75 off the Skerries. 2,836
Bizkargi-Mendi 1910 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Facho, 4th Oct.1952 sunk in collision with s/s GRANFORD in fog off Figueria da Foz, Portugal. 3,234
Deusto 1897 1900 transferred from Ramon de la Sota to Sota y Aznar, 1906 Naviera Sota y Aznar, 1906 sold to Ybarra y Cia renamed Cabo Santa Pola. 1,626
Elandsobe 1899 1900 purchased from Ramon de la Sota, Bilbao, 1917 renamed Atxeri-Mendi, 29th Aug.1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.125 in St. George's Channel. 2,398
Erandio 1897 1900 purchased from Ramon de la Sota, Bilbao, 1918 renamed Axpe-Mendi, 7th Jun.1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.80 near Brest. 2,999
Eretza-Mendi 1909 1940 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Jata, 1953 sold to Cia Maritima Colonial y de Comercio, Bilbao renamed Corisco. 4,126
Ganegokorta-Mendi 1908 3,061, 9th Aug.1916 captured, shelled and sunk by U.35 near Port Vendres. 3,061
Getso 1905 1917 renamed Arza-Mendi, 1918 sold to Cia Nav.Ibai, Bilbao renamed Ybai-Patxo. 1,235
Gorbea-Mendi (1) 1896 ex- Balderton, 1899 purchased from Darleydale SS Co., West Hartlepool renamed Gorbea-Mendi, 1911 wrecked near Brest, refloated and sold to Cia des Vapeurs Francais, Rouen renamed Pomone. 2,620
Gorbea-Mendi (2) 1913 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Moncayo, 28th Sep.1940 torpedoed and sunk by unknown submarine off Capo Carbonera, Sardinia. 4,291
Gorliz 1891 1900 purchased from Ramon de la Sota, Bilbao, 1907 renamed Astondo-Mendi , 1927 hulked. 1,807
Igotz-Mendi 1916 10th Nov.1917 captured by German cruiser near Mauritius but stranded near Skagen and interned by Danish authorities and later returned to owners. 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Mulhacen, 1949 sold to Altos Hornos de Vizcaya, Bilbao, 1953 renamed Jose Villalonga. 4,648
Iluntzar-Mendi 1894 ex- Alemania, 1916 purchased from Cia de Nav Internacional, Bilbao renamed Iluntzar-Mendi, 1937 scrapped. 2,081
Jata-Mendi 1905 ex- Netherton, 1910 purchased from Netherton Shipping Co., Glasgow renamed Jata-Mendi, 12th Sep.1936 scuttled as blockship at Pasajes. 4,226
Lalen-Mendi 1896 ex- Saltillo, 1909 purchased from Cia Anon Maritima Rodas, Bilbao renamed Lalen-Mendi, 17th Nov.1917 torpedoed and sunk by UB.56 off Beachy Head. 2,137
Lekeitio 1896 1900 purchased from Ramon de la Sota, Bilbao, 1918 renamed Aizkori-Mendi, 1933 scrapped. 2,278
Mendibil-Mendi 1903 ex- Claverburn, 1909 purchased from Claverdale SS Co., London renamed Mendibil-Mendi, 18th Jun.1916 mined and sunk near Great Yarmouth. 3,870
Mundaka 1899 1900 purchased from Ramon de la Sota, Bilbao, 1917 renamed Arinda-Mendi, 17th Dec.1917 wrecked Las Quebrantas Beach, Spain. 2,397
Musques 1888 ex- Callisto, 1895 purchased from Hugid & Veder, Rotterdam renamed Musques, 1906 sold to Ybarra y Cia renamed Cabo Higuer. 1,708
Oiz-Mendi 1907 14th Nov.1916 captured by UC.17 and sunk with explosives near Lizard Point. 2,104
Ordunte-Mendi 1898 ex- Scarthoe, 1908 purchased from Bennetts & Co., Grimsby renamed Ordunte-Mendi, 1933 scrapped. 3,925
Plencia 1898 1900 purchased from Ramon de la Sota, Bilbao, 1917 renamed Andraka-Mendi, 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Contes, 1956 sold to Cia Nav Astur Andaluza, Gijon renamed Benito. 2,437
Sestao 1906 1918 renamed Arnabal-Mendi, 26th Nov.1928 wrecked between Hendaye and St. Jean de Luz. 1,735
Solube-Mendi 1892 ex- El Salto, 1909 purchased from Cia Anon Maritima Roda, Bilbao renamed Solube-Mendi, 1915 sold to D/S A/S Solborg. Haugesund, Norway renamed Solborg. 2,756
Udala-Mendi 1908 9th Mar.1918 sunk in collision with s/s MOORBY off Lizard Point. 2,944
Unbe-Mendi 1914 1939 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Javalon, 1952 dolf to Altos Hornos de Vizcaya, Bilbao renamed Fernando L. de Ybarra. 4,313
Upo-Mendi 1912 1940 transferred to Naviera Aznar renamed Monte Jarindo, 1952 sold to Soc.Metalurgica Duro-Felguera, Gijon renamed Felguera. 3,838
Urkiola-Mendi 1902 ex- Azalea, 1910 purchased from Lilly Shipping Co., West Hartlepool renamed Urkiola-Mendi, 1938 sold to Jose de Navas Escuder, Bilbao renamed Argentona. 3,552
Urko-Mendi 1902 ex- Harbart, 1910 purchased from Harland & Bartlett, London renamed Urko-Mendi, 1933 scrapped. 3,310
  Naviera Aznar
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Monte Abril (1) 1930 see Artza-Mendi (2)  
Monte Abril (2) 1972 1986 sold to Malta renamed Virgo. 5,307
Monte Albertia (1) 1929 see Axpe-Mendi (3)  
Monte Albertia (2) 1972 1972 sold to Vapores Suardiaz, Spain renamed Chiqui. 5,298
Monte Almanzor (1) 1929 see Aya-Mendi (2)  
Monte Almanzor (2) 1972 1977 sold to Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. renamed Baie Comeau II. 5,307
Monte Altube 1929 see Altube-Mendi (2)  
Monte Anaga 1959 1975 sold to Government of Mexico for use as training ship renamed Primero de Junio. 6,813
Monte Anboto 1929 see Anboto-Mendi (3)  
Monte Aralar 1930 see Araya-Mendi (2)  
Monte Arnabal 1929 see Arnabal-Mendi (2)  
Monte Arucas 1956 1976 sold to Greece renamed Nissos Kerkyra. 4,691
Monte Ayala (1) 1929 see Ayala-Mendi (2)  
Monte Ayala (2) 1972 1980 sold to Hanseatic Shipping Co., Cyprus renamed Marianne S. 5,307
Monte Balerdi 1965 see Monte Cuatro.  
Monte Banderas (1) 1929 see Atxuri-Mendi.  
Monte Banderas (2) 1976 1985 scrapped. 2,002
Monte Berretin 1964 see Monte Tres.  
Monte Betayo 1923 see Ria de Pontevedra.  
Monte Bizcargui 1929 see Alona-Mendi.  
Monte Buitre (1) 1929 see Andutz-Mendi.  
Monte Buitre (2) 1975 1985 sold to Atlantico S.A, Spain renamed Delfin del Egeo. 2,002
Monte Bustelo (1) 1928 see Aralar-Mendi.  
Monte Bustelo (2) 1975 1985 sold to Atlantico S.A, Spain renamed Delfin del Bortico. 2,002
Monte Castelo 1921 see Arnotegi-Mendi.  
Monte Castillo 1976 see Monte Cruceta.  
Monte Cinco 1965 1966 sold to Naviera Vasco Gaditana, Spain renamed Patricio. 1,164
Monte Contes (1) 1898 see Plencia.  
Monte Contes (2) 1975 1979 sold to Cia Trasmediterranea, renamed Ciudad de Ceuta. 2,720
Monte Corona (1) 1922 see Araitz-Mendi.  
Monte Corona (2) 1976 1979 sold to Cia Trasmediterranea renamed Ciudad Zaragoza. 2,753
Monte Cruceta 1976 1977 renamed Monte Castillo, 1978 sold to Manx Line, Douglas, IoM renamed Manx Viking. 2,753
Monte Cuatro 1965 completed as Monte Balerdi, 1969 sold to Vapores Suardiaz, Spain. 1,165
Monte de la Esperanza 1938 ex- Karukara, 1952 purchased from Capricorn Corp., Panama renamed Monte de la Esperanza, 1966 scrapped. 3,056
Monte Dos 1964 1964 renamed Puerto de Pasajes, 1969 sold renamed San Bruno. 1,161
Monte Espadan 1921 see Artiba-Mendi.  
Monte Facho 1910 see Bizkargi-Mendi.  
Monte Faro 1915 see Arate-Mendi.  
Monte Galera 1921 see Artxanda-Mendi.  
Monte Gorbea 1923 see Arantza-Mendi.  
Monte Granada 1974 1977 sold to Libya renamed Garnata. 10,829
Monte Gurugu 1921 see Artea-Mendi.  
Monte Iciar 1922 see Aizkarai-Mendi (2)  
Monte Igueldo 1921 see Arinda-Mendi (2)  
Monte Inchorta 1920 see Alu-Mendi.  
Monte Isabela 1921 see Atxeri-Mendi (2)  
Monte Jarindo 1912 see Upo-Mendi.  
Monte Jata 1909 see Eretza-Mendi.  
Monte Javalon 1914 see Unbe-Mendi.  
Monte Moncayo (1) 1913 see Gorbea-Mendi (2)  
Monte Moncayo (2) 1921 ex- Corrientes (Hamburg Sud), 1944 purchased from Spanish Government renamed Monte Moncayo, 1955 sold to Maritima Madrilena, Bilbao renamed Tajuna. 4,498
Monte Monjuich 1922 see Ardantza-Mendi.  
Monte Mulhacen 1916 see Igotz-Mendi.  
Monte Nafarrate 1919 ex- Madda, 1945 purchased from G & F. Fratelli Bozzo, Genoa renamed Monte Nafarrate, 1956 sold to Angel Riva Suardiaz, Bilbao renamed Rivadeluna. 5,167
Monte Naranco (1) 1920 see Arno-Mendi (2)  
Monte Naranco (2) 1970 1973 sold renamed Spartan Angel. 4,361
Monte Navajo 1920 see Aritz-Mendi.  
Monte Negro 1918 see Astoi-Mendi.  
Monte Nuria 1917 see Artagan-Mendi.  
Monte Oiz 1921 see Ariaga-Mendi.  
Monte Orduna 1922 see Agire-Mendi.  
Monte Pagasarri 1959 1971 sold to Mid Adriatic Shipping & Trading Co., Panama renamed Castela. 6,305
Monte Palomares 1961 10th Jan.1966 sank NE of Bermuda in heavy weather; loss of 27 lives. 5,973
Monte Penalara 1960 1971 sold to Mid Adriatic Shipping & Trading Co., Panama renamed Salonae. 6,305
Monte Saja (1) 1921 see Altobizkar-Mendi.  
Monte Saja (2) 1965 1975 sold to Cyprus renamed Kefalonia Spirit. 8,198
Monte Serantes 1921 see Abodi-Mendi.  
Monte Sollube (1) 1921 see Arola-Mendi.  
Monte Sollube (2) 1964 1974 sold to Bangladesh Shipping Corp, Bangladesh renamed Banglar Upahar. 8,250
Monte Teide 1922 see Altuna-Mendi.  
Monte Toledo 1973 1977 sold to Libya renamed Toletela. 10,839
Monte Tres 1964 completed as Monte Berretin, 1969 sold to Vapores Suardiaz, Spain. 1,161
Monte Udala 1948 10th Sep.1971 sank off Brazil. 8,175
Monte Ulia 1952 1977 sold to Climax Shipping Corp, Singapore renamed Climax Opal. 10,123
Monte Umbe 1959 1975 sold to Lebanon renamed Liban. 9,971
Monte Uno 1964 1964 sold to Nav, Eco S.A, Spain renamed Eco Luisa. 1,113
Monte Urbasa 1948 1969 sold to Ybarra Line renamed Cabo Santa Paula. 7,723
Monte Urquiola 1949 1975 sold to Climax Shipping Corp, Singapore renamed Climax Garnet. 7,723
Monte Zalama 1967 1985 sold to Malta renamed Monty Python. 15,369
Monte Zamburu 1969 1985 sold to Malta renamed Mount Fort. 15,517
Monte Zapola 1969 1986 sold to Malta renamed Mont Gele. 15,490
Monte Zaraya 1968 1985 sold to Malta renamed Mont Blanc. 15,490
Puerto de Pasajes 1964 see Monte Dos.  
Ria de Pontevedra 1923 1947 purchased from Empresa Nacional Elcano, Cadiz, 1949 renamed Monte Betayo, 1952 sold to Cia Nav. Astur Andaluza, Gijon renamed Benjamin. 1,454

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