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Aznar Line (Shipping company, Spain)

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House flag of Aznar Line - Image by Miles Li, 31 May 2016

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Presentation of the Aznar Line

Quoting the Simplon Postcards website:

Aznar Line (Sota y Aznar until 1939) operated cargo and passenger services from Spain to South America, United States and the Caribbean. Later they were allocated a large share of the Canary Islands fruit and vegetable market to Britain, sailing to both London and Liverpool. In the late 1940s, the Spanish government ordered six Monasterio Class cargo-passenger ships off around 10000 grt. Three of these were allocated to the Aznar Line: Monte Urbasa (1948), Monte Urquiola (1949) and Monte Ulia (1952). Aznar ordered a fourth ship, the Monte Udala (1948). A similar ship, the Monte Umbe was delivered in 1959. In 1974, the first of two large cruise-ferries arrived, the Monte Toledo entering service between Southampton and Santander. A sistership, Monte Granada, was delivered a year later for summer service between Liverpool and the Canary Islands (Amsterdam-Southampton-Santander in winter). The services were ahead of their time, and the ships were sold to Libya in 1977 as Garnata and Toletela. They remained in service in 2002.

Jan Mertens, 17 December 2003

House flag of the Aznar Line

The house flag of the Aznar Line is white with a red ornamental letter "A" in the middle, surrounded by a red rectangle.

Jan Mertens, 17 December 2003

Sota y Aznar


House flag of Sota y Aznar - Image by Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2005

The house flag of Sota y Aznar, as shown in Brown's Flags and Funnels [wed26] and Larousse Commercial Illustré (1930) [hok30], is white with a red border and the red intertwined letters "SA".

Jarig Bakker & Jan Mertens, 14 January 2005