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CARDENAL CISNEROS

  1. Name: Cardenal Cisneros
  2. Type of vessel: military, protected cruiser
  3. Flag: Spain
  4. Date of sinking: 28 October 1905
  5. Cause: grounding
  6. Location: A Ximiela, Os Meixidos shallows, Muros.
  7. Diving level: Technical
  8. GALP territory: Estuary of Muros-Noia

HISTORY

It took only 40 minutes to sink

The Cardenal Cisneros was a 106-metre steel-hulled military vessel that began to be constructed at the Ferrol shipyard in 1897. It belonged to the Spanish Navy. The vessel was equipped with two triple expansion steam engines that gave it a power of 15,000 IHP, to reach a cruising speed of 20 knots.

It had a major arms supply with two 280 mm guns, ten 140mm guns and 19 minor guns, among others. It was completed a year before it sank and had a capacity for 520 crew members.

The accident occurred during a voyage from Muros to Ferrol under the command of captain Manuel Díaz Iglesias. There were no casualties, but nothing could be done to save the ship. In only 40 minutes it had disappeared from the surface of the sea.

The wreck lies at a depth of 32 fathoms, at a depth of 59 metres, and two miles (3.2 km) from the Os Meixidos shallows.

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