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Ships related to Plentzia: 100 anniversary of the construction of the Magdalena, the last ship made in the shipyards. Shipwrecks of the Butrón, Principe de Asturias, Bonifaz

The temporary exhibition of 2019 has the collaboration of Ana Mª Benito (historian and and archaeologist) and Javier Mazpule (navigator, diver and founder of the Arkolur association), members of the Aranzadi and Arkeolur Sciences Society, specialists in maritime aspects and shipwrecks. Both have extensive experience in these issues, from archaeological work in the underwater site of Iturritxiki (in the Bay of Getaria), to the publication of the book ‘Shipwrecks on the Basque Coast: 1976-2016’.

They have studied in depth maritime accidents between 1900 and 1975, and, in order to recall these truncated navigations, they have prepared the exhibition that we organise in 2019. The exhibition contains profusely illustrated panels, with maps of the wreck and showcases with objects related to the sea rescue.

This exhibition is a tribute to all the shipwrecked crews and the means of rescue.

A complete description of the history of Plentzia, beginning with the Paleolitic times until today, in form of “time-line”.

The wreck of the “Principe de Asturias”, the largest ocean liner of its time in the Spanish merchant navy, has been surrounded by rumors and legends about the causes that led to the disaster. Also called “the Spanish Titanic“, it was involved in the turbulent times of the 1st World War, and the fact that, shortly before, the “Lusitania” and “Titanic“ had sunk, which made this wreck be forgotten, also obviated by the influential English press.

Similarly to the “Titanic“, the “Principe de Asturias” was considered unsinkable and was the seabed tomb of millionaire and famous people of the time. But also of hundreds of emigrants seeking a better life, in an image which, unfortunately, is repeated  not too far from here.

This exhibition is dedicated to them.


Maqueta del Príncipe de Asturias









Picture and model of the vessel. You can see here a video with the details of the model.

Watch here a video about the exhibition.

Watercolors by Roberto Hérnandez.