Post card to Alfonso Pérez prison ship in Santander, 1936

Reference: CT162

Post card to prison steamship Alfonso Pérez, to the prisoner Luis Sarabia Casuso, in Hold nr. 3.Unreadable postmark, but text on the back dated on September 22, 1936. Santander censor mark Heller RS9.1.

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Post card to prison steamship Alfonso Pérez, to the prisoner Luis Sarabia Casuso, in Hold nr. 3.Unreadable postmark, but text on the back dated on September 22, 1936. Santander censor mark Heller RS9.1.

The Alfonso Pérez steamship was built in Vancouver, Canada, in 1919 and named War Chief. That year it was bought by a Spanish company and named Alfonso Pérez. In 1936 it was used as prison in Santander harbor, to host right wing prisoners. In December 27, 1936, after an air raid on Santander, a furious mob assaulted the prison ship and killed 156 of its prisoners in revenge for the air attack.

In February 1937 this ship was not used anymore as prison, it was renamed Cantabria and it returned to its service as a merchant. It was sunk by the rebel cruise Nadir on November 2, 1938, in the English Channel, close to British territorial waters.