"El Azor" A piece of history

Author adolfo - Last updated: 08.07.2012

"El Azor" was a pleasure boat built for use by the Spanish head of state Francisco Franco.
The ship was built and launched in 1949.


For 26 years the ship was used as a pleasure yacht by Franco and his family, he was able to practice their love of fishing, especially the tuna, and even a whale in 1958. In the boat were also held important political meetings like that between Franco and Don Juan Carlos de Borbón (today King of Spain) on the succession of the regime.


After Franco’s death in 1975 the boat was kept in perfect condition by the Spanish Armada but it was rarely used.
The ship was decommissioned on 30 April 1992, and remained in Ferrol until it was acquired by Lazaro Gonzalez, a private in 1992 in an auction of the State for 4,670,124 pesetas (20.000 euro).
The boat was sawed into three parts and transferred to the outskirts of Burgos where he was joined to form part of a hotel complex in which rehabilitate the cabins to be used as suites.
This project did not realize it was staying in the same place in a state of semi-abandonment, being heavily vandalized.



Finally, it ended up being turned into works of art in late 2011.



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