buque

Buque Cañonero C-07 Guanajuato (C-07 Guanajuato Gunship) in Boca del Río, Mexico

In the 1930s, the Mexican Navy ordered a number of ships from Spain. The Guanajuatowas among them, along with the Durango, Querétaro, Potosí, and Zacatecas—all ironically named after landlocked states in Mexico. Of these, Guanajuatoand Zacatecaswent on to have some of the most interesting histories. While the Zacatecaswas commandeered by the Spanish Navy during the country’s civil war and renamed Calvo Sotelo, the Guanajuato, along with the three other ships, were delivered to the Mexican Navy in 1936.