After having gone through the press and the creative imagination of Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Franco boat has become a compact sculpture exhibited in the halls of the slaughterhouse.
It was not a good boat. It moved much and sailed to jumps. It is marearon many guests. In San Sebastian, when Franco convening his ministers on board, their wives took advantage to pass the border and playing at the casino of Biarritz. In Spain the game was forbidden, and she is transported in official cars with the registration of the “PMM” to enjoy or suffer at the expense of roulette. Someone blew it to Franco, and in a Council of Ministers released the warning: “Be more careful with their salaries of Ministers.” «They are not about their wives lose them in a French casino».
Years later, in Marín, with Don Juan De Borbón, I visited ‘Azor’, which was docked stern of the “Giralda”. I had seen him so many times in the Bay of San Sebastian that I was curious. And inside, was also a boat pulling to ugly. The House of Franco was narrow, with a narrow bed and a space in which barely fit a small table, similar to his wife. At sea they slept separately. Fish of Crystal and much improved decoration. On the bow, a small barrel that arponeaban sperm whales landing in passages. The King barely used, and its latest Navigator with right was President Felipe Gonzalez, which led to the South to the coast of Cádiz and Huelva, Doñana in sight. However, the “Azor” was a ship Atlantic, Cantabrian, anything graceful with very high bridge, and a large tub of aft in which Franco received winning crews in La Concha trainera regatta to deliver the flag of Spain, prize that conquered almost always, the trawler of the yellow rowers from Orio.
Your profile embedded in the plateau was bleak. Dogs approached its hull to lift the leg, and the song of los grajos nothing reminded the unfriendly tone of gulls, that I might add, are more bad than sent to custom. Vessels, when they eventually his days at sea, ask to be scrapped, not humiliated. A ship is not guilty of anything, and the “Azor” was born in 1949, was alien to the loves and hatreds which aroused his presence.
The “Azor” was the scene of historic meetings, as the franc with Don Juan, a few miles north of San Sebastián, to treat about the education of the Prince, now King, in Spain. Don John sailed for «Goshawk» in «El Saltillo» of the Galíndez, of the Real Club Marítimo el Abra vizcaino, in which the count of Barcelona did his journey of back and forth across the Atlantic. Today, «El Saltillo» belongs to the nautical school of Bilbao, and the ‘Giralda’ to the Naval military Navy school in Marin.
I think that the idea of converting a mass artistic and opinion to the “Azor” was a success. A prisoner in the Earth ship is pathetic. Herrumbroso and semi-emergency corpse to sculptural work. Irons do not speak or think or feel. Best in the Museum than among goats.