The vessel had capacity for 104 passengers in first class, 32 in second class. When used as a troop transport, she could carry 1,126 men.
Admiral Montojo states in his report of the Battle of Manila Bay that the ISLA DE MINDANAO arrived in the bay the day before the battle. He urged her captain to take the vessel to Singapore to save it, as it was known that the Americans had arrived in the Philippines and were probably advancing on Manila. The captain, Antonio Roldos, believed that he needed confirmation from his company before he could take this drastic move. When confirmation did not arrive and a battle appeared in the offing, the ISLA DE MINDANAO was placed under the orders of the Spanish Navy. She was anchored in a shallow area behind Cavite to be used to held fend off an American attack.
Once the Spanish fleet had been destroyed, the USS
CONCORD entered Bacoor Bay to destroy the ISLA DE MINDANAO. Firing
on the vessel with her six inch guns, the CONCORD believed that her crew
was gone and set fire to the vessel. The Spanish crew had to abandon
the vessel under the American fire and could not prevent the fire from
spreading. ISLA DE MINDANAO was destroyed.
|Length:||377 feet (114.91 meters)|
|Beam:||41.17 feet (12.55 meters)|
|Depth of Hold:||33.59 feet, (10.24 meters)|
|Displacement:||8,000 tons (loaded); 4,195 tons (registered)|
|Engine type:||Engines generated 2,424 hp.|
|Coal bunker capacity:||1,050 tons|
|Coal endurance @ 10 knots:||9,700 miles|
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Sura, Frederick (personal correspondence)
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