El Ciervo

About

Completed 1923 as Tricentrol for Trinidad Central Oilfields. 1927 sold to Bowring London and renamed El Ciervo. 1927-1950 in time-charter for Anglo-Saxon. 1950 sold to British Oil Shipping and renamed Bratton. 1953 scrapped Preston.

Information
Also known as
Tricentrol
IMO number
1146706
Call sign
G..
Construction number
985
Tonnage
5.841 ton
Year of construction
1923
Year of renaming/broken up
1950
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Manager
Shipyard
Status
Photo(s)

Comments

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
George Pringle Law unknown 1942

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
09/25/2018 - 10:27 osprey

I can corroborate that Nick. My father was a stoker on the El Cerbio on the convoy when she was hit. He told me about nursing the ship back to harbour with an unexploded torpedo inside. Only difference is, he said they KNEW there was an unexploded torpedo onboard when sailing - which is quite likely when you think about it. Attacked by a torpedo bomber, sudden bang, inrush of water, no explosion..... Pretty likely the below-decks guys knew (or strongly suspected) something was there.

10/15/2013 - 21:52 Nick Emerson

My grandfather William John Davis was Captain of the R.F.A. Tanker EL CIERVO when it was attacked from the air on 3rd August 1942. I still have the original letters of commendation from the Admiralty and C.T. Bowring & Co. Ltd. for safely bringing the vessel back to port. According to my grandmother, EL CIERVO was later dry-docked in Plymouth for repairs. As the water levels in the dock fell an apparently dud torpedo was found still lodged in the hull! Apparently dockyard staff did a pretty good impression of Usain Bolt. Of course I have yet to confirm Granny's tale.