british Bowring C. T. - Oil Tank S.S - Bear Creek Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd. - English & American Shipping Co. Ltd. SS El Grillo [+1944]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion steam
date built 1922
weight (tons) 7264  grt
dimensions 134.3 x 17.5 x -- m
engine 1 x triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
speed 10  knots
yard no. 974
IMO/Off. no. 146230
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 10/02/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Armstrong W. G. & Whitworth Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Bowring C. T. - Oil Tank S.S - Bear Creek Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd. - English & American Shipping Co. Ltd., Liverpool
about the wreck
depth (m.) 45 max. / 22 min. (m)
orientation 45°
war grave
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entered 06/02/2009
last update Allen Tony
last update 15/11/2013
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Diveexplorer06/02/2009The S/S El Grillo sank without casualties whilst at anchor, as a result of an air attack by three German FW Condor Aircraft from Norway on 10 February 1944. At the time of sinking she was carrying a cargo of bunker oil for the replenishment of Naval vessels. Also onboard were Depth Charges held in storage racks above deck aft of the bridge - this cargo however, was not reported by the Captain at the time of sinking.

The El Grillo was a Defensively Equipped Merchant Vessel, her armament was standard for the period and included 4 Oerlikon 20 mm Cannons for Air Defense, one 4 inch Medium Calibre Gun and one 12 Pounder High Angle Quick Fire Medium Calibre Gun. Coast Guard has removed all the guns and ammunition from the El Grillo

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 Armstrong W. G. & Whitworth Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
The company was a major British manufacturing company of the early years of the 20th century. Armstrong Whitworth engaged in the construction of armaments, ships, locomotives, automobiles, and aircraft.
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