|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.