RFA El Grillo


El Grillo was built by Armstrong & Whitworth Company in Elswick in 1922 for Bowring Steamship Company in Liverpool. She sailed in the company route between England and South America, and was after the outbreak of world war two requisitioned by Royal Navy as a military tranport. While she laid at anchor in Seyoisfjord 10. February 1944, she was attacked by three German FW 200 Condor airplanes. She was heavily damaged in the attack and the captain decided to scuttle her. Salvage work was done on the wreck in 1952, and in 2010 the wreck was emptied of bunkers oil and ammunition. The wreck rest today in Seydisfjordur harbor east on Iceland on a depth of 20 to 42 meter.

Former names:
El Grillo

440,7 x 57,5 x ? f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7264 grt
Newcastle Upon Tyne ( UK ) 1921
Liverpool ( UK )

65°16'14.6"N 14°00'14.3"W
( Source: Vik )

Pictures: El Grillo in peaceful times & and after the attack in 1944
Courtesy of Historical RFA

Last updated: March 2017