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SHIP NAME: Elcano KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source HOOKE
type D
volume
material
dead 4
link

On November 15, 1971, while the Spanish motor tanker Elcano was on a ballast voyage from Tenerife to Ras Tanura, a violent explosion occurred in empty No 1 tank during cleaning operations when about 40 miles off Dakar, as a consequence of which she capsized. Four crewmen died as a result. The remaining 35 were safely rescued by the Spanish motor vessel Ragar, which took them to Dakar. The Elcano subsequently sank in lat 13.43N, long 18.38W, two days later.


source CTX
type A
volume
material C
dead 4
link

Loathe to take the capsize at face value. An explosion in a center tank forward may sink but should not capsize a 50,000 ton tanker.