Tanker:Built as MONASTERIO EL ESCORIAL 1953,very similar to COVADONGA and GUADALUPE bulit i 1953.
Naviera Aznar's MONTE ULIA moored in Gravesend Reach on the Thames. Her bow damage was caused, if memory serves me correctly, by colliding with an oil jetty further down river.[/QUOTE
You're right, the pilot was John Natcott-West and in taking extreme action to avoid a river tanker, which had unexpectedly crossed ahead of the Monte Ulia, they struck the brand new oil jetty and literally, destroyed it!
See HEREA handsome ship when she wasn't getting knocked about. How do you say "Jonah" in Spanish.
My cousin worked at Canvey Island, must ask him if he was there the day that "Monte Ulia" came to town.
Was the collision an accident or was it deliberate? The Mobil refinery was only a hop, skip and jump from Tilbury where Good Queen Bess made her anti-armada speech about having the "heart and stomach of a King". We'll never know.