In 1937, this huge oil tanker hit a coral reef near Saona Island off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic!
A portion of the hull was badly damaged and needed immediate repairs.
Repairing the El Caribe
Being one of the few railways capable of lifting the 226-ton tanker, she made her way to the Creque Marine Railway.
Without electronic tools, the workmen prepped her hull by hand.
As one of the largest tankers in the world, this must have been an arduous task!
Bravo to Herman O. Creque who took this photograph.
It provided another valuable piece of the puzzle to the railway’s incredible history.
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