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  1. Name: Rhinoceros
  2. Type of vessel: barge without propulsion, 1,000 TRB.
  3. Flag: Norway
  4. Date of sinking: 19 February 1923
  5. Cause: grounding
  6. Location: O Cabalo, Pragueira Point (A Coruña)
  7. Diving level: advanced
  8. GALP territory: Gulf of Artabro


Human losses due to bureaucratic red tape

The Rhinoceros was a barge with no propulsion, built in reinforced concrete. It was being towed by the ship of the same company, T. H. Skogland, bound for Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to support the company’s activity in that port. As a consequence of a strong storm, the towing line broke, causing it to drift and crash off Pragueira Point (A Coruña) on 19 February 1923.

The tugboat’s captain had sent a radio message at seven o’clock in the evening of the same day, the 19th, asking for help as it had lost the barge with seven men on board. Bureaucratic delays in the transmission of these messages prevented measures from being taken that could have helped all the crew members.

At approximately 1:00 a.m., a sole survivor reported to the police station giving an account of the shipwreck. Only at seven o’clock on the morning of the 20th were the fishing steamships Zorrilla No. 1 and 2 able to leave for the area of Herminia Point to search for survivors or, more plausibly, corpses.

The tugboat was shipwrecked on 21 February in Serralleiras, Baiona (Pontevedra).


GONZÁLEZ FERNÁNDEZ, X. M. (CO.) 1999. La Voz de Galicia