HMS Camito (F 77)
Ocean boarding vessel
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Ocean boarding vessel|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Launched||17 Apr 1915|
|Commissioned||26 Sep 1940|
|Lost||6 May 1941|
|Loss position||50° 15'N, 21° 16'W|
Passenger/cargo (ref.) vessel completed in June 1915. Requisitioned by the Admiralty on 6 August 1940. Displacement: 6833 GRT. Dimensions: 129.9 x 16.5. Armament: 2 6" guns (2x1), 1 12pdr AA gun, 4 .303" MG AA (4x1) Speed: 14 knots.
At 0240 hours on 6 May 1941 HMS Camito (Lt.Cdr. Avon Alexander Barnet, RNR) was hit aft of amidships by one torpedo from the German submarine U-97 west-southwest of Cape Clear. The U-boat had spotted the two ships at 1745 hours on 5 May and had problems to keep contact in heavy seas and bad visibility. The OBV was missed at 0202 hours with a spread of two torpedoes and three minutes later with a stern torpedo before being hit, but continued at slow speed. U-97 then chased the tanker, which caught fire after being hit by one torpedo at 0353 hours and afterwards returned to the first vessel. Heilmann thought that it is a Q-ship and left the badly damaged ship, which sank the next day in position 50°15'N, 21°16'W. Six officers and 22 ratings were lost. The survivors of both ships were picked up by HMS Orchis (Lt H. Vernon, RNR) and landed at Greenock.
Commands listed for HMS Camito (F 77)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Avon Alexander Barnet, RNR||26 Sep 1940||6 May 1941|
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