Allied Warships

HMS Camito (F 77)

Ocean boarding vessel


Camito before conversation

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeOcean boarding vessel
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 77 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched17 Apr 1915 
Commissioned26 Sep 1940 
Lost6 May 1941 
Loss position50° 15'N, 21° 16'W
History

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.

 

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 6 May 1941 by U-97 (Heilmann).

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1Lt.Cdr. Avon Alexander Barnet, RNR26 Sep 19406 May 1941

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