Allied Warships

HMS Cato (J 16)

Minesweeper of the Auk class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassAuk 
PennantJ 16 
Built byAssociated Shipbuilders (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered6 Dec 1941 
Laid down11 Apr 1942 
Launched7 Sep 1942 
Commissioned28 Jul 1943 
Lost6 Jul 1944 
Loss position49.25N, 00.17W
History

HMS Cato (Lt. Robert William Edward Harris, RN) was sunk off Normandy, France on 6 July 1944 by a German human torpedo (Neger).

The wreck lies in 18 meters of water in position 49º24'32"N, 00º17'14"W.

 

Commands listed for HMS Cato (J 16)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. John Samuel Gordon-Christian, RNRMay 194327 Mar 1944
2Lt. Robert William Edward Harris, RN27 Mar 19446 Jul 1944

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Noteable events involving Cato include:


Whilst searching for survivors from HMS Magic, HMS Cato was sunk. I was the Leading Wireman on duty at the time of the torpedo strike. I was badly burnt from a fire in the refrigeration department but managed to get overboard into the sea being subsequently picked up in a lifeboat and returned to England following which there was 5 months hospitalisation before return to the active list. Charles Henry Blair Ross L/WM Service No hC/77837 Age 89 (1)

Sources

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