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|
The British ocean boarding vessel HMS Camito (F 77) lost on 6 May 1941 in 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.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Camito|
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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