Allied Warships

HMS Camellia (K 31)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 31 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down14 Nov 1939 
Launched4 May 1940 
Commissioned18 Jun 1940 
End service 
History

HMS Camellia is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold on 9 August 1946.
Became the merchantile Hetty W. Vinke in 1948.

 

Commands listed for HMS Camellia (K 31)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Eric Morrison Mackay, RNRMay 194031 Dec 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Alfred Ernest Willmott, RNR31 Dec 194023 May 1942
3T/Lt. Reginald Frederick James Maberley, RNVR23 May 19427 Dec 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Archie Herbert Lyons, RNVR7 Dec 194329 Jul 1944
5T/Lt. George Walter Charlton, DSC, RNR29 Jul 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Camellia include:


25 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RNR) and HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN). (1)

27 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RNR) and HMS Hambledon (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN). (1)

28 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RNR) and HMS Hertfordshire (Skr. A.H. Sandford, RNR). (1)

4 Feb 1941
HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Willmot, RNR) picks up 5 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Ringhorn that was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland in position 55°46'N, 22°36'W by German U-boat U-52.

7 Mar 1941
German U-boat U-70 was sunk south-east of Iceland, in position 60°15'N, 14°00'W, by British corvettes HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Willmot, RNR) and HMS Arbutus (Lt.Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, RNVR).

HMS Camellia also picks up 37 survivors from the British tanker Athelbeach that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-70 and later torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 southeast of Iceland in position 60°30'N, 13°30'W.

2 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Newmarket (Lt.Cdr. C.W. North, RN) and HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Willmott, RNR). (2)

2 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Louis (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Johnston, RNR), HMS Camellia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Lyons, RNVR) and aircraft. (3)

3 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Camellia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Lyons, RNVR) and HMS Tavy (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Ardern, RNR). (3)

1 May 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Camellia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Lyons, RNVR) and HMS Charlock (T/Lt. J.E.B. Healy, RNVR). (4)

20 Sep 1944
During 20/21 September 1944, HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR), conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR), HMS Spaniel. Also a practice attack was carried out on HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN). These exercises included night exercises. (5)

20 Sep 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. W.C.M. de Jonge van Ellemeet, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR).

During the evening and the night she also conducted practice attacks on HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR). (6)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (5)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR). (5)

26 Sep 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR). (7)

28 Sep 1944
HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR). (8)

28 Sep 1944
HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR). (8)

6 Oct 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Spaniel and HMS Camellia (T/Lt. G.W. Charlton, DSC, RNR). (6)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16767
  3. ADM 173/18513
  4. File 2.12.03.6399 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/19250
  6. File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  7. ADM 173/18532
  8. ADM 173/19039

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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