HMS Camellia (K 31)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||19 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||14 Nov 1939|
|Launched||4 May 1940|
|Commissioned||18 Jun 1940|
HMS Camellia is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Sold on 9 August 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Camellia (K 31)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Eric Morrison Mackay, RNR||May 1940||31 Dec 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Alfred Ernest Willmott, RNR||31 Dec 1940||23 May 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Reginald Frederick James Maberley, RNVR||23 May 1942||7 Dec 1943|
|4||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Archie Herbert Lyons, RNVR||7 Dec 1943||29 Jul 1944|
|5||T/Lt. George Walter Charlton, DSC, RNR||29 Jul 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Camellia include:
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.
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)
During the evening and the night she also conducted practice attacks on HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR). (6)
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)
- File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16767
- ADM 173/18513
- File 2.12.03.6399 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19250
- File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18532
- ADM 173/19039
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.