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. (4)
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). (4)
- ADM 173/16767
- ADM 173/18513
- File 2.12.03.6399 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19250
- ADM 173/18532
- File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.