HMS Camito (F 77)
British Ocean boarding vessel
|Name||HMS Camito (F 77)|
|Type:||Ocean boarding vessel|
|Completed||1915 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||6 May 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-97 (Udo Heilmann)|
|Position||50.40N, 21.30W - Grid BE 1372|
|Complement||? men (28 dead and ? survivors).|
|History||Completed in June 1915 as steam merchant Camito for Elders & Fyffes Ltd, London. On 6 Aug, 1940, requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an ocean boarding vessel (OBV), commissioned on 26 September. |
|Notes on event|
On 1 May 1941, the blockade runner Sangro was captured by the British ocean boarding vessel HMS Cavina in 44°36N/30°20W. She was then escorted to the UK by HMS Camito (F 77) (A/Cdr A.A. Barnet, RNR).
At 02.40 hours on 6 May 1941, HMS Camito (F 77) was hit aft of amidships by one torpedo from U-97 west-southwest of Cape Clear. The U-boat had spotted the two ships at 17.45 hours on 5 May and had problems to keep contact in heavy seas and bad visibility. The OBV was missed at 02.02 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 03.53 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 50°15N/21°16W. Six officers and 22 ratings were lost. The survivors of both ships were picked up by HMS Orchis (K 76) (Lt H. Vernon, RNR) and landed at Greenock.
|On board||We have details of 30 people who were on board.|
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