Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Camito (F 77)

British Ocean boarding vessel

NameHMS Camito (F 77)
Type:Ocean boarding vessel
Tonnage6,833 tons
Completed1915 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack6 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-97 (Udo Heilmann)
Position50° 40'N, 21° 30'W - 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 August 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) (LtCdr Avon Alexander Barnet, RNR) 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.

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