british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Camito (F-77) (+1941)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam
date built 1915
weight (tons) 6611  grt
dimensions 129.92 x 16.49 x 9.22 m
material steel
engine 2 x 3 cyl triple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 622  n.h.p.
speed 14  knots
yard no. 463
IMO/Off. no. 137796
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 06/05/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.28rank: 621
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Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Camito (F-77) (+1941)
period 1940 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 137796
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[2]Elders & Fyffes Ltd., Garston
SS Camito
period 1915 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 137796
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Allen Tony17/04/2008Camito SS was a Admiralty Passenger/Cargo Vessel of 6,611 tons built in 1915 by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow, Yard No 463 for Elders & Fyffes Ltd, London. She was powered by a steam triple expansion engine 622nhp, giving 14 knots. In 1940 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a Ocean Boarding vessel. On the 6th May 1941 she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-97 in the North Atlantic as she escorted a captured Italian tanker, the SANGRO.

Six officers and 22 ratings perished. The SANGRO was also sunk.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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 Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Alexander Stephen and Sons Limited, often referred to simply as Alex Stephens, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Alexander Stephen, a member of the third generation of the family, merged the Aberdeen and Arbroath businesses in 1828 and then, after closing the Aberdeen yard in 1829, moved production to the Panmure yard in Dundee in 1842. In 1850 part of the business was transferred to Kelvinhaugh yard, now known as Yorkhill Quay, near Glasgow. The Arbroath yard finally closed in 1857. Then in 1870 the business moved to Linthouse near Glasgow.

In a tragic disater in 1883, the Daphne, a steamer, capsized after its launch from the yard, and 124 workers lost their lives. The Dundee shipyard was sold in 1893. In 1968, Stephens was incorporated into Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and was closed after the latter organisation collapsed in 1971.

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