HMAS Olive Cam

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HMAS Olive Cam
Career
Name: Nodzu
Olive Cam[1]
Owner: Cam & Sons Pty Ltd
Launched: 1920
Career (Australia)
Name: Olive Cam
Commissioned: 6 October 1939
Decommissioned: 14 November 1945
General characteristics
Tonnage: 281 gross tonnage[2]
Length: 128.5 ft (39 m)[2]
Beam: 23.5 ft (7 m)[2]
Depth: 12.6 ft (4 m)[2]
Armament: 1 × 12-pounder gun
1 × 20mm Oerlikon cannon
1 × .303-inch Vickers machine gun

HMAS Olive Cam was an auxiliary minesweeper operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War II. She was launched in 1920 by Cook, Welton & Gemmell at Beverley as Nodzu. The ship operated in Australian waters from 1929, and was requisitioned by the RAN on 3 September 1939. She was returned to her owners in 1946 before being wrecked near Green Cape Lighthouse, Eden, New South Wales on 2 November 1954 with the loss of three lives.[3]

Operational history[edit]

Nodzu was purchased by Cam & Sons Pty Ltd and sailed to Sydney, Australia in 1929 and was renamed Olive Cam.[2] In September 1939, Olive Cam was requisitioned by the RAN for use as an auxiliary and commissioned on 6 October 1939.

During the war, Olive Cam was based in Freemantle with Minesweeping Group 66 and operated along the West Australian coastline. She was part of the search for HMAS Sydney which was lost on 19 November 1941. She was returned to her owners in 1946.

On 2 November 1954, she was wrecked 37°09′04″S 150°00′26″E / 37.151107°S 150.007120°E / -37.151107; 150.007120Coordinates: 37°09′04″S 150°00′26″E / 37.151107°S 150.007120°E / -37.151107; 150.007120 near Green Cape Lighthouse, Eden, New South Wales, causing the deaths of three of her crewmen.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Details of the Ship". Plimsoll ShipData. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Llyods Reigister". Plimsoll ShipData. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thursday, 4 November 1954, p.1.". Retrieved 9 August 2010. 

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