HMS Camellia (K31)
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HMS Camellia with a convoy, 23 September 1943
|Builder||Harland and Wolff|
|Laid down||14 November 1939|
|Launched||4 May 1940|
|Completed||18 June 1940|
|Commissioned||18 June 1940|
|Identification||Pennant number: K31|
|Name||Hetty W Vinke|
|Owner||NV Nederlandse Mij voor de Walvischvaart|
|Fate||Scrapped 19 September 1965|
|Class and type||Flower-class corvette|
She was laid down on 14 November 1939, launched on 4 May 1940, and commissioned on 18 June 1940.
In January 1941 Camelia served as a rescue transport for five crewman of the merchant ship Ringhorn which had gone down in stormy weather. On 4 February 1941 Camellia and the destroyer Harvester picked up 121 survivors from HMS Crispin, sunk by U-107. On 7 March 1941, serving as escorts for convoy OB 293 escort south-east of Iceland, Camellia and her sister ship Arbutus sank the German submarine U-70.
In 1948 she was sold for commercial service and renamed Hetty W Vinke.
Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.