HMS Camellia (K31)

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HMS Camellia with a convoy, 23 September 1943
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Camellia
Builder: Harland and Wolff[1]
Yard number: 1064[1]
Laid down: 14 November 1939
Launched: 4 May 1940
Completed: 18 June 1940[1]
Commissioned: 18 June 1940
Identification: Pennant number: K31
Fate: Sold 1948
Name: Hetty W Vinke
Owner: NV Nederlandse Mij voor de Walvischvaart
Acquired: 1948
Fate: Scrapped 19 September 1965
General characteristics
Class and type: Flower-class corvette

HMS Camellia was a Flower-class corvette that served in the Royal Navy.

She was laid down on 14 November 1939, launched on 4 May 1940, and commissioned on 18 June 1940.

Operational service[edit]

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.


  1. ^ a b c McCluskie, Tom (2013). The Rise and Fall of Harland and Wolff. Stroud: The History Press. p. 148. ISBN 9780752488615.


Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. 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.

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