HMS Elsie Cam
Type: Mine Sweeping Trawler
Pennant: FY 1646
Built by: Deutsche Werke AG (Rustingen, Germany)
Year Built: 1922
Displacement: 250 tons.
15th September 1940, Nore Command, Yarmouth.
M/S Group 114
Abronia (sunk but salvage being attempted). Elsie Cam, Lybian and Valesca.
January 1941, The Elsie Cam was still under the Nore Sub-command of Yarmouth but was based at Sheerness (Wildfire III, Queenborough)
ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, Nore Command, Yarmouth.
Minesweeping Group 114 - minesweeping trawlers ELSIE CAM (Skipper D. E. Coleman RNR), LYBIAN (no CO listed), both at Sheerness, VALESCA (Ty Lt C W S Barnes RNVR) at Yarmouth.
22 June 1941, Nore Command, ELSIE CAM, Skipper. R.N.R., D.E. Coleman.
January 1942, ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, January 1942, Nore Command, Sheerness.
Minesweeping Group 122 - minesweeping trawlers ELSIE CAM at Thames, LIBERIA at Harwich, LYBIAN, MALACOLITE, both at Sheerness.
January 1946. Returned to owner.
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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS. DSC was awarded to Temp. Skipper, RNR. Joseph Allan Prettyman.
OFFICERS FROM THE NAVY LIST, June 1941.
Skipper, R.N.R., D. E. Coleman, 15 Nov 40.
OFFICERS FROM THE NAVY LIST, June 1942.
Temp. Lieut. RNVR., W. A. Freeborn, 9 Aug 41.
Temp. Sub-Lieut. RNVR., W. I. Brooks, 17 July 41
24 Aug 1940 to 15 Nov 1940, Temp. Skipper, RNR. Joseph Allan Prettyman, DSC.
15 Nov 1940 to 28 May 1941, Skipper, RNR., Daniel Edward Coleman
28 May 1941 to 9 Aug 1941, Temp Lieut., RNVR., William Alfred Freeborn.
1943. Temp Lieut., RNVR., James Maurice Lyons.
13 Feb 1945 to June 45. Temp. Act. Ch. Skipper RNR., Alexander Wood.
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Minesweeping Trawlers the same as Elsie Cam.
HMT ELSIE CAM.
Wildfire III, Queenborough.
Minesweeper Trawler Group 122
Elsie Cam was a hard working Minesweeping Armed Trawler which swept the sea lanes in the Thames Estuary and along the East Coast of England. She was formerly a deep sea fishing vessel which would have fished off the coast of Iceland with a trawl net. She was therefore a sturdy and sea worthy vessel.
The Elsie Cam was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper where she was based firstly at Yarmouth and then at Wildfire III, Queenborough (Sheerness).
Watch these short minesweeping videos.
A Bad Day in December 1940: https://youtu.be/Lw2pW31qH4s