HMS Calypso (D 61)
Light cruiser of the Caledon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||8 Dec 1915|
|Laid down||7 Feb 1916|
|Launched||24 Jan 1917|
|Commissioned||21 Jun 1917|
|Lost||12 Jun 1940|
|Loss position||34° 03'N, 24° 05'E|
HMS Calypso (Capt. Henry Aubrey Rowley, RN) was sunk in the Eastern Mediterranean, about 45 nautical miles south of Khania island, Greece in position 34º03'N, 24º05'E by 1 torpedo from the Italian submarine Bagnolini, Capitano Di Corvette Franco Tosoni-Pittoni.
On that night, Calypso was executing a search for enemy ships out of Alexandria. At 0050 hrs, already on the route home with CL Caledon and DD Dainty, was attacked by the surfaced Italian sub, lying in her "ambush position" some 50 nm southeast of Gavdo island.
Calypso was hit about 0200 hrs on the port side, under "B" 152 mm mount, by the single torpedo fired by the sub from 1,500 metres and sank at 0330 hrs with the loss of 1 officer and 39 men. The British destroyer HMS Dainty took off 418 of the ships company.
Commands listed for HMS Calypso (D 61)
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|1||Capt. Newton James Wallop William-Powlett, DSC, RN||31 Jul 1939||12 Dec 1939|
|2||Capt. Henry Aubrey Rowley, RN||12 Dec 1939||12 Jun 1940|
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Notable events involving Calypso include:
24 Sep 1939
HMS Calypso (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN) intercepts the German merchant Minden (4165 GRT) south of Iceland in position 62°00'N, 15°34'W. However before the ship can be captured she is scuttled by her own crew.
22 Nov 1939
The German merchant Konsul Hendrik Fisser (4458 GRT) is captured off the Faroes in position 63°00N, 07°00W by the British light cruiser HMS Calypso (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN)