HMS Cato (J 16)
Minesweeper of the Auk class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Associated Shipbuilders (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||6 Dec 1941|
|Laid down||11 Apr 1942|
|Launched||7 Sep 1942|
|Commissioned||28 Jul 1943|
|Lost||6 Jul 1944|
|Loss position||49° 25'N, 0° 17'W|
HMS Cato (Lt. Robert William Edward Harris, RN) was sunk off Normandy, France on 6 July 1944 by a German human torpedo (Neger).
The wreck lies in 18 meters of water in position 49º24'32"N, 00º17'14"W.
Commands listed for HMS Cato (J 16)
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|1||Lt. John Samuel Gordon-Christian, RNR||May 1943||27 Mar 1944|
|2||Lt. Robert William Edward Harris, RN||27 Mar 1944||6 Jul 1944|
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Notable events involving Cato include:
Whilst searching for survivors from HMS Magic, HMS Cato was sunk. I was the Leading Wireman on duty at the time of the torpedo strike. I was badly burnt from a fire in the refrigeration department but managed to get overboard into the sea being subsequently picked up in a lifeboat and returned to England following which there was 5 months hospitalisation before return to the active list. Charles Henry Blair Ross L/WM Service No hC/77837 Age 89 (1)
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