Allied Warships

HMS Scarab (T 59)

River gunboat of the Insect class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRiver gunboat
PennantT 59 
Built byWood Skinner & Co. Ltd. (Newcastle, England U.K.) 
Ordered9 Feb 1915 
Laid down 
Launched7 Oct 1915 
Commissioned14 Nov 1915 
End service 

Sold for scrap in May 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Scarab (T 59)

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1Lt.Cdr. Hugh Forbes Robertson-Aikman, RN26 Sep 193816 Apr 1940
2Lt.Cdr. John Andrew Agnew, RN30 Apr 194022 Oct 1940
3B P Shellard, RN22 Oct 1940late 1941
4Lt. Jack Broughton Cox, RNlate 1941early 1943
5T/Lt. Ewan Cameron, RNZNVRearly 1943Feb 1944
6T/Lt. Edward Albert Hawkesworth, RNVRFeb 1944Jan 1945
7Lt. Douglas Macmillam Watson, RNVRJan 19455 Jul 1945
8A/Lt.Cdr. Barry John Anderson, RN6 Jul 1945Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Scarab include:

27 Oct 1941
HMS Durban (Capt. P.G.L. Cazalet, DSC, RN) departed Penang escorting the river gunboats HMS Seamew (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Cooper, RN) and HMS Scarab (Lt. J.B. Cox, RN) and two tugs and the auxiliary HMS Mata Hari.

On the 30th HMS Durban fuelled the river gunboats and the tugs coaled from the Mata Hari. They departed for Trincomalee later the same day except for the Mata Hari.

HMS Durban, HMS Seamew, HMS Scarab and the two tugs arrived at Trincomalee on 3 November.

On 4 November they departed Trincomalee for Colombo where they arrived on 6 November. (1)


  1. ADM 53/114183 + ADM 53/114184 + ADM 199/408 + ADM 199/411

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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