HMS Seamew (T 43)
River gunboat of the Tern class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||14 Jan 1926|
|Launched||16 Jan 1928|
|Commissioned||1 Apr 1928|
Scrapped at Basra on 18 August 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Seamew (T 43)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Desmond Lisburn Curtis Craig, RN||8 Feb 1939||Apr 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Norman Robins Murch, RN||Apr 1940||Oct 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Richard Burnaby Cooper, RN||Oct 1941||Dec 1942|
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Notable events involving Seamew 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)
- ADM 53/114183 + ADM 53/114184 + ADM 199/408 + ADM 199/411
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.