Allied Warships

HMS Seamew (T 43)

River gunboat of the Tern class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRiver gunboat
PennantT 43 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)  
Ordered14 Jan 1926 
Laid down 
Launched16 Jan 1928 
Commissioned1 Apr 1928 
End service 

Scrapped at Basra on 18 August 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Seamew (T 43)

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1Lt.Cdr. Desmond Lisburn Curtis Craig, RN8 Feb 1939Apr 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Norman Robins Murch, RNApr 1940Oct 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Richard Burnaby Cooper, RNOct 1941Dec 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)


  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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