HMS Scarab (T 59)
River gunboat of the Insect class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Wood Skinner & Co. Ltd. (Newcastle, England U.K.)|
|Ordered||9 Feb 1915|
|Launched||7 Oct 1915|
|Commissioned||14 Nov 1915|
Sold for scrap in May 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Scarab (T 59)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Hugh Forbes Robertson-Aikman, RN||26 Sep 1938||16 Apr 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Andrew Agnew, RN||30 Apr 1940||22 Oct 1940|
|3||B P Shellard, RN||22 Oct 1940||late 1941|
|4||Lt. Jack Broughton Cox, RN||late 1941||early 1943|
|5||T/Lt. Ewan Cameron, RNZNVR||early 1943||Feb 1944|
|6||T/Lt. Edward Albert Hawkesworth, RNVR||Feb 1944||Jan 1945|
|7||Lt. Douglas Macmillam Watson, RNVR||Jan 1945||5 Jul 1945|
|8||A/Lt.Cdr. Barry John Anderson, RN||6 Jul 1945||Nov 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)
- ADM 53/114183 + ADM 53/114184 + ADM 199/408 + ADM 199/411
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.