Allied Warships

HMS Teviotbank (M 04)

Minelayer of the Auxiliary minelayers class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAuxiliary minelayers 
PennantM 04 
Built byJohn Redhead & Sons Ltd. (South Shields, England, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched1 Dec 1937 
CommissionedDec 1939 
End service 

Completed as merchantile in February 1938.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty on 2 November 1939.
Displacement: 5087 tons.
Lenght: 424 feet
Machinery: 2 boilers, one shaft, reciprocating engine, IHP 2620 = 15 knots.
Complement: 105.
Armament: 1 4" gun, 12pdr AA gun, 4 .5" AA (2x2), 280 mines.

Returned on 29 March 1946. 

Commands listed for HMS Teviotbank (M 04)

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1Cdr. (retired) Robert Douglas King-Harman, DSC, RN28 Sep 193915 Jun 1942
2Capt. (retired) Edward Clifford Watson, RN15 Jun 1942Aug 1944

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Notable events involving Teviotbank include:

3 Jul 1940
The auxiliary minelayer HMS Teviotbank (Cdr.(Retd.) R.D. King-Harman, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Immingham to lay minefield BS 21. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN).

The minelayer apparently returned to Immingham the following day. The destroyers apparently remained on patrol and returned to the Humber on the 5th. (1)

9 Jan 1942
The auxiliary minelayer HMS Teviotbank (Cdr.(Retd.) R.D. King-Harman, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Singapore for Trincomalee. She was escorted as far as west of the Sunda Strait by the destroyers HMAS Vampire (Cdr. W.T.A. Moran, RAN), HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN). (2)


  1. ADM 199/375
  2. ADM 199/1185

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

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