Allied Warships

HMS Scylla (98)

Light cruiser of the Dido class

HMS Scylla in 1942

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered18 Aug 1938 
Laid down19 Apr 1939 
Launched24 Jul 1940 
Commissioned12 Jun 1942 
End service 

While serving off Normandy HMS Scylla (Capt. Thomas Marcus Brownrigg, CBE, OBE, RN) was badly damaged by mines in position 49º25'N, 00º24'W on 23 June 1944. She was declared a Constructive Total Loss and later used as target ship. Scrapped by Ward, Barrow, arriving on 4 May 1950.


Commands listed for HMS Scylla (98)

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1Capt. Ian Agnew Patterson Macintyre, RN27 Mar 194214 Oct 1943
2Capt. Thomas Marcus Brownrigg, OBE, RN4 Nov 194328 Jul 1944
3Capt. (retired) Victor Essendene Ward, RN28 Jul 1944mid 1946

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Notable events involving Scylla include:

15 Jun 1942
HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included practice attacks on HMS Scylla (Capt. I.A.P. Macintyre, RN). (1)

17 Jun 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Scylla (Capt. I.A.P. Macintyre, RN). (2)

1 Jan 1943
The German blockade breaker Rhakotis (6753 GRT) is intercepted by the British light cruiser HMS Scylla (Capt. I.A.P. Macintyre, CBE, DSO, RN) about 200 nautical miles north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 45°01'N, 10°50'W. When the British open fire the Germans scuttled their ship.


  1. ADM 173/17724
  2. ADM 173/17202

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

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