Allied Warships

HMS Magnolia (T 31)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantT 31 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched15 Mar 1930 
Commissioned15 Jun 1939 
End service 

Completed in April 1930.
Taken over by the Admiralty in November 1935.
Displacement: 367 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in January 1948.
Renamed Oranjezicht in 1948.
Scrapped at Capetown, South-Africa on 16 August 1965.


Commands listed for HMS Magnolia (T 31)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) William Henry Harris, RN14 Jul 19397 Dec 1939
2Lt. (retired) William Marks, RN7 Dec 193911 Mar 1940
3Lt. William Henry Calveley, RN11 Mar 194018 Dec 1940
4T/Lt. John Farbridge Foggitt, RNVR18 Dec 19402 Nov 1941
5T/Lt. J Barron, RNVR2 Nov 19418 Nov 1941
6T/Lt. Thomas Arnold Steele Drake, RNVR8 Nov 194114 Mar 1942
7Lt. Francis Reginald Bruce Moss, RANVR14 Mar 194222 Jun 1942
8T/Lt. John Stanley Dawe, RNVR22 Jun 19427 Sep 1942
9T/Lt. Stanley Reginald Brown, RNVR7 Sep 1942Nov 1944
10T/Lt. Ronald Adamson, RNVRNov 19442 Jun 1945
11T/Lt Herbert Assheton Craven-Smith-Milnes, RANVR2 Jun 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Magnolia include:

17 Apr 1944
HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriott, DSO, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits and to the North of Sumatra. She was also to conduct a special operation. She was escorted out by HMS Magnolia (T/Lt. S.R. Brown, RNVR).

No logs are available for this period so no map can be displayed. (1)

28 May 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was to be escorted in by HMS Magnolia (T/Lt. S.R. Brown, RNVR) but no contact could be made with this escort. Sea Rover then proceeded to Trincomlaee independently. (2)

19 Apr 1945
HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East). She was ordered to perform a weather reporting patrol in the Bay of Bengal and just South of the Bay of Bengal. Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out with HMS Magnolia (T/Lt. R. Adamson, RNVR).

Capt. S.2, of the Submarine Flotilla Strongbow was a member of, considered her fit for operations after her repairs. The Admiralty however decided otherwise. Strongbow was sent on a weather reporting mission before proceeding back to the U.K. for refit. In fact the refit would never materialise and she was sold for scrap after the war. (3)

6 May 1945
HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. The included a practice attack on HMS Magnolia (T/Lt. R. Adamson, RNVR). (4)


  1. ADM 199/1869
  2. ADM 199/1871
  3. ADM 173/19750
  4. ADM 173/19652

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

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