HMS Wolfe (F 37)
Submarine Depot Ship
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Submarine Depot Ship|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Launched||3 Jul 1920|
|Commissioned||22 May 1942|
On 25 August 1939 the passenger ship Montcalm of the Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Montreal was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser HMS Wolfe (F 37) being commissioned as such on 17 october 1940.
In November 1941 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
In January 1942 sold to the Admiralty and converted to a submarine depot ship being recommissioned as such on 22 May 1942.
Served in home waters until August 1944 when she was transferred to the Eastern Fleet.
Scrapped at Faslane, Scotland on 7 November 1952.
As Submarine Depot Ship;
Commands listed for HMS Wolfe (F 37)
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|1||A/Cdr. Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, RN||17 Mar 1942||10 Feb 1943|
|2||A/Capt. (retired) Charles Cecil Flemming, RN||10 Feb 1943||27 Apr 1944|
|3||A/Capt. Jack Etheridge Slaughter, DSO, RN||27 Apr 1944||Mar 1946|
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Notable events involving Wolfe include:
2 Jun 1943
During the night of 2/3 June 1943, HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN), conducted pratice attacks off Campbeltown on HMS Wolfe (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) with four destroyers as escort. (1)
18 Aug 1944
The battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. H.G. Norman, CBE, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. W.H. Harrington, DSO, RAN) and HrMs Van Galen (Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN). At sea they joined submarine tender HMS Wolfe (A/Capt. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN) and HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, DSO, DSC, RN) which were en-route from Bombay to Trincomalee. (3)
19 Aug 1944
HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Phuket area. Before proceeding on patrol practice attacks were made on HMS Wolfe (A/Capt. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN). (4)
19 Aug 1944
HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. H.G. Norman, CBE, RN), HMS Wolfe (A/Capt. J.E. Slaughter, DSO, RN), HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN), i>HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. W.H. Harrington, DSO, RAN), HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, DSO, DSC, RN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN) and HrMs Van Galen (Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) arrived at Trincomalee from Colombo. (5)
- ADM 173/18392
- ADM 173/19414
- ADM 53/120310 + ADM 199/1388
- ADM 199/1874
- ADM 53/120310 + ADM 53/120758 + ADM 199/1388
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.