Allied Warships

HMS Wolfe (F 37)

Submarine Depot Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine Depot Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 37 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched3 Jul 1920 
Commissioned22 May 1942 
End service 

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;
Displacement: 21.550 tons.
Armament: 4 4" AA guns, 42 2pdr AA, 19 20mm AA.
Speed: 16 knots.


Commands listed for HMS Wolfe (F 37)

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1A/Cdr. Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, RN17 Mar 194210 Feb 1943
2A/Capt. (retired) Charles Cecil Flemming, RN10 Feb 194327 Apr 1944
3A/Capt. Jack Etheridge Slaughter, DSO, RN27 Apr 1944Mar 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)

1 Apr 1944
HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Wolfe (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) served as the target. (2)

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). (3)


  1. ADM 173/18392
  2. ADM 173/19414
  3. ADM 199/1874

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

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