Allied Warships

HMS Bonaventure (ii) (F 139)

Submarine Depot Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine Depot Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 139 
Built byGreenock Dockyard Co. Ltd. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched27 Oct 1942 
CommissionedJan 1943 
End service 

Displacement: 10423 tons.
Armament: 2 4" AA guns, 12 20mm AA.
Speed: 16 knots.

Depot ship for midget submarines.

Initialy served in home waters but went to the far east later in the war.


Commands listed for HMS Bonaventure (ii) (F 139)

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1Cdr. William Eric Banks, DSC, RN8 Nov 194216 Apr 1943
2A/Capt. Philip Quellyn Roberts, RN16 Apr 194318 Jan 1944
3Cdr. (retired) William Richmond Fell, DSC, OBE, RN18 Jan 1944Nov 1946

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Notable events involving Bonaventure (ii) include:

20 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Port HHZ for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Bonaventure (A/Capt.(Retd.) W.R. Fell, DSC, OBE, RN). (1)


  1. ADM 173/18638

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

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