Allied Warships

HMS Seawolf (N 47)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantN 47 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered15 Mar 1934 
Laid down25 May 1934 
Launched28 Nov 1935 
Commissioned12 Mar 1936 
End service23 Jun 1945 
History

Decommissioned at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on 23 June 1945.

HMS Seawolf is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy list

Sold to be broken up for scrap in November 1945. Scrapped at Montreal, Canada.

 

Commands listed for HMS Seawolf (N 47)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. John Wyndham Studholme, RN7 Feb 193918 Aug 1940
2Lt. Patrick Lainson Field, RN18 Aug 19409 Oct 1941
3Lt. Richard Prendergast Raikes, RN9 Oct 1941Jul 1942
4Lt. Frederick Danford Gordon Challis, DSC, RNJul 1942Aug 1943
5Lt. Denis Woolnough Mills, DSC, RNAug 194323 Aug 1944
6Lt. Bruce Collins, RN23 Aug 1944May 45 ?
7T/A/Lt. Willard Wayne Holmes, RCNVRMay 45 ?23 Jun 1945

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2 Sep 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Dundee for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off south-west Norway. (1)

16 Sep 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Dundee. (1)

29 Sep 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Dundee for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. (1)

5 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) fires two torpedoes against what was thought to be the German light cruiser Nurnberg but was in fact the German torpedo boat Falke in the Skagerrak about 35 nautical miles west of Skagen, Denmark in position 57°39'N, 09°28'E. Both torpedoes missed Falke.

(All times are zone -1)
0055 hours - Sighted an enemy light cruiser, possibly Nurnberg, bearing 045°. Enemy course was 230°, range 4 nautical miles yards. Started attack.

0105 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 7000 yards and dived on firing. No hits were obtained. (1)

12 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Dundee. (1)

14 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. (2)

20 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (2)

25 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was undocked. (2)

26 Oct 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Skagerrak. (1)

10 Nov 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (3)

17 Nov 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was undocked. (3)

18 Nov 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was again docked at Rosyth. (3)

7 Dec 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was undocked. (4)

12 Dec 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Rosyth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Heligoland Bight. (1)

19 Dec 1939
In the morning, HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN), was hunted and depth charged by the German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ D, UJ E and UJ F near position 54°15'N, 07°20'E. Seawolf managed to slip away undamaged.

25 Dec 1939
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

8 Jan 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Harwich for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands. (1)

19 Jan 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Lowestoft where she was immediately docked. (1)

27 Jan 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was undocked. (5)

1 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Lowestoft for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea. (1)

11 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

14 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) shifted from Harwich to Sheerness. (6)

15 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Sheerness for Portsmouth. (6)

16 Feb 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) arrived at Portsmouth for the installation of a new battery. (6)

7 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Portsmouth for Harwich. (6)

8 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) arrived at Harwich. (6)

9 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Harwich for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol near the Outer Dowsing light vessel. (1)

14 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

22 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Harwich for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands. (1)

31 Mar 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

7 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Rosyth for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Heligoland Bight. (1)

10 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was ordered to proceed to position 56°30'N, 06°20'E (off the west coast of Denmark). (1)

12 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) proceeded to position 57°30'N, 07°10'E due to German heavy ships reported to be proceeding towards that position. (1)

13 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) was ordered to proceed to position 57°50'N, 09°00'E (in the Skagerrak). (1)

18 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Hamm (5874 GRT, built 1921) in the Skagerrak in position 58°09'N, 10°32'E.

Hamm was in convoy together with Itauri (6838 GRT, built 1923), Wolfram (3648 GRT, built 1921). They were escorted by four trawlers from the 15 Vorposten Flotilla.

(All times are zone -1)
0100 hours - In position 58°09'N, 10°32'E sighted a southbound convoy of three merchant ships of average size escorted by four large A/S trawlers. Started an attack in which two torpedoes were fired at the 2nd ship and four at the 3rd ship. Range on firing was about 4000 yards. Observed a hit on the 2nd ship, just abaft the funnel. Also heard a hit on the 3rd ship. After firing the torpedoes turned away and retired on the surface to the north-west at full speed. One ship was seen to be on fire. After having proceeded to the north-west for a while turned west to reload and charge the battery.
(1)

26 Apr 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Harwich. (1)

6 May 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Harwich for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands. (1)

19 May 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

29 May 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) departed Rosyth for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Texel, the Netherlands. (1)

8 Jun 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

25 Jun 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth together with HMS Shark (Lt.Cdr. P.N. Buckley, RN). (7)

2 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to perform a special operation and to patrol off the south-west coast of Norway. (1)

4 Jul 1940
At 2230 hours, HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN), landed two Norwegian officers at Ullero Island, Norway (Operation Thwart). (1)

9 Jul 1940
At 2315 hours, HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) picked up the two Norwegian officers,that she had landed on the 4th and a third officer, at Ullero Island, Norway (Operation Thwart). (1)

10 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) attacked a German A/S trawler with three torpedoes south of Lindesness, Norway. No hits were obtained.

The target was possibly the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 127.

(All times are zone -1)
0718 hours - In position 57°54'N, 07°03'E fired three torpedoes against a large A/S trawler from a range of 1100 yards. No hits were obtained. No counter attack followed.
(1)

12 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

16 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (8)

18 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) was undocked. (8)

28 Jul 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) departed Rosyth for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol near Stavanger, Norway. (1)

7 Aug 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Studholme, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

24 Aug 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. These included A/S exercises with HMS Woolston (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, OBE, RN) and HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN). Also a practice attack was made on HMS Fleetwood. (9)

28 Aug 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Rosyth for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the south-west coast of Norway. (1)

14 Sep 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

16 Sep 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was docked at Rosyth. (10)

2 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was undocked. (11)

4 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. These included A/S exercises with HMS Vimiera (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN), HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. A.A.C. Ouvry, RN) and HMS Gardenia (Lt.Cdr. T.A.O. Ellis, RD, RNR). (11)

6 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. These included A/S exercises with HMS Fame (Cdr. C.A.N. Chatwin, RN), HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, RN) and HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN). (11)

11 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Rosyth for her 15th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Fro Havet, Norway. (1)

20 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was ordered to patrol off Bergen, Norway. (1)

26 Oct 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 15th war patrol at Rosyth. (1)

6 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Rosyth for Methill. (12)

7 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Methill for passage to Portsmouth. (12)

10 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Campbeltown. (12)

12 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Campbeltown for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Troubadour. (12)

15 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (12)

20 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Cherbourg, France. (1)

29 Nov 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 16th war patrol at Portsmouth. (1)

16 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (13)

17 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Dartmouth. (13)

20 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Dartmouth for Portsmouth. (13)

21 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (13)

30 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth. (13)

31 Dec 1940
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Dartmouth. (13)

1 Jan 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Dartmouth for Blyth. (14)

4 Jan 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) made a short stop at Rothesay. She departed for Blyth later the same day. (14)

7 Jan 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Blyth. (14)

10 Jan 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) shifted from Blyth to Newcastle where she was to refit at the Swan Hunter shipyard. (14)

27 Mar 1941
With her refit completed, HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN), shifted from Newcastle to Blyth. (15)

30 Mar 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) shifted from Blyth to Dundee. At 1435 hours Seawolf was attacked by a German aircraft in position in position 56°02'N, 02°20'W. Seawolf dived to escape. (15)

5 Apr 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted mine laying trials off Dundee. (16)

7 Apr 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Dundee. (16)

9 Apr 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HrMs Z 5 (Lt.Cdr. P.A. de Boer, RNN). (16)

10 Apr 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (16)

2 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, RNR). (17)

3 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Blyth. (17)

11 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Blyth for Portsmouth. (17)

13 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (17)

16 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

25 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was ordered to take up a patrol position off Brest, France to intercept the German battleship Bismarck making for this French port. (1)

27 May 1941
After the German battleship Bismarck had been sunk, HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN), was ordered to return to Portsmouth. (1)

2 Jun 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 17th war patrol at Portsmouth. (1)

14 Jun 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 18th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

2 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) made a short stop at Falmouth before proceeding to Dartmouth where she arrived later the same day. (1)

3 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) shifted from Dartmouth to Portsmouth ending her 18th war patrol. (1)

17 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (18)

21 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 19th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

30 Jul 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) attacked the German submarine U-562 with six torpedoes about 60 nautical miles south-west of Saint-Nazaire, France in position 46°41'N, 03°32'W. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0923 hours - In position 46°41'N, 03°32'W the officer of the watch sighted a German U-boat bearing 315°, range 1 nautical mile. Started attack.

0929 hours - Fired six torpedoes from 2500 yards. No hits were obtained. The Germans were able to evade two of the torpedoes. (1)

8 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 19th war patrol at Portsmouth. (1)

10 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (19)

18 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) was undocked. (19)

21 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (19)

22 Aug 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 20th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

5 Sep 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 20th war patrol at Portsmouth. (1)

11 Sep 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (20)

22 Sep 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 21th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. (1)

29 Sep 1941
At 1627 hours, HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN), sighted a German submarine in position 46°52'N, 03°11'W. Enemy course was 220°, speed 14 knots. By the time the tubes were brought to the ready the range was 6000 yards. No torpedoes were therefore fired.

The submarine sighted was most likely U-71 that had departed Saint-Nazaire earlier the same day. (1)

7 Oct 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) ended her 21th war patrol at Portsmouth. (1)

22 Oct 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) conducted exercises off Portsmouth. (21)

25 Oct 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Portsmouth for Scapa Flow. She was escorted until Bishops Rock by HMS Kingston Jacinth (Skr. A.G. Day, RNR) when HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN) took over the escort. (21)

31 Oct 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. After taking on board provisions she departed later the same day for northern Russia. (21)

10 Nov 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Polyarnoe, northern Russia. (22)

17 Nov 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Polyarnoe for her 22th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off northern Norway (Syltefjord). (1)

21 Nov 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) attacked an enemy convoy off the Syltefjord. Four torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained.

The convoy attacked was made up of the Norwegian merchant (in German service) Trondhjemsfjord (6753 GRT, built 1922) and the German Merchants Sandnes (???? GRT, built ????), Steinbek (2185 GRT, built 1936), Jersbek (2804 GRT, built 1938). They were escorted by the German minesweepers M 30, M 17 and the auxiliary patrol vessels Polarsonne, UJ 1708, UJ 1403.

(All times are zone -3)
0034 hours - Sighted a dim white light to the southward. This proved to be a convoy of three or four ships. Started attack.

0100 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 5000 to 6000 yards. No hits were obtained. Two of the torpedoes had a gyro failure and ran off to starboard. No explosions were heard. (1)

22 Nov 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) attacked an enemy convoy off the Syltefjord. It was thought a ship was hit and sunk but this was not the case.

The convoy attacked was made up of Asuncion (4456 GRT, built 1921), Graziella (2149 GRT, built 1917). They were escorted by Togo and Kiautschou.

(All times are zone -3)
0100 hours - Sighted a westbound convoy of four ships (possibly five). Seawolf was on the convoy's starbard beam. Gave chase at high speed and was probably seen as the convy was seen to scatter. The fourth ship was close inshore and was attacked with two torpedoes at 0137 hours. It was thought one of the torpedoes hit as it was thought that a large column of black smoke was seen to rise from it. The target was thought to be a tanker. Retired to seaward to reload.
(1)

24 Nov 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) again attacked a German convoy off the Syltefjord. Five torpedoes were fired and a hit was claimed but this was not the case.

The convoy attacked was made up of the German merchant Asuncion (4456 GRT, built 1921) and the Norwegian merchant Graziella (2149 GRT, built 1917), the German trawler Kehdingen and the German tanker Eurostadt (1118 GRT, built 1923). They were escorted by the German minesweepers M 30, M 17 and the auxiliary patrol vessel Polarsonne

(All times are zone -3)
0004 hours - Sighted a white light up the Syltefjord.

0015 hours - Sighted a convoy of four ships all burning masthead lights. Started attack on the second ship.

0100 hours - Fired five torpedoes (four were intended) from a range of about 4000 yards. One of the torpedoes was seen to run on the surface to starboard. It is thought a hit was obtained but this was actually not the case. (1)

25 Nov 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 22th war patrol at Polyarnoe. (1)

3 Dec 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) conducted exercises off Polyarnoe. (23)

5 Dec 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Polyarnoe for her 23th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off northern Norway. (1)

9 Dec 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) attacked a German convoy with a total of six torpedoes off the Båtsfjord, Norway. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -3)
1944 hours - Sighted a darkened ship on the starboard bow which was thought to be a destroyer. Turned to attack then sighted four ships in line ahead.

1948 hours - Fired three torpedoes at the second merchant ship. Range was 600 yards. No hits were obtained. Seawolf was heavily rolling in the heavy seas and it was thought this may have effected the torpedoes fired.

1958 hours - Fired three more torpedoes from 3000 yards. Target was again the second ship of the convoy. No hits were obtained. (1)

20 Dec 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 23th war patrol at Polyarnoe. (1)

5 Jan 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Polyarnoe for her 24th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Norwegian coast, Vestfjord area. (1)

17 Jan 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) was ordered to patrol off Fro Havet, Norway. (1)

23 Jan 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) was ordered to leave her patrol area and proceed to Lerwick. (1)

26 Jan 1942
Due to heavy weather, HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN), was ordered to shelter at Sullom Voe. (1)

27 Jan 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 24th war patrol at Lerwick. (1)

29 Jan 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Lerwick for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Cava (T/Lt. E.D.J. Cox, RNR). (24)

30 Jan 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (24)

1 Feb 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (25)

11 Feb 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) was docked at Rothesay. (25)

14 Feb 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) was undocked. After exercises she returned to Holy Loch. (25)

25 Feb 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Peterhead (Lt. W.R. Tadman, RNR). (25)

27 Feb 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (25)

1 Mar 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Lerwick for her 25th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Fro Havet, Norway. (1)

6 Mar 1942
At 1740 hours, HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN), sighted the German battleship Tirpitz along with her escorting destroyers Paul Jacobi, Friedrich Ihn, Hermann Schoemann and Z-25. The German ships had sailed from Trondheim, Norway with the intention to attack convoy PQ-12. An enemy report was sent at 1801 hours. (1)

18 Mar 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) attacked the German submarine U-586 with six torpedoes in the Norwegian Sea in position 63°01'N, 03°24'E. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
1301 hours - Sighted a U-boat on the surface. Enemy course 272°, speed 10 knots. Started attack.

1325 hours - Fired six torpedoes from a range of 6300 yards. 7min 21sec after firing a very heavy explosion was heard. Smoke was seen on the bearing of the target that had disappeared. It is thought the enemy was sunk. (1)

19 Mar 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 25th war patrol at Lerwick. (1)

2 Apr 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Lerwick for her 26th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Fro Havet, Norway. (1)

22 Apr 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 26th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (1)

24 Apr 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (26)

2 May 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) was docked at Kames Bay. (27)

3 May 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) was undocked. (27)

13 May 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN). (27)

13 May 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Lerwick. After a few hours she departed for her 27th war patrol. She was to proceed to Seidesfjord, Iceland from where she was to join convoy PQ 16 during passage to northern Russia. (1)

20 May 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Seidesfjord. (1)

22 May 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed from Seidesfjord, Iceland to join convoy PQ 16 at sea. (1)

23 May 1942
At 0454 hours HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) joins convoy PQ 16 in position 66°52'N, 15°00'W. (1)

30 May 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 27th war patrol at Polyarnoe, northern Russia. (1)

13 Jun 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Polyarnoe for her 28th war patrol. She was to perform a short anti-U-boat patrol to the north-east of Murmansk. (1)

20 Jun 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 28th war patrol at Polyarnoe. (1)

26 Jun 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Polyarnoe for her 29th war patrol. She was ordered to provide cover for convoy's QP 13 and PQ 17 and return to the U.K. afterwards. (1)

7 Jul 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) was ordered to proceed to Lerwick. (1)

13 Jul 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) ended her 29th war patrol at Lerwick. (1)

15 Jul 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (28)

17 Jul 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (28)

31 Jul 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for St. John's, Newfoundland. Seawolf was to proceed to the U.S.A. where she was to refit at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Seawolf was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) until position 57°25'N, 10°00'W. (28)

10 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at St. John's, Newfoundland. (6)

13 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed St. John's, Newfoundland for Halifax, Canada. (6)

15 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Halifax, Canada. (6)

19 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Halifax, Canada for Philadelphia, U.S.A. (6)

22 Aug 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to refit. (6)

9 Dec 1942
Having completed her refit, HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN), departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut. (6)

10 Dec 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (6)

28 Dec 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed New London, Connecticut for Halifax, Canada. (6)

30 Dec 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Halifax, Canada. (6)

3 Jan 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed Halifax, Canada for St.John's, Newfoundland. She was escorted by HMS Granby (T/Lt. J.R. Biggs, RCNR).

6 Jan 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at St.John's, Newfoundland.

Seawolf was originally to return to the U.K. but due to a shortage of submarines in Canadian waters for A/S training it was decided to retain Seawolf there until further orders.

15 Jan 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) departed St.John's, Newfoundland to return to Halifax.

17 Jan 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) arrived at Halifax for A/S training duties.

12 Oct 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) departed Digby for the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was escorted by HMCS Hamilton (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR).

15 Oct 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for repairs.

29 Oct 1943
With her repairs completed, HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN), departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut, USA.

30 Oct 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

7 Nov 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) departed New London for Bermuda.

11 Nov 1943
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at Bermuda.

15 Mar 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) departed Bermuda for Shelburne, Canada.

18 Mar 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at Shelburne, Canada.

19 Mar 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) shifted from Shelburne to St.Margarets Bay.

20 Mar 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) shifted from St.Margarets Bay to Halifax.

11 Jul 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) departed Digby, Canada for the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was escorted by HMCS Annapolis (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.C. Walmesley, RCNR).

15 Jul 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. D.W. Mills, DSC, RN) arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a refit.

17 Nov 1944
With her refit completed HMS Seawolf (Lt. B. Collins, RN) departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut, USA.

18 Nov 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. B. Collins, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

5 Dec 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. B. Collins, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Digby, Canada. She was escorted by HMCS Chicoutimi (T/Lt. A.E. Giffin, RCNVR).

7 Dec 1944
HMS Seawolf (Lt. B. Collins, RN) arrived at Digby, Canada

7 Jun 1945
HMS Seawolf (T/A/Lt. W.W. Holmes, RCNVR) departed Digby for Halifax. She was escorted by HMCS Quinte (T/Lt. D.C. McPherson, RCNVR).

9 Jun 1945
HMS Seawolf (T/A/Lt. W.W. Holmes, RCNVR) arrived at Halifax where she was to be paid off.

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1836
  2. ADM 173/16068
  3. ADM 173/16069
  4. ADM 173/16070
  5. ADM 173/16523
  6. ADM 199/2570
  7. ADM 173/16524
  8. ADM 173/16525
  9. ADM 173/16526
  10. ADM 173/16527
  11. ADM 173/16528
  12. ADM 173/16529
  13. ADM 173/16530
  14. ADM 173/16966
  15. ADM 173/16968
  16. ADM 173/16969
  17. ADM 173/16970
  18. ADM 173/16972
  19. ADM 173/16973
  20. ADM 173/16974
  21. ADM 173/16975
  22. ADM 173/16976
  23. ADM 173/16977
  24. ADM 173/17561
  25. ADM 173/17562
  26. ADM 173/17564
  27. ADM 173/17565
  28. ADM 199/424

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


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