Allied Warships

HMS Wolfe (F 37)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 37 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched3 Jul 1920 
Commissioned10 Jan 1940 
End serviceNov 1941 

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 being renamed HMS Wolfe. Conversion was completed on 10 January 1940.

Displacement: 16418 BRT
Armament: 7x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 17 knots

January 40 - October 40: Northern Patrol
November 40 - February 41: Northern and Western Patrol
March 41 - April 41: Bermuda and Halifax Escort Force
May 41 - October 41: North Atlantic Escort Force

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 until 22 May 1942. In January 1943 converted to a destroyer depot ship. 1946-47 flagship of the 1st Submarine flotilla. 1949 decommissioned and scrapped in 1952.


Commands listed for HMS Wolfe (F 37)

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1Capt. (retired) Charles Geoffrey Coleridge Sumner, OBE, RN10 Nov 19391 Jul 1940
2A/Capt. (retired) William Gabbett Ashton Shuttleworth, RN1 Jul 1940Nov 1941

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