Allied Warships

HMS Montclare (F 85)

Destroyer Depot Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer Depot Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 85 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched18 Dec 1921 
Commissioned29 Aug 1944 
End service 

On 28 August 1939 the passenger ship Montclare of the Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Montreal was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser being commissioned as such in October 1939.

On 2 June 1942 sold to the Admiralty and was to be converted to a submarine depot ship for the 3rd Submarine flotilla. Recommissioned as destroyer depot ship on 29 August 1944. Decommissioned in 1954 and in January 1958 sold for scrap at Inverkeithing. Scrapping commenced on 3 February 1958.

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 Montclare (F 85)

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1A/Cdr. (retired) Charles Richard de Bunsen Loftus Townshend, RN5 Jan 194416 Jun 1944
2Cdr. Benjamin Bryant, DSO, DSC, RN16 Jun 194410 Oct 1944
3A/Capt. (retired) Edmund Hugh Hopkinson, RN10 Oct 19445 Nov 1944
4A/Cdr. (retired) Charles Richard de Bunsen Loftus Townshend, RN5 Nov 194427 Nov 1944
5Capt. Cecil Campbell Hardy, DSO, RN27 Nov 194420 Apr 1945
6Capt. (retired) Gerald William Hoare-Smith, RN20 Apr 19451 Nov 1946

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