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British Monitor General Wolfe

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British Monitor

General Wolfe



dont mind that big gun on the end~


Class/Type: Lord Clive Class Monitor

Displacement: 5995 tons

Length: 102.3 meters

Breadth: 26.6 meters

Shafts: 2 

Engine: 2 triple expansion steam engines and 2 boilers

Power: 2500 h.p.

Top speed: 8 knots (14.8 km/h)



1 - 18 inch/457 mm Gun

2 - BL 12 inch/304.8 mm Mk VIII Guns

2 - 6 inch/152 mm Guns
2 - 12 pdr/76 mm Guns



 Monitor General Wolfe was built by Palmers in Newcastle where she was ordered on 6th January and launched on 9th September 1915. She was later officially commissioned on 27th October 1915. She was initially named M9 during her construction but was later renamed to Sir James Wolfe on 15th February and once again renamed to General Wolfe on 8th March 1915.


Being a Monitor, her roles in the First World War mostly consist of coastal bombardment. Upon her completion, General Wolfe was assigned to Dover on 12 November 1915 for her service with the Dover Patrol. She later participated in the bombardment of the German artillery batteries at Westende on 26th January 1916. On 24 April 1916, Wolfe was detailed to cover the laying of a net barrage twelve miles off the Belgian coast, stretching twenty miles from Nieuport to Zeebrugge. She then provided cover for British destroyers when the Germans attempted to press home a torpedo-boat attack. Afterwards, up until September when the weather turned wintry, Wolfe and the other 12-inch monitors patrolled the Belgian coast along with other monitors, destroyers and drifters to prevent the Germans breaking out or laying more mines, or sweeping up British minefields.


On 15 September 1916, during the Battle of Somme, General Wolfe was tasked to tie down the enemy forces near the Belgium coast along with the Dover Patrol. All the monitors of the patrol were engaged, and the 12-inch monitors, including Wolfe, fired two hundred of the three hundred heavy rounds fired in this period. They also acted as aiming marks for the larger 15-inch gunned monitors.They continued the task of patrolling for the next year.


In July 1917, Wolfe with a number of her sister-ships was taken off patrolling in preparation for Operation Hush a planned landing on the Belgian coast by the 1st Division. The offensive faltered and it was deemed too dangerous to attempt an assault on the coast. The monitors, which had been training at South West Reach in the River Thameswithout leave since July, were ordered to Portsmouth on 2 October. Wolfe arrived on 4 October and was dry-docked for maintenance.


General Wolfe received her massive 18 inch gun along with Prince Eugene and Lord Clive on the new year of 1918. Wolfe had been taken in hand by Portsmouth Dockyard on 5 April 1918 for the structural modifications required to take the weight of the 18-inch gun and mounting on her quarterdeck. Wolfe was ready for gun trials on 7 August, which took place off the Isle of Wight and were successful. The mounting, with its large box-shaped shield, so disfigured the stern of the ship that it earned Wolfe the nickname of "Elephant and Castle".


She continued her service patrolling the coast of Belgium until the late 1918.

General Wolfe was placed on the sale list by Admiralty order on 7 April 1920. It had been announced on the 6th that she, in company with the other monitors lying at Immingham being tended by care and maintenance parties, would travel singly to the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard to have guns and other useful fittings removed, after which they would then return to the Humber. In December 1920 her 18-inch gun was removed and placed into storage. The ship was sold to Messrs. T.W. Ward, Limited on 9 May 1921 and broken up at Hayle in 1923.




Sold & Scrapped



I've made this thread after looking for some info about it after noticing dead_man_walking's thread but after reading back, I can already sense that there are tons of mistakes that I might not noticed. So dear historians and warships experts, do tell if there's any inaccuracy or something to add or point out. Don't want to spread the wrong info in the historical section now, would we?

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Beta Tester
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Anddddd 8 knots lol


Well... she is a Monitor. All she do is bombard shores and thats about it. Like bunker/pillbox busting tanks.

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Alpha Tester
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This is unlike you necroing some very old post

(But nvm, still worth the comment)


That ship is sloooooowww

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Got to admit that the Royal Navy had some great ship names... HMS General Wolfe? HMS Iron Duke? HMS Dreadnought?  HMS Dragon? 




...HMS Pansy

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