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Depot Ships

Submarines were relatively small compared to most oceangoing vessels, and generally did not have the ability to carry large amounts of food, fuel, torpedoes, and other supplies, nor to carry a full array of maintenance equipment and personnel.

The tender carried all these, and periodically met up with a submarine at sea to replenish it. In some navies the tenders were equipped with workshops for maintenance and as floating dormitories with relief crews.

With the increased size and automation of modern submarines, plus their reliance on nuclear power, tenders are no longer necessary as they once were.

1877 - 1889: Cormorant1886 - 1912: Pactolus
1895 - 1918: Hazard1882 - 1919: Hebe
1878 - 1919: Mercury1885 - 1920: Thames
1891 - 1920: St George1892 - 1920: Latona
1892 - 1920: Bonaventure (F139)1899 - 1921: Crescent
1912 - 1921: Fearless1886 - 1921: Forth
1891 - 1921: Royal Arthur1898 - 1921: Rosario
1900 - 1922: Shearwater1863 - 1923: Egmont
1886 - 1923: Arrogant1892 - 1924: Onyx
1912 - 1929: Maidstone1911 - 1932: Adamant
1902 - 1939: Pandora1928 - 1942: Medway (F25)
1903 - 1946: Ambrose (F08)1941 - 1946: Wuchang (F30)
1951 - 1946: Talbot1905 - 1947: Cyclops (F31)
1911 - 1949: Alecto (J10)1915 - 1949: Titania (F32)
1907 - 1951: Lucia (F27)1920 - 1952: Wolfe (F37)
1889 - 1955: Vulcan1916 - 1957: Platypus
1927 - 1957: Alaunia (F17)1921 - 1958: Montclare (F85)
1924 - 1961: Artifex (F28)1921 - 1965: Ausonia (F53)
1940 - 1970: Adamant (F64)1937 - 1978: Maidstone (F44)
1938 - 1978: Forth (F04)

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