Allied Warships

HMS Lady Elsa (FY 124)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 124 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched27 Apr 1937 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service 

Completed on 14 July 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 518 tons.

In October 1940 Lady Elsa operated as a member of Escort Group 1 on North Atlantic escort duties. In From March until October 1942 Lady Elsa operated under American control in American waters. In January 1943 Lady Elsa arrived in South African waters to help control the alarming amount of submarine activity being experienced in this area. From February 6-12th she was docked in the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown. She operated in South African waters until the end of the war. She was returned to her owner in January 1946 and refitted for commercial use. Lady Elsa was renamed Lord Tay in 1950. Damaged by a fire on 3 September 1964. Scrapped at Grays on 20 November 1964.


Commands listed for HMS Lady Elsa (FY 124)

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1Skr. Reginald Walter Denny, RNR25 Oct 19398 Mar 1940
2T/Lt. John Hartley Hodder, RNVR8 Mar 1940Jun 1940
3T/Lt. Sidney George Phillips, RNVRJun 1940Aug 1943
4T/Lt. Arthur Marchant Brown, RNVRAug 194324 Jun 1944
5T/Lt. Charles Alfred Power, SANF(V)24 Jun 194410 May 1945
6T/Lt. Alfred Kenneth Scholes, RNVR10 May 194513 Aug 1945
7T/S.Lt. Ernest Locksley Cross, RNVR13 Aug 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Lady Elsa include:

20 Oct 1940
HMS Lady Elsa (Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR) picks up 52 survivors from the British merchant Caprella that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-100 southwest of Rockall in position 56°37'N, 17°15'W.

Lady Elsa also picks up 43 survivors from the British merchant Sitala that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-100 southwest of Rockall in position 56°35'N, 17°15'W.

6 Nov 1942
HMS Lady Elsa (Lt. S.G. Phillips, DSC, RNVR) picks up 55 survivors from the British merchant Arica that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-160 eight miles north of Galera Point, Trinidad in position 10°58'N, 60°52'W.

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