HMS Lady Elsa (FY 124)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.)|
|Launched||27 Apr 1937|
Completed on 14 July 1937.
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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|1||Skr. Reginald Walter Denny, RNR||25 Oct 1939||8 Mar 1940|
|2||T/Lt. John Hartley Hodder, RNVR||8 Mar 1940||Jun 1940|
|3||T/Lt. Sidney George Phillips, RNVR||Jun 1940||Aug 1943|
|4||T/Lt. Arthur Marchant Brown, RNVR||Aug 1943||24 Jun 1944|
|5||T/Lt. Charles Alfred Power, SANF(V)||24 Jun 1944||10 May 1945|
|6||T/Lt. Alfred Kenneth Scholes, RNVR||10 May 1945||13 Aug 1945|
|7||T/S.Lt. Ernest Locksley Cross, RNVR||13 Aug 1945||late 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.
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.