Allied Warships

HMS James Lay (FY 667)

MS Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 667 
Built byFletcher, Son & Fearnall (Limehouse, London, U.K.) 
Laid down 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service4 Sep 1944 

Completed on 4 November 1918.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 278 tons.

Paid off on 4 September 1944.
Returned to her owner in October 1944.
Scrapped in 1960.


Commands listed for HMS James Lay (FY 667)

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1Skr. William Henry Makings, RNR1 Nov 193922 Aug 1940
2T/Skr. Frank Stephen Gleeson, RNR22 Aug 19402 Jan 1942
3T/Skr. Frederick Cook, RNR2 Jan 194218 Mar 1942
4W Jordan, RNR18 Mar 19424 Sep 1944

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Notable events involving James Lay include:

18 May 1940

Operation Quixote.

Cutting of underwater telephone lines between Scandinavia and the U.K.

On 18 May 1940 the auxiliary M/S trawlers HMS Cape Melville (Ch.Skr. A. Flaws, RNR), HMS Grampian (Lt.Cdr. A. Longmuir, RNR), HMS James Lay (Skr. W.H. Makings, RNR), HMS Milford Princess (T/Skr. J.W. Cook, RNR), HMS Milford Queen (T/Skr. F.J. Burgess, RNR) and HMS Pelton (Skr. J.A. Sutherland, RNR) departed Harwich to cut underwater telephone cables. They were escorted by the patrol vessel HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) D.F. Beattie, RN). Cover for the operation was provided by the destroyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. T.M. Napier, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN).

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