Halcyon Class Minesweepers HMS Jason 1941
 
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HMS Jason 1941 (IWM FL 14225) - Halcyon Class Minesweeper
HMS Jason 1941
(IWM FL 14225)

Date of Arrival

Place

Date of Departure

Orders, Remarks etc

1.1.41

Rosyth

4.1.41

Convoy EN51 (21 ships) sailed 1830 on 4/1 from Methil, arriving 1530 7/1 at Lynne of Lorne. Jason was A/A ship. (ADM199/16)

7.1.41

Rosyth

9.1.41

Convoy EN54 (25 ships) sailed 2230 on 9/1 from Methil, arriving 1644 12/1 at Oban. Jason was A/A ship. (ADM199/16)

11.1.41

Scapa

12.1.41

 

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Rosyth

 

 

24.1.41

Rosyth

25.1.41

 

26.1.41

Rosyth

28.1.41

Convoy EN63 CLICK FOR REPORT (10 ships) sailed at 0400 28/1 from Methil (arriving 0815 on 31/10 at Oban). Jason was A/A ship until 1245 on 30/1 before returning to Rosyth and then escorting WN75, arriving off Methil 0815 on 31st. (ADM199/16)

30.1.41

Rosyth

30.1.41

 

31.1.41

Rosyth

3.2.41

Convoy EN66 (35 ships) sailed 0730 3/2 from Methil arriving Loch Ewe 0900 5/2. Jason was A/A  ship. (ADM199/16)

4.2.41

Scapa

5.2.41

 

7.2.41

Rosyth

9.2.41

Convoy EN69 CLICK FOR REPORT (19 ships) sailed 0130 9/2 from Methil arriving Loch Ewe 1000 11/2 Jason was A/A ship. (ADM199/16)

11.2.41

Rosyth

15.2.41

Convoy EN72 CLICK FOR REPORT (14 ships) sailed 0600 15/2 from Methil arriving Loch Ewe. Convoy attacked by single He111 but no damage. (ADM199/16)

16.2.41

Scapa

16.2.41

 

18.2.41

Rosyth

21.2.41

Convoy EN75 (11 ships) sailed from Methil 21/2 arriving Loch Ewe 23/2. JASON was A/A ship. The convoy was attacked by a single Me109 on 22/2 which dropped two bombs. No damage to ships. (ADM199/16)

22.2.41

Rosyth

3.3.41

 

4.3.41

Scapa

5.3.41

 

6.3.41

Rosyth

9.3.41

Convoy EN83 CLICK FOR REPORT (17ships) sailed from Methil at 0230 9/3 with Jason as A/A escort. At 1940 an attacking Heinkel had its bombing run affected by Jason's fire and the bombs missed.         
10/3 Jason transferred to Convoy WN96 at 1030

11.3.41

Rosyth

17.3.41

 

19.3.42

Rosyth

20.3.41

Convoy EN89 (23 ships) sailed from Methil at 0001 on 21/3 arriving Oban at 1430 on 23/3, escort included Jason. (ADM199/16)

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Rosyth

27.3.41

Convoy EN92 (27 ships) sailed from Methil at 1230 on 27/3 (ADM199/16)

28.3.41

Scapa

29.3.41

 

30.3.41

Rosyth

5.4.41

 

6.4.41

Scapa

7.4.41

 

8.4.41

Rosyth

12.4.41

 

13.4.41

Scapa

14.4.41

 

16.4.41

Rosyth

19.4.41

 

21.4.41

Rosyth

24.4.41

 

25.4.41

Rosyth

26.4.41

 

28.4.41

Rosyth

30.4.41

2330 30/4 from JASON: Bombs dropped in 4 attacks by 2 enemy A/C, no further damage reported. Ships of convoy put up an excellent show.

2.5.41

Rosyth

5.5.41

 

8.5.41

Rosyth

14.5.41

 

15.5.41

Scapa

16.5.41

 

17.5.41

Rosyth

19.5.41

 

22.5.41

Rosyth

24.5.41

At 1145 H.M.S. Jason took over E.C.36 and Leeds escorted H.M.S. Valorous towards Methil and Rosyth.

27.5.41

Rosyth

31.5.41

4/6 From C in C Rosyth: On completion of swinging 5/6, Widgeon proceed to overtake FSS escorted by Ludlow and JASON.

2.6.41

Rosyth

5.6.41

 

11.6.41

Rosyth (Methil)

17.6.41

18/6 JASON can be taken in hand for refit at Rosyth Dockyard 10/7

20.6.41

Rosyth

23.6.41

D of D Taken in hand Leith 21/7 (refit) Completes 26/8 ex trials

23.6.41

Rosyth

28.6.41

 

1.7.41

Rosyth

4.7.41

 

8.7.41

Rosyth

11.7.41

 

16.7.41

Rosyth

21.7.41

 

 

Leith

 

21/7 From A S Rosyth: Taken in hand 21/7 at Messrs Robbs, Leith for docking and refit.

23/7 Date of Completion of JASON at Robbs Leith is 26/8 ex trials.

29/7 JASON docked in Alexandria dry dock Leith

29.8.41

Rosyth

5.9.41

 

10.9.41

Rosyth

12.9.41

 

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Methil

21.9.41

 

23.9.41

Rosyth

24.9.41

 

26.9.41

Aultlea

?

 

?

Rosyth

2.10.41

 

11.10.41

Rosyth

14.10.41

 

17.10.41

Rosyth

19.10.41

 

21.10.41

Rosyth

24.10.41

 

26.10.41

Rosyth

29.10.41

 

31.10.41

Rosyth

4.11.41

 

6.11.41

Rosyth

?

 

8.11.41

Rosyth

15.11.41

 

19.11.41

Rosyth

20.11.41

 

23.11.41

Rosyth

26.11.41

26/11 Jason has been ordered to part company with EN12 at Dunnet Head and proceed to Scapa to await WN11. ACOS is requested to sail JASON to meet WM11 in vicinity of Strathie Point a.m. 29/11

27.11.41

Scapa

29.11.41

 

30.11.41

Rosyth

2.12.41

 


St Austell had initially set a target of 102,450, enough to build two minesweeper hulls, during the week of November 27th to December 6th, 1941. A local newspaper reported that by the end of the first day 31,000 had been collected and within three days that figure had risen to 81,000. The final figure collected by St Austell was a staggering 220,000.

In recognition of the money raised and as further incentive, the Admiralty allowed communities to 'adopt' a warship and would present the main town with a shield to commemorate Warship Week. For the outlying villages there were illuminated certificates and photographs of 'their' ship. These shields normally had a raised boss with a `fouled anchor' carved into it. Below, a brass plate would say that the shield had been presented to the district by The Lords Commissioner of the Admiralty. Instead of the anchor, some would have the badge of the ship that the area was adopting. A beautiful example can be seen today in the new council chambers in St Austell. Here the badge of the HMS JASON, a Halcyon class fleet minesweeper, is mounted on the shield above a brass plate which reads: 'Presented by The Lords Commissioner of the Admiralty to St Austell (Cornwall) to commemorate the adoption of HMS JASON during Warship Week, December 1941'.

 

I am enclosing ... with grateful thanks to Restormel Borough Council, pictures of the ship's badge and plaque which are still on proud display in the council offices of what was formally St Austell town council who raised a large sum to adopt the Jason.   Source: R Gerrell, son of Jim Gerrell. Dec 2008

5.12.41

Rosyth

9.12.41

With EN 17

12.12.41

Rosyth

14.12.41

 

16.12.41

Rosyth

25.12.41

 

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Scapa

27.12.41

 

28.12.41

Rosyth

30.12.41

 

     

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