HMS Jason (J 99)
Minesweeper of the Halcyon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) : Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||4 Sep 1936|
|Laid down||12 Dec 1936|
|Launched||6 Oct 1937|
|Commissioned||9 Jun 1938|
Sold 3 September 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Jason (J 99)
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|1||Cdr. Alun Jones, RN||1 Apr 1939||28 Sep 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Douglas Henry Fryer, RN||28 Sep 1939||21 Jun 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Reginald Ernest Terry, RN||21 Jun 1940||14 Oct 1942|
|4||Cdr. Herbert Guy Abbott Lewis, RN||14 Oct 1942||5 Jan 1944|
|5||T/A/Cdr. Trevor George Payne Crick, DSC, RN||5 Jan 1944||25 Dec 1944|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Harry Layland Dudley Hoare, RNR||25 Dec 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Jason include:
22 Dec 1939
Convoy TC 2.
This convoy of troopships departed Halifax on 22 December 1939 for the Clyde where it arrived on 30 December 1939.
The convoy was made up of the following troopships / liners; Almanzora (British, 15551 GRT, built 1914, carrying 1284 troops), Andes (British, 25689 GRT, built 1939, carrying 1358 troops), Batory (Polish, 14287 GRT, built 1936, carrying 806 troops), Chrobry (Polish, 11442 GRT, built 1939, carrying 1045 troops) Orama (British, 19840 GRT, built 1924, carrying 935 troops), Ormonde (British, 14982 GRT, built 1917, carrying 1269 troops) and Reina del Pacifico (British, 17702 GRT, built 1931, carrying 1455 troops).
A/S escort was provided on leaving Halifax the Canadian destroyers HMCS Fraser (Cdr. W.N. Creery, RCN), HMCS Ottawa (Capt. G.C. Jones, RCN), HMCS Restigouche (Lt.Cdr. W.B.L. Holms, RCN), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. H.G. de Wolf, RCN) and the British destroyer HMS Hunter (Lt.Cdr. L. De Villiers, RN). These destroyers remained with the convoy until 24 December 1939 when they set course to return to Halifax.
Ocean Escort was provided by the British battleship HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN), French battlecruiser Dunkerque (Capt. M.J.M. Seguin and the French light cruiser Gloire (Capt. F.H.R. de Belot).
When the convoy approached the British isles, the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, RN), HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN), HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSC, RN), HMS Fury (Cdr. G.F. Burghard, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN) and HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, RN) departed Greenock on the 25th to join the convoy on the 28th. On the 26th two more destroyers departed Greenock, these were HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN). These destroyers also joined the convoy on the 28th.
On the 29th the French battlecruiser Dunkerque and the light cruiser Gloire parted company with the convoy. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Fearless, HMS Firedrake and HMS Fury until they were relieved by the French large destroyers Mogador (Cdr. P. Maerte), Volta (Cdr. C.V.E. Jacquinet), Le Triomphant (Cdr. M.M.P.L. Pothuau), Le Fantasque (Capt. P.A.B. Still), and Le Terrible (Cdr. A.E.R. Bonneau).
Four more escorts joined the convoy on the 29th. These were the minesweepers HMS Jason (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Fryer, RN), HMS Gleaner (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Price, RN).and the patrol vessels HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, DSC, RN) and HMS Shearwater (Lt.Cdr. P.F. Powlett, RN).
The convoy arrived safely in the Clyde area in the morning of 30 December 1939. (1)
25 Sep 1940
HMS Jason (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Terry, RN) picks up 18 survivors from the British merchant Mabriton that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-32 west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°12'N, 23°00'W.
19 Oct 1940
HMS Jason (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Terry, RN) picks up 39 survivors from the Dutch merchant Bilderdijk that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 56°35'N, 17°15'W by German U-boat U-38.
20 Oct 1940
HMS Jason (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Terry, RN) picks up 111 survivors from the British merchant Loch Lomond that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-100 south-west of Rockall in position 56°00'N, 14°30'W.
- ADM 199/367 + ADM 199/393
- ADM 173/18080
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.