The Grey Ladies

Grey-Ladies

ROBERT STRAUGHTON in his article on Aberdeen in the July 2019 issue of Sea Breezes, makes a passing reference (p25) to “The Grey Ladies,” the fast motor launches running the blockade towards the end of WWII from Aberdeen through the Skagerrak into Sweden and Denmark.

The cargo, back to Aberdeen from Sweden, was ball-bearings from SKF which owned the monopoly on the manufacturing of ball-bearings.

For those Sea Breezes readers wanting to know more about this little-known operation, a good source is Ralph Barker’s 1977 book, Blockade Busters. On pages 146-212 he describes the work of those launches. The launches, with their official numbers, were Gay Viking 168481, Gay Corsair 168489, Hopewell 169562, Nonsuch 169582 and Master Standfast 169584.

FRASER G MACHAFFIE
Ohio, USA

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