Hello from Canada! I am researching a ship of the Royal Navy and would like to know what a 1945 reference to "C.S.O. Saltcoats" means. Greatly appreciate if anyone has knowledge of this name and perhaps a story about it. Cheers,
Danny Boy: I'm sure someone on this site will be able to help you but failing that, you could always try the following site: www.shipsnostalgia.com It's an excellent site for all topics Maritime AND very helpful. Good Luck.
Hi DannyBoy What you are researching is NOT a ship but a signals intercept station. CSO means "Composite Signals Organisation" stations were the top-secret "Y-Service" of the British "Government Communications Head Quarters" [GCHQ] at Bletchley Park where the Nazi Enigma cyphers were broken. It would appear there was an intercept station located at Saltcoats, Ayrshire which would have been ideally situated to intercept U-boat signals from the North Atlantic.
Hi guys Hughie, I never knew such a station existed in our area although it certainly makes sense.
John, as CSO was so secret ("Top Secret" was NOT used by Britain which preferred "Most Secret"), I believe you would be hard pressed to locate much data; Official Secrets Act and the 100-year old rule!