C.S.O. Saltcoats

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C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by Danny Boy » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:01 pm

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,

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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by Richard » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:59 am

:hi:
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:
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It's an excellent site for all topics Maritime AND very helpful.
Good Luck.

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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by Guest » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:12 am

OK thanks for that tip. Cheers,

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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by gwennypenny » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:56 am

Hello from Canada. We are from Scotland. That looks familiar I wonder if my dad would know . I will ask

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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by Jim McCreadie » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:18 am

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:

http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j ... W4GqvXKmuA

http://ticktalk.shawwebspace.ca/pages/v ... ronometer/

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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by John Donnelly » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:00 pm

Now this is interesting.

How would some-one go about finding out where this station was located?

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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by Hughie » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:18 pm

Jim McCreadie wrote: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.
Jim there was mention some time ago that there was such an intercept station located at the Saltcoats. From what I recall it was at the Saltcoats Pavilion.


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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by Jim McCreadie » Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:56 am

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!

Here's a link to another CSO Site:
http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/26 ... no+2+site/

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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by Jim McCreadie » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:22 pm

Re my reply dated Sat, 14 July 2012. Here is another piece of information I located to confirm an intercept station at Saltcoats. However, I dispute the assertion of it’s use for monitoring North Sea (radio) traffic.

https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/75-ye ... 67689.html

High-frequency (3-30Mhz), depending on various factors (power output, Ionispheric layer/time of day), can be transmitted over thousands of miles. However, if German vessels were operating in the North Sea, they would most likely transmit on low power, rendering it unlikely, although not impossible, the transmission would reach Saltcoats. The Atlantic was a more likely target for CSO Saltcoats.
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Re: C.S.O. Saltcoats

Post by jimmy mccreadie » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:13 am

Found following in on-line A&SH website. Article titled “When Ardrossan became HMS Fortitude”.
The Admiralty bought No. 1 South Crescent as a Sailor’s Rest and it was later used as accommodation for the watchkeepers of the Wireless Intelligence Offices.
Believe Wireless Intellugence Offices were CSO Saltcoats staff.

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