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I notice that there were enquiries regarding the design of the Gay class boats, I had a brief spell with the section in 1953, I was a supply rating seconded to the group for a short time.
I understood if my memory serves after 60 years that the boats were designed by the engineering and design officer at Portsmouth. He was a Captain? Gay, and the boats were named after him.
 
The reason I was seconded, as well as my commander wanting to get shot of me, was that I was at HMS Peregrin at Ford, a naval air station, and I took a load of pilots pressure suits for use by the crews, especially those on the bridge, to help modify the effect of the wave slap which was quite debilitating at high speed. I did have an outing on Gay Cavalier.
 
Another memory was that one of the boats was converted to a gas turbine boat using  a Olympus gas turbine engine, with a reputed top speed of 70 knots! 
 
This could not have been confused with the later gas turbine boats , these did not come into service until after I left the Navy.
 
I hope this info is useful to someone.
 
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Hello 'Ben' -Welcome aboard.

Hope you enjoy the trip.
As you may have read in the earlier postings in this Topic, the Gay class was designed at the Admiralty Design facility at Bath. It may well have have had a Captain (Constructor) in the design team but you can be assured that it would have originated with several, possibly Naval, draughtsmen - able to draw on the vast experience then available from WW2.
A 'barb' often mentioned is that the design was then handed to Messrs Vosper to "sort the boat out" - not my personal view - as Messrs Vosper would - I am sure - have been well  involved with the initial plans. (I do have some copies of the original plans clearly marked Vosper type "A" ) which as we now know became the "Gay" class.
The 'hijacking' of the then lovely word "Gay" - came much later, as you will know - but I doubt if such a class name will ever be used again.
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