FAIRMILE MOTOR LAUNCHES

 

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Wartime Ad - Ontario Fairmile Association

Source: Canada's War at Sea - published Montreal 1944

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

ML Q079, Q080, Q081, Q083 and Q084, of the 79th Flotilla (Q085 is the only one missing from this photo)

Photo origin unknown

Source/Credit: Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County / Al Cleary

ML Q072, ML Q056 and ML Q073 at the Government dry docks, Toronto, Dec 1941

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Four ships of the 73rd Flotilla. Q083 alongside Q098. Q072 astern alongside another motor launch. St. John, N.B. 1944

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt`

73rd Flotilla at Boston en route to the Caribbean, January, 1943. Q072 is second from the left.

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

ML Q083 and Q098 at St. John, 1944

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Fairmiles tied up outboard of HMCS Sambro, Halifax, 1941

Q086 outboard the forward group of 4 ships

From the collection of Laithwood Leigh

Courtesy of Judy Saunders

Unknown Fairmile

From the collection of Emery Savage

Courtesy of Jessica Santos

AB Chambers on an unknown Fairmile

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Two sailors on an unknown Fairmile

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Fo'c's'le of an unknown Fairmile

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Quarterdeck of an unknown Fairmile. Note the depth charges along the rails

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Unknown Fairmile at sea

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy


Unknown Fairmile being fitted out at Toronto - date unknown

Note the 3-pdr Hotchkiss gun mounted aft

 

The following is from Wayne Mullins, Historian, National Yacht Club, Toronto, Ont. (via Dennis Cardy) - "The wharf where this Fairmile is tied up is south of the CNR roundhouse. It is sitting on the east side of the warehouse. This was Pier 4 warehouse -the wharf and structures still stand immediately west of Harbourfront Centre - it is at 245 Queens Quay West."

 

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Four Fairmiles of the 82nd Motor Launch Flotilla at the Government Jetty, Ingonish, NS

ML Q112 and Q117 visible - other two Fairmiles unknown

Note that the Hotchkiss mounts have been replaced.

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

82nd Motor Launch Flotilla at sea

Q119 lead ship

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

82nd Motor Launch Flotilla

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

82nd Motor Launch Flotilla at anchor

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

ML Q084 and ML Q053

Part of the 79th and 71st ML Flotillas respectively

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

Fairmiles on patrol

From the collection of Sid Dobing

Courtesy of Brian Dobing

Ships of the 82nd Fairmile Motor Launch Flotilla at sea - Q114, Q113 and Q118

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Two unknown Fairmiles

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

77th Motor Launch Flotilla, St. John's, Newfoundland

From the collection of H.S. (Tim) Lee

Courtesy of Ryan Lee

 

Photo description submitted by Donald (Bud) Rose:  Taken from the South Western area of St. John's harbour where N A D was located. [Naval Armament Depot] Photographer was facing east towards Signal Hill which can be seen stretching across the top of the photo. The bell shaped rock in the center of the hill is a dead giveaway. Cabot Tower is to the right of this bell shape.

70th Fairmile Motor Launch Flotilla entering harbour, Hamilton, Bermuda, 1945

From the collection of Kevin Joynt 

Ship's boat on a Fairmile

From the collection of George Schmidt

Courtesy of Robyn Barker

Looking aft on an unknown Fairmile

From the collection of George Schmidt

Courtesy of Robyn Barker

Fairmiles at sea - Q085 centre, foreground

From the collection of George Schmidt

Courtesy of Robyn Barker

Fairmiles at sea

From the collection of George Schmidt

Courtesy of Robyn Barker

Fairmiles at sea

From the collection of George Schmidt

Courtesy of Robyn Barker

Fairmiles alongside - location unknown. Q053 outboard ship

From the collection of George Schmidt

Courtesy of Robyn Barker

Wartime Badge of the 77th Motor Launch Flotilla at the Crow's Nest Officer's Club, St. John's, Newfoundland

 

The history of this badge is unknown.  If you have any information on this badge, please send me an email.

 

Courtesy of Janet McNaughton, Editor of the Scuttlebutt Newsletter, Crow's Nest Officer's Club

Parade in Bermuda - 1945.  Possibly a V.E.- Day parade

ML Q104 inboard Fairmile (number visible on her funnel)

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

Fairmiles in Halifax - L to R - ML 106, ML 06?, ML 121

From the collection of Harry Seright

Courtesy of Sam Seright

Fairmiles of the 75th ML Flotilla on patrol off the coast of BC - 1945

DND / RCN Photo Neg # F3350R

From the collection of  H.W. Patterson

Courtesy of Steve Patterson

 

Click here to view the back of the photo

Unknown Fairmile

RCN Neg # NP1116R

From the collection of Phyllis Meier (neé Friend), WRCNS

Courtesy of Catherine Couture

Fairmiles of the 82nd Flotilla operating out of Gaspé, Quebec

Courtesy of Erling Baldorf

Unknown Fairmile in Mulgrave, NS - 1945

 

With the ship being fully dressed, this may have been taken on VE-day

 

Courtesy of Doug Mc Farland

 


 

 

Its not known which Fairmile this little fellow was mascot for - either ML Q074, ML Q088 or ML Q106 - the 3 Fairmiles that Wilbrod Décarie served in.

 

     

 

  

77th Fairmile ML Flotilla operation off Newfoundland

 

Photos 1 & 2 - Q094   Photo 3 - Looking aft on either Q074 or Q088

 

Photo 4 (L-R) Lead ship Q099, 2nd ship Q092, 3rd ship Q094

 

Photos taken from either Q074 or Q088

 

     

 

Slt Décarie on the bridge of either ML Q0074 or Q088

 

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

 


 

Percé Rock off the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, Gulf of St. Lawrence

 

           

 

     

 

Photo1: Fairmiles approaching Percé Rock, ML Q085 in the lead    Photo 2: Sailors on unknown Fairmile with Percé Rock in the background

Photos 3 to 8:  Percé Rock off the Gaspé Peninsula.

 

Photos taken from unknown Fairmile

 

Webmaster's note: It is possible that the Fairmiles in these photos were part of the 79th ML Flotilla

 

From the collection of George Schmidt

Courtesy of Robyn Barker

 


 

Officers and Men on board an unknown Fairmile Motor Launch

 

It is possible that these photos were taken on board a Fairmile of the 79th ML Flotilla

 

If you can identify any of the sailors in these photos, please send me an email

 

              

 

                 

 

Row 2:  (4) Duck, Jack M., Lt, RCNVR (believed to be on Q084)

 

              

 

        

 

From the collection of George Schmidt

Courtesy of Robyn Barker

 


 

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