For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Fairmile Motor Launch - Q051

Then RADEL II

Radel II

Credit: Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State Univeristy

Courtesy of Stephen Horsfall

 

Laid down: 01 Feb 1941

Launched: 15 Sep 1941

Delivered to the RCN: 24 Nov 1941

Removed from service: 1945

Renamed: Radel II

Fate: Final disposition unknown

 

Q051 was delivered to the RCN on 24 Nov 1941. While she flew the White Ensign, she was not commissioned into the RCN but instead was listed as a tender to HMCS Sambro, the depot ship for escorts (tenders were not commissioned vessels). Q051 was a  "B" Type ML, Displacement: 79 tons, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17.9 ft, Draught: 4.9 ft, Speed: 20 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm. In Feb 1944 and Jan 1945, Q051 was listed as part of the 77th ML Flotilla.  On 03 Mar 1944, Q051's CO, LCDR Thomason was listed as the SO for the 77th ML Flotilla.

 

After the Second World War Fairmile Q051 was registered by the name Radel II , RAD- stood for RADIO, and EL- stood for ELECTRONICS. The National Research Council used former Q051 as research vessel. She designed and tested Great Lakes freighter radar, the radar reflecting buoy system and was the first boat in the world to have underwater television. Information about her experiments, remains classified. She was later sold to Commander C. H. Hudson, Vancouver when she left government service.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt. Theodore George Sewell, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942 - 08 Oct 1942

Lt W.H.B. Thomson, RCNVR - 14 Dec 1942 - 16 Dec 1942

Lt R. Dickinson, RCNVR - 17 Dec 1943 - 08 Feb 1944

Lt Ronald Alexander Wyllie, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1944 - 02 Mar 1944

LCdr Walter Herbert Bruce Thomson, RCNVR - 03 Mar 1944 - 26 Mar 1945

Lt Donald Stott Marlow, RCNVR - 27 Mar 1945 - 10 Aug 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Blandy, Walter Stairs

1924-2014

Drafted to ML Q051 on 08 Mar 1944 at Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

C-D

Campbell, Ian Lorne

1917-2009

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Cunningham, Willis Gordon, Slt, RCNVR - 03 May 1943

 

Hillmer, John Scriven, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1945

Marlow, Donald Stott, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

Sale, John Robert, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Tait, John Watterson, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942

 

Photos and Documents

 

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