For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
Fairmile Motor Launch - Q051
Then RADEL II
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.