For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
Fairmile Motor Launch - Q053
Q053 was delivered to the RCN on 17 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). In Jun 1943, ML 053 distinguished herself by recovering, intact, two mines of a barrage laid by U-119 in the Halifax approaches. On 08 Jun 1943, Q053, following the minesweeper HMS BYMS 989, at 1815hrs, observed a floating mine. A tow line 90 yards long was attached to the mine and the mine was towed to Ketch Harbour. At 1930hrs the tow line was passed to a shore party and the mine was then hauled to the beach. At this point Lt George Henry Olaf Rundle, RCNR, assisted by OS John Gordon Lancien, RCNVR, removed the cover plate, the wiring was cut, & the detonator removed, at 2052hrs, once the mine was declared safe the shore party returned & removed the mine & detonator. In Jan 1944, Q053 was listed as part of the 71st ML Flotilla.
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