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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q059

Then RODCO (1946)

Fairmile ML Q059

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Laid down: 11 Aug 1941

Launched: 23 Apr 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 26 May 1942

Removed from service: 25 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Final disposition unknown

 

Built by Minett-Shields Ltd., Bracebridge, Ontario, she was delivered to the RCN on 26 May 1942. 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 Jan 1945, Q059 was listed as part of the 72nd ML Flotilla. She was a "B" Type ML, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17.9 ft, Draught: 4.9 ft, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm. In 1946 she was sold to Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., New York and renamed Rodco.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Herbert Alan Batey, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1942 - 18 Oct 1943

Lt R. Dickinson, RCNVR - 19 Oct 1943 - 17 Nov 1943

Lt D.B. Drummond, RCNVR - 18 Nov 1943 - 18 Aug 1944

Lt W.B. McTavish, RCNVR - 19 Aug 1944 - 07 Mar 1945

Lt Kent Macauley Ross, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1945 - 25 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Former Crew Members

Marples, Vaughan Wilkens, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

Marshall, Sherwood Barnet, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1942

 

 

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