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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q060

Then MARIPOSA BELLE

Fairmile ML Q060

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Laid down: 05 Apr 1941

Launched: 24 Jul 1941

Delivered to the RCN: 01 Nov 1941

Removed from service: 20 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold after the war, her final disposition is unknown.

 

Built by Hunter Boats, Orillia, Ontario, she was delivered to the RCN on 01 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 Feb 1944 and Jan 1945, Q060 was part of the 72nd ML Flotilla.  Paid off on 20 Jun 1945, she was sold the same year to B. O. Bissette, St. John, Quebec. The crew called ML Q060 the Mariposa Belle from a poem by a famous Canadian poet who lived in the area she was built.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt H.F. Farncomb, RCNVR - 06 Sep 1941 - 17 Dec 1941

Sub/Lt F.K. Ellis, RCNVR - 18 Dec 1941 - 17 Apr 1942

Lt James Sinclair Davis, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1942 - 01 May 1942

Slt Archibald McAllister Byers, RCNVR - 01 May 1942 - unk

Slt Archibald McAllister Byers, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1943 - 10 Oct 1943

Lt Richard John Murray Allan, RCNVR - 11 Oct 1943 - 15 Feb 1944

Sub/Lt Robert Mansfield Greene, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1944 - 06 Mar 1944

Lt Richard John Murray Allan, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944 - 29 Jan 1945

Lt John Gordon William Mackenzie, RCNVR - 30 Jan 1945 - 13 Mar 1945

Lt Richard John Murray Allan, RCNVR - 14 Mar 1945 - 17 Apr 1945

Lt Gordon Ambrose Sweeney, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1945 - 20 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Former Crew Members

Batey, Herbert Alan, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1942

Cannell, Robert Gelling, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1944

Hughes, Lloyd Owen, Slt, RCNVR - 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

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