Fairmile Motor Launch




Unofficial wartime badge of

ML Q064

Fairmile ML Q064

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 19 Apr 1941

Launched: 28 Aug 1941

Delivered to the RCN: 18 Apr 1942

Removed from service: 17 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold in 1947. Foundered in 1952


Built by LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J.H., Weymouth, N.S., she was delivered to the RCN on 18 Apr 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 Mar 1943, Q064 rescued the flight crew of a Catalina flying boat that had crashed 1 mile offshore and was on fire. In Mar 1944 and  Jan 1945, ML Q064 was part of the 72 ML Flotilla. On 06 Mar 1944, her CO, Lt Jarvis was listed as the SO of the 72 ML Flotilla. In 1947, she was sold and renamed Six-Four.  She foundered in 1952.


From The Fairmiles - Canada's Little Ships - "ML064 participated in the Battle of the Gulf of St Lawrence. George Crowell told me that at one time ML064 and ML080 berthed alongside each other at Rimouski, Quebec, when a good breeze of wind came up causing them to rub against each other. The bit of over hang on the upper deck of ML080 caught in the same over hang on ML064 ripping her upper deck off from the bow back to the wheelhouse. This put ML064 out of service and she limped down to the shipyard at Pictou, Nova Scotia, where they put a tight canvas patch on her. She then proceeded back to Weymouth, Nova Scotia for repairs."



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


Lt Theodore George Sewell, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1942 - 31 Mar 1942

SLt Norman Lindsay Williams, RCNVR - 01 May 1942 - 02 Oct 1943

SLt P.G.D. Armour, RCNVR - 03 Oct 1943 - 07 Oct 1943

SLt Norman Lindsay Williams, RCNVR - 08 Oct 1943 - unk

SLt Walter James Langston, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1944 - unk

Lt E.G. Jarvis, RCNVR - 06 Mar 44 - 21 Apr 1944

Lt John Godwin Chance, RCNVR - 22 Apr 1944 - 23 May 1944

Lt Edward Gilbert Jarvis, RCNVR - 24 May 1944 - 16 Jan 1945

Lt Reginald Andrew Fraser Galway, RCNVR - 17 Jan 1945 - 22 Jun 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Dean, Harry, AB - 1943


Duggan, Wallace Rowe, SLt, RCNVR - 10 Mar 1944


French, Cyril, AB - 1943


Harwood, William Randolph, SLt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1945

James, Guy Linsley, SLt, RCNVR - 09 May 1942


Kean, Norman, LS - 1943


Rhodes, John Alan, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1944


Sweeney, Gordon Ambrose, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

La Touche, Daniel Charles Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1942


Webster, Arthur Egerton, War (E) - Jan 1945


Wright, Thomas Osborne, SLt, RCNVR - 21 May 1945



Photos and Documents


ML Q064


RCN Photo # H-2694


Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum 

AB Harry Dean, AB Cyril French, LS Norman Kean of Q064 rescues RAF plane crew after crash


The Winnipeg Evening Tribune 01 Apr 1943

Launching of the first Fairmile (Q064), for Imperial Oil - 1941


Source:  E.A. Bollinger Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1975-305 1941 no. 109


Photographer: E.A. Bollinger 

ML Q064


From the collection of William (Bill) Carey


Courtesy of William (Bill) Carey / Jeff Tripp

ML Q064 and ML Q080 alongside at unknown location


From the collection of George Beatty Sterne, CPO.MM


Courtesy of Bob Sterne