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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q064

Then SIX-FOUR

 

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."

 

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

 

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