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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Fairmile Motor Launch - Q069

Then CASA MIA

Then HARWOOD

Fairmile ML Q069

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Laid down: 12 Feb 1941

Launched: 04 Dec 1941

Delivered to the RCN: 28 Mar 1942

Removed from service: 24 Jun 1945

Fate: Foundered in a hurricane in 1978

 

Built by A.C. Benson Shipyard, Vancouver, B.C., she was delivered to the RCN on 28 Mar 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 Jul 1944 she was listed as part of the 75th ML Flotilla. She was a "B" Type ML, Displacement: 79 tons, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17.9 ft, Draught: 4.9 ft, Speed: 20 kts, Complement: 3 officers and 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm. In Jan 1944, Q069 was listed as part of the 76 ML Flotilla. Sold in 1946 to Willard G. Weston, Vancouver, she was renamed Casa Mila and later Harwood. She foundered in a hurricane in 1978.

 

Commanding Officers

Ch/Skpr Francis William Maxwell Drew, RCNR - 28 Mar 1942 - 15 Jun 1943

Lt Robert MacBain Francis, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1943 - 25 Oct 1943

Lt H.W. Patterson, RCNVR - 26 Oct 1943 - 19 Sep 1944

Lt Edwin Utley Anderson, RCNVR - 20 Sep 1944 - 24 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

K-L

Langille, Ernest Gordon

1922-2008

 

 

 

 

M-N

Mann, Cyril F. (Cy)

1923-2017

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Devlin, Gordon Ernest, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1943

 

Francis, Robert MacBain, Lt, RCNVR  - 11 May 1943

MacDonald, Robin Frank, Skpr, RCNR - 28 Mar 1942

 

Smith, Donald Alexander, Slt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1944

Wiley, John Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1942

 

Wright, John Allan, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

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