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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Fairmile Motor Launch - Q072

 

From the collection of John Joynt

Fairmile ML Q072 encountering her first storm en route to Toronto, November 1941

Source: From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

 

Laid down: May 1941

Launched: 12 Nov 1941

Delivered to the RCN: 24 Nov 1941

Removed from service: 17 July 1945

Fate: Sold after the war. Final disposition unknown

 

Built by Grew Boats Ltd., Penetanguishene, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 24 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 Apr 1944 and Mar 1945, Q072 was listed as part of the 73rd Ml Flotilla. In Oct 1944 had an explosion in her engine room. She was repaired and then later sold in 1945 to Acme Boat and Salvage Company, New York, USA.

 

Photos and Documents          Crew photos

 

Three ML Q072 videos on Youtube:  (1) ML Q072     (2) ML Q072     (3) ML Q072

 

Commanding Officers

Lt H.F. Newell, RCNVR - 22 Nov 1941 - ?? Dec 1941

Lt Claude Lane Campbell, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942 - 18 Jun 1942

Lt Douglas Stevens Howard, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1942 - 30 Apr 1943

Lt Edward Gilbert Jarvis, RCNVR - 18 May 1943 - 18 Nov 1943 

Lt J.A. Davis, RCNVR - 14 Dec 1943 - 23 Apr 1944

Lt Francis Amyot, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1944 - 16 Mar 1945

Lt Angus Moore Colfax Kenning, RCNVR - 17 Mar 1945 - 05 Sep 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Amyot, Francis

1904-1962

6th Commanding Officer

 

Ashmore, George Alfred

1924-1944

 

 

 

I-J

Joynt, John Patrick

1924-2018

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lazzari, Leonard Louis

1926-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members  -  (CC) = First Crew  /  (DC) = Paying off crew

Adourian, Paul, LS, Cook

 

Akin, J.R., Lieut.

 

Andony, George, AB, W/T  (DC)

 

Barrett, Harry, AB, R.D.F.

 

Beasley, PO, M. Mec.

 

Beaver, G., LS, M. Mec.  (CC)

 

Bingham, PO, Cox地

 

Black, Slt

 

Boyd, Clifford, OS  (CC)

 

Brodie, C., LS, Cox地

 

Campbell, Creg L., Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942

 

Cant, James, OS, M. Mec.  (CC)

 

Chiz, Mike, LS, Cox地  (DC)

 

Clark, Frank, AB, Gunner  (DC)

 

Clark, J., LS, M. Mec.  (CC)

 

Clay, Charles (Keith), AB, W/T

 

Clift, Jack, PO, M. Mec.  (DC)

 

Coons, Arnold, AB, ASDIC

 

Cowper, Reginald, PO, M. Mec.  (DC)

 

Craig, Slt, 1st Lt.

 

Craik, Thomas, LS, M. Mec.  (DC)

 

Davis, J.A., Lt

 

Dawdy, Wilfred, Chief PO, M. Mec.  (DC)

 

Dodds, John, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1945  (DC)

Downes, John, AB, Gunner

 

Eldershaw, R., OS, M. Mec.

 

Fraser, Austin, Cook  (CC)

 

Fryer, F., LS, Cox地

 

Gibbons, R.N.

 

Gillis, J.H.L., Lt, 1st Lt.

 

Graham, John William Robert, Slt, RCNVR, 1st Lt - 19 Jun 1942

 

Granda, John F., OS, Gunner  (CC)

 

Hanson, Robert, LS, M. Mec.  (DC)

 

Hardy, Alton, AB, R.D.F.  (DC)

 

Hilts, Harry, AB, Signalman

 

Holloway, C.J., Slt, 1st Lt.

 

Howard, D.S., Lt

 

Hoyt, Howard, Cook  (DC)

 

Isles, Chuck, AB, W/T

 

Jarvis, E.G., Lt

 

Kenning, Angus M.C., Lt  (DC)

 

Kirkpatrick, Leaford, OS, M. Mec.  (CC)

 

Leith, Ken E., AB, Gunner  (DC)

 

Leroux, Jack, AB, Signalman  (DC)

 

Lester, Doug, Slt, 1st Lt.

Lilly, R., OS, M. Mec.

 

Ludford, John, AB, Gunner

 

MacDonald, Hector, AB, Gunner

 

MacGregor, M.C., Slt, 3rd Officer

 

Macness, S., OS, Signalman

 

McEachern, Joseph, PO, Cox地

 

Meriam, Ross, AB  (CC)

 

Mullen, Tom, M. Mec.  (DC)

 

Murphy, Joseph, OS  (CC)

 

Nahirny, S., OS Tel.

 

Nelson, N., AB, Signalman

 

Newell, H.F., Lt (CC)

 

Osborne, James, LS, S.T.  (CC)

 

Place, John, OS, ASDIC  (CC)

 

Poulin, R., LS, M. Mec.  (CC)

 

Quiring, F., AB, LR III

 

Rhodes, J.A., Slt, 1st Lt.

 

Sainbury, G., Slt, 1st Lt.

 

Sale, J.R., Slt, 1st Lt.

 

Scholes, K., AB, ASDIC

 

Sheardown, Terry, AB, Steward  (DC)

 

Smith, Dave, OS, Gunner  (DC)

 

Stewart, W., OS, R.D.F.

 

Stuart, J., AB, R.D.F.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Captain J.A. Heenan, RCNR, Captain of Motor Launches, May 1943 - January 1945. He is pictured here inspecting the 73rd Flotilla

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

The forward Oerlikon on Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

 

The First Crew of ML Q072, Penetanguishene, Ont., 1941

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Looking astern on ML Q072

Note the two Oerlikon guns located amidships

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Looking after on ML Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

The wheelhouse - on the left, R. Cowper; on the right, J. McEachern. The sailor in the middle is unidentified

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

ML Q072 and ML Q073 at Penetanguishene

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Two Subchasers Launched at Penetang

Page from the Free Press Herald, November 19, 1941

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

ML Q072 and ML Q073 docked at Penetanguishene

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Crew members of ML Q072

Left to Right - Back: R. Cowper, Unidentified sailor, H. Hilts

Front: J. Clift, A. Coons

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Coxswain J. McEackern admiring the "Black Panther" logo on the funnel. The panther crushing a U-Boat was painted by Harry Barrett during the spring of 1944

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

John Joynt on watch on the bridge of ML Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

A day on the town with Harry Hilts, Paul Adourian, Hecor MacDonald and Arnold Coons

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Reg Cowper plays hard to get with Joe McEackern in a hammock strung up in the band stands of the forward Oerlikon

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

George Andony in the wheelhouse of ML Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

J. McEachern and A. Coons on ML Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Left to Right: Howard Hoyt, Jack Leroux and Frank Clark

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Jack Leroux on Q072's signal light with Johnny Downes looking on.

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Harry Hilts at his station on ML Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Harry Hiltz and Harry Barrett painting ML Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Roy Hanson in shorts and socks after a night of cards

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Terry Sheardown posing for a photo

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Johnny Downes dancing a jig on the high seas

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Drawing - A direct hit on the cargo of explosives - the loss of the S.S. James Sprunt

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Crew of Q072 shortly before the "Alleged Enemy Action".

Left to Right - Back: H. MacDonald, A. Coons, R. Cowper, J. Joynt, unidentified, J. Downs

Front: R. Hanson, W. Dawdy, H. Barrett, P. Adourian, T. Sheardown

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

John Downes and Reg Cowper, 1944

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Chipping ice off ML Q072, winter 1943/44

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Harry Barrett and John Joynt (right) on watch or at play? Spring 1944

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

John Leroux, Signalman on the wheelhouse of ML Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

John Joynt at his action station

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Leading Seaman John Joynt and Slt John Dobbs on the bridge of ML Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Arnold Coons and Roy Hanson

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Lieutenant Angus M.C. Kenning, RCNVR

Commanding Officer ML Q072

March 17, 1945 - September 5, 1945

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Crew members of ML Q072 late summer, 1944

Left to Right- Front: F. Clark, T. Sheardown

Centre: J. McEachern, H. Hiltz, W. Dawdy, K. Clay, J. Joynt, M. Chiz

Back: L. Lazzari, R. Cowper

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Roy Hanson in the mess deck

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

VE Day on ML Q072

"Splice the Mainbrace"

Left to Right - Back: LT A. Kenning, Slt J. Dobbs, J. Clift, J. Leroux, F. Clark, T. Sheardown, J. Joynt, T. Mullen

Front: K. Leith, H. Hoyt, D. Smith, L. Lazzari. R. Hanson, A. Hardy, R. Cowper, G. Andony, W. Dowdy

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Harry Barrett in the galley

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Lieutenant E.G. Jarvis MID

Commanding Officer ML Q072

May 18, 1943 - November 18, 1943

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Lieutenant J.H.L. Gillis

1st Lieut.

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Top to bottom: Len Lazzari, Ken Leith and George Andony - 1945

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

ML Q072 dressed for VE Day

May 8, 1945

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

The ship's bell of ML Q072

Engraved - Q072 1941

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Unknown sailor painting the mast of Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

John Joynt on Q072

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Lookout on the bridge of Q072 in winter

From the collection of John Joynt

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Fairmile Motor Launch ML Q072

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

 

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