For Posterity's Sake         

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.


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


Amyot, Francis








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


Joynt, John J.P., LS, S.T.  (DC)


Kenning, Angus M.C., Lt  (DC)


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


Lazzari, Len, AB, ASDIC (DC)


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



Crew photos for ML Q072

ML Q072 - Video

ML Q072 - Younger than Springtime - Video

ML Q072 - Some Enchanted Evening - Video