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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Fairmile Motor Launch - Q074

Fairmile ML Q074

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 18 Aug 1941

Launched: 30 Apr 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 26 May 1942

Paid off: 01 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Final disposition unknown


Built by Minett-Shields Ltd., Bracebridge, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 26 May 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). Q074 was a "B" Type ML, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17.9 ft, Draught: 4.9 ft, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm. In Jun 1944 and Jan 1945, Q074 was listed as part of the 77 ML Flotilla. Paid off on 01 Jul 1945, she was sold later that year to George B. Burchell, Sydney, Nova Scotia, she was renamed Aloma III.


The Ship's Bell


Commanding Officers

Lt Thomas Grant Denny, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1942 - 30 Jan 1943

Lt Victor Jura Wilgress, RCNVR - 21 Jan 1943 - 28 Oct 1943

Lt Ewart Leyland, RCNVR - 29 Oct 1943 - 01 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Décarie, Wilbrod


Denny, Thomas G.

Moir, Douglas A.


Served in Q074 22 May 1942 - 12 Sep 1943

Stevens, John F.



Former Crew Members

Leyland, Ewart, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Mar 1945

McHugh, Marshall Donald, A/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944

Smith, John McSwain, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945