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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q079


Then PTC 779 / HMCS RACCOON 779


Fairmile ML Q079

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 12 Aug 1941

Launched: 30 Apr 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 27 May 1942

Removed from service: 11 Jun 1945

Sold: 24 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 19 May 1949

Renamed/Re-designated: PTC 779

Renamed: 1954 HMCS Raccoon 779

Removed from service: 1956

Fate: Final disposition unknown


Built by Taylor and Sons, J.J., Toronto, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 27 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). Q079 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 Apr 1945, Q079 was listed as part of the 79th ML Flotilla. Sold 24 Oct 1945 by WAC to James L. Gillanders, Toronto and then in 1946 to Herbert E. Corbett, mining engineer, Oakville, Ont., she was renamed Lady Enit and Nancy Grace. Re-acquired by the RCN on 19 May 1949, she became PTC 779 and then later HMCS Raccoon 1954, international call sign CYQT, pendant 779 and radiotelephone “Incident M”. Her final disposition is unknown.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

Lt S.B. Fraser, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1942 - 03 Jul 1942

Lt Henry Richard Cruise, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1942 - 13 Aug 1943

Lt C.J. Holloway, RCNVR - 04 Aug 1943 - 07 Nov 1944

Lt C.A. Balfry, RCNVR - 08 Nov 1943 - 15 Aug 1944

Lt J.B. LeMaistre, RCNVR - 6 Aug 1944 - 15 Dec 1944

Lt Frank Jalmer Johnson, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945 - 11 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Broster, G. Arnold

Empey, Frederick William


Served in Raccoon 779

Rostek, Arthur

Russell, Harold B. A.



Former Crew Members

Beardmore, Alfred George, Slt, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1942

Davies, Benjamin James Gerald, Slt, RCNVR - 01 May 1945

Farlinger, Donald Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jul 1944


Photos and Documents





(FM720-FM722) Fairmile Motor Launch Q079


From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Denis Messier


Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, Picton, Ont. on the visit of 6 RCN vessels - 14 Jul 1954

Courtesy of John Lyons

ML Q079 at Syndey, NS

Photo origin unknown

Source/Credit: Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County / Al Cleary