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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q082

Fairmile ML Q082

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Laid down: 20 Aug 1941

Launched: 01 May 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 27 May 1942

Removed from service: 07 Sep 1944

Fate: She was sold after the war as a hulk. Final disposition unknown.

 

Built by Honey Harbour Nav. Co. Ltd., Midland, 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). Q082 was a "B" Type ML, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17.9 ft, Draft: 4.9 ft, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm. In Jan & Mar 1944, Q082 was listed as part of the 79th ML Flotilla. She was removed from service after having caught fire in 1944. 

 

From The Fairmiles - Canada's Little Ships - "After the war Q082 was sold to Stanley C. Alexander, Gaspe, Quebec. There is a photograph of HMCS MILLTOWN assisting HMC ML082 into a cradle at the Pictou, Nova Scotia, shipyard on page 76 of Minesweepers of the Royal Canadian Navy 1938-1945 by Ken Macpherson. HMC ML082 is flooded and about all that can be seen is her Monkey Island, the top of her wheelhouse. This is dated December 11th, 1942, and the source of this flooding would be interesting. HMC ML082 went on to serve another two years. She was the first Fairmile to terminate her naval career. Her last commanding officer was the first to leave on September 25th, 1944. Commander Fraser McKee told me in April, 2006, that HMC ML082 caught fire at Gaspe in 1944 and was sold as just a hull a couple of times after the war."

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Albert Bruton Strange, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1942 - 04 Feb 1943

Lt J.F. Stevens, RCNVR - 25 Aug 1943 - 09 Jan 1944

Lt John Franklin Stevens, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1944 - 25 Sep 1944

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Former Crew Members

Gordon, Harold Martin, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jul 1942

 

Gratton, Joseph John Rene George, A/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944

Phillips, John Donald, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Mar 1944

Price, Robert Alfred, Slt, RCNVR - 25 May 1942

 

Photos and Documents

 

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