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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q084

Fairmile ML Q084

Credit: Gilbert A. Milne, National Archives of Canada, PA-134191


Laid down: 20 Aug 1941

Launched: 16 May 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 04 Jun 1942

Removed from service: 15 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Final disposition unknown.


Built by LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co. J.H., Weymouth, N.S., she was delivered to the RCN on 18 Jun 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). Q084 was a Type "B" ML, Displacement: 79 tons, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17.9 ft, Draught: 4.9 ft, Speed: 20 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm. In Jan 1944, Q084 was listed as part of the 79th ML Flotilla. Sold in 1946 to R. E. Gamble, Toronto and was renamed Nelvana.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

Lt George Enderby Cross, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1942 - 26 Mar 1943

Lt Ross Norten McDiarmid, RCNVR - 27 Mar 1943 - 16 Apr 1944

Lt Jack McGregor Duck, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1944 - 15 Dec 1944

Lt J.C. Mackey, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945 - 22 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Doughtery, Jerome Garfield


Duck, Jack McGregor


3rd Commanding Officer





Mitchell, George Henry







Weeks, Francis Gilbert







Former Crew Members

George, Edgar Haines, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1943


Marples, Vaughan Wilkens, Slt, RCNVR - 04 Apr 1944

Marsh, Gordon Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1944

McDiarmid, Ross Norten, Lt, RCNVR - 09 May 1942 (Stand by)


Photos and Documents


Lt Jack M. Duck, RCNVR on Q084

Commanding Officer ML Q084