Fairmile Motor Launch



Fairmile ML Q085

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 31 Aug 1941

Launched: 16 May 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 13 Jun 1942

Paid off: 04 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1951. Final disposition unknown


Built by Hunter Boats, Orillia, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 13 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). Q085 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 Mar 1944 and May 1945, Q085 was listed as part of the 79th ML Flotilla. Sold in 1951 to United Boat Service Corp., New York, USA., she was renamed Suzette No. 1.



Photos and Documents        Ship's Company Photos



Commanding Officers


Lt William E. D. Atkinson, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1942 - 21 Oct 1942

Lt Gavin Christie Clark, RCNVR - 22 Oct 1942 - 07 Mar 1944

Lt John Joseph McLaughlin, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944 - 04 Apr 1944

Lt Robert Mansfield Greene, RCNVR - 05 Apr 1944 - 29 Nov 1944

Lt Herbert John Dow, RCNVR - 01 May 1945 - 04 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Clark, Gavin Christie, SLt, RCNVR - 25 May 1942


Harkness, Robert Hugh, SLt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1944


Thomas, Peter, SLt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943


Photos and Documents


ML Q085 alongside HMCS QUESNEL K133


From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester


Some of the crew of Q085


From the collection of Harrison F. Stumpf, Layer Rating, RCNVR


Courtesy of Kelly Stumpf