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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q088

Then EIGHTY-EIGHT

Then PENETANG EIGHTY-EIGHT

Then MIDLAND PENETANG EIGHTY-EIGHT

Then OLYMPIA III

Fairmile ML Q088

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Laid down: 15 Apr 1942

Launched: 10 May 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 05 Oct 1943

Removed from service: 25 Jun 1945

Fate: Last registered in 1974 as Olympia III. Reported burnt (no records)

 

Built by Taylor and Sons, J.J., Toronto, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 05 Oct 1943. 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). Q088 was a "B" Type 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 Feb 1945, Q088 was listed as part of the 77th ML Flotilla.

 

From The Fairmiles - Canada's Little Ships "After the war Q088 was sold to W. F. Christie, Toronto and was renamed Eighty-Eight, Penetang Eighty-Eight, Midland Penetang Eighty-Eight and Olympia III.  The first commanding officer joined this one on 19 May 1943, and the last one left on 25 Jun 1945. Not only that, but the first commanding officer was a Lieutenant Commander and he was in command for most of her first six months in service. He is the highest rank, and the only one of that rank, to serve as commanding officer in these little ships, so she must have been a flotilla leader of some description or a senior training vessel."

 

From Nauticapedia: Sold September 1945 for $3,000. Re-named Eighty-Eight. Owner W.L. Christie, Christie St., Toronto. Sold and re-named various times - Penetang Eighty-Eight; Eight-Eighty (1954) Olympia III (1974). Reported burnt. (no records – possibly the ML seen beached and abandoned at Lachine QC)

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr W.L. Moore, RCNVR - 10 May 1943 - 06 Sep 1943

Slt J.G. McClelland, RCNVR - 07 Sep 1943 - 08 Oct 1943

Slt R.S. Graves, RCNVR - 09 Oct 1943 - 28 Oct 1943

LCdr W.L. Moore, RCNVR - 29 Oct 1943 - 24 Nov 1943

Lt W.G. Cunningham, RCNVR - 25 Nov 1943 - 16 Aug 1944

Lt Thomas Mulvey Kirkwood, RCNVR - 17 Aug 1944 - 14 Mar 1945

Lt John Gordon William MacKenzie, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945 - 04 Apr 1945

Lt Thomas Mulvey Kirkwood, RCNVR - 05 Apr 1945 - 25 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BEECH, Walter Henry

Chief Motor Mechanic 3c, V27069, RCNVR

died - 16 Apr 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Décarie, Wilbrod

1918-1981

Drafted to Q088 23 May 1944 as A/Lt, RCNVR, X.O.

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Barlow, Clement Vernon, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943

Tidsbury, William Harold, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for Wilbrod Décarie

 

 

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