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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q089

Then COASTAL QUEEN (1949)

Then GRAND COMMANDER

Then CORNICHE

Fairmile ML Q089

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Laid down: 16 Apr 1942

Launched: 21 Oct 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 15 Oct 1942

Paid off:: 01 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold after the war. Final disposition unknown

 

Built by Greavette Boats Ltd., Gravenhurst, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 14 Oct 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). In Jan 1944 and Mar 1945, Q089 was listed as part of the 76th ML Flotilla. Sold in 1949 to Northern Engineering and Supply Company, Fort William, Ontario, she was renamed Coastal Queen, and later Grand Commander and Corniche.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt A.G. Beardmore, RCNVR - 26 Sep 1942 - 09 Jan 1944

Lt John Henry Curtis, RCNVR - 10 Jan 1944 - 16 Mar 1945

Lt James Alexander Duncan Alguire, RCNVR - 17 Mar 1945 - 29 Apr 1945

Lt John Henry Curtis, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945 - 01 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Former Crew Members

Dobson, Donald Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1943

 

 

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