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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q095

Then RODCO (1945)

Fairmile ML Q095

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Laid down: 14 Apr 1942

Launched: 03 May 1943

Delivered to the RCN: 12 May 1943

Completed: 07 Jul 1943

Paid off: 01 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1945. Final disposition unknown

 

Built by Midland Boat Works, Midland, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 12 May 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). Q095 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 1944 & 1945, Q095 was listed a part of the 76th ML Flotilla. In Feb 1944, her CO, Lt Williams, was SO of the 76th ML Flotilla. Paid off on 01 Jul 1945, she was sold later that year and renamed Rodco.

 

From The Fairmiles - Canada's Little Ships "This one had Rolls Royce Merlin engines fitted. These V12 engines could produce anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 horsepower depending on the variant.  HMC ML095 was sold to Rudolphe Corbeil and was re-named RODCO. As the RODCO she was owned at West Pubnico, Nova Scotia and was used to haul lobsters from Western Nova Scotia to Rockland, Maine."

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Joseph John McLaughlin, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1943 - 18 Jul 1943

Lt Howard David Pepper, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1943 - 03 Sep 1943

Lt H.R. Cruise, RCNVR - 04 Sep 1943 - 19 Sep 1943

Lt H.D. Pepper, RCNVR - 20 Sep 1943 - 21 Oct 1943

Lt Norman Lindsay Williams, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1944 - 05 Jan 1945

Lt W.J. Langston, RCNVR - 06 Jan 1945 - 06 Feb 1945

Lt Norman Lindsay Williams, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1945 - 01 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Former Crew Members

Dando, Thomas Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943

 

Langston, Walter James, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944

McDougall, John Malcolm, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1945

 

Millen, John Leslie, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

McTavish, William Boyd, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944

 

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