For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Fairmile Motor Launch - Q106

Then PTC 706


ML Q106

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

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Badge for
HMCS Beaver 706


Battle Honours:  Atlantic 1942



Laid down: 

Launched: 15 Aug 1943

Delivered to the RCN: 28 Aug 1943

Paid off: 1945

Sold: 1945

Re-acquired by RCN:

Re-named/Re-designated: May 1947 - PTC 706

Commissioned: 18 May 1954 as HMCS Beaver

Paid off: 13 Nov 1957

Fate: Reported to have been broken up in 1957


Built by Grew Boats Ltd., Penetanguishene, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 28 Aug 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). In Jun 1944 and Jan 1945, Q106 was listed as part of the 70th ML Flotilla. Sold in 1945, she was re-acquired by the RCN and re-entered service as PTC 706. On 18 May 1954, PTC 706 was commissioned as HMCS Beaver and she remained in service until being paid off on 13 Nov 1957.


From The Fairmiles - Canada's Little Ships "Listed in a naval call sign document dated June 8th, 1948 as HMC ML106 call sign CZGS. She became HMCS BEAVER in 1954, international call sign CZGS, pendant 706 and radiotelephone “Irium E”."


Commanding Officers

Lt F.B. Pugh, RCNVR - 28 Aug 1943 - 03 Jun 1944

Lt Charles Forester Whitter Cooper, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1944 - 17 Feb 1945

Lt Charles Nesbit Blagrave, RCNVR - 18 Feb 1945 - 30 Aug 1945

Lt Wilbrod Decarie, RCNVR / RCN(R) - 31 Aug 1945 - 15 Jan 1946

Lt Robert Hugh Harkness, Lt, RCN(R) - 21 May 1947 - unk


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Décarie, Wilbrod


Drafted to Q106 on 19 Feb 1945 as A/Lt, RCNVR, X.O.

4th Commanding Officer






Sehl, Philip H.







Former Crew Members

Blagrave, Charles Nesbit, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

Leonard, Frank Paul Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1944



Photos and Documents



Personal photo gallery for Wilbrod Décarie

Ship's company photo for ML Q106