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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q106

Then PTC 706

Then HMCS BEAVER 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

A-B

Bemister, Herbert George

1929-2013

 

 

 

 

C-D

Décarie, Wilbrod

1918-1981

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

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sehl, Philip H.

1926-2001

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Blagrave, Charles Nesbit, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

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

Randall, Carl

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for Wilbrod Décarie

Ship's company photo for ML Q106

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

ML Q106

ML Q106 alongside HMCS Provider F100

Source: RCN by Charles Dobie

Fairmiles alongside - Q106 inboard

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

Q106 in the slips - location unknown

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

Q106 alongside - location unknown

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

Depth charges being launched from an unknown Fairmile - though it is believed to be Q106

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

Newspaper article Sea Cadets from the Montreal region on Q106 taking part on the St. Lawrence

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

HMCS Beaver

Citizen Sailors: Chronicles of Canada's Naval Reservers, 1910-2010

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, Picton, Ont. on the visit of 6 RCN vessels - 14 Jul 1954

Courtesy of John Lyons

WRENs onboard ML Q106 off Newfoundland

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

ML Q106

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie

 

Historical note researched by Donald (Bud) Rose: The photo was taken at the RCN Naval Base (Ship Repair / Refit) facilities at Bay Bulls, Newfoundland. Very little can be ascertained from the background but the sky line which is visible is the area between Bay Bulls and Witless Bay to the South. The object you see on top of the hill is the original Town Water Tower for Witless Bay. The structure in the photo was one of the ship maintenance / machine shops. The Base remained in the possession of the Canadian Government after the war. After Confederation it was put on the inventory of Fisheries and Oceans , and subsequently leased to a multi national fishing company. In 1982 this facility was totally destroyed by fire, and yours truly was tasked with carrying out the investigation. If memory serves me correctly - this structure was converted into a warehouse for the storage of 'Cheese'. Cod au Gratin (made with cheddar cheese) was one of their main products.

 

 

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