Fairmile Motor Launch



Fairmile ML Q109

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Launched: 02 Jul 1943

Delivered to the RCN: 23 Aug 1943

Removed from service: 17 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1948. Final disposition unknown


Built by Hunter Boats, Orillia, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 23 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). Sold in 1948 to Francis Farwell, Hamilton, Ontario and was re-named Quetzal II, Arara and Aruba.



Commanding Officers


Lt John Gordon William MacKenzie, RCNVR - 23 Aug 1943 - 22 Jan 1945


Lt John Stuart Stephen, RCNVR - 23 Jan 1945 - 17 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


March, Gordon Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Stephen, John Stuart, Lt, RCNVR - 24 May 1944



Photos and Documents


ML Q109 in dry dock

From the collection of Wilbrod Décarie

Courtesy of Claude Décarie