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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Fairmile Motor Launch - Q112


Fairmile ML Q112

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 21 Apr 1943

Launched: 18 Sep 1943

Delivered to the RCN: 25 Oct 1943

Removed from service: 16 Jul 1945

Transferred to the RCMP Marine Division:

Fate: Grounded/Lost: Sep 1958


Built by Taylor and Sons, J.J., Toronto, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 25 Oct 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 Feb 1944 and Jan 1945, Q112 was listed as part of the 82nd ML Flotilla. Q112 is believed to have rescued some of the survivors from the British tanker Athel Viking, a part of Convoy BX-141 January 1945. After the war Q112 became RCMP vessel Fort Walsh. International call sign CGMR and pendant MP33. In Sep 1958, the Fort Walsh was caught in a hurricane of Nova Scotia.  The Captain rank her aground on the sore of Scatterie Island rather than have her sink. His crew were able to get ashore and shelter in the light house till the storm passed. Fort Walsh remained on the rocks slowly broken down by the sea.


Commanding Officers

Lt R.C. Denny, RCNVR - 25 Oct 1943 - 18 Apr 1944

Lt Guy Rene Brassard, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 - 28 Dec 1944

Lt R.M. Greene, RCNVR - 29 Dec 1944 - 05 Jan 1945

Lt Wallace Rowe Duggan, RCNVR - 06 Jan 1945 - 22 Feb 1945

Lt John Ernest Mayrick Jones, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945 - 20 Mar 1945

Lt Wallace Rowe Duggan, RCNVR - 21 Mar 1945 - 16 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Cardy, Roy T.







Jones, John Ernest Mayrick







Former Crew Members

Bailey, John Harvard, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1944


Daniels, "Buzzy" 

Dow, Herbert John, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Duggan, W. Rowe, A/Lt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1944

Forbes, Kenneth John, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Apr 1945


Photos and Documents



Personal photo gallery of Roy Cardy

The Loss of the RCMP Fort Walsh by Bonnie Lowe