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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q117

Fairmile ML Q117 outboard ML Q118

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Laid down: 21 Apr 1943

Launched: 06 Nov 1943

Delivered to the RCN: 16 Nov 1943

Removed from service: 03 Aug 1945

Transferred to RCMP Marine Division: 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Final disposition unknown

 

Built by Grew Boats Ltd., Penetanguishene, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 16 Nov 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 Jan 1944, Q117 was listed as part of the 82nd ML Flotilla. Transferred to the RCMP in 1946, she was renamed Fort Steele. Never commissioned, she was sold in 1946 and renamed Nakomis, later Supertrader, Polar Clipper.

 

Photos and Documents          Crew photos

 

Commanding Officers

Sub/Lt E.H. Gudewill, RCNVR - 17 Dec 1943 - 25 Jan 1944

Lt Gerald Estabrooks Rising, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1944 - 26 Dec 1944

Lt James Gilchrist Menzies, RCNVR - 27 Dec 1944 - 13 Mar 1945

Lt William Joseph King, RCNVR - 14 Mar 1945 - 02 Apr 1945

Lt James Gilchrist Meznies, RCNVR - 03 Mar 45 - 19 Jul 45

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

M-N

Menzies, James Gilchrist

1915-2011

Drafted to Q117 on 09 Jul 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

3rd & 5th Commanding Officer

Nicholson, Allan Francis

1923-2011

Served in Q117 - 17 Nov 1943 - 29 Jun 1944

O-P

Penelton, Arthur Robert

1924-1994

 

Former Crew Members

Bagshaw, William Edward - 1944-1945

 

Caya, Jean Jacques, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1944

 

de Montigny, P. - 1944-1945

 

Hannam, T. - 1944-1945

Hewitson, Albert Gordon, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1944

 

John, W. - 1944-1945

 

MacLean, J. - 1944-1945

 

Murray, A., Cox'n - 1944-1945

Reece, R. - 1944-1945

 

Teague, E - 1944-1945

 

Ulrickson, O., CPO - 1944-1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Engine room on Q117

.ML112 to ML129 were powered by 2 x 850 hp Sterling Admiral gasoline engines

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

Christmas on Q117 - Dec 1944

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

 

Webmaster's comment: Not enough room to swing a cat

Unknown crew members of Q117

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

 

One sailor has been identified - Allan Francis Nicholson, back row, left (with hat pushed back)

Unknown crew members of Q117

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

 

One sailor has been identified - Allan Francis Nicholson, back row, left (with hat pushed back)

Crew members of Q117

Arthur Penelton sitting in front with shirt on - remainder unknown

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

Looking aft on Q117

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

Looking aft on Q117

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

Looking aft at Fairmiles in line ahead formation. Note the smoke maker on the right of the photo

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton


Q117 laying a smoke screen

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

A wall of smoke

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton


Q117 launching a depth charge

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

Unknown sailor as QM on Q117

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

U-889 seen through a scuttle on Q117

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

The surrender of U-889

 

After the German surrender on 8 May 1945, the German High Command ordered all U-boats to surrender. On the afternoon of 10 May, U-889 was spotted south of Newfoundland by a RCAF airplane, steaming at 10 knots and flying a black flag of surrender. The RCAF plane radioed to nearby Western Escort Force W-6 who intercepted the submarine an hour later. U-889 was ordered to head to Bay Bulls, Newfoundland. 24 hours later U-889 was turned over to the frigates HMCS Buckingham and HMCS Inch Arran who escorted her to Shelburne Harbour where she was boarded and Braeucker, her Commanding Officer, made a formal surrender.

 

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(1) Q117 alongside U-889. Boarding party raises White Ensign on U-889  (2) U-889 with 3 Fairmiles. Q121 on right. RCAF flying boat overhead.  (3) U-889 underway with White Ensign. Q121 in background. Unknown Fairmile in foreground   (4) U-889  underway with prize crew. Q118 followed by Q117 on left, frigate in background either Buckingham or Inch Arran  (5) 

U-889 with 3 Fairmiles. Lead Fairmile unknown, 2nd is Q121 and 3rd is Q117 with German POWs on fo'c's'le  (6) U-889 with White Ensign  (7) Q117 with U-889 prisoners on fo'c's'le  (8) Q117, with U-889 prisoners, approaches barge off Shelburne, NS

 

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

 

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