For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Fairmile Motor Launch - Q117

Then RCMP Vessel FORT STEELE MP34 (1945)

Then NAKOMIS (1946)

Then SUPERTRADER

Then POLAR CLIPPER

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.

 

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, W - 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

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Arthur Penelton

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