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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q121

Then PTC 721 (1948)

ML Q121 escorting U-889 into Shelburne, NS

Source: The Crowsnest Magazine

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Laid down: 27 Jun 1943

Launched: 30 Mar 1944

Delivered to the RCN: 17 Apr 1944

Renamed: Jun 1948 to PTC 721

Removed from service: 1950

Fate: Broken up about 1972

 

Built by LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co. J.H., Weymouth, N.S., she was delivered to the RCN on 17 Apr 1944. 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). She was a "B" Type ML, Displacement: 79 tons, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17 ft, Draft: 4.9 ft, Speed: 22 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm. In Apr 1944 Q121 was listed as part of the 82 ML Flotilla. Retained after the war she was renamed PTC 721 in Jun 1948. she was intended to be transferred to HMCS Cataraqui, but was removed from service in 1950 and sold in 1953 becoming Inshore Fisherman and later Denis D. She was scrapped in 1972 or soon there after.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Ross Norton McDiarmid, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1944 - 09 Jan 1945

Lt John Gordon William MacKenzie, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1945 - 26 Jul 1945

LCdr John Maxwell Todd, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1945 - 26 Aug 1945

Cdr H.K. Hill, RCN(R) - 1949

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Cardy, Roy T.

1923-2005

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sehl, Philip H.

1926-2001

Seright, Harry

1926-1994

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Buck, William W. - 1949

 

Carroll, Kenneth J. - 1949

 

Casey, Joseph Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1945

 

Childs, K.H., - 1949

 

Chown, M. - 1949

Colvard, Roy R. - 1949

 

Edmunds, A.G. - 1949

 

Geizer, Arthur - 1949

 

Goldfinch, Garnet W. - 1949

 

Green, Edward A. - 1949

Hill, Kenneth M. - 1949

 

MacKey, John Conrad, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1944

 

Ormshaw, Alan - 1949

 

Phipps-Walker, E., Lt (E), RCN(R) - 1949

 

Thompson, Walter J. - 1949

 

Photos and Documents

 

ML Q121

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

ML Q121 - 05 Sep 1945

From the collection of Harry Seright

Courtesy of Sam Seright

PTC 721

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

Training Cruise For Local Unit

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, July 20, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Navy Training On Fairmile At Picton

Newspaper article from the Picton Times, May 28, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Gold Cup Feature Of Monday's Regatta

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, July 29, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Navy Has Interesting Evening Of Training

Newspaper article from the Picton Times, July 16, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Newspaper article on the Picton Regatta in which HMCS Portage and ML Q121 were present

The Picton Gazette, August 3, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Local Sailors Leave For Toronto Ex

Newspaper article on local RCNR members participating in the Toronto Ex on ML Q121 (HMCS Portage mentioned in article)

The Picton Gazette, September 2, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Trim Naval Craft Object Of Interest To 'Hasty Pees'

Newspaper article from the Picton Times, November 3, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Newspaper article on a army training assault exercise on Northport. ML Q121 was one of the army's transport vessels

The Picton Times, November 3, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Newspaper article on a army training assault exercise on Northport. ML Q121 was one of the army's transport vessels

The Picton Times, October 27, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

Newspaper article from the Picton Times, Aug. 6, 1949

Courtesy of John Lyons

PTC 721 dressed, off Brockville, Ont - circa 1948-50

Source: The Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes

Research by: Richard Langlois

 

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