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Fairmile Motor Launch - Q128


Fairmile ML Q128

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 27 Sep 1943

Launched: 22 Apr 1944

Delivered to the RCN: 04 Jul 1944

Removed from service: 02 Oct 1945

Fate: Destroyed by fire on 18 Dec 1955


Built by A.C. Benson Shipyard, Vancouver, B.C., she was delivered to the RN on 04 Jul 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, Draught: 4.9 ft, Speed: 22 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm. She was sold in 1945 to Hamiltair Ltd., Vancouver and renamed Princess Louise Inlet. She burned and sank in Pendreel Sound, BC on 18 Dec 1955.


Commanding Officers

Lt R.K. Baker, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1944 - 11 Jan 1945

Lt Gordon Ernest Devlin, RCNVR - 12 Jan 1945 - 11 Sep 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Former Crew Members

Arnet, Bjarne, A/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Jun 1945

Morrison, John Murdock, A/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Apr 1945

Ray, Ernest Samuel, A/Lt, RCNVR