Fairmile Motor Launch



Fairmile ML Q073

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: May 1941

Launched: 12 Nov 1941

Delivered to the RCN: 24 Nov 1941

Removed from service: 17 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1945. Final disposition unknown


Built by Grew Boats Ltd., Penetanguishene, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 24 Nov 1941. 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 Mar 1945, Q073 was listed a part of the 73rd FL Flotilla. She was sold in 1945 to ACME Boat and Salvage Company, New York, USA.



Photos and Documents          Crew photos



Commanding Officers


Lt V. Browne, RCNVR - 22 Nov 1941 - ?? Dec 1941

Lt Samuel Owen Greening, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942 - 17 Jun 1943

Lt John Harold Stevenson, RCNVR - 18 Jun 1943 - 19 Feb 1944

Lt Roderick Darell Hayes, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1944 - 15 May 1945

Lt J.C. Austin, RCNVR - 16 May 1945 - 28 May 1945

Lt Roderick Darell Hayes, RCNVR - 29 May 1945 - 22 Aug 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Austin, John Clark, Lt, RCNVR - 16 May 1945


Brenaman, (??)


Chown, Don


Drake, Bud


Field, George Charles, SLt, RCNVR - 18 Jun 1943

Gill, John Hugh, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1945


Gourlay, John Lowry, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1945


McTague, Wimby


Prince, Eric, Chief MM

Stevenson, John Harold, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942


Swan, D.


Webster, Arthur Egerton, Wt (E), RCNVR - 09 Apr 1945


Wilcock, John Philip, SLt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943



Photos and Documents


Crew on the bridge of ML Q073


L-R: Lt Bill Hale, the cook (name ?), Bud Drake, Winby McTague, Brenaman, D. Swan, Lt Darryl Hayes


From the collection of John Joynt


Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

ML Q073 at Action Stations


From the collection of John Joynt


Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

ML Q073 (centre), other Fairmiles unknown


Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Crew on the bridge of ML Q073


From the collection of Ralph D. Bartlett, PO.SD, RCNVR


Courtesy of Blair Bartlett