PTC 779 / HMCS RACCOON 779
Fairmile Motor Launch
Built by Taylor and Sons, J.J., Toronto, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 27 May 1942. 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). Q079 was a "B" Type ML, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17.9 ft, Draught: 4.9 ft, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm.
In Apr 1945, Q079 was listed as part of the 79th ML Flotilla. Sold 24 Oct 1945 by WAC to James L. Gillanders, Toronto and then in 1946 to Herbert E. Corbett, mining engineer, Oakville, Ont., she was renamed Lady Enit and Nancy Grace. Re-acquired by the RCN on 19 May 1949, she became PTC 779 and then later HMCS Raccoon 1954, international call sign CYQT, pendant 779 and radiotelephone “Incident M”. Her final disposition is unknown.
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Former Crew Members
Beardmore, Alfred George, SLt, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1942
Davies, Benjamin James Gerald, SLt, RCNVR - 01 May 1945
Farlinger, Donald Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jul 1944
Photos and Documents
(FM720-FM722) Fairmile Motor Launch Q079
From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR
Courtesy of Denis Messier
(GS21) Fairmile ML Q079 (GS22) ML Q079 - photo blown up and cropped from # GS21
Courtesy of Bob Sterne