Fairmile Motor Launch



Fairmile ML Q099

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 02 Apr 1942

Launched: 24 Oct 1942

Delivered to the RCN: 07 Nov 1942

Paid off: 02 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold after the war. Final disposition unknown


Built by Grew Boats Ltd., Penetanguishene, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 07 Nov 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). Q099 was a "B" Type ML, Displacement: 79 tons, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17.9 ft, Draught: 4.9 ft, Speed: 20 kts, Complement: 3 officers and 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm.


In Feb 1944 and Mar 1945, Q099 was listed as part of the 77th ML Flotilla. Sold in 1948 to Joe Dunkleman, Tip-Top Tailors of Toronto and was renamed Dipedon and later Donarvie II.



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


SLt Peter G. D. Armour, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1942 - 06 Nov 1942

Lt G. M. Moors, RCNVR - 07 Nov 1942 - 18 Oct 1943

SLt Peter G. D. Armour, RCNVR - 19 Oct 1943 - 09 Jan 1945

Lt John Brayn LeMaistre, RCNVR - 08 Jan 1945 - 02 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Carras, Constantine, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Hayes, Murray William, SLt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945


Kirkwood, Thomas Mulvey, SLt, RCNVR - 29 Feb 1944



Photos and Documents



A Christmas card from ML Q099

From the collection of Jack Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

'Dipedon', Converted Fairmile, On 10-Day Fishing Cruise in Bay

The Belleville Intelligencer, 03 Jul 1948

Source: Belleville Public Library microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015