Fairmile Motor Launch



ML Q104

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

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Laid down: 15 Jan 1942

Launched: 03 July 1943

Delivered to the RCN: 04 Aug 1943 

Removed from service: 15 Sep 1945

Re-acquired: 1951

Renamed/Re-designated: 1954

Removed from service: 04 Nov 1956

Fate: Scrapped in the 1970s


Delivered to the RCN  on 04 Aug 1943. 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 Feb 1945, Q104 was listed as part of the 70th ML Flotilla. In Apr 1944, her CO, Lt McLaughlin, was the S.O. of the 70th ML Flotilla. In Feb 1945, her CO, Lt Galway, was the SO of the 70th ML Flotilla. Q014 was removed from service in 1945. On 15 Sep 1945, three Fairmiles (Q 104, Q 105 and Q 107) were towed by the ships Glencove and Glenora to Rimouski for the Arts and Trades School. Q104 was then loaned to Quebec Provincial Government. Re-acquired by the navy she became HMCS Cougar in 1954, international call sign CYXC, pendant 704 and radiotelephone  “Disband Z". In Jan 1956 she was transferred to HMCS Star, Hamilton, Ontario as “tender” and paid off on 04 Nov 1956. About 1957, she was moved by land to the Dundas Branch of the Navy League for their Sea Cadets as “club house” (at the Desjardins Canal, north side of Hamilton Harbour), RCSCC Dundas Sea Cadets. She was scrapped there in the late 70s.



Photos and Documents          Crew photos



Commanding Officers


LCdr J.W. Braidwood, RCNVR - 08 Oct 1943 - 01 Feb 1944

Lt Charles Forester W. Cooper, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1944 - 03 Mar 1944

Lt John Joseph McLaughlin, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1944 - 18 Feb 1945

Lt Frank Hebb Galway, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945 - 14 Sep 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten





Former Crew Members


Conyers, William Treadwell, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1944


Hunter, J. Albert John Hector, SLt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1945


McNair, William Alexander, SLt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1945



Photos and Documents


ML Q104 passing Maugher's Beach Lighthouse, Halifax


RCN Photo # L4115


Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum

Newspaper article from the Trenton Courier-Advocate, July 2, 1954, on the visit of PTC 704 to Trenton Harbour, Ontario

Courtesy of John Lyons