Fairmile Motor Launch
Built by Taylor and Sons, J.J., Toronto, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 25 Oct 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 Jan 1945, Q112 was listed as part of the 82nd ML Flotilla. Q112 is believed to have rescued some of the survivors from the British tanker Athel Viking, a part of Convoy BX-141 January 1945.
On 03 Feb 1945 Venture GR.V #2266 of 145 Sqn (British) crashed near the convoy it was escorting in the Atlantic just off Halifax. Sgt J.M. McColman, Sgt J.M. Northgrave RCAF (USA), F/O R.E. O'Connell and F/O J.M. Smith missing. ML Q112 and HMCS NAPANEE closed the downed aircraft to search for survivors, but none were found. The following are statements of the witnesses to the crash and the events immediately thereafter:
1) Lt Wallace Duggan, RCNVR, CO Q112; 2) Lt Herbert Dow, RCNVR, Q112; 3) AB RDIII Gerald Merette, RCNVR, Q112; 4) L/Ck E.I. Seigrig, RCNVR, Q112; 5) Lt George Powell, RCNVR, CO HMCS NAPANEE; 6) B. DesCotes, RCNVR, HMCS NAPANEE; and 7) AB Graeme Ferrier, HMCS NAPANEE
After the war Q112 became RCMP vessel FORT WALSH. International call sign CGMR and pendant MP33. In Sep 1958, the FORT WALSH was caught in a hurricane of Nova Scotia. The Captain rank her aground on the sore of Scatterie Island rather than have her sink. His crew were able to get ashore and shelter in the light house till the storm passed. Fort Walsh remained on the rocks slowly broken down by the sea.
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Former Crew Members
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