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Fairmile ML Q116

RCN Press Release photo

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

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Launched: 25 September 1943

Delivered to the RCN: 12 July 1944 / 16 Nov 44

Paid off: June 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1949

Re-commissioned: 1949 as PTC 716

Renamed: 1954 as HMCS Reindeer 716

Fate: Burnt in 1957


Q116 was launched on 25 Sep 1943.  In the research of Spud Roscoe there is the following: There is a line through the delivery date so they may have been uncertain of that date. Commander Fraser McKee told me (Spud Roscoe) in April 2006 that ML116 caught fire during construction - was finished and that must be the reason the dates (laid down/delivery) are missing. There is a discrepancy between the delivered to the RCN dates from Ship Building History and the research of Spud Roscoe. Both dates have been entered here.


In Apr 1944 and Mar 1945 Q116 was listed as part of the 82nd ML Flotilla. On 04 Jan 1945, U-1232, commanded by Kapt. Kurt Dobratz, attacked convoy SH0194 off (what is today) Egg Island bell buoy. After torpedoing several ships, the convoy's escort, aided by ships from Halifax, including HMCS BURLINGTON and Q116, searched for the U-boat. During the search, HMCS BURLINGTON and ML Q116 collided - holing the Burlington's hull and severely damaging Q116s bow.


Q116 was a "B" Type ML, Displacement: 79 tons, Length: 112 ft, Beam: 17 ft, Draught: 4.9 ft, Speed: 22 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 14 men, Armament: 3-20mm.



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


Lt Evan Petley-Jones, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 - 08 Sep 1944

Lt James Douglas Addison, RCNVR - 09 Sep 1944 - 22 Jan 1945

Lt J.D. Addison, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945 - 31 May 1945

Lt G.E. McCabe, RCNR - 01 Jun 1945 - 02 Sep 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Dow, Herbert John, SLt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944


Jay, Walter Angus, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1945


Smith, John McSwain, SLt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945



Photos and Documents


ML Q116


From the collection of Lt William J. Miller, RCNVR


Courtesy of Heather Edwards

ML Q116


From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy fo Denis Messier

Q121 and Q116 alongside in Halifax


From the collection of ERA Albert Baker, RCNVR


Courtesy of Anne Baker

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, Picton, Ont. on the visit of 6 RCN vessels - 14 Jul 1954

Courtesy of John Lyons

HMCS Reindeer 716 burning at Desjardin Canal, Ontario circa 1955

Source: RCN Fairmiles