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Fairmile ML Q118

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Laid down: 21 Apr 1943

Launched: 30 Oct 1943

Delivered to the RCN: 06 Nov 1943

Removed from service: 23 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1945. Final disposition unknown


Built by Midland Boat Works, Midland, Ont., she was delivered to the RCN on 06 Nov 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 Jan 1944, Q118 was listed a part of the 82nd ML Flotilla. Sold in 1945 to Frances Farwell, Hamilton, Ontario, she was renamed Franliss III.



Commanding Officers


Lt V.J. Wilgress, RCNVR - 06 Nov 1943 - 07 Feb 1944

Lt William Joseph King, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1944 - 19 Apr 1944

Lt John Harty Osler, RCNVR - 20 Apr 1944 - 08 Jan 1945

Lt William Joseph King, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1945 - 25 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Webster, Arthur Egerton, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944



ML Q114, Q113 and Q118 in formation

RCN Photo # HS-1525-2

Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum