Fairmile Motor Launch



Fairmile ML Q123

RCN Photo # E-6505-2

Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum

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Laid down: 28 May 1943

Launched: 11 Mar 1944

Delivered to the RCN: 05 Jun 1944

Paid off: 03 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1945. Final disposition unknown


Built by Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., she was delivered to the RCN on 05 Jun 1944. 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).


Q123 was a Type "B" 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.


She was sold in 1945 to Hamiltair Limited, Vancouver, she was renamed Malibou Marlin and later Toluca.



Commanding Officers


Lt Jack Winfield Shaw, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944 - 03 Jul 1945



Former Crew Members


Farmer, Hugh Maurice, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944


Morrison, John Murdock, A/Lt, RCNVR - 21 May 1945