Fairmile Motor Launch



Fairmile ML Q128

RCN Photo # E-4694-1

Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum

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Laid down: 27 Sep 1943

Launched: 22 Apr 1944

Delivered to the RCN: 04 Jul 1944

Removed from service: 02 Oct 1945

Fate: Destroyed by fire on 18 Dec 1955


Built by A.C. Benson Shipyard, Vancouver, B.C., she was delivered to the RN on 04 Jul 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).


She 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.


She was sold in 1945 to Hamiltair Ltd., Vancouver and renamed Princess Louise Inlet. She burned and sank in Pendreel Sound, BC on 18 Dec 1955.



Commanding Officers


Lt R.K. Baker, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1944 - 11 Jan 1945


Lt Gordon Ernest Devlin, RCNVR - 12 Jan 1945 - 11 Sep 1945



Former Crew Members


Arnet, Bjarne, A/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Jun 1945


Morrison, John Murdock, A/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Apr 1945


Ray, Ernest Samuel, A/Lt, RCNVR