Submitted Successfully!
Thank you for your contribution! You can also upload a video entry or images related to this topic.
Ver. Summary Created by Modification Content Size Created at Operation
1 handwiki -- 2886 2022-11-07 01:41:14

Video Upload Options

Do you have a full video?

Confirm

Are you sure to Delete?
Cite
If you have any further questions, please contact Encyclopedia Editorial Office.
Xu, H. Canadian Fairmile Type B. Encyclopedia. Available online: https://encyclopedia.pub/entry/33340 (accessed on 03 December 2023).
Xu H. Canadian Fairmile Type B. Encyclopedia. Available at: https://encyclopedia.pub/entry/33340. Accessed December 03, 2023.
Xu, Handwiki. "Canadian Fairmile Type B" Encyclopedia, https://encyclopedia.pub/entry/33340 (accessed December 03, 2023).
Xu, H.(2022, November 07). Canadian Fairmile Type B. In Encyclopedia. https://encyclopedia.pub/entry/33340
Xu, Handwiki. "Canadian Fairmile Type B." Encyclopedia. Web. 07 November, 2022.
Canadian Fairmile Type B
Edit

The Canadian Fairmile type B was a type of motor launch originally designed for the Royal Navy (RN) by W.J. Holt of the British Admiralty and built by British boatbuilder Fairmile Marine. During the Second World War, eighty-eight Fairmile type B boats, with slight modifications for Canadian climatic and operational conditions, were built in Canada for service with the Coastal Forces of the Royal Canadian Navy in home waters. As one former Fairmile Captain described them, "sheathed for operation in ice and displacing 100 tons, they were indeed veritable 'Little Fighting Ships'."

fairmile canada launch

1. Design

Construction

Originally designated and painted up as CML (coastal motor launch) 01-36, the Canadian Fairmile type B was built of double mahogany wood with an eight-inch oak keel. Based on a line of destroyer hulls, they arrived in prefabricated kits, ready to be assembled for the RCN by thirteen different boatyards.[1][2] In contrast to the British built boats, the Canadian Fairmiles were narrower, had a greater draught, and were slightly more powerful giving the Canadian boats a two knot speed advantage over the British boats.[3]

Propulsion

With a fuel capacity of 2,320 gallons of 87 octane gasoline, the early Fairmiles (Q050 to Q111) were powered by two 650 hp engines, could reach a top speed of 20 knots (max), 16.5 knots sea speed and a range of 1925 miles at 7.5 knots. Later versions (Q112 to Q129) were fitted with larger 700 hp engines able to achieve a top speed to 22 knots (max), with a range of 1925 miles at 7.5 knots.[4][5][6] Crewed by two or three officers and 14 sailors, accommodation on the Fairmiles was thought to be "cramped but comfortable".[4]

Armament

Another unique design feature of the Canadian Fairmile type B was that with forty-eight hours notice each boat could be reconfigured to serve in a different role. Fitted with steel strips and tapped holes to ease equipment swaps, weapons and specialist gear such as torpedo tubes, mines, depth charges, and guns could be quickly stripped and attached to the boat.[7] In two days, a Fairmile could have it's weapons and equipment reconfigured to serve as an escort, minesweeper, minelayer, navigation leader, coastal raider, patrol boat, ambulance or rescue launch.[7] "Armament consisted of three 20mm Oerlikon guns, mounted forward, aft and amidships; two .303 machine-guns; one 9mm Sten gun; two .303 rifles; three .45 revolvers; and 20 depth-charges of 300 Ibs each, including eight fitted for the "Y" gun. Each boat was equipped with sonar, radar and WIT."[8]

2. Specifications[9]

  Canadian type B

(Q050 to Q111)

Canadian type B

(Q112 to Q129)

Displacement 79 long tons 79 long tons
Length (OA) 112 ft 0 in 112 ft 0 in
Beam 17 ft 0 in 17 ft 0 in
Draft 4 ft 9 in 4 ft 9 in
Propulsion 1260 bhp 1400 bhp
Speed 20 kts 22 kts
Armour Unknown Unknown
Complement Unknown Unknown
Armament Upgunned sub chaser Torpedo boat
Aft twin 20 mm Oerlikon -
Amidships single 20 mm Oerlikon -
Bridge wings 2 x twin 0.303-in machine guns 2 x twin 0.303-in machine guns
Forward 3-lb high-angle/low-angle gun 3-lb high-angle/low-angle gun
Other 12 depth charges

Holman projector

Y-gun (4 reloads)

2 x 21-in Torpedo tubes

Holman projector

Armament Acoustic Minesweeper Moored Minesweeper
Aft twin 20 mm Oerlikon twin 20 mm Oerlikon
Amidships single 20 mm Oerlikon single 20 mm Oerlikon
Bridge wings 2 x twin 0.303-in machine guns 2 x twin 0.303-in machine guns
Forward 3-lb high-angle/low-angle gun 3-lb high-angle/low-angle gun
Other 14 depth charges 6 depth charges

Y-gun (0 reloads)

Armament Rescue Boat Canadian B type (final)
Aft single 20 mm Oerlikon single 20 mm Oerlikon
Amidships - single 20 mm Oerlikon
Bridge wings 2 x twin 0.303-in machine guns -
Forward 2-lb gun single 20 mm Oerlikon
Other 6 depth charges 14 depth charges

Y-gun (7 reloads)

3. Service

Affectionately known by their crews as The Little Ships, Little Fighting Ships, Q-Boats, MLs or Holy Rollers (due to their violent pitching and tossing), during the Second World War the Canadian Fairmile type B of the RCN played a vital role escorting shipping along the St. Lawrence River, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and between Newfoundland and the mainland of Canada.[10] Regularly deployed in flotillas of six The Little Ships relieved larger escort craft urgently needed elsewhere by carrying out anti-submarine patrols, port defence and rescue duties.[11][12] Based out of shore establishments on the St. Lawrence River, Halifax, Saint John, Shelburne, Sydney and on the West Coast; at sea the RCN Fairmile Fleets were accompanied by two "mother ships" HMCS Preserver (F94) and HMCS Provider (F100) providing fresh water, fuel and medical services.[13] In February 1943, Fairmiles Q052, Q062 and Q063 were transferred to the Free French Forces and stationed at St. Pierre and Miquelon under the command of Flag Officer, Newfoundland. After the war, these "French Fairmiles" were returned to the RCN.[14]

List of Canadian-built Fairmile type B[15][16][17]
  Name Pennant # Shipbuilder Location Ordered Completed Flotilla

(December 1944)

Notes
 
HMC ML Q050
ML 050 Q 050 Midland Boat Works Midland ON 3-Jan-41 18-Nov-41 71st Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 001

Sold 1945 as Stanba I

 
HMC ML Q051
ML 051 Q 051 Midland Boat Works Midland ON 3-Jan-41 24-Nov-41 77th Flotilla – Halifax M.L. Force (SO) Originally designated and painted up as CML 002

Sold 1946 as Radel II

Abandoned 2004

 
HMC ML Q052
ML 052 Q 052 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON 3-Jan-41 31-Oct-41 Free French Navy – Newfoundland Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 003

To Free French 1943 as Gallantry (V 111) Returned to RCN and sold 1949 as Cyrius

Later La Marie-Jo, active

 
HMC ML Q053
ML 053 Q 053 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON 3-Jan-41 17-Nov-41 71st Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 004

Sold 1945 as Aloma III

 
HMC ML Q054
ML 054 Q 054 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON 3-Jan-41 17-Oct-41 71st Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 005

Sold 1945

 
HMC ML Q055
ML 055 Q 055 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON 3-Jan-41 6-Nov-41 71st Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 006

Sold 1945

 
HMC ML Q056
ML 056 Q 056 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON 3-Jan-41 24-Nov-41 71st Flotilla – Gaspé Force (SO) Originally designated and painted up as CML 007

Sold 1945 as Esso Ayacucho

Scrapped 1957

 
HMC ML Q057
ML 057 Q 057 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON 3-Jan-41 28-Oct-41 71st Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 008

Sold 1945

  ML 058 Q 058 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON 3-Jan-41 24-Nov-41 72nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 009

Sold 1945 as Katherine G Burnt 1949

  ML 059 Q 059 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON 3-Jan-41 26-May-42 72nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 010

Sold 1946 as Rodco

  ML 060 Q 060 Hunter Boats Orillia ON 3-Jan-41 1-Nov-41 72nd Flotilla – Sydney Force (SO) Originally designated and painted up as CML 011

Sold 1945

  ML 061 Q 061 Hunter Boats Orillia ON 3-Jan-41 11-Nov-41 72nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 012

Sold 1945 as Esso Concordia

  ML 062 Q 062 Mac-Craft Ltd. Sarnia ON 3-Jan-41 18-Apr-42 Free French Navy – Newfoundland Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 013

To Free French 1942 as Langlade (V 112), reacquired 1954 as HMCS Wolf, breakwater 2003

  ML 063 Q 063 Mac-Craft Ltd. Sarnia ON 3-Jan-41 18-Apr-42 Free French Navy – Newfoundland Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 014

To Free French 1942 as Colombier (V 113), later Cumbrae II

  ML 064 Q 064 LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J. H. Weymouth NS 3-Jan-41 15-May-42 72nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 015

Sold 1947 as Six-Four, foundered 1952

  ML 065 Q 065 LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J. H. Weymouth NS 3-Jan-41 15-May-42 72nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 016

Sold 1946 as Nadine II, later Audrey A, burnt 1978

  ML 066 Q 066 Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. Vancouver BC 3-Jan-41 3-Jun-42 75th Flotilla – Esquimalt Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 017

Sold 1946 as Earlmar, gone 2010

  ML 067 Q 067 Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. Vancouver BC 3-Jan-41 27-Mar-42 75th Flotilla – Esquimalt Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 018

Sold 1946 as Stranger II, burnt 1966

  ML 068 Q 068 A.C. Benson Shipyard Vancouver BC 3-Jan-41 7-Aug-42 Flotilla unknown Originally designated and painted up as CML 019

Sold 1946 as Salvor, later Marine Freight No. 1, Miss Linda

  ML 069 Q 069 A.C. Benson Shipyard Vancouver BC 3-Jan-41 28-Mar-42 75th Flotilla – Esquimalt Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 020

Sold 1945 as Harwood, Casa Mia, lost in hurricane 1978

  ML 070 Q 070 Star Shipyards (Mercer's) Ltd. New Westminster BC 3-Jan-41 14-Mar-42 75th Flotilla – Esquimalt Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 021

Sold 1945 as Machigonne, later Gulf Ranger, Coast Ranger, Saracen III, Lahaina Lady, Noble Lady, active

  ML 071 Q 071 Star Shipyards (Mercer's) Ltd. New Westminster BC 3-Jan-41 15-Apr-42 75th Flotilla – Esquimalt Force (SO) Originally designated and painted up as CML 022

Sold 1946 as Gulf Wing, later Troubadour III, Nimpkish Princess, Northland Princess, Kona Winds, Knight Time II, sank 2015

  ML 072 Q 072 Grew Boats Ltd. Penetanguishene ON 3-Jan-41 24-Nov-41 73rd Flotilla – New Brunswick Force (SO) Originally designated and painted up as CML 023

Sold 1945

  ML 073 Q 073 Grew Boats Ltd. Penetanguishene ON 3-Jan-41 24-Nov-41 73rd Flotilla – New Brunswick Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 024

Sold 1945

  ML 074 Q 074 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON 22-Jul-41 26-May-42 77th Flotilla – Halifax M.L. Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 025

Sold 1945 as Aloma III, later Terra Mar

  ML 075 Q 075 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON 22-Jul-41 22-Jun-42 73rd Flotilla – New Brunswick Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 026

Sold 1945

  ML 076 Q 076 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON 22-Jul-41 23-Jun-42 73rd Flotilla – New Brunswick Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 027

Sold 1945

  ML 077 Q 077 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON 22-Jul-41 2-Jun-42 73rd Flotilla – New Brunswick Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 028

Sold 1947 as Coastal Queen

  ML 078 Q 078 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON 22-Jul-41 2-Jun-42 73rd Flotilla – New Brunswick Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 029

Sold 1945 as Esso Cardinal

  ML 079 Q 079 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON 22-Jul-41 27-May-42 79th Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 030

Sold 1945 as Nancy Grace, reacquired 1954 as HMCS Raccoon, sold later as Lady Enid

  ML 080 Q 080 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON 22-Jul-41 17-Jun-42 79th Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 031

Sold 1945 as Quarterdeck, later Almeta Queen, Cosa Grande, abandoned 2007

  ML 081 Q 081 Honey Harbour Nav. Co. Ltd. Midland ON 22-Jul-41 27-May-42 79th Flotilla – Gaspé Force (SO) Originally designated and painted up as CML 032

Sold 1947 as Esso Taparita, burnt 1948

  ML 082 Q 082 Honey Harbour Nav. Co. Ltd. Midland ON 22-Jul-41 27-May-42 Quebec City, QC

No flotilla

Originally designated and painted up as CML 033

Sold 1945

  ML 083 Q 083 LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J. H. Weymouth NS 22-Jul-41 25-May-42 79th Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 034

Sold 1945 as Lazy Mariner

  ML 084 Q 084 LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J. H. Weymouth NS 22-Jul-41 18-Jun-42 79th Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 035

Sold 1946

  ML 085 Q 085 Hunter Boats Orillia ON 22-Jul-41 13-Jun-42 79th Flotilla – Gaspé Force Originally designated and painted up as CML 036

Sold 1951 as Suzette No. 1

  ML 086 Q 086 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON 16-Feb-42 26-Oct-42 76th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1946 as Monterey
  ML 087 Q 087 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON 16-Feb-42 9-Nov-42 76th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1948 as Chef Tek8erimat, later Tzigane
  ML 088 Q 088 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON 16-Feb-42 5-Oct-43 77th Flotilla – Halifax M.L. Force Sold 1946 as Eighty-Eight, later Olympia III, burnt
  ML 089 Q 089 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON 16-Feb-42 15-Oct-42 76th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1949 as Coastal Queen, later Grand Commander, Corniche
  ML 090 Q 090 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON 16-Feb-42 19-Nov-42 78th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1945 as Louvicourt, later Rosal
  ML 091 Q 091 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON 16-Feb-42 17-May-43 77th Flotilla – Halifax M.L. Force Sold 1946 as Nine-One, sank 1955
  ML 092 Q 092 Hunter Boats Orillia ON 16-Feb-42 2-Nov-42 77th Flotilla – Halifax M.L. Force Sold 1947 as Suzette II
  ML 093 Q 093 Hunter Boats Orillia ON 16-Feb-42 2-Nov-42 76th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1945
  ML 094 Q 094 Midland Boat Works Midland ON 16-Feb-42 19-Nov-42 77th Flotilla – Halifax M.L. Force Sold 1945 as Ernest G
  ML 095 Q 095 Midland Boat Works Midland ON 16-Feb-42 12-May-43 76th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force (SO) Sold 1945 as Rodco
  ML 096 Q 096 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON 16-Feb-42 9-Nov-42 76th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1945 as Roseline, later Miss Kingston, Saint-Louis IV, La Santa Maria IV, active
  ML 097 Q 097 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON 16-Feb-42 16-Nov-42 76th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1945
  ML 098 Q 098 Grew Boats Ltd. Penetanguishene ON 16-Feb-42 7-Nov-42 76th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1948 as Corita, later Le Saint-Barnabe
  ML 099 Q 099 Grew Boats Ltd. Penetanguishene ON 16-Feb-42 7-Nov-42 77th Flotilla – Halifax M.L. Force Sold 1948 as Dipedon, later Donarvie II
  ML 100 Q 100 Grew Boats Ltd. Penetanguishene ON 16-Feb-42 7-Nov-42 78th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1945
  ML 101 Q 101 Mac-Craft Ltd. Sarnia ON 16-Feb-42 7-Nov-42 78th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1945 as Edmar, later Nellie D
  ML 102 Q 102 Mac-Craft Ltd. Sarnia ON 16-Feb-42 14-Nov-42 77th Flotilla – Halifax M.L. Force Sold 1945 as Quetzal, later Curlew, Salissa M, Moondance, Enterprise II
  ML 103 Q 103 Mac-Craft Ltd. Sarnia ON 16-Feb-42 18-Nov-42 78th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force (SO) Sold 1947 as One-O-Three, later Lady Simone, scrapped
  ML 104 Q 104 Mac-Craft Ltd. Sarnia ON ?-Oct-42 4-Aug-43 70th M.L Flotilla (Detached to RN) – Bermuda (SO) Sold 1945, reacquired 1954 as HMCS Cougar, scrapped 1959
  ML 105 Q 105 Mac-Craft Ltd. Sarnia ON ?-Oct-42 5-Sep-43 70th M.L Flotilla (Detached to RN) – Bermuda Sold 1948 as Duc d'Orleans, scrapped 2007
  ML 106 Q 106 Grew Boats Ltd. Penetanguishene ON ?-Oct-42 28-Aug-43 70th M.L Flotilla (Detached to RN) – Bermuda Sold 1945, reacquired 1954 as HMCS Beaver, scrapped 1957
  ML 107 Q 107 Grew Boats Ltd. Penetanguishene ON ?-Oct-42 9-Nov-43 70th M.L Flotilla (Detached to RN) – Bermuda Sold 1949 as Miss Chevrolet, later Lady Latour, burnt 1951
  ML 108 Q 108 Midland Boat Works Midland ON ?-Oct-42 13-Aug-43 70th M.L Flotilla (Detached to RN) – Bermuda Sold 1945 as Machigonne II
  ML 109 Q 109 Hunter Boats Orillia ON ?-Oct-42 23-Aug-43 70th M.L Flotilla (Detached to RN) – Bermuda Sold 1948 as Quetzal II, later Arara, Aruba
  ML 110 Q 110 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON ?-Oct-42 8-Jul-43 78th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1949
  ML 111 Q 111 LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J. H. Weymouth NS ?-Oct-42 9-Sep-43 78th Flotilla – Newfoundland Force Sold 1945, reacquired 1954 as HMCS Moose, sold 1956
  ML 112 Q 112 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON ?-Oct-42 25-Oct-43 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force To RCMP 1945 as Fort Walsh, wrecked 1958
  ML 113 Q 113 Taylor & Sons, J. J. Toronto ON ?-Oct-42 20-Nov-43 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Sold 1947 as Laverniere, sank 1947
  ML 114 Q 114 Greavette Boats Ltd. Gravenhurst ON ?-Oct-42 20-Nov-43 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force (SO) To RCMP 1945 as Fort Selkirk, resold 1946 as Amy May, burnt 1955
  ML 115 Q 115 Mac-Craft Ltd. Sarnia ON ?-Oct-42 16-Nov-43 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Sold 1945 as Nelvana, later Outre Mer
  ML 116 Q 116 Hunter Boats Orillia ON ?-Oct-42 16-Nov-44 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Sold 1945, reacquired 1954 as HMCS Reindeer, burnt 1957
  ML 117 Q 117 Grew Boats Ltd. Penetanguishene ON ?-Oct-42 16-Nov-43 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force To RCMP 1945 as Fort Steele, resold 1946 as Nakomis, later Supertrader, Polar Clipper,
  ML 118 Q 118 Midland Boat Works Midland ON ?-Oct-42 6-Nov-43 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Sold 1945 as Franlis III
  ML 119 Q 119 Minett-Shields, Ltd. Bracebridge ON ?-Oct-42 16-Nov-43 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force To RCMP 1945 as Fort Pitt, resold 1946 as Sondra II, active
  ML 120 Q 120 LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J. H. Weymouth NS ?-Oct-42 27-Jan-44 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Sold 1945 as Nelvana II, later Osceola, The Lady Galadriel, Independence, Maryland Independence
  ML 121 Q 121 LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J. H. Weymouth NS ?-Oct-42 17-Apr-44 82nd Flotilla – Sydney Force Retained 1945, intended to be HMCS Cataraqui but sold 1953 as Inshore Fisherman, later Denis D, scrapped 1977
  ML 122 Q 122 Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. Vancouver BC ?-Oct-42 17-May-44 Prince Rupert, BC

No Flotilla

Sold 1945 as Malibu Tyee, later Nancy N. Seymour, Sogno d'Oro, active
  ML 123 Q 123 Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. Vancouver BC ?-Oct-42 6-Oct-44 Vancouver, BC

No Flotilla

Sold 1945 as Malibu Marlin, later Toluca
  ML 124 Q 124 Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. Vancouver BC ?-Oct-42 30-Jun-44 Esquimalt, BC

No Flotilla

Sold 1945, reacquired 1954 as HMCS Elk, resold 1954 as Teirrah, later Pacific Gold
  ML 125 Q 125 Star Shipyards (Mercer's) Ltd. New Westminster BC ?-Oct-42 22-Jul-44 Esquimalt, BC

No Flotilla

Sold 1945 as Malibu Tillikum, later Yorkeen, Campana, Jornholm, Gulfstream II, laid up, to be scrapped
  ML 126 Q 126 Star Shipyards (Mercer's) Ltd. New Westminster BC ?-Oct-42 8-Jul-44 Vancouver, BC

No Flotilla

Sold 1945 as Princess Malibu
  ML 127 Q 127 Star Shipyards (Mercer's) Ltd. New Westminster BC ?-Oct-42 27-Sep-44 Unallocated motor launch

Esquimalt, BC

Sold 1945 as Chief Malibu
  ML 128 Q 128 A.C. Benson Shipyard Vancouver BC ?-Oct-42 29-Jul-44 Vancouver, BC

No Flotilla

Sold 1945 as Princess Louise Inlet, burnt 1955
  ML 129 Q 129 A.C. Benson Shipyard Vancouver BC ?-Oct-42 16-Oct-44 Esquimalt, BC

Unallocated motor launch

Sold 1945 as Malibu Inez, later Huntress, Viking, Island Adventures

4. Canadian Fairmile Type Bs in Foreign Service

French Free Forces Fairmiles

In February 1943, ML Q052, Q062 and Q063 were transferred to the Free French Forces and stationed at St. Pierre and Miquelon under the command of Flag Officer, Newfoundland. After the war, the French Fairmiles were returned to the RCN.[18]

American Fairmiles

Eight Canadian Fairmiles (Q392-Q399) were built by Le Blanc for the RN and were transferred under Lend-Lease to the United States Navy (USN) as US coastal protection had been depleted by transferring ships to the Royal Navy for convoy work. The USN used the Canadian-built Fairmiles as submarine chasers (SC1466-1473).[9]

Fairmile type Bs built in Canada in service with the United States Navy
Name Pennant # Shipbuilder Location Completed Notes
ML 392 Q 392 LeBlanc Shipbuilding Co., J. H. Weymouth NS 26-Sep-42 To USN as SC 1466, to Mexico 1943
ML 393 Q 393 26-Jun-42 To USN as SC 1467, scrapped 1948
ML 394 Q 394 1-Oct-42 To USN as SC 1468, scrapped 1948
ML 395 Q 395 26-Sep-42 To USN as SC 1469, to Mexico 1943
ML 396 Q 396 23-Oct-42 To USN as SC 1470, later Panther (IX 105), sold 1947 as Mohawk II
ML 397 Q 397 23-Oct-42 To USN as SC 1471, to Mexico 1943
ML 398 Q 398 5-Dec-42 To USN as SC 1472, scrapped 1948
ML 399 Q 399 5-Dec-42 To USN as SC 1473, scrapped 1948

5. Surviving Examples

Belgian excursion vessel Franlis III (Ex HMC ML Q118) in the port of Ostend (Belgium)

References

  1. "Steam Community :: Guide :: The Fairmile B Motor Launch" (in en). https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1272919017. 
  2. Lambert and Ross, John and Al (1990). Allied Coastal Forces of World War II Vol 1: Fairmile designs and US submarine chasers. Conway Maritime Press. pp. 77-78. ISBN 0-85177-519-5. 
  3. "Radio Research Paper – Fairmile Radio Fit". http://jproc.ca/rrp/fairmile.html. 
  4. Heenan, RCNR (Ret), Captain Joseph A. (1 February 1962). "The Little Ships". The Crowsnest. http://readyayeready.com/crowsnest/1962/1962-02.pdf. 
  5. Lambert and Ross, John and Al (1990). Allied Coastal Forces of World War II Vol 1: Fairmile designs and US submarine chasers. Conway Maritime Press. pp. 77-78. ISBN 0-85177-519-5. 
  6. "Radio Research Paper – Fairmile Radio Fit". http://jproc.ca/rrp/fairmile.html. 
  7. "WW2Ships.com: Fairmile Type B Motor Launch". http://www.ww2ships.com/britain/gb-sc-001-b.shtml. 
  8. Heenan, RCNR (Ret), Captain Joseph A. (1 February 1962). "The Little Ships". The Crowsnest. http://readyayeready.com/crowsnest/1962/1962-02.pdf. 
  9. "WW2Ships.com: Fairmile Type B Motor Launch". http://www.ww2ships.com/britain/gb-sc-001-b.shtml. 
  10. "Speed-Manoeuvreability-Power-Dependabiltiy". The Crows Nest News of Canada's Navy 3: 12. March 1945. http://www.forposterityssake.ca/RCN-DOCS/CROWSNEST/Crow's%20Nest%20-%20Volume%203%20Number%2009%20-%20March%201945.pdf. 
  11. "Fairmile Motor Launch" (in en-US). 2014-04-01. https://www.junobeach.org/canada-in-wwii/articles/the-ships/fairmile-motor-launch/. 
  12. "Naval Museum of Manitoba – Canadian Naval History". https://www.naval-museum.mb.ca/mtb/fairmile.htm. 
  13. "Radio Research Paper – Fairmile Radio Fit". http://jproc.ca/rrp/fairmile.html. 
  14. Lambert and Ross, John and Al (1990). Allied Coastal Forces of World War II Vol 1: Fairmile designs and US submarine chasers. Conway Maritime Press. pp. 77-78. ISBN 0-85177-519-5. 
  15. Lambert and Ross, John and Al (1990). Allied Coastal Forces of World War II Vol 1: Fairmile designs and US submarine chasers. Conway Maritime Press. pp. 77-78. ISBN 0-85177-519-5. 
  16. "Patrol Craft Built in Canada in WWII". http://shipbuildinghistory.com/canadaships/patrolcraft.htm. 
  17. Navy, Royal (16 December 1944). "Red List" (Part II) Minor War Vessels Abroad. http://convoycu49-1944.com/files/RED_LIST_Part_One_-_minor_war_vessels_in_home_waters_dated_December_10_1944_master_binder_as_of_April_12_2019.pdf: Operations Division Naval Staff Admiralty. pp. 57-61. 
  18. Lambert and Ross, John and Al (1990). Allied Coastal Forces of World War II Vol 1: Fairmile designs and US submarine chasers. Conway Maritime Press. pp. 77-78. ISBN 0-85177-519-5. 
More
Information
Contributor MDPI registered users' name will be linked to their SciProfiles pages. To register with us, please refer to https://encyclopedia.pub/register :
View Times: 272
Entry Collection: HandWiki
Revision: 1 time (View History)
Update Date: 07 Nov 2022
1000/1000