The versatile 112 foot “B” class Motor Launch (M.L.) was designed in England by the Fairmile Company and the boats were accordingly known as Fairmiles. Eighty were built in Canada, 59 of them in Great Lakes boat yards. Fourteen of the remainder were built on the west coast and seven at Weymouth, Nova Scotia. They were numbered Q 050 to 129.  The ML classification was change to “Q” when they entered service. A hand built scale model of Q121 is in Sissiboo Landing, Weymouth NS.

 

Specifications

“B” Type M.L.s 053-111

Displacement: 79 Tons
Dimensions: 112′ X 17’10” X 4’10”
Speed: 20 Kts.
Crew: 3 Officers, 14 Men
Designed Armament: 3 -20 mm

Specifications

“B” Type M.L.s 112-129

Displacement: 79 Tons
Dimensions: 112′ X 17′ X 4’10”
Speed: 22 Kts.
Crew: 3 Officers, 14 Men
Designed Armament: 3 -20 mm

 

Canada Declares War on Germany

 On 10th September, 1939, 7 days after Britain, Canada declared war on Germany. On this date, Canada’s navy was a total of six destroyers, four minesweepers and a handful of armed civilian ships. Personnel amounted to just 3,684 officers and crew, including RCN Reserve and Volunteer Reserve.

 By 1944,  95,705 officers and men serving in 378 warships. In total, 110,000 men and women served in the RCN during the War, every one of them a volunteer. 

This website is dedicated to the ships and men who built and manned the Little Ships that came from the Village of Weymouth Nova Scotia and to the women who supported them.   

Thanks to our Contributors:

Sissiboo Landing – Weymouth NS Canada 

Naval Museum of Manitoba

RCNFairmiles.com