Royal Canadian Navy Coastal Forces Colour Photographs

During the Second World War the British Commonwealth operated a large number of small combatants of several types. These vessels were quite versatile, common fittings allowing for rapid changes in armament to adapt them to various roles. Here is Q050, an RCN Fairmile B on patrol off Newfoundland in 1944.
Taken from the same series, Q094 passes a small iceberg. The boats typically operated in groups of six, and could augment or replace larger escorts or patrol ships in coastal waters.
Armament could vary considerably over time and be configured to fit various roles. This is the bow 20mm Oerlikon cannon aboard Q094. The Oerlikon was a reliable and hard-hitting weapon and was used in a variety of mounts.
A closeup of the conning station showing details of interest to modelers. The rating is operating a signal lamp. Note the side light with the darkened trough.
A fine study of MTB-460, a Canadian G Type torpedo boat of the 29th Motor Torped Boat Flotilla. She participated in the D-Day landings on 06JUN44, but was mined and sunk with the loss of ten crew on 01JUL44.
A bows-on shot of MTB-460 at speed. Her main mast is offset to the starboard side, an unusual feature.
A large group of Fairmile D Motor Torpedo Boats seen moored at Great Yarmouth in 1945. The group includes the Canadian 65th MTB Flotilla. The gun mounted forward is a 6-pounder (57mm) with a Molins autoloader, a heavy and potent weapon for a small craft.
A detail view of the previous photograph which allows a comparison of the equipment fit and stowage variations between individual vessels. A close study reveals no two are quite the same.

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