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This is a list of the RCAF Marine Craft in numerical order by “M” number:

Further detail on the vessels assigned a name can be found in the list of these vessels by name in alphabetical order above. A lot of the numbers were not assigned as I suspected when I first became interested in this fleet.


RCAF M.1

BLUE BILL


RCAF M.1

EMPRESS
RCAF M.1

RED WING
RCAF M.2

1928


Rowboat

Renumbered M.115


RAF M.2

1941


Bombing-up Dinghy

Allocated to No. 32 O.T.U. RAF Patricia Bay but controlled by the RCAF


RCAF M.3

1928


Rowboat

Renumbered M.102


RCAF M.3

ADVENTURER


RCAF M.4

1928


16 foot Rowboat
RCAF M.5

SIYO II
RCAF M.7

RCAF M.8

Both were a Canoe


RCAF M.9

AMARYLLIS


RCAF M.10

CHILKO
RCAF M.11

NIKOLA
RCAF M.12

ATLIN
RCAF M.12A

1942

The Lifeboat on RCAF M.12 ATLIN


RCAF M.13

RCAF M.14

1942

Both were a 30-foot length overall Range Boat (Type III)


RCAF M.96

EMPRESS
RCAF M.102

1928

Rowboat


Renumbered was M.3 in 1928
RCAF M.115

1928


Rowboat

Renumbered was M.2 in 1928


RCAF M.129

Launch
RCAF M.137

General Purpose Scow
RCAF M.138

RCAF M.139

Both were a Medium Scow
RCAF M.140

16 foot Rowboat


RCAF M.142A

General Purpose Scow


RCAF M.142B

General Purpose Scow


RCAF M.145

Collapsible Canoe


RCAF M.150

16 foot Rowboat


RCAF M.151

Rowboat
RCAF M.153

LUCKY PEGGY
RCAF M.154

Rowboat
RCAF M.155

General Utility Boat – Aircraft Tender

Based at Eastern Air Command, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

An open boat built by the British Power Boat Company, United Kingdom. It was fitted with a forty-eight horsepower engine and capable of a speed of eighteen knots.
RCAF M.156

18 foot Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.157

HERON
RCAF M.158

MALLARD
RCAF M.159

Radiotelephone “Charity X”

1936 – 1951

26-foot Workshop Scow

Based at Western Air Command

This was a workshop and seaplane tender


RCAF M.160

ASTRA
RCAF M.161

Rowboat
RCAF M.163

Canoe
RCAF M.164

18-foot Aircraft Tender – Dinghy
RCAF M.165

PINTAIL
RCAF M.166

Canoe
RCAF M.167

15-foot Skiff


RCAF M.168

RCAF M.169

Both were a Skiff
RCAF M.170

18-foot Aircraft Tender - Dinghy


RCAF M.171

The official listing is a - Launch

On page 66 in the book “Sea Wings” by J. A. “Tony” Foster there is a photo of M-171. This was taken on August 26th, 1939, at Rockcliffe, Ontario. This vessel appears to be about twenty feet long with an inboard engine with an exhaust out the stern. It has no Foc’sul. There are three airmen in the boat and one is right up in the bow.
RCAF M.172

SCOTER
RCAF M.173

RCAF M.174

RCAF M.175

RCAF M.176

All 4 were a Rowboat


RCAF M.178

DUCK
RCAF M.179

16-foot Rowboat
RCAF M.180

Rowboat
RCAF M.182

1938

40-foot Derrick Scow


RCAF M.183

50-foot Derrick Scow


RCAF M.184

50-foot Medium Scow


RCAF M.185

Workshop Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.186

Refueling Scow


RCAF M.187

RCAF M.188

RCAF M.189

All 3 were an Aircraft Tender in service in 1940


RCAF M.190

1940


18-foot bombing-up dinghy

This dinghy was built by Hatley Craft Limited


RCAF M.191

1940


18-foot bombing-up dinghy

Identical to RCAF M.190

This dinghy was built by A. Litton and Company Limited, Vancouver, BC

A photo can be seen at the back of volume two.


RCAF M.192

1940


18-foot Aircraft Tender

This vessel was built by A. Litton and Company Limited, Vancouver, BC


RCAF M.193

1940


18-foot Aircraft Tender

This vessel was built by Hatley Craft Limited


RCAF M.194

MANDARIN
RCAF M.195

SHELDRAKE
RCAF M.196

BITERN
RCAF M.197

CORMORANT
RCAF M.198

GREBE
RCAF M.199

GADWALL
RCAF M.200

SHOVELLER


RCAF M.201

REDHEAD
RCAF M.202

EIDER
RCAF M.203

RINGBILL
RCAF M.204

GARGANEY
RCAF M.205

SEKANI
RCAF M.206

HAIDA
RCAF M.207

MICMAC
RCAF M.208

NOOTKA
RCAF M.209

RCAF M.210

RCAF M.211

RCAF M.212

RCAF M.213

RCAF M.214

RCAF M.215

RCAF M.216

RCAF M.217

RCAF M.218

RCAF M.219

RCAF M.220

RCAF M.221

All 13 were 15-foot Rowboats in service in 1940


RCAF M.222

1940


15-foot Rowboat

Based at Eastern Air Command for Northern Bases


RCAF M.223

1940


18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy built by Hunter/Buchanan, Orillia, Ontario

These were eighteen feet long and eleven were built for the air force in 1939.


RCAF M.224

RCAF M.225

RCAF M.226

RCAF M.227

RCAF M.228

All 5 were a Bombing-up Dinghy in service in 1940


RCAF M.229

1940


18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy

A photo can be seen in Appendices One at the back of volume one.


RCAF M.230

1940


Bombing-up Dinghy
RCAF M.231

MALECITE
RCAF M.232

TAKULI
RCAF M.233

ABNAKI
RCAF M.234

MONTAGNAIS
RCAF M.235

HURON
RCAF M.236

1940

Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.237

1940


34-foot Rowboat with a 9.8 foot breadth and 4 foot depth
RCAF M.238

Rowboat
RCAF M.240

1940

18-foot Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.241

General Purpose Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.242

1940 – 1946

50-foot Medium Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.243

1940


50-foot Medium Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.244

1940


51-foot Derrick Scow
RCAF M.245

RCAF M.246

RCAF M.247

RCAF M.248

All 4 were a 50-foot Derrick Scow in service in 1940
RCAF M.249

RCAF M.250

RCAF M.251

All 3 were a 50-foot Medium Scow in service in 1940


RCAF M.252

1940


16-foot Small Scow
RCAF M.253

RCAF M.254

RCAF M.255

All 3 were a 40-foot Refueling Scow in service 1940


RCAF M.256

40-foot Derrick Scow in service 1940


RCAF M.257

40-foot Refueling Scow in service 1940


RCAF M.258

1940


Refueling Scow
RCAF M.259

1940


Refueling Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.260

1940


Refueling Scow
RCAF M-261

1940


Rowboat
RCAF M.262

General Purpose Scow


RCAF M.263

General Purpose Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.264

PELICAN
RCAF M.265

LOON
RCAF M.266

TEAL
RCAF M.267

BRANT
RCAF M.271

SWAN
RCAF M.272

RCAF M.273

Both were a Rowboat in service 1940


RCAF M.274

RCAF M.275

RCAF M.276

RCAF M.277

RCAF M.278

All 5 were a 16-foot Rowboat in service 1940


RCAF M.279

ANJOANNE
RCAF M.280

RCAF M.281

Both were a Bombing-up Dinghy in service 1940


RCAF M.282

1940


Bombing-up Dinghy

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.283

BINGBALL
RCAF M.284

1940

18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy


RCAF M.285

RCAF M.286

1940

Both were an 18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy



Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.287

1940


18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy
RCAF M.288

18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy


RCAF M.289

1940


Medium Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.290

KITTIWAKE


RCAF M.291

FULMAR
RCAF M.292

WHISTLER
RCAF M.293

1940 – 1945

Medium Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.294

1940 – 1946

50-foot General Purpose Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


RCAF M.295

KAGOME
RCAF M.296

CAREY
RCAF M.297

GLENFRUIN


RCAF M.298

EVA CLARE


RCAF M.300

ELAINE W
RCAF M.301

RIDEAU SPRAY
RCAF M.302

ARISTOCRAT


RCAF M.303

CYGNET II


RCAF M.304

SARANA
RCAF M.305

ARRESTEUR
RCAF M.306

DETECTOR
RCAF M.307

FREDERICK H II
RCAF M.308

1940


Rowboat – a lifeboat for RCAF M.232 TAKULI

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.309

1941


18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy
RCAF M.310

RCAF M.311

Both were Aircraft Tenders
RCAF M.312

RCAF M.313

RCAF M.314

All 3 were an 18-foot Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.315

18-foot Aircraft Tender

Based at Eastern Air Command

Stored for the winter at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on December 22nd, 1943


RCAF M.316

18-foot Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.317

RCAF M.318

Both were Aircraft Tenders
RCAF M.319

Aircraft Tender – Dinghy


RCAF M.320

Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.321

18-foot Aircraft Tender

An eighteen-foot Bomb Dinghy built by the British Power Boat Company, United Kingdom.
RCAF M.322

RCAF M.323

RCAF M.325

All 3 were Aircraft Tenders


RCAF M.326

18-foot Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.327

RCAF M.328

RCAF M.329

All 3 were an 18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy


RCAF M.330

1941


18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy
RCAF M.331

RCAF M.332

RCAF M.333

RCAF M.334

All 4 were an 18-foot Bombing-up Dinghy
RCAF M.335

RCAF M.336

RCAF M.337

RCAF M.338

All 4 were a 50-foot Medium Scow
RCAF M.340

Refueling Scow


RCAF M.341

40-foot Derrick Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command, Seven Islands, Quebec
RCAF M.342

RCAF M.343

Both were a 50-foot Derrick Scow
RCAF M.344

1941


50-foot Derrick Scow
RCAF M.345

40-foot Derrick Scow


RCAF M.346

HALDO
RCAF M.347

DORIS III
RCAF M.348

SNOW PRINCE


RCAF M.350

COMBAT
RCAF M.350A

Rowboat – a lifeboat for RCAF M.350 COMBAT
RCAF M.351

SPOONBILL


RCAF M.361

OK SERVICE V


RCAF M.362

NAUTILUS
RCAF M.363

Aircraft Tender
RCAF M.364

DABCHICK
RCAF M.365

1942

38-foot Aircraft Crash Boat



Based at Eastern Air Command, Mont Joli, Quebec
RCAF M.366

Aircraft Tender in service until 1946


RCAF M.369

General Utility Boat


RCAF M.370

RCAF M.371

Both were a 16-foot Rowboat
RCAF M.378

BOUNTY
RCAF M.380

SEA HORSE
RCAF M.381

16-foot Rowboat


RCAF M.382

A lifeboat for RCAF M.206 HAIDA


RCAF M.383

A lifeboat for RCAF M.205 SEKANI

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.384

BUTTERBALL


RCAF M.385

SANDPIPER


RCAF M.386

1943


40-foot Refueling Launch or Gasoline Launch

Based at Eastern Air Command, Goose Bay, Labrador, during the summers


RCAF M.387

Unknown but whatever it was it served until 1946


RCAF M.388

NAIAD
RCAF M.389

RED BIRD
RCAF M.390

16-foot Small Scow


RCAF M.391

16-foot Bombing-up Raft


RCAF M.392

RCAF M.393

Both were a 16-foot Small Scow
RCAF M.395

16-foot Small Scow or a Towed Bombing-up Raft

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.396

KINGFISHER


RCAF M.397

ZUIZAN
RCAF M.398

MURRE
RCAF M.399

IBIS
RCAF M.400

ROVEN
RCAF M.402

General Utility Boat

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.407

ABADIK
RCAF M.408

BANOSKIK
RCAF M.409

16-foot Rowboat


RCAF M.410

50-foot Derrick Scow


RCAF M.411

Aircraft Tender that served until 1946


RCAF M.413

BRAS D’OR


RCAF M.414

OSOYOOS
RCAF M.415

16-foot Aircraft Tender
RCAF M.416

A Rowboat that served on RCAF M.427 B.C. STAR


RCAF M.417

50-foot Derrick Scow


RCAF M.418

RCAF M.420

RCAF M.421

RCAF M.422

RCAF M.423

All 5 were a 16-foot Rowboat


RCAF M.425

MIDNIGHT SUN


RCAF M.425A

16-foot Rowboat that served as the lifeboat on RCAF M.425 MIDNIGHT SUN


RCAF M.426

CAPE CANSO


RCAF M.427

B.C. STAR


RCAF M.428

CURLEW
RCAF M.429

GULL
RCAF M.429A

Rowboat – the lifeboat in RCAF M.429 GULL


RCAF M.430

PUFFIN
RCAF M.430A

Rowboat – the lifeboat in RCAF M.430 PUFFIN
RCAF M.431

PETREL
RCAF M.432

PLOVER
RCAF M.432B

Lifeboat for RCAF M.432 PLOVER


RCAF M.433

SNIPE
RCAF M.434

1942

Range Boat (Type III)


RCAF M.435

1942


30-foot Range Boat (Type III) or Range Safety/Target Towing Boat

Based at Eastern Air Command, Trenton, Ontario


RCAF M.436

RCAF M.437

Both were a 30-foot Range Boat (Type III) in service 1942
RCAF M.438

General Purpose Scow


RCAF M.439

1943


40-foot General Utility Duty Boat

Based at Eastern Air Command, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


RCAF M.440

ALBATROSS


RCAF M.441

MERGANSER


RCAF M.442

PENGUIN
RCAF M.443

CRANE
RCAF M.444

GANDER
RCAF M.445

GODWIT
RCAF M.446

AUKLET
RCAF M.447

NICTAK
RCAF M.448

GOOSE
RCAF M.448A

The Lifeboat on RCAF M.448 GOOSE
RCAF M.449

JAGER
RCAF M.449A

Lifeboat on RCAF M.449 JAGER
RCAF M.450

RCAF M.451

RCAF M.452

All 3 were a 16-foot Rowboat


RCAF M.453

16-foot Rowboat that served until 1946


RCAF M.454

RCAF M.455

Both were a 16-foot Rowboat
RCAF M.456

ESKIMO
RCAF M.458

RCAF M.460

RCAF M.462

RCAF M.464

RCAF M.465

RCAF M.466

All 6 were 16-foot Rowboats


RCAF M.467

MALAHAT
RCAF M.468

SONGHEE
RCAF M.469

SQUAMISH
RCAF M.470

1942

20-foot Aircraft Tender built in 1942



Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.471

1942


20-foot Aircraft Tender built in 1942

Based at Eastern Air Command, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

M.471 was in for hull repairs on January 18th, 1944, and was launched and declared serviceable on April 10th, 1944.
RCAF M.472

RCAF M.473

RCAF M.474

1942


These 3 were 20-foot Aircraft Tenders built in 1942 and all, M.470 to M.474 were identical
RCAF M.475

1943


40-foot General Utility or Duty Boat

Based at Eastern Air Command, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

A photo can be seen in appendices one at the back of volume one.
RCAF M.476

Served until 1946

Derrick Scow
RCAF M.477

Served until 1946

50-foot Medium Scow
RCAF M.478

16-foot General Purpose Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.479

40-foot Derrick Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

M-479 was picked up on January 12th, 1945, after being adrift at sea for several days.


RCAF M.480

Derrick Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.481

Served until 1946

Medium Scow
RCAF M.482

RCAF M.483

Both were a Refueling Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.484

20-foot Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.485

Derrick Scow

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.486

A. T. and B. No. 17


RCAF M.487

RCAF M.488

RCAF M.489

RCAF M.490

1942

All 4 were 16-foot Rowboats


RCAF M.491

RCAF M.492

Both were 16-foot Rowboats
RCAF M.493

UMBRETTA
RCAF M.494

EGRET
RCAF M.495

COOT
RCAF M.496

TERN
RCAF M.497

CETOMA
RCAF M.499

Served until 1945

Range Boat (Type III)


RCAF M.500

Served until 1945

40-foot wooden Range Boat (Type III) built in 1943
RCAF M.501

Served until 1945

40-foot wooden Range Boat (Type III) built in 1943

This vessel when sold was renamed GULL LAKE


RCAF M.502

FLAMINGO
RCAF M.503

RANDY BOY
RCAF M.504

1942


66-foot Water Scow built in 1941
RCAF M.505

Aircraft Tender

Based at Eastern Air Command, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

This vessel had a damaged propeller on December 5th, 1943.


RCAF M.506

18-foot Launch

An aircraft tender that was a fast inboard launch

Based at Eastern Air Command, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

This vessel was placed in storage for the winter on December 22nd, 1943.

A photo can be seen in appendices one at the back of volume one.


RCAF M.507

Aircraft Tender

Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.508

1942 – 1946

20-foot Aircraft Tender
RCAF M.509

1943


Aircraft Tender

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.510

1943


Aircraft Tender

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.511

Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.512

RCAF M.513

1943

Both were 20-foot Aircraft Tenders built in 1943 and based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.514

WIDGEON
RCAF M.515

M.515 and B135

1943


30-foot Range Boat (Type VI)
RCAF M.516

M.516 and B133

1943

30-foot Range Boat (Type V)



Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.517

1943


30-foot Range Boat (Type III)
RCAF M.518

WILLET
RCAF M.519

M.519 and B136

1943


30-foot Range Boat (Type VI) that was built in 1943 and was self propelled and weighed 2,500 lbs.

Based at Eastern Air Command and a photo can be seen in appendices one at the back of volume one.


RCAF M.520

1943


30-foot Range Boat (Type VI), Duty Boat and Target Towing

Based at Eastern Air Command


RCAF M.521

GANNET
RCAF M.522

BEAVER
RCAF M.523

1942


16-foot Small Scow built in 1942
RCAF M.524

16-foot Small Scow


RCAF M.525

Served until 1945

General Purpose Scow
RCAF M.526

Served until 1946

78-foot wooden Large Scow built in 1925
RCAF M.528

MERMAID
RCAF M.529

LE GAULOIS
RCAF M.530

REEL FISHER


RCAF M.531

STUART
RCAF M.531A

Lifeboat for RCAF M.531 STUART
RCAF M.532

SETON
RCAF M.533

SOOKE
RCAF M.534

BABINE
RCAF M.535

NIMPKISH
RCAF M.536

SKEENA MAID


RCAF M.536A

Lifeboat for RCAF M.536 SKEENA MAID


RCAF M.537

ARROW
RCAF M.538

Canoe
RCAF M.539

1943


16-foot Rowboat built in 1943
RCAF M.540

WALTER M
RCAF M.541

TRANSPORTER
RCAF M.542

RETREIVER


RCAF M.543

Served until 1945

General Purpose Scow
RCAF M.546

16-foot Rowboat on RCAF M.536 SKEENA MAID


RCAF M.547

Lifeboat on RCAF M.540 WALTER M


RCAF M.548

RCAF M.552

Both were 16-foot Rowboats
RCAF M.553

RCAF M.554

RCAF M.555

RCAF M.556

RCAF M.557

All 5 were 16-foot Small Scows


RCAF M.558

1943 – 1945

90-foot General Purpose Scow built in 1943
RCAF M.559

1943


90-foot Large Scow built in 1943
RCAF M.560

MELVILLE
RCAF M.564

16-foot Rowboat
RCAF M.565

24-foot Small Scow


RCAF M.567

General Purpose Scow

A good photo of this scow is found between pages 22 and 23 in volume one.
RCAF M.569

20-foot General Purpose Scow


RCAF M.570

1943 – 1965

24-foot Small Scow
RCAF M.571

Unknown


Based at Eastern Air Command
RCAF M.572

1943


Lightering Scow built in 1943
RCAF M.573

MOHAWK
RCAF M.574

RCAF M.575

RCAF M.576

RCAF M.577

All 4 were 90-foot Large Scows


RCAF M.579

FUSILIER
RCAF M.580

ALOMA/CORMACK
RCAF M.582

HILI-KUM


RCAF M.583

90-foot Large Scow


RCAF M.584

1943


59-foot Large Scow
RCAF M.585

1943


40-foot General Utility Boat – A former Cape Sable Island Boat

Based at Eastern Air Command Nova Scotia

Departed Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for Shelburne, Nova Scotia, on November 27th, 1943, and was transferred to North Sydney, Nova Scotia, on May 12th, 1944.
RCAF M.586

1943


40-foot General Utility Boat and Range Boat that was sheathed against the ice and was based at Eastern Air Command, Goose Bay, Labrador, during the summers. The sheathing against the ice was probably extra planking of about ½ inch where ice would rub against the vessels hull.
RCAF M.587

1943


40-foot General Utility Boat built in 1943

Based at Eastern Air Command

M.587 could haul twenty bags of coal.
RCAF M.591

SEA MEW
RCAF M.592

DEERLEAP
RCAF M.594

Bombing-up Raft


RCAF M.595

NAOMI W
RCAF M.596

HESQUIAT
RCAF M.597

KIMSQUIT
RCAF M.598

SEA SPRAY
RCAF M.599

16-foot Rowboat

Transferred from Eastern Air Command to NO 3 RD, Vancouver, BC March 1944
RCAF M.600

16-foot Rowboat


RCAF M.601

Served until 1946

16-foot Rowboat
RCAF M.603

16-foot Rowboat


RCAF M.604

Aircraft Tender


RCAF M.607

SEAGULL
RCAF M.608

1944

38-foot Aircraft Crash Boat


RCAF M.609

BALDPATE
RCAF M.610

BLACK GOOSE
RCAF M.611

BLUE GOOSE


RCAF M.612

GRAY GOOSE


RCAF M.613

SNOW GOOSE


RCAF M.614

CANADA GOOSE


RCAF M.615

LAPWING
RCAF M.616

Unknown
RCAF M.617

HARLEQUIN


RCAF M.618

RCAF M.619

Both were a Rowboat for Winter Rescue
RCAF M.620

Served until 1946

40-foot Medium Scow
RCAF M.622

RCAF M.623

Both were an 18-foot Sailing Sloop
RCAF M.624

RCAF M.625

RCAF M.626

RCAF M.627

RCAF M.628

RCAF M.629

RCAF M.630

RCAF M.631

RCAF M.632

All 9 were 16-foot Rowboats Transferred from Eastern Air Command to NO 3 RD, Vancouver, BC March 1944 with RCAF M.599


RCAF M.633

50-foot Derrick Scow


RCAF M.639

GENERAL MACKENZIE


RCAF M.640

G. of G. No. 8


RCAF M.641

1944


25-foot Aircraft Tender built in 1944
RCAF M.642

RCAF M.643

RCAF M.644

All 3 were a Dory


RCAF M.645

RCAF M.646

1944

Both were 50-foot Landing Barges


RCAF M.648

RCAF M.649

Both were 16-foot Rowboats
RCAF M.650

GILLEY NO 21


RCAF M.651

RCAF M.652

Both were a 27-foot Montague Whaler
RCAF M.654

KADIAC
RCAF M.655

Served until 1946

Dory on RCAF M.447 NICTAK


RCAF M.656

RCAF M.657

Both were 16-foot Rowboats
RCAF M.658

50-foot Derrick Scow


RCAF M.659

RCAF M.660

RCAF M.661

RCAF M.662

All 4 were 16-foot Rowboats
RCAF M.663

RCAF M.664

Both were 16-foot Skiffs
RCAF M.665

RCAF M.666

RCAF M.667

All 3 were Skiffs


RCAF M.669

Rowboat for Winter Rescue


RCAF M.671

RCAF M.672

RCAF M.673

All 3 were 16-foot Rowboats


RCAF M.674

Small Scow


RCAF M.675

16-foot Dory


RCAF M.679

Towing Dory


RCAF M.680

Served until 1945

Dory on RCAF M.413 BRAS D’OR
RCAF M.682

Small Scow


RCAF M.683

Served until 1945

Dory on RCAF M.414 OSOYOOS
RCAF M.687

Unknown
RCAF M.688

16-foot Lifeboat
RCAF M.689

16-foot Lifeboat on RCAF M.573 MOHAWK


RCAF M.690

16-foot Lifeboat


RCAF M.693

RCAF M.694

Both were a 16-foot Rowboat
RCAF M.695

Served until 1945

Dory on RCAF M.407 ABADIK
RCAF M.696

Served until 1945

Dory on RCAF M.408 BANOSKIK
RCAF M.697

RCAF M.698

RCAF M.699

All 3 were a Dory


RCAF M.700

20-foot Sailing Sloop


RCAF M.701

16-foot Rowboat


RCAF M.702

Dory
RCAF M.703

ALLIGATOR
RCAF M.704

MUSKOKA
RCAF M.705

RCAF M.706

Both were a Dory


RCAF M.707

RCAF M.708

Both were a Lifeboat
RCAF M.711

Unknown
RCAF M.712

1942

20-foot Aircraft Tender built in 1942


RCAF M.716

Served until 1946

Launch
RCAF M.722

Lifeboat on RCAF M.468 SONGHEE


RCAF M.723

Lifeboat on RCAF M.468 SONGHEE


RCAF M.727

Served until 1953

Dory on RCAF M.231 MALECITE
RCAF M.730

Served until 1953

Dory on RCAF M.235 HURON
RCAF M.747

Lifeboat
RCAF M.751

50-foot Medium Scow
RCAF M.755

Canoe
The Marine Craft from about here are the post World War II Craft


RCAF M.756

1948


Aircraft Crash Boat
RCAF M.761

Collapsible Dinghy


RCAF M.769

SNOWBIRD II


RCAF M.790

16-foot aluminium Rowboat


RCAF M.791

Unknown
RCAF M.792

Unknown
RCAF M.793

AVOCET
RCAF M.797

Served until 1955

15-foot fibreglass Skiff


RCAF M.798

Served until 1955

25-foot fibreglass Skiff
RCAF M.806

15-foot fibreglass Rowboat


RCAF M.807

RUFF
RCAF M.808

SANDPIPER
RCAF M.809

WOODCOCK
RCAF M.810

KNOT
RCAF M.847

FLAMINGO
RCAF M.848

ALBATROSS renamed HERON
RCAF M.849

GUILLEMOT


RCAF M.850

SKUA
RCAF M.851

MANX
RCAF M.864

RCAF M.865

RCAF M.868

RCAF M.869

All 4 Aluminium 16-foot outboard boats
RCAF M.871

MALLARD
All the RCAF Marine Craft from M.872 to M.1011 inclusive served until 1965 when the RCAF became part of the Canadian Armed Forces.


RCAF M.872

BLACK DUCK


RCAF M.873

GANNET
RCAF M.874

SANDERLING
RCAF M.877

RCAF M.878

RCAF M.879

RCAF M.880

RCAF M.881

RCAF M.882

RCAF M.884

RCAF M.886

All 8 were a 16-foot Aluminium Outboard Boat
RCAF M.924

A 45-foot Medium Scow


RCAF M.925

EGRET
RCAF M.929

RCAF M.930

RCAF M.931

RCAF M.932

RCAF M.933

RCAF M.934

RCAF M.940

RCAF M.941

All 8 were 16-foot aluminium Outboard Boats


RCAF M.942

RCAF M.943

Both were 14-foot aluminium Outboard Boats
RCAF M.948

RCAF M.949

Both were 16-foot aluminium Outboard Boats
RCAF M.950

RCAF M.951

Both were 16-foot aluminium Outboard Boats built in 1957
RCAF M.952

RCAF M.953

Both were 14-foot aluminium Outboard Boats
RCAF M.954

RCAF M.955

RCAF M.956

RCAF M.957

RCAF M.958

RCAF M.959

RCAF M.960

RCAF M.961

RCAF M.962

RCAF M.963

RCAF M.964

RCAF M.965

RCAF M.966

All 13 were 16-foot aluminium Outboard Boats


RCAF M.967

RCAF M.968

Both were 14-foot aluminium Outboard Boats
RCAF M.970

RCAF M.971

RCAF M.973

All 3 were 16-foot aluminium Outboard Boats


RCAF M.975

NIMPKISH II


RCAF M.976

RCAF M.977

RCAF M.978

All 3 were 16-foot aluminium Outboard Boats


RCAF M.979

RCAF M.980

RCAF M.981

RCAF M.984

RCAF M.985

RCAF M.986

RCAF M.987

RCAF M.988

RCAF M.989

RCAF M.990

RCAF M.991

All 11 were 14-foot aluminium Outboard Boats


RCAF M.992

RCAF M.993

RCAF M.995

RCAF M.996

All 4 were 16-foot aluminium Outboard Boats
RCAF M.997

RCAF M.998

RCAF M.999

RCAF M.1000

RCAF M.1001

RCAF M.1002

RCAF M.1003

RCAF M.1004

RCAF M.1006

RCAF M.1010

RCAF M.1011

All 11 were 14-foot aluminium Outboard Boats


This is a list of the RCAF Marine Craft in numerical order by “B” number:

One can find further detail on each vessel by looking up the name listed in the list of names in alphabetical order above.

B100 MALLARD

B101 MANDARIN

B102 REDHEAD

B103 EIDER

B104 RINGBILL

B106 NOOTKA

B107 MALECITE

B108 TAKULI

B109 ABNAKI

B110 MONTAGNAIS

B111 HURON

B112 ELAINE W

B113 ARISTOCRAT

B114 ARRESTEUR

B115 DETECTOR

B116 OK SERVICE IV

B117 ABADIK

B118 BANOSKIK

B119 BRAS D’OR

B120 OSOYOOS

B121 SHELDRAKE

B122 GARGANEY

B123 NICTAK

B124 GANNET

B125 ESKIMO

B126 CAREY

B127 DABCHICK

B128 ZUIZAN

B129 IBIS

B130 ROVEN

B131 PENGUIN

B132 GANDER

B133 M.516

B134 ALOMA/CORMACK

B135 M.515

B136 M.519

B137 BEAVER

B139 MOHAWK

B159 MALECITE

B161 MONTAGNAIS

B162 HURON

B165 ATLIN

B167 REEL FISHER

B170 SKEENA MAID

B171 MALAHAT

B172 SONGHEE

B174 STUART

B179 ARROW

B183 NAOMI W
This is a list of the RCAF Marine Craft in alphabetical order by International Call Sign during World War II:

These are all the call signs that have been found and one can find further detail on each vessel by looking up the vessel on the list of names above.


CGCV ARISTOCRAT
CGJB COMBAT
CGKS SNOW PRINCE
CGXB O.K. SERVICE V
CGXD ELAINE W
CGXJ MICMAC
CGXK SCOTER
CGXL BITTERN
CGXM CORMORANT
CGXP GREBE
CGXQ GADWALL
CGXR SHOVELLER
CGXS SEKANI
CGXT HAIDA
CGXV KAGOME
This is a list of the RCAF Marine Craft in alphabetical order by International Call Sign after World War II:

These are believed to be the call signs assigned after World War II. They were assigned in 1946 and I have found no record of them during World War II although some of the World War II vessels were assigned them after the war. These are all the call signs that have been found and one can find further detail on each vessel by looking up the vessel on the list of names above.


VXCB M.233 ABNAKI
VXCD M.610 BLACK GOOSE
VXCF M.611 BLUE GOOSE
VXCG M.267 BRANT
VXCJ M.614 CANADA GOOSE
VXCK M.178 DUCK
VXCL M.202 EIDER
VXCM M.612 GREY GOOSE
VXCN M.235 HURON
VXCP M.396 KINGFISHER
VXCQ M.467 MALAHAT
VXCR M.231 MALECITE
VXCS M.234 MONTAGNAIS
VXCT M.208 NOOTKA
VXCW M.264 PELICAN
VXCY M.430 PUFFIN
VXCZ M.201 REDHEAD
VXDB M.433 SNIPE
VXDC M.613 SNOW GOOSE
VXDF M.468 SONGHEE
VXDG M.232 TAKULI
VXDJ M.266 TEAL
VXNZ M.769 SNOWBIRD
VXZG M.871 MALLARD
I feel confident the VXZG call sign was assigned to this M.871 MALLARD and not M.158 MALLARD but why could I not find the call sign to the others, the 40-footers at least. I have gone through my International Telecommunication records many times with hopes they would somehow appear but they are not there.
This is a list of the RCAF Marine Craft in alphabetical order by Radiotelephone Voice Call:

These are all the radiotelephone call codes that have been found and one can find further detail on each vessel from the list of names above. One will note a number of duplicates and your guess is as good as mine. These came from the Janap List and there are five 40-footers. Therefore, this Janap List must have been issued around 1953 or 1954.


Catapult B M.467 MALAHAT
Catapult D M.611 BLUE GOOSE
Chapel A M.848 ALBATROSS
Chapel A M.266 TEAL
Chapel Z M.535 NIMPKISH
Charity W M.430 PUFFIN
Charity X M.793 AVOCET
Charity X M.159
Disband A M.847 FLAMINGO
Disband A M.396 KINGFISHER
Disband B M.610 BLACK GOOSE
Disband B M.849 GUILLEMOT
Equal S M.810 KNOT
Equal S M.613 SNOW GOOSE
Event E M.851 MANX
Event E M.234 MONTAGNAIS
Event F M.267 BRANT
Event F M.807 RUFF
Extort F M.231 MALECITE
Extort F M.808 SANDPIPER
Extort G M.364 DABCHICK
Extort G M.850 SKUA
Fido H M.612 GREY GOOSE
Fido H M.809 WOODCOCK
Flashlight G M.233 ABNAKI
Giddy U M.208 NOOTKA
Gismo T M.468 SONGHEE
Inlet V M.264 PELICAN
Irium G M.235 HURON
Irium H M.232 TAKULI
Jigger N M.202 EIDER
Jingle P M.178 DUCK
Jingle Q M.433 SNIPE
Menu M M.614 CANADA GOOSE
This is what has been found on the RCAF fleet.
THE 40-FOOTERS
The steel 40-footers listed above were a design in use by the United States Coast Guard. The first Royal Canadian Air Force copies were built in the United States and further copies were built in Canada. I found an article in November, 2005, that said the RCAF took delivery of 4 American built copies and had 5 more copies built in Canada. Note that the first 5 on the list have pendant numbers that run consecutive.
The nine were:
RCAF M.847 FLAMINGO

RCAF M.848 ALBATROSS renamed HERON

RCAF M.849 GUILLEMOT

RCAF M.850 SKUA

RCAF M.851 MANX

RCAF M.871 MALLARD

RCAF M.872 BLACK DUCK

RCAF M.873 GANNET

RCAF M.925 EGRET
The Canadian Coast Guard had about twenty copies of these 40-footers as mentioned in the description of RCAF M.850 SKUA. The Canadian built copies had so much extra equipment that the crews began to wonder if they were still seaworthy. As far as I know the Royal Canadian Mounted Police continued to use a wooden patrol boat and did not have any of these 40-footers. One would think the steel hull of these 40-footers would have made a more efficient vessel, especially on the west coast where there are a lot of partially submerged trees.


John Rae VE1AGN

This is one of the Canadian Coast Guard 40-footers. This is Canadian Coast Guard Cutter 117 at her home berth at Sambro, Nova Scotia in 1980. This one was built at Sorel, Quebec. My old friend and former shipmate Captain Ellsworth Coggins brought this one down to Halifax from her builder’s yard. We were told these American boats were designed to roll over and right themselves. Captain Coggins wanted to do that with the 117 as part of her sea trials. The shipyard refused. Off Summerside, Prince Edward Island on this delivery voyage they were getting low on fuel and when entering this port she rolled over in a sea so far her main engines stopped. The engines were fitted with cut-out switches to stop when the 117 rolled over to a certain degree. Her crew was in a bit of a panic to get an anchor out and get her engines going again. The 117 was a training vessel for the officer cadets at the Coast Guard College, Sydney, Nova Scotia in 2007.


There is a good photograph of one of the RCAF 40-footers, RCAF M.848 HERON on page 306 of Canadian Warship Names by David J. Freeman. Page 17 of Volume Two of The Royal Canadian Air Force Marine Squadrons has four good photographs of RCAF M.872 BLACK DUCK. There was still a use for these small vessels in 2005 and they were assigned these same names. They were operated by the sea division, the current navy of the Canadian Forces and were painted all grey.
Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s it was hard to get in and out of an American port and not see at least one of these 40-footers. One would often come alongside and look you over from a short distance. They normally carried a crew of two men. One was a Quartermaster third and the other a Motorman third in the United States Coast Guard known as a Petty Officer Third Class or the equivalent of a Leading Seaman in the pre 1968 Canadian Navy. The Quartermaster stood at the wheel, steered and operated the 6-71 GM Diesel Engines from that position on the starboard side. The Motorman stood on the opposite port side and had a steel bar to hang on to. I have seen them switch on a good clear loud hailer and politely ask a yacht to move out of our way. If the yacht did not move they would switch on a siren, give her a good shot of full ahead and literally kick all the water out from under their stern, and leap at the offending yacht with the motorman hanging on.
I have more detail on these U.S. Coast Guard 40-footers in Section 10 under Lifeboats.


United States Coast Guard

This is one of these 40-footers of the United States Coast Guard off the Coast of Alaska.


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