Allied Warships

HMS ML 126 (ML 126)

Motor Launch of the Fairmile B class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMotor Launch
ClassFairmile B 
PennantML 126 
Built byJas Miller (St. Monance,. Scotland, U.K.) 
Ordered8 Jan 1940 
Laid down 
Commissioned19 Sep 1940 
Lost27 Nov 1943 

Badly damaged by an explosion when 1.5 nautical miles south of entrance to Naples, Italy on 27 November 1943 and declared a total loss. No casualties. The motor launch most likely struck a floating mine.


Commands listed for HMS ML 126 (ML 126)

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1G W Stead, RCNVRMay 194120 Oct 1943
2C H Pearse, RNVR20 Oct 194327 Nov 1943

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Notable events involving ML 126 include:

12 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with ML 126, ML 176 and ML 224.

Following these exercises she carried out attack exercises on HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN). She also returned the favour and served as target for HMS Clyde during her attack exercises. (1)


  1. ADM 173/17567

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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