Allied Warships

HMS ML 174 (ML 174)

Motor Launch of the Fairmile B class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMotor Launch
ClassFairmile B 
PennantML 174 
Built byWilliam Osborne Ltd. (Littlehampton, England, U.K.) 
Ordered8 Jan 1940 
Laid down 
CommissionedDec 1940 
End service 

For disposal in May 1946


Commands listed for HMS ML 174 (ML 174)

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1R Mayhew, RNVR25 Dec 194115 Jan 1944
2D.J. Tucker, RNVR15 Jan 194415 Mar 1944
3J.M. Leslie, RNVR15 Mar 194427 May 1945
4I.G. McEwan, RNVR27 May 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving ML 174 include:

18 Jan 1944
HMS Unseen (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. She was escorted until 1330/20 by ML 174 (T/Lt. R. Mayhew, RNVR) and ML 176 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.O. Sparks, RCNVR).

For the daily positions of HMS Unseen during this passage see the map below.



  1. ADM 199/1824

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

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