Allied Warships

HMS ML 281 (ML 281)

Motor Launch of the Fairmile B class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMotor Launch
ClassFairmile B 
PennantML 281 
Built byBrooke Marine Ltd. (Oulton Broad, England, U.K.) 
Ordered21 May 1940 
Laid down 
Commissioned19 Jul 1941 
End service 

For disposal in November 1945


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Notable events involving ML 281 include:

8 Nov 1942
HMS ML-281 picks up 59 survivors from the US merchant ship West Humhaw that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-161 about 60 nautical miles south-west of Takoradi.

29 Nov 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Tamarisk (Lt. S. Ayles, RNR), HMS ML 277 and HMS ML 281. (1)

16 Mar 1943
HMS P 615 (Lt. C.W.St.C. Lambert, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN) and HMS ML 281 (T/Lt. P.S. Castle, RNVR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/17528
  2. ADM 199/635

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

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