My father was also at Mayina during August to October 1945 and again between December 1945 and February 1946. Mayina was actually a joint forces transit camp at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). I believe he was there as part of a large build up of Allied Forces for the planned invasion of Japan, prior to its surrender in August 1945. In the event my father did sail and reached Singapore apparently, before being returned to his point of departure in Ceylon and then eventually Drake for demobbing.
Hello PatI wonder how much these boats were bought for at the end of the war?
An important factor involved in the cheap disposal of Coastal Forces vessels was their petrol engines, which, if I understand correctly employed high-octane aviation type fuel which would not have been available to fishermen and the like and which made the boats high risk and vulnerable to internal fire and explosion. So Fairmiles when disposed of would probably need their engines stripped out and replaced with diesel engines.Demands Inquiry In Fairmile Sales
Ottawa, Nov 21 (CP). - An Investigation into the sale of speedy Fairmile coastal patrol craft on the Pacific Coast was asked for today by J.M. Macdonnell (P.C. Muskoka-Ontario) in a letter to Chairman Gordon Isnor of the Commons War Expenditure Committee.
Mr Macdonnell asked Mr. Isnor to put his request before the steering committee of the expenditures group with the suggestion that officials of the War Assessets Corporation—who sold the Fairmiles—be asked to appear before the committee.
The corporation was under heavy fire from the Opposition benches in the House of Commons last night in connection with the sale of 52 Fairmiles in Eastern Canada and 13 in Western Canada.
Reconstruction Minister Howe said 52 Fairmiles declared surplus at Sorel, Que., had been sold for $3000 each. The terms of sale provided if they were resold by the buyer the corporation would receive additional payments of $4,900 to the end of 1946, $3,850 to the end of 1947, $2,800 to the end of 1948, $1,750 to the end of 1949, and $700 to the end of 1950.
(It was understood the original cost of the Fairmiles was in the vicinity of $125,000 each.)
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