Allied Warships

HMS ML 181 (ML 181)

Motor Launch of the Fairmile B class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMotor Launch
ClassFairmile B 
PennantML 181 
Built byJohn Sadd & Sons Ltd. (Maldon, England, U.K.) 
Ordered8 Jan 1940 
Laid down 
Commissioned24 Jan 1941 
End service 1945 

Lent to the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1945
Sold to the Royal Netherlands Navy in March 1947


Commands listed for HMS ML 181 (ML 181)

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1H T Kemsley, RNVR2 Mar 19424 Jul 1944
2T/Lt. Henry Proctor, RNVR4 Jul 194427 May 1945
3C.J.M. Rickards, RNVR27 May 19455 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving ML 181 include:

1 May 1944
HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS ML 186 (T/Lt. F.O.S. Man, RNVR), HMS ML 189 (T/Lt. W.J. Court, RNVR), HMS ML 181 (T/Lt. H.T. Kemsley, RNVR) and HMS ML 481 (T/Lt. W.A.N. Fell-Smith, TRNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/18698

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

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