As a former Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve officer, he was inspired to turn his talents and his technical staff to producing boats after reading an article by Vice-Admiral Cecil Vivian Usborne.
After his first designs were accepted and ordered by the Admiralty, Macklin found he had insufficient capital. To solve the problem the Fairmile company became an agency of the Admiralty with Usborne as one of the directors. As a result, the company carried out business without turning a profit, the staff being in effect part of the civil service.
Many Fairmile Bs were built in Commonwealth countries: 80 in Canada, 12 in New Zealand, and six in South Africa.
|Class||Type||Designation||Built||Number built||Penant numbers|
|Fairmile A||Motor Launch||ML||1940||12||ML 100 to ML 111|
|Fairmile B||Motor Launch
Air Sea Rescue
|Fairmile C||Motor Gun Boat||MGB||1940–41||24||MGB 312 – MGB 335|
|Fairmile D||Motor Gun Boat
MGB / MTB
Motor Torpedo Boat
MGB / MTB
|Fairmile F||Motor Torpedo Boat||MTB||1944||One (experimental)|
|Fairmile H||Landing Craft Infantry
Landing Craft Support
- John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon, the Lord Chancellor (14 June 1945). "Questions in the House of Lords - Government Directorships".CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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