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Crest Craft manufacture and measuring in at 7.25 tall by 5.12 across at the widest, this patch is an extremely rare patch insignia that was meant for members of a small boat team. Note the early hull number B174 on the hull of the boat in the patch, which is a NAVY boat number. Later, the unit boats were changes to an "M" prefixed hull number. The boat in the patch is an 84-foot RCAF Supply and Salvage Vessel. Three of these 84 foot types of boats were purchased in 1940.

On the patch, the "MV STUART" with hull number "B174" is an accurate historic depiction of a specific vessel from a remote RCAF coastal rescue base. "M.V" stands for "Marine Vessel" (the only other boat at this base was hull numbered M.531). So this patch is specific to a single boat at the facility, probably because at that time there was just the one boat. You can only imagine that there were probably no more than two dozen men or so on that craft, so the patch is extremely rare.

The rarity is endorsed by the fact that the "Royal Canadian Air Force's fledgling Navy" had by the beginning of 1941 as comprising its Marine Section only 164 marine craft and 444 officers and airmen. In 1943, it expanded to two marine squadrons: one in Eastern Air Command based at Dartmouth , and one in Western Air Command based at Jericho Beach , Vancouver . The commanders were Flight Lieutenant J. Howell and Squadron Leader Robinson. It was in this year that the RCAF Marine Section reached its full wartime manpower peak, with a strength of 941 officers and airmen operating 384 marine craft of all sizes and shapes.

Of interest might be the method the RCAF used for naming its marine craft. Vessels from 70 to 160 feet in length were named for Indian tribes, such as the Malahat, Songhee and Squamish. Ships of 40 to 60 feet had taken their names from Canadian lakes, e.g. Nimpkish. Crash boats were named after Canadian waterfowl, such as the Black Duck, Mallard and Skua.

Lake STUART is named Nak'albun in the Carrier (Dakelh) language is situated in the Northern Interior of British Columbia in Canada. The town of Fort St. James is situated by the lake near the outlet and the lake is 66 km long by 10 km wide and relatively shallow, with an average depth of 26 m.

This patch has NO defects, and note the odd yet heavier waterproof type dense material on the rear of the patch. This one is a winner, and guaranteed that you will 99.9% sure, never see another - ever! Impeccable artwork.

Clean, neat and proper. An attractive patch that has ZERO defects.

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