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The Navy Ashore  - Building the Royal Canadian Navy

The Royal Canadian Navy expanded dramatically during the Second World War, acquiring ships and recruiting personnel to meet the constantly increasing demands placed upon it. Ships had to be built, repaired, and maintained, and people recruited, trained, and supported.

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Halifax Dockyard
Halifax Dockyard

In this late-war photograph, Canadian corvettes (foreground) and other warships (background) crowd the docks at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy underwent a massive, unprecedented expansion that saw it grow from 13 to more than 350 warships, and from 3,000 to a peak of over 90,000 personnel, a daunting task that encountered considerable problems. Among the ships were the corvettes HMCS Dundas (front centre) and HMCS Chilliwack (front left centre).

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19900321-004





Halifax Dockyard
Hull of a Minesweeper under Construction
A New Gun for the Destroyer
Outfitting a Minesweeper at Night
HMCS Micmac
Diver, First Class
Diving Knife
HMCS York
Calisthenics at HMCS Cornwallis
"Do You Fit in Here?"
Seamen on Jetty Being Instructed on Bends and Hitches
Semaphore Training Tool
Signal Flag Hoist
Nurse's Uniform, Sub-Lieutenant Georgia Hayes
Service Dress Uniform, Captain Charles Best
Foot-Powered Dental Drill
Canadian Sailor in Hospital
Barrington Street Patrol, Halifax
Colt Revolver
Navy Police and Sentry in Dockyard, Halifax
Cap Ribbon Order
Service Club, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Three Sailors at Rest Base, Northern Ireland
Boxing Instruction