HMCS Niobe in Drydock, around 1911
Crew members gather around the immense bow of the damaged cruiser in drydock.
HMCS Niobe caused an early embarrassment for the Canadian navy by running aground off Sable Island, Nova Scotia, in late July 1911. The resulting damage to Niobe's rudder, propellers, and bottom required extensive repairs in Halifax's drydock, and deprived the navy of one of its ships for over a year. The court-martial that investigated the incident reprimanded Niobe's first officer and navigating officer for their roles in the incident.
George Metcalf Archival Collection