Convoy of the First Contingent
This photograph captures the fleet of ocean liners carrying more than 31,000 Canadian troops steaming into Plymouth Harbour in England.
These liners carried the largest number of Canadians ever to leave Canada at one time. The convoy was escorted by British warships, its departure shrouded in secrecy due to fear of German naval attack. After an uneventful 12-day Atlantic crossing, the Canadians landed in Plymouth Harbour to much celebration.
George Metcalf Archival Collection