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First World War (1914-1918)
The Home Front

The war at sea affected Canadians in a variety of ways. While extensive recruiting efforts at home sought men to become sailors in the Canadian and British navies, Canadian shipyards built warships and merchant ships to expand Allied navies and to replace vessels lost to submarine attack.

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Recruiting Poster, Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
Recruiting Poster, Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve

This poster, with its image of a confident sailor standing alongside a ship's guns, sought volunteers for the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR).

Established in May 1914 and situated in communities across the country, the RNCVR was originally intended to provide sailors for Britain's Royal Navy. This poster sought sailors for "service Overseas with the Imperial Royal Navy for the Period of the War." The RNCVR also provided many of the recruits that permitted Canada's wartime navy to expand rapidly from a mere 350 sailors to over 5,000.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19860131-059

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Recruiting Poster, Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
Llewellyn and Joseph Lush, 1914, Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve
Victory Bonds Will Help Stop This
Boy's Civilian Sailor Suit, RMS Missinabie
Ship Building, J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
Merchant Ships under Construction, J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
Launching of the SS War Camp, J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
SS War Camp at Sea
Shift Change at J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
Polsons Iron Work Yard, Ship War Hydra on Stocks
Starting the Freighter
Cargo Ship Half Hull Model, Canadian Vickers
Submarines at Canadian Vickers Shipyard, Montreal
Anchored Naval Mine Model