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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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Ship Building, J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver
Ship Building, J. Coughlan & Sons Shipyard, Vancouver

To replace the increasing number of vessels sunk by German U-Boats, Canada took part in a massive shipbuilding program relying on facilities across the country.

This photograph shows a cargo vessel during a relatively early stage of its construction at the J. Coughlan & Sons shipyard in the False Creek area of Vancouver. Coughlan's was one of several Canadian companies that built cargo vessels for the Imperial Munitions Board (IMB). An agency of the British Ministry of Munitions, the IMB by 1917 was encouraging and financing Canadian industry to build ships.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20070035-004

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
    Date created: October 29, 2010