Engine Room Staff, HMS Puncher
HMS Puncher's engine room staff, dressed in their summer white uniforms, pose on one of the carrier's elevators.
With a crew of 1,000, Puncher, like HMS Nabob, had more sailors on board than any other ship operated by Canadians. At the time of this photograph, Puncher was returning to Norfolk, Virginia, after delivering American aircraft to Casablanca. A few months later, the engine room staff were hard pressed when Puncher's propulsion system developed major problems. Only repairs using components from HMS Nabob, out of service after being torpedoed, managed to return Puncher to service in 1945.
George Metcalf Archival Collection