Field Gun Competition, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, 1924
Personnel from HMCS Stadacona, Halifax's naval barracks, pose with a 12-pounder gun (left) and ammunition limber (right) used in a field gun competition.
Also called a "gun run," the strenuous competition required a team of sailors to transport the gun and limber around an obstacle course. In 1924, Stadacona's detachment competed against detachments from the destroyer HMCS Patriot and from the British battlecruisers HMS Hood and HMS Repulse which were participating in a world cruise. Participation in such events helped the struggling Royal Canadian Navy to maintain a public presence in the interwar era.
George Metcalf Archival Collection