Objects and Photographs


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Launching HMCS Saguenay, July 1930
Launching HMCS Saguenay, July 1930

This photograph shows dignitaries, naval officers, and some of the shipyard workers who had helped build HMCS Saguenay just before its launching at Woolston, England.

George J. Desbarats, Canada's deputy minister of national defence (centre right, with beard), was among those present for the launch of the first destroyer designed and built for the Royal Canadian Navy. He stands near his wife Lilian (centre), who will formally launch Saguenay by releasing the bottle of champagne suspended midway between her and the ship. The bottle will shatter across Saguenay's bow (left), after which the ship will slide backwards into the water.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19710203-002_2

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The Gun Battery, Halifax
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12-Pounder Cannon, HMCS Thiepval
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HMCS Thiepval Crew Members
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The End of the Voyage
Launching HMCS Saguenay, July 1930
HMCS Saguenay, 1931
Engineer Captain Thomas C. Phillips
Destroyer Steam Turbine Engine
HMCS Saguenay Entering Willemstad Harbour, Netherlands Antilles, 1934
Torpedo Test Firing
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Royal Naval College of Canada Third Term Reunion, 1932