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Destroyer Steam Turbine Engine
Destroyer Steam Turbine Engine

HMCS Saguenay and HMCS Skeena had steam turbine engines, one of which is seen here, that could drive them through the water at speeds of well over 30 knots (55 km/h).

These state-of-the-art engines and the oil-fired boilers that fed them occupied considerable space in the destroyers' long and narrow hulls. Steam turbine technology, developed in the late nineteenth century, permitted warships to travel at high speeds for extended periods. By the 1930s, turbines propelled destroyers at speeds which would have kept pace with many First World War torpedoes.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19710203-002_3



Torpedo Lecture Room, Halifax
The Gun Battery, Halifax
HMCS Patriot Towing the Hydrofoil HD-4, September 1921
HMCS Thiepval in Nazan Bay, Atka Island, in the Aleutians
12-Pounder Cannon, HMCS Thiepval
Coastal Schooner Everett Hays, Alaska
Red Army Guards aboard HMCS Thiepval
HMCS Thiepval Officers with Japanese Naval Lieutenant, Hakodate, Japan
Loading a Propeller, HMCS Thiepval
HMCS Thiepval Crew Members
Bruno the Brown Bear, HMCS Thiepval
Vickers Vulture Flying Boat in Petropavlovsk, Soviet Union
Soviet Soldiers and HMCS Thiepval Lieutenant
HMCS Thiepval's Lieutenants and the British Flight Crew, Petropavlovsk
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
Commissioning of HMCS Fraser, February 1937
HMCS Restigouche
Royal Naval College of Canada Third Term Reunion, 1932