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Ditty Bags for Sailors
Ditty Bags for Sailors

In this posed wartime photograph, two sailors unpack "ditty bags" containing a variety of comforts like knitted socks, books, and chewing gum.

Volunteers made or purchased items to fill these bags, following a list of suggested items useful for daily life aboard ship. Organizations like the Navy League and the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire then arranged for the distribution of these bags to members of the navy and merchant navy.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19810649-091



Censored Photograph, HMCS Wentworth
Manufacturing Naval Guns and Mountings
Ditty Bags for Sailors
V-E Day, St. John's, Newfoundland
Bedford Magazine Explosion, 1945
MV Empire MacDermott, Halifax Drydock
Warships at St. John's, Newfoundland
The Harbour of New York
Corvette in Ice
Ice on Corvette
Staff of Naval Member, Canadian Joint Staff Mission, August 1943
National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa
Plotting Room, Ottawa, 29 November 1943
Consolidated B-24 Liberators, Gander, Newfoundland
Escort Carrier, St. John's, Newfoundland
Cargo Ship in Convoy
HMCS Barrie
HMCS Clayoquot , Bangor class Minesweeper
Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) at Sea
"Taking a ?Green One'"
John Doyle, HMCS Digby
U-190's Crew, September 1942
U-889's Forward Torpedo Compartment
U-889 Running at Periscope Depth