Objects and Photographs


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HMCS Ontario in the Panama Canal
HMCS Ontario in the Panama Canal

The Canadian cruiser HMCS Ontario passes through the locks of the Panama Canal, likely during a 1950s training cruise.

Ontario and other vessels helped train personnel for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during the post-war expansion prompted by increasing Cold War tensions. Entering service with the RCN at the end of the Second World War, Ontario had arrived in the Pacific just as Japan surrendered. After refitting in Esquimalt, British Columbia, the cruiser spent much of its time as a training vessel until it was decommissioned in 1959.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19900076-996

Storm Damage, SS Joel R. Poinsett
Rescuing Survivors
HMCS Longueuil Rescues Survivors
Ordinary Seaman Somer Oscar James
Chief Officer Percy Kelly
Officers aboard SS Stanley Park
SS Stanley Park
David McMillan
Officers, SS Stanley Park
"Crossing the Line", SS Stanley Park
Gun Crew at Practice, SS Stanley Park
Gun Crew, SS Stanley Park
Disposing of Ammunition, SS Stanley Park
Towing SS Noranda Park, September 1945
SS Stanley Park's Swimming Pool
Holiday Portrait, SS Stanley Park
On Stanley Park's Flying Bridge
Fireman, SS Stanley Park
HMCS Micmac
HMCS Magnificent and Destroyer
Canadian Ships in Halifax Harbour
HMCS Assiniboine and Sea King Helicopter
HMCS Porte St. Louis and HMCS Porte St. Jean
HMCS Ontario in the Panama Canal