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HMS Shearwater and HMCS Rainbow at Esquimalt, 7 November 1910
HMS Shearwater and HMCS Rainbow at Esquimalt, 7 November 1910

The British ship HMS Shearwater (left), dressed in signal flags, welcomes the newly arrived HMCS Rainbow (right).

Rainbow's arrival marked the beginning of a Canadian naval presence in British Columbia, but the Royal Navy continued to maintain a small force at Esquimalt. Shearwater, a remnant of Britain's once powerful Pacific Squadron, would be transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy during the First World War.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19890167-008



Boys' Mess, HMCS Niobe
Sailors Sewing Flags, HMCS Niobe
Playing Chess Below Decks, HMCS Niobe
HMCS Niobe's Goat
HMCS Niobe Gun Crew and Gunnery Target
C.T. Cooke, Boy Sailor, HMCS Niobe
Dominion Day, Niobe Boys
At the dockside, HMCS Niobe, Halifax
"Stokers Band," HMCS Niobe
Ceremony on the Quarterdeck, HMCS Niobe
HMCS Rainbow Arriving at Esquimalt, British Columbia, 1910
HMCS Rainbow's Officers Greeting Dignitaries
HMS Shearwater and HMCS Rainbow at Esquimalt, 7 November 1910
Gun Practice aboard HMCS Rainbow
Mess Deck, HMCS Rainbow, around 1910
Walter Hose, Commander of HMCS Rainbow
HMCS Rainbow Sailors and Capstan
HMCS Rainbow "Cleared for Action"
HMCS Rainbow in Drydock, Esquimalt
Commander Walter Hose, HMCS Rainbow
Sailor Standing by HMCS Rainbow's Wheel
Sailor with Sennet Hat and Camera, HMCS Rainbow
HMS Algerine in Esquimalt, 1914
Canadian Submarine at Esquimalt