Mess Deck, HMCS Rainbow, around 1910
This photograph taken around 1910 shows a below-decks scene in the Canadian cruiser HMCS Rainbow.
Many of the ship's crew ate, slept, and lived in these mess decks while off duty. Racks visible in the background securely held plates and bowls, while sailors used movable tables and benches for eating and other activities including reading (second from left), and sewing or mending clothing (third from left). While most people in the picture are sailors, at least one (far left) is a Royal Marine, a reminder that Rainbow's crew included British personnel, because Canada never had marines.
CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum