Objects and Photographs


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Commander Walter Hose, HMCS Rainbow
Commander Walter Hose, HMCS Rainbow

At the start of the First World War, Walter Hose commanded HMCS Rainbow, the first Canadian warship to put to sea as a belligerent.

In this photograph, likely on board Rainbow, the three stripes on Hose's cuffs indicate his rank of commander. Hose, who had commanded Rainbow since 1911, had transferred from Britain's Royal Navy to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1912. Following the First World War, he shepherded the RCN through postwar challenges to its continued survival.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20020045-2810

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Dominion Day, Niobe Boys
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HMCS Rainbow's Officers Greeting Dignitaries
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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