Objects and Photographs


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Sailor Standing by HMCS Rainbow's Wheel
Sailor Standing by HMCS Rainbow's Wheel

This sailor stands by HMCS Rainbow's emergency steering position under the ship's aft bridge.

He wears a cap tally indicating service in the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve, Pacific. The wheels in this photograph are decorated with more than three centuries of battle honours awarded to the nine previous Royal Navy ships named Rainbow. In August 1914, Commander Walter Hose faced significant challenges in getting the ship ready for war. A third of Rainbow's crew, already half the size it should have been, were reservists like this young sailor, many with little or no prior experience at sea.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20020045-2812

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
Cecil George Corke, 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