Objects and Photographs


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Sailor with Sennet Hat and Camera, HMCS Rainbow
Sailor with Sennet Hat and Camera, HMCS Rainbow

A Canadian sailor, wearing a straw sennet hat, takes a photograph aboard the cruiser HMCS Rainbow in Pacific waters.

Standing beside a binnacle holding one of the ship's compasses, the sailor looks down at the folding camera's viewfinder, with his right hand ready to trip the shutter and take a photograph. The cap tally on his hat is marked "RNCVR Pacific", a reference to the Pacific Division of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve. Between 1914 and 1917, Rainbow made several patrols off the coast of North and Central America, sailing as far south as Panama. This photograph was likely taken during one of these cruises.

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

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