Objects and Photographs


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Canadian Submarine at Esquimalt
Canadian Submarine at Esquimalt

On the verge of war, British Columbia acquired two submarines from the United States in order to protect its vulnerable coastline.

With war threatening at the end of July 1914, and amidst fears of attacks by German cruisers, British Columbia Premier Sir Richard McBride purchased two submarines being built for Chile in the United States. McBride's agents paid over $1 million for the pair, which arrived in Esquimalt to some alarm, as a few witnesses believed they were German raiders. The Canadian government quickly assumed responsibility for the two vessels, designated CC-1 and CC-2.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19801226-342_21

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