Stoker Abner Beckwith Willford and Ship's Crew, HMCS Shearwater
Nine members of HMCS Shearwater's crew pose against one of the ship's guns, with the barrel seen on the right.
This is one of several photographs from Shearwater's voyage with CC-1 and CC-2 that belonged to Abner Beckwith Willford, an American-born stoker in Shearwater's crew. Willford (back row, second from right) was responsible for tending the ship's coal-fired boilers. While the location of the photograph is unknown, the weather is warm enough that two sailors (middle row) are not wearing their uniform jumpers over their white gunshirts.
George Metcalf Archival Collection