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Convoy of the First Contingent
Convoy of the First Contingent

This photograph captures the fleet of ocean liners carrying more than 31,000 Canadian troops steaming into Plymouth Harbour in England.

These liners carried the largest number of Canadians ever to leave Canada at one time. The convoy was escorted by British warships, its departure shrouded in secrecy due to fear of German naval attack. After an uneventful 12-day Atlantic crossing, the Canadians landed in Plymouth Harbour to much celebration.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19920085-1010



Torpedo Practice, HMCS Grilse
Lieutenant Jack Ross and Sailors of HMCS Grilse
Two Sailors on Board HMCS Grilse
HMCS Grilse's Crew
Convoy of the First Contingent
Bridge, RMS Megantic
SS Scandinavian, Canadian Transport
Dazzle-painted Merchant Ship, Halifax Harbour
Thomas Moore in Summer Uniform
Thomas Moore, Postwar
Royal Navy Warships, Firth of Forth, Scotland
Sub-Lieutenant Douglas Urry, Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
"And it blew wondrous cold", Royal Naval Motor Boat Reserve
Motor Launch ML 399, in Drydock, Grimsby
Reloading Motor Launch ML 139 with Depth Charges
Motor Launches Attack an Enemy Submarine
Motor Launch Rescues Crashed Seaplane
Canadians Serving in HMS Canada
Flight Commander Wilfred Austin Curtis
Halifax Pier, 1917
YMCA Building, Halifax, 1917
Dockyard Gate, Halifax, 1917
HMS Highflyer
HMCS Niobe, 1917