Objects and Photographs

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Canada's Grand Armada, 1914
Canada's Grand Armada, 1914

The First Canadian Contingent sailed for England in October 1914 with over 31,000 troops on board 31 ocean liners escorted by Royal Navy warships.

This large oil painting by Frederick Sproston Challener depicts the convoy of ships carrying the First Contingent forming up in Bay of Gaspé, Quebec before leaving for England. With Canada at war from 4 August 1914, Canadian recruits from across the country converged on the army's newly-constructed Valcartier Camp near Quebec City. There, they trained for about two months before marching to Quebec City where soldiers, guns, horses, and war supplies were crammed onto ships for overseas transport.

Canada's Grand Armada, 1914
Painted by Frederick Sproston Challener in 1919
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-0120

Naval Service of Canada Recruiting Poster
Naval Service of Canada Recruitment Poster
Olympic with Returned Soldiers
The Little Drifter and the Big Freighter
Looking Astern on a Sub-Chaser
Sketch of a Seaplane Taking Off
The Return of U-9
"We risk our lives to bring you food. It's up to you not to waste it."
Qu'importe l'existence des Neutres! L'Allemagne est au dessus de tout! (Neutrality is irrelevant! Germany sees herself above all else!)
HMCS Grilse on Convoy Duty
Canada's Grand Armada, 1914
Canada's Answer
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The Night Patrol - Canadian Motor Torpedo Boats Entering Dover Harbour
Victory Bonds Will Help Stop This
Polsons Iron Work Yard, Ship War Hydra on Stocks
Starting the Freighter
Hull of a Minesweeper under Construction
A New Gun for the Destroyer
Outfitting a Minesweeper at Night
Diver, First Class
Seamen on Jetty Being Instructed on Bends and Hitches
Signal Flag Hoist
Barrington Street Patrol, Halifax