Objects and Photographs

Artworks and Posters

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Dawn Gun Stations in HMCS Pictou
Dawn Gun Stations in HMCS Pictou

Harold Beament's painting depicts the crew of HMCS Pictou's 4-inch gun and the griffon from their ship's crest painted on the gun shield.

During the Second World War, Canadian warships adopted a variety of unofficial crests, as well as artworks prominently placed on their gun shields. While some were based on the ship's name, or featured characters based on popular cultural references, others had less obvious origins. In Pictou's case, the griffon was a reference to the ship's commanding officer, Anthony Griffin.

Dawn Gun Stations in HMCS Pictou
Painted by Harold Beament
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-1007

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