Objects and Photographs

Artworks and Posters

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Sketch of a Seaplane Taking Off
Sketch of a Seaplane Taking Off

Arthur Lismer depicts an American flying boat taking off from Halifax on an aerial patrol to search for German U-Boats.

Following America's entry into the war in April 1917, the United States Navy established bases in Halifax and North Sydney in 1918 to fly patrols against U-Boats and to assist in convoy escort. Anxious over Canada's reliance on US air protection, Sir Robert Borden's Unionist government created in 1918 a Royal Canadian Naval Air Service to carry out such operations. The war ended before it could become operational.

Sketch of a Seaplane Taking Off
Sketch by Arthur Lismer around 1918
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19770224-008

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
Convoy in Bedford Basin
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