Objects and Photographs

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Tangled Float, No.2
Tangled Float, No.2

Leonard Brooks' painting of a scene aboard HMCS Cowichan, one the Canadian minesweepers present at D-Day, shows some of the hazards of minesweeping.

In rough seas, an Oropesa float (sometimes called a paravane) has become tangled in a cable (left). Some of Cowichan's crew attempt to free the cumbersome float while it hangs from one of the derricks (centre). The louvered object to the left of the empty cradle for the float (far left) is probably an "otter", one of the devices which kept the minesweeping cable at a certain depth and streaming out behind the minesweeper.

Tangled Float, No.2
Painted by Leonard Brooks in 1944
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-1165

Tangled Float, No.2
Chaudières Embarking for Normandy Assault
Third Canadian Division Assault Troops
Southampton Pub, D-Day Plus One
The Gale of Hurricane Force on the Normandy Beach
Kye on the Middle Watch - Murmansk
Men of Valor, They fight for you!
Seamen, Tribal Class Destroyer
HMCS Ville de Québec Gets a Sub
His Majesty's Canadian Ship Prince Henry in Corsica
Landing Craft Assault Off Southern France
On the Bridge
HMS Puncher at Scapa Flow
Flight Deck, HMS Puncher
Awaiting the Return of the Aircraft Squadron
Folded Plane and Elevator, HMS Puncher
Sports in Hangar, HMS Puncher
Drying Parachute, Puncher
"Bucket Dobeying," HMS Puncher
Engine Room, Aircraft Carrier, His Majesty's Ship Puncher
Airing Out Tanks
Hospital Ship - Lady Nelson
Merchant Ship Leaving at Night