HMCS Rainbow arrives at Esquimalt, British Columbia
HMCS Rainbow (right) arrives for the first time at the Canadian navy's Pacific base in Esquimalt, British Columbia, on 7 November 1910.
Smaller than its east coast counterpart HMCS Niobe, Rainbow fitted the new navy's requirements well. It was easier to operate and made fewer demands on Canada's tiny pool of officers and sailors. HMS Shearwater (left), dressed with flags and pennants to mark Rainbow's arrival, was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy from Great Britain in September 1914.
George Metcalf Archival Collection