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Interwar Years
The 1920s: A Navy Struggling to Survive

Following the end of the First World War, the Royal Canadian Navy faced significant threats to its continued existence. In the face of significant cutbacks, the navy focused on maintaining a small force to train sailors and to protect the country's coasts against enemy ships.

HMCS Aurora
HMCS Aurora

The light cruiser HMCS Aurora, the Royal Canadian Navy's new flagship, arrived in Halifax with the destroyers HMCS Patriot and HMCS Patrician on 21 December 1920.

Aurora was an updated version of the cruisers around which the RCN had originally intended to build a fleet. Although Britain had initially offered an older coal-burning cruiser, the Canadian government pressed for and obtained a more modern oil-burning vessel. Aurora was decommissioned less than two years later, after a round of severe budget cuts to the RCN.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19800258-015_1

HMCS Aurora
Admiral Jellicoe's Visit to Canada, 1919
HMCS Patriot, around 1922
Canadian Submarines CH-14 and CH-15
Royal Naval College of Canada, Esquimalt, 1920-1921
HMS Raleigh Aground, 1922
Battle-Class Trawler HMCS Ypres
RCNVR Quebec Hockey Team
Field Gun Competition, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, 1924
Anchor Light, HMCS Patriot
HMCS Vancouver
F.L. Houghton aboard HMCS Vancouver
Canadian Sailors and Sugar
Leonard W. Murray at the Royal Canadian Navy Barracks, Halifax
Lieutenant Governor Tory Taking the Salute
Royal Canadian Navy Barracks, Halifax
Torpedo Lecture Room, Halifax
The Gun Battery, Halifax
HMCS Givenchy's Crew, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1919
HMCS Patriot Towing the Hydrofoil HD-4, September 1921