Facing the growing threat of war in Europe in the late 1930s, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) acquired HMCS Restigouche, seen here, and four other destroyers.
The rise of Nazi Germany and increasing international tensions led the Canadian government to increase defence expenditures from their interwar lows. Restigouche, Fraser, St. Laurent, Ottawa, and Assiniboine were all acquired between 1937 and 1939. Similar to HMCS Skeena and HMCS Saguenay, these destroyers joined a small but growing fleet of vessels augmented by domestically built minesweepers.
George Metcalf Archival Collection