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Second World War
The Navy Ashore  - Building the Royal Canadian Navy

The Royal Canadian Navy expanded dramatically during the Second World War, acquiring ships and recruiting personnel to meet the constantly increasing demands placed upon it. Ships had to be built, repaired, and maintained, and people recruited, trained, and supported.

Service Dress Uniform, Captain Charles Best
Service Dress Uniform, Captain Charles Best

Charles Best, well-known for his involvement in the discovery of insulin, headed the Royal Canadian Navy's medical research unit from 1942 onwards.

The four stripes on the cuffs of Best's uniform jacket show his rank of captain, and the scarlet between the stripes indicate service in the medical branch. In 1939, Best began work on blood transfusion, in particular the production of dried human blood serum for the military. Made director of the navy's medical research unit in 1942, Best directed research into seasickness, night vision, and other medical issues that affected naval personnel.

Uniform, Service Dress, Captain Charles Best

Cap, CWM 19880147-001
Jacket, CWM 19880147-010
Trousers, CWM 19880147-011

Halifax Dockyard
Hull of a Minesweeper under Construction
A New Gun for the Destroyer
Outfitting a Minesweeper at Night
HMCS Micmac
Diver, First Class
Diving Knife
Calisthenics at HMCS Cornwallis
"Do You Fit in Here?"
Seamen on Jetty Being Instructed on Bends and Hitches
Semaphore Training Tool
Signal Flag Hoist
Nurse's Uniform, Sub-Lieutenant Georgia Hayes
Service Dress Uniform, Captain Charles Best
Foot-Powered Dental Drill
Canadian Sailor in Hospital
Barrington Street Patrol, Halifax
Colt Revolver
Navy Police and Sentry in Dockyard, Halifax
Cap Ribbon Order
Service Club, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Three Sailors at Rest Base, Northern Ireland
Boxing Instruction