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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.

Navy Police and Sentry in Dockyard, Halifax
Navy Police and Sentry in Dockyard, Halifax

This dark and intense drawing, typical of much of Jack Nichols' work, features navy police (centre and right) and an armed sentry (left).

In the background, sailors, possibly headed for shore leave, march together. Both the sentry and the naval police helped maintain security and manage the presence of the thousands of military personnel in Halifax. Naval personnel and the industries they supported, from pubs and restaurants to tailors and cinemas, poured cash and jobs into local communities. The lure of sex, alcohol, and entertainment could have different effects on military discipline and public order.

Navy Police and Sentry in Dockyard, Halifax
Drawn by Jack Nichols in 1944
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-4304

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