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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.

A New Gun for the Destroyer
A New Gun for the Destroyer

In Tom Wood's 1945 painting, a new gun (centre) is fitted to a Canadian destroyer.

Writing on the gun shield indicates it is the "A" gun, the foremost gun on a ship, while the arrow inside the "C" identifies it as Canadian property. In addition to building ships, navies also have to maintain, repair and upgrade them. Upgrades in particular proved to be a considerable challenge for the hard-pressed Royal Canadian Navy, Canada's shipyards, and the associated industries supplying equipment like electronics.

A New Gun for the Destroyer
Painted by Tom Wood in 1945
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-4895

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