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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.

Cap Ribbon Order
Cap Ribbon Order

This May 1942 notice orders sailors to wear only cap ribbons with the letters "HMCS" (His Majesty's Canadian Ship).

In peacetime, cap ribbons (often called cap tallies) carried the name of a sailor's ship. This was prohibited in wartime to avoid identifying which ships were visiting a port, information that could prove useful to an enemy. In an attempt to preserve some sort of identity, sailors took to wearing cap ribbons identifying their ship types, such as destroyers or minesweepers. These were also prohibited since they identified the types of ships visiting a port.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19850443-001

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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