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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.

Calisthenics at HMCS Cornwallis
Calisthenics at HMCS Cornwallis

Sailors in training at HMCS Cornwallis, the Royal Canadian Navy's training establishment near Deep Brook, Nova Scotia, engage in group calisthenics.

Group exercises like this formed part of training for newly recruited members of the navy. The navy's rapid wartime growth and the shortage of space in Halifax prompted the creation of a training facility at a location that provided ocean access and space for the necessary facilities. Construction of Cornwallis began in mid-1942, and training was officially transferred to the new base in the spring of 1943.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
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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