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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.

"Do You Fit in Here?"
"Do You Fit in Here?"

This life-size diagram shows details of uniform and posture for a Royal Canadian Navy sailor standing at attention.

Personnel at HMCS Donnacona, the naval reserve division in Montreal that also served as a recruiting centre, created this illustration, likely as a training aid. As part of their training, new members of the Royal Canadian Navy had to learn how to wear their uniforms and act in a military manner. Some of the details, including the requirement that cap tallies read only "HMCS" (top) were intended to counter the widespread tendency by sailors to make their uniforms appear more individualized or fashionable.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19900104-002

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