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Second World War
The Navy Ashore  - The Navy and the Home Front

The Royal Canadian Navy became a strong presence on Canada's home front during the Second World War. Naval imagery appeared in fundraising and propaganda materials, while Canadians built equipment for the navy, or were encouraged to support it through volunteer work.

Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944
Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944

Members of the Royal Canadian Navy pose with a sign recording contributions to the Seventh Victory Loan (centre) and a Victory Loan flag (top centre).

The sign probably depicts a flotilla of Fairmile motor launches and their mother ship, HMCS Preserver. The group, standing aboard the depot ship HMCS Venture, includes Captain Joseph Alfred Heenan, Royal Canadian Naval Reserve (to the left of the sign), who was responsible for training, maintenance, and operations of Fairmiles along the east coast. Members of the navy were encouraged and expected to contribute to Victory Loan campaigns.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
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$90 Killed this U-Boat!
Fifth Victory Loan, 1943
Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944
Careless Words may cause Disaster!
Censored Photograph, HMCS Wentworth
What would you do if I quit?
Manufacturing Naval Guns and Mountings
Torpedo Depth and Roll Recorder
Send the boys good Books and magazines
Knit for the Navy and Merchant Navy
Ditty Bags for Sailors
Sailor's Fur Vest
"Meet the Navy" Program
"Meet the Navy" Program
Royal Canadian Navy Certificate of Acknowledgement
Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Pillow Cover
Cut-Out Allied Naval Units
The Canadian Navy Paint Book
V-E Day, St. John's, Newfoundland
Bedford Magazine Explosion, 1945