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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.

Censored Photograph, HMCS Wentworth
Censored Photograph, HMCS Wentworth

This photograph of the frigate HMCS Wentworth in St. John's, Newfoundland, shows the effects of wartime censorship.

Here, a censor has hidden details of the ship's location and the surrounding naval facilities in St. John's Harbour. Censorship also conceals the ship's pennant number (centre right) and specialized equipment for helping to locate the source of German radio transmissions (top centre). Events, locations, and equipment were all the subject of censorship, intended to prevent the divulging of information that could damage the Allied cause or make Canadians doubt the war effort.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19850391-091

$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