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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.

Manufacturing Naval Guns and Mountings
Manufacturing Naval Guns and Mountings

This April 1945 photograph of the Canadian Pacific Railway's Ogden Shops in Calgary, Alberta, shows 4-inch naval guns and their mountings.

The Ogden Shops produced two types of 4-inch naval gun mounts, which were installed on warships, while the gun barrels themselves were produced elsewhere in Canada. The shops produced naval guns for American, British, and Canadian ships, manufacturing more than 3,000 naval guns and 1,650 naval gun mounts. The 4-inch gun was the largest artillery piece produced in Canada during the Second World War.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19800648-009

$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