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The Merchant Navy  - SS Stanley Park: Merchant Ship

David McMillan's photographs capture wartime and early postwar merchant navy scenes and experiences, mainly aboard the Canadian merchant ship SS Stanley Park. Completed in mid-1943, the Stanley Park was one of around 400 merchant ships built as part of Canada's war effort; postwar, it served with a number of foreign owners until its 1969 scrapping in Italy.

Fireman, SS Stanley Park
Fireman, SS Stanley Park

One of Stanley Park's firemen poses on the ship's deck in October 1945.

Also often called stokers, firemen were responsible for maintaining the fires in the ship's boilers. In "North Sands" type merchant ships like the Stanley Park, with three coal-fired boilers, this arduous task required constant watchfulness and physical effort to make sure the fires in the boilers were evenly spread and efficient, and to add coal and remove ashes.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19860141-040

Officers aboard SS Stanley Park
SS Stanley Park
David McMillan
David McMillan's Merchant Navy Uniform
Officers, SS Stanley Park
"Crossing the Line", SS Stanley Park
"Crossing the Line" Certificate, SS Stanley Park
Gun Crew at Practice, SS Stanley Park
Gun Crew, SS Stanley Park
Disposing of Ammunition, SS Stanley Park
Towing SS Noranda Park, September 1945
SS Stanley Park's Swimming Pool
Holiday Portrait, SS Stanley Park
On Stanley Park's Flying Bridge
Fireman, SS Stanley Park