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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.

David McMillan
David McMillan

David McMillan, one of Stanley Park's radio officers, operates radio equipment aboard another Canadian merchant ship, the SS Wascana Park.

McMillan, wearing headphones and operating the telegraph key used to send messages in Morse code, served as a radio officer aboard Canadian merchant ships during and after the Second World War. The sleeve of his service dress jacket has the merchant navy's distinctive rank insignia near the cuff, as well as a "Canada" flash near the shoulder.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19860141-032

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