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The Second World War
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.

Officers, SS Stanley Park
Officers, SS Stanley Park

David McMillan (centre) and officer cadets Bob Pethick (left) and Doug McPherson (right) pose on V-E Day in Saint John, New Brunswick.

All three are standing beside the ship's 4-inch gun, and Pethick is holding the ship's cat, Stan. While McMillan wears a service dress uniform, including a double-breasted jacket, the two cadets wear dark blue battledress uniforms like those issued to the Royal Canadian Navy.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19860141-035

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