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The Navy: A Century in Art
The Navy at Sea

The Canadian navy is a creature of the sea. Its ships, equipment, tactics, and experiences have been conditioned by the major environments in which it serves. Historically, the most important of these have been Canada's long and ragged coasts and the storm-tossed northern waters connecting Canada to the world.

St. Lawrence ConvoyPainted by Harold Beament in 1943
St. Lawrence Convoy
Painted by Harold Beament in 1943

Beament's dramatic painting illustrates the closeness of naval battlefields to Canadian shores.

The artist, who served during the battle of the St. Lawrence, depicts both merchant ships and escorts - a Fairmile motor launch in the foreground, and a minesweeper on the far right. The confined waters along Canada's east coast complicated naval operations, while underwater conditions made the detection of enemy submarines difficult.

Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-1049

St. Lawrence Convoy Painted by Harold Beament in 1943
Protection Painted by Donald C. Mackay around 1943
Canadian Motor Torpedo Boats Leaving Dover for Night Patrol Painted by Thomas (Tom) Wood in 1944
Examination Officer Boarding Merchant Ship Painted by Donald C. Mackay in 1943
Rescue-Firing a Coston Gun Line Painted by Harold Beament around 1944
Signal Flag Hoist Painted by Donald C. Mackay in 1943
Shaft Tunnel, SS Kelowna Park (Can)Painting by Peter Whalley around 1945
Iced Up Painted by Donald C. MacKay in 1944
Fog  Painted by Donald C. Mackay in 1943
Snowberry K-166 Painted by Fred Thearle in 1988
Andrew Wetmore Spotting Some Whales off the Starboard Bow Painted by Douglas Bradford in 2004
Awaiting the Return of the Aircraft Squadron Painted by Frank Leonard Brooks in 1944
Tangled Float No.2 Painted by Leonard Brooks in 1944