Objects and Photographs


Halifax Dockyard
Halifax Dockyard

In this late-war photograph, Canadian corvettes (foreground) and other warships (background) crowd the docks at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy underwent a massive, unprecedented expansion that saw it grow from 13 to more than 350 warships, and from 3,000 to a peak of over 90,000 personnel, a daunting task that encountered considerable problems. Among the ships were the corvettes HMCS Dundas (front centre) and HMCS Chilliwack (front left centre).

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19900321-004

Calgary Half Company, RCNVR, 1938
Halifax Dockyard
HMCS Micmac
Calisthenics at HMCS Cornwallis
Canadian Sailor in Hospital
Service Club, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Three Sailors at Rest Base, Northern Ireland
Commander Dorothy Isherwood Inspecting Wrens, Halifax
WRCNS Acceptance Letter to Eleanor McCallum
HMCS Conestoga
WRCNS Summer and Winter Uniforms
WRCNS on Parliament Hill, Ottawa
WRCNS Training at HMCS St. Hyacinthe
WRCNS Quarters, Halifax, 1945
Wrens Listening for German Radio Transmissions
Plotting Room, Naval Service Headquarters, Ottawa
Combat Simulator Ship Model
First Wrens Going Overseas
Jenny Whitehead at Work
Canadian Naval Staff in London on V-E Day
Modelling WRCNS Uniforms and Civilian Wear
Fifth Victory Loan, 1943
Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944