Objects and Photographs



HMCS York, in Toronto, was an important Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) recruiting depot during the Second World War.

Initially established as Toronto's Naval Reserve Division in 1923, the outbreak of war prompted a move to the Automotive Building at the Canadian National Exhibition, seen here. Like other reserve divisions, York functioned as an accommodation and recruiting centre, and was the first experience of naval life for more than 14,000 members of the RCN.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20000031-052

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