Objects and Photographs


WRCNS Training at HMCS St. Hyacinthe
WRCNS Training at HMCS St. Hyacinthe

Members of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service climb a signals mast during training at HMCS St. Hyacinthe, near Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

In this photograph, Wrens, wearing naval trousers, pose on a ladder while colourful signal flags flap in the breeze. Flags like these, as well as semaphore flags waved by people, were still a vital means of communications. Unlike radio transmissions, they could not be picked up by a distant enemy, and did not give away a ship's location.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19840030-044

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