Objects and Photographs


HMCS Shearwater in the Panama Canal
HMCS Shearwater in the Panama Canal

HMCS Shearwater, seen here during a transit of the Panama Canal, was one of three warships on Canada's west coast at the start of the First World War.

Originally a Royal Navy vessel, Shearwater and another British ship, HMS Algerine, were transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in September 1914. Soon afterwards, many of Shearwater's crew were sent to HMCS Niobe in Halifax, which was short of trained sailors. Shearwater subsequently served as a tender - or support ship - for submarines CC-1 and CC-2, escorting them on an almost four-month long trip to Halifax in mid-1917.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19840218-002_8

Japanese Cruiser Aso off British Columbia
HMCS Galiano Ship's Company, 1918
Chief Petty Officer James Vinicombe
HMCS Shearwater in the Panama Canal
HMCS Shearwater's Crew
Cargo Ship Seen from Canadian Submarine
Sailor and 3-Pounder Hotchkiss Gun, HMCS Shearwater
Stoker Abner Beckwith Willford and Ship's Crew, HMCS Shearwater
Canadian Sailor with Banana Plant
Canadian Submarine in Harbour
"A Pill for Kaiser Bill", HMCS Niobe
Thomas Hayes, Royal Naval Reserve, Newfoundland, HMCS Niobe
SS Brindilla
HMCS Stadacona and HMCS Niobe
HMCS Canada
HMCS Shearwater, Stadacona, and Lady Evelyn
HMCS Laurentian and Margaret
Canadian Minesweepers
SS Audax Sinking
HMHS Llandovery Castle
HMCS Grilse at Speed
HMCS Grilse at Dock, 1916
HMCS Grilse and Allies' Flags
HMCS Grilse Firing a Torpedo, 1915