Sailor and 3-Pounder Hotchkiss Gun, HMCS Shearwater
A sailor from HMCS Shearwater poses behind one of the ship's 3-pounder Hotchkiss guns.
This relatively small gun formed part of Shearwater's limited armament. A sloop designed and used before the war for patrol work, Shearwater was lightly armed with four 4-inch guns and four 3-pounder Hotchkiss guns like the one seen here. The unidentified crew member's cap tally reads "RNCVR," indicating that he is a member of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve, which had been established in May 1914.
George Metcalf Archival Collection