Objects and Photographs


HMCS Canada
HMCS Canada

HMCS Canada, a government patrol vessel seen here in St. John's, Newfoundland, was pressed into Royal Canadian Navy service during the First World War.

Launched in 1904, CGS (Canadian Government Ship) Canada, flagship of the Fisheries Protection Service, subsequently became an important training ship for Canada's embryonic navy. The German naval threat during the First World War forced the Canadian navy to acquire almost every available Canadian government ship, as well as many civilian vessels. Canada was transferred to the navy in August 1914 and commissioned the next year as HMCS Canada, conducting patrols off the east coast.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20080041-025

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