Objects and Photographs


HMCS Laurentian and Margaret
HMCS Laurentian and Margaret

The navy acquired these ships during the First World War to combat the threat of German U-Boat attacks.

Starved for funds since its creation in 1910, the RCN was forced to expand rapidly and haphazardly using ships like these. When U-Boats raided along the east coast of Canada in the summer of 1918, sinking civilian vessels, the navy was blamed for failing to protect the nation. The ships are, left to right, top to bottom, a drifter; the trawler HMCS Laurentian, and HMCS Margaret.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19750148-059

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