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Naval Service of Canada Recruiting Poster
Naval Service of Canada Recruiting Poster

This poster describes the sorts of recruits - both men and boys - wanted for Canada's newly created naval service.

HMCS Rainbow forms the central focus, but the poster also highlights aspects of naval life, including gunnery and signals training, and presents an alluring scene of sailors landing on a beach. Following the creation of the Naval Service, over 800 men and boys were recruited by posters like this one. The 1911 election of Sir Robert Borden's Conservative government, which had opposed the creation of the navy while in Opposition, saw these numbers slashed to 350, and HMCS Niobe consigned to port.

Recruiting Poster
CWM 19940001-980

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Naval Service of Canada Recruiting Poster
Naval Service of Canada Recruitment Poster
Olympic with Returned Soldiers
The Little Drifter and the Big Freighter
Looking Astern on a Sub-Chaser
Sketch of a Seaplane Taking Off
The Return of U-9
"We risk our lives to bring you food. It's up to you not to waste it."
Qu'importe l'existence des Neutres! L'Allemagne est au dessus de tout! (Neutrality is irrelevant! Germany sees herself above all else!)
HMCS Grilse on Convoy Duty
Canada's Grand Armada, 1914
Canada's Answer
Convoy in Bedford Basin
The Night Patrol - Canadian Motor Torpedo Boats Entering Dover Harbour
Victory Bonds Will Help Stop This
Polsons Iron Work Yard, Ship War Hydra on Stocks
Starting the Freighter
Hull of a Minesweeper under Construction
A New Gun for the Destroyer
Outfitting a Minesweeper at Night
Diver, First Class
Seamen on Jetty Being Instructed on Bends and Hitches
Signal Flag Hoist
Barrington Street Patrol, Halifax