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Royal Navy Warships in Esquimalt Harbour
Royal Navy Warships in Esquimalt Harbour

This colour postcard shows two British cruisers in the harbour at Esquimalt, British Columbia, likely between 1900 and 1905.

The two cruisers, likely HMS Grafton (left) and HMS Bonaventure (right), are typical of the ships based at Esquimalt at this time. During the second half of the nineteenth century, Esquimalt was an important Pacific port for Britain's Royal Navy. By the time this photograph was taken, however, it had declined in significance as Britain concentrated its forces in home waters in response to the emerging German naval threat. Beginning in 1910, it would become an important Pacific base for Canada's new navy.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19780743-010front

Royal Navy Warships in Esquimalt Harbour
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First World War Atlantic Convoy
German Submarine U-118
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Letter to Flight Lieutenant Harry Wambolt's Parents
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HMCS Givenchy's Crew, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1919
HMCS Skeena Plans
"Crossing the Line" Certificate, 1938
"Do You Fit in Here?"
Semaphore Training Tool
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Training Certificate, Evangeline Harrold
Knit for the Navy and Merchant Navy
"Meet the Navy" Program
"Meet the Navy" Program
Royal Canadian Navy Certificate of Acknowledgement
The Canadian Navy Paint Book
German U-Boat Navigation Handbook