Royal Canadian Navy : Historical Photographs


This section contains historical photos related to the RCN. If you have any photos in your family album, taken by yourself, or perhaps a friend or relative, please send me a scan as I would love to use it in this section. Items are listed more or less as received from website users. Section updated April 10, 2017.

Crew list of HMCS Niobe, 1911. A sortable and printable list of 575 names of the crew of HMCS Niobe, transcribed from the 1911 Canadian census, and with additional information from other sources. Corrected February 8, 2017.

Crew list of HMCS Rainbow, 1911. A sortable and printable list of 214 names of the crew of HMCS Rainbow, plus 12 names of the crew of HMCS Kestrel, transcribed from the 1911 Canadian census, and with additional information from other sources. Added September 26, 2016.

Marines of HMS Niobe, about 1900. Niobe was handed over to Canada in 1909 and became her first warship: HMCS Niobe. Photo is a stereoscope slide.

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HMCS Niobe, before 1911. Postcard mailed in 1911 showing HMCS Niobe, Canada's first warship.

Andrew Boyd Handley of HMCS Niobe. He appears in the crew list of HMCS Rainbow in 1911, and he was photographed on HMCS Niobe in the 19-teens. Added August 17, 2016.

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William Ireland Creed of HMCS Niobe. Two photos of him, one possibly taken on HMCS Niobe. Also a photo of his wife, Mary Ann Elizabeth Hill, plus a short biography.

John Montague of HMCS Niobe. A faded and water-damaged photo of John Montague, an English boy who was put into the Royal Navy for stealing a pair of boots in London.

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William Rennie of HMCS Niobe. It's not certain yet that this is William Rennie, but this photo was found in the papers of Elizabeth Rennie, and this man may be her brother.

Crew of HMCS Ste Therese, 1944. Two photos taken in Bermuda, August 4, 1944. A partial crew list is included. Men identified in the photo are: Glover, Lindley, McGinnis.

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HMCS Niobe, Model Lifebuoy. Once owned by William Truscott's great-uncle, who served on HMCS Niobe. The model is about 10 inches across.

Crew of HMCS Chilliwack, 1945. Official crew photo taken in Ireland, June, 1945. Only one man is identified: Gerald James Ryan. A link is given to a full-size photo.

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Crew of HMCS Chilliwack, 1944 Three photos & three news clippings. Official crew photo taken before June 20, 1944. Includes 38 signatures with home towns and a link to a full-size photo. 6 men identified: Biletchi, Commerford, Long, McMurdo, Ryan, Sequin.

Gerald James Ryan of HMCS Chilliwack. Three photos of him taken during WW 2; two in RCN uniform and the other as a merchant navy seaman.

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HMCS Beacon Hill crew, 1945-46. An undated publicity photo with the four crew members named. Surnames: Bank, Corbet, Morina, Smith.

Crew of HMCS Prince Robert, 1943. Official DND crew photo dated December 28th 1943. Only Kenneth William Helfrich, John ("Jack") McKirdy Miller and Harry Lorne Sykes are identified. A link is given to a full-size photo. Updated April 29, 2016.


Sailors of The Queen. A rare look at our past: the ships and sailors that participated in the Queen's Coronation in 1953. This is a 20-minute video from the CBC archives.

A Stoker's War, 1941-1945. This 50-minute home documentary on YouTube shares personal photographs taken by Leading Stoker Gilbert Davis, as he narrates stories of his navy experiences; from joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and defending Canada's west coast aboard the HMCS Bellechasse to his service on the HMCS Merrittonia escorting Merchant Marine convoys across the Atlantic Ocean to provision needed supplies to England and the European allies, through to the mass surrendering of the German U-boat fleet on the Foyle River near Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the end of the war.

Recorded while nearing his 90th birthday, Gilbert's recollections are of daily war-time service life rather than distinguished battles, told in a manner that only a dedicated serviceman could deliver; his emotion resonant as he describes the saving of a single survivor from a torpedoed supply ship. One of only a few servicemen who traveled with a personal camera during the war, Gilbert Davis shares his experiences through his own photos and words.

Basic Training in Western Canada. Possibly the graduation photo of 15 men in basic training, in or near Calgary, about 1944. All are identified. Surnames are: Boyd, Brown, Campbell, Colburn, Dicy, Gagnier, Gray, Hart, Holowaty, Hood, Kite, Monture, Oberich(?), St Pierre.

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HMCS Ontario, 1945. Three photos, one taken in Hong Kong & two in Pearl Harbour, after Japan's surrender. Two photos are of the ship's company mustered on a jetty. Surnames: Grant, St Pierre. Submitted by Al Brosseau, whose email address no longer works.

HMCS Naden, 1958/59 Comm School. Trade Group 1 graduation photo of 10 men plus an officer & 2 POs. Only 5 men identified. Surnames so far: Domshy, Duhamel, Duy, Nairn, Richards.

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Unknown Ships in PWC Drydock. Three photos, two of an unknown RCN destroyer, and one of what might be HMCS Provider, in drydock in Esquimalt, BC, late 1980's. Updated December 4, 2015.

HMCS York, Ottawa Division, 1944. Two photos; one a basic training graduation photo. Identified are: Herbert Pope & LS Bill Webber. Also a 2nd photo of Herbert Pope who later sailed on HMCS Carlplace -- see the photo at right.

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Crew of HMCS Carlplace. Commissioned Dec. 13, 1944, she was the last RCN frigate to enter service. Herbert Pope and possibly LtCdr Charles E. Wright, ship's captain, are identified.

HMCS Thetford Mines, Crew Names. Two photos -- one of the ship at sea and one of the crew signatures on the back (most are damaged). The only name mentioned is Anthony (Tony) Mazur.

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A Naval Family, 1919 & 1945. Two photos sent me by Don Montgomery shows his father and three older brothers, all of whom served in the RCN during WW2; his father also in WW1.

Crew of HMCS Sioux, 1944. Crew of HMCS Sioux gathered on the foc'sle, 1944. Identified are Albert Eaglesham and Lloyd Montgomery. Updated Nov. 10, 2015.

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Commonwealth War Graves in Hong Kong. Six photos sent me by Jim Diggins showing scenes of the well-maintained Sai Wan War Cemetery.

Unidentified WW2 Sailors. This photo was found in a thrift store in Campbell River, BC. Can you identify anyone? Added April 18, 2015.

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Jim & Doris Alexander. Two photos of a WW2-era sailor, Jim Alexander and his wife Doris. Photos probably taken in Toronto. More info needed. Added April 18, 2015.

HMCS Cornwallis Photos, c.1961. This collection of 11 photos was purchased in the canteen at HMCS Cornwallis about 1961, and provide a record of the base as it was then. Added Sept. 9, 2015.

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HMCS Cornwallis Silver Medal, 1944-45. Two photos, front and back of a silver hockey medal from HMCS Cornwallis, engraved with name of L/S E.A.W Newman. More info needed. Added January 25, 2016.

HMCS Bonaventure Crew, 1960's. Three photos -- one of the crew of HMCS Bonaventure, and two of collision damage to the bow of HMCS Chaudiere. Added March 4, 2016.

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HMCS Cornwallis Gun Crew, 1962. MacKenzie Division, 66-man gun crew. Added April 7, 2016.

HMCS Huron & St Laurent, 1944. Three photos -- one of HMCS Huron covered with ice; one of the upper deck of HMCS St Laurent and one of an unknown (British?) battleship. All are official RCN photos dated 1944. Added April 30, 2016.

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HMCS Cornwallis Phys Ed, 1944-45. Two photos, originally owned by PT instructor Kenneth W. Helfrich, taken during WW2. Nobody is identified. Added October 20, 2016.

HMCS Magnificent, Electrical, 1956. Official RCN photo showing ship's elec­t­rical depart­ment. Most of the men are identified. Updated April 10, 2017.

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HMCS Cornwallis, Saguenay Division, 1954. Three photos -- Division on parade, obstacle course, & graduating class. Surnames: Benson, Bordinuck, Creber, Hansen, Lang, Lowe, Miller, Rayworth, Simpson, Small, Thivierge, Turbide. Updated April 10, 2017.

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