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HMCS Prince Robert.
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Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

HMCS Prince Robert was built in 1930 by CN Steamships, to serve as a small luxury liner serving the tourist trade on Canada's west coast. In 1939, along with her two sister ships, Prince David and Prince Henry, she was acquired by the RCN and converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser. See the Wikipedia article on the three ships (the article is specifically about the Prince David).

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1991.320.1. Prince Robert watercolour.
This painting shows Prince Robert before she was converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser at the start of WW2.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

No museum accession number. Photo caption says "Prince Robert 1939, King George VI visit".

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

No museum accession number. Prince Robert before WW2, probably leaving the CNR dock in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1991.349.7 55.
Prince Robert before WW2, in a harbour with grain elevators. A clearer copy of this photo may show that the men on the deck are RCN personnel, placing this photo just before conversion to an armed military vessel.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1991.382.1.
Prince Robert about 1939. Probably Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1991.382.2.
50 caliber anti-aircraft gun on Prince Robert, about 1939.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1992.28.1.
Prince Robert about 1940.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1991.256.16.
Prince Robert about 1941.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1992.28.7.
Prince Robert, mid-WW2.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1993.57a.1.
Prince Robert at Gibraltar, 1943.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1993.57a.2.
Prince Robert at Vancouver, B.C., 1943.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1993.399.153.
Prince Robert in Hong Kong, 1945.

Royal Canadian Navy : HMCS Prince Robert

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum accession No. VR1993.399.3x.
Prince Robert at Esquimalt, B.C., 1945. The photo description indicates October, 1945, so this must be the crowd greeting the ship on her return from Hong Kong. This marked the end of her career in the Royal Canadian Navy.

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