In 1960 as part of the Royal Canadian Navy's 50th anniversary (1910 - 1960), the Department of National Defence released a series of photographs from WWII and which were provided to the Devon Legion Branch No. 247 for display. In order to preserve these photo's that are starting to wear from their given age, they have been added to the Devon Legion website. All photographs shown are recorded as follows:
RCN 50th ANNIVERSARY PHOTO RELEASE
FOR RELEASE ANYTIME
NATIONAL DEFENSE PHOTO
Some of the photos have been provided with captions which are recorded below the photograph if applicable. The author of the captions is not known.
Bedford Basin, on the shores of Halifax, was the main convoy assembly point for merchant ships destined for the United Kindom. Above, ships awaiting sailing orders.
Ship's bow down.
Ship's bow up.
The Battle of the Atlantic. Survivors of the submarine U-877, sunk in mid-Atlantic in December 1944 by the Canadian Corvettes HMCS St. Thomas (K488) and HMCS Edmundston (K106), await rescue.
The Royal Canadian Navy played a major role in the successful battle against the submarine in the Second World War. Above, a RCN depth-charge crew stands by to reload during an attack on a U-boat in the North Atlantic.
The Canadian Frigate HMCS St. Catharines (K325) stands by the stricken submarine U-744, forced to surrender after a 32 hour running battle in the North Atlantic in March 1944.
The badly damaged submarine U-744 is forced to the surface by the Canadian Corvette HMCS Chilliwack (K131) after a running battle in the North Atlantice in March 1944. The U-boat surrendered and was later sunk by a torpedo.
HMCS Swansea (not confirmed).
The messdeck of a destroyer in wartime was cramped and at night when the hammocks were slung there wasn't much room to move around.
HMCS Lockeport (J100), a wartime minesweeper, literally "sailed" 200 miles after a violent storm put her engines out of commission in January 1944. The enterprising crew members sewed all the hammocks together and lashed them to the masts as a foresail and a mizzen. The ship made good progress despite a heavy list to port and was eventually towed safely into port.