PHOTO: DAVID KNUDSEN, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA--PA126720
His Majesty's Canadian Ships Skeena, Saguenay and St. Laurent visit Bermuda in the 1930s.
The Royal Canadian Navy's survival and prosperity between the wars depended on two key individuals: Commodore Walter Hose, RCN, the director and later first chief of the Naval Service who developed a sensible fleet plan, and William Lyon Mackenzie King, the sometimes liberal prime minister of Canada who bought it. It was an odd combination, but in many ways the foundations of Canada's modern navy were laid by these two men in the first decade of the interwar years.
For most Canadians, King is an unlikely cham...