Hong Kong craftsmen

PoWs turned scraps into works of art Few artifacts survive to remind us of the fate of Canadians who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong, the then British colony that surrendered to the Japanese on Christmas Day, 1941, after a fierce, 17-day battle. The Winnipeg Grenadiers and Royal Rifles from Quebec City were...
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    The housewife

    October 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Sewing kits were a surprisingly versatile tool for soldiers in the field At fleet school they said, ‘If we wanted you to have a wife, we’d issue you with one,’” recalls navy veteran Jim Ross. “And then they did.” In his six months at Canadian...
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    Blue puttees

    August 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Puttees provided ankle support and stopped muck, debris and critters from getting into the boots   Newfoundland’s governor answered Britain’s call to arms in August 1914 with a promise: the dominion would raise a regiment, enlisting the first 500 soldiers within a month. But with...
  • HMCS Esquimalt (J 272)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

Navy	The Royal Canadian Navy

Type	Minesweeper

Class	Bangor 

Pennant	J 272 

Built by	Marine Industries Ltd. (Sorel, Quebec, Canada) 


Laid down	20 Dec 1940 

Launched	8 Aug 1941 

Commissioned	26 Oct 1942 

Lost	16 Apr 1945 

Loss position	44.28N, 63.10W (See a map)


History	HMCS Escquimalt (Lt. Robert Cunningham MacMillan, DSC and Bar, RCNVR) was torpedoed and sunk on 16 April 1945 by U-190, five miles off Chebucto Head, near Halifax, Canada in position 44º28'N, 63º10'W.

44 of the crew were lost with the ship and 26 of the crew survived the sinking.


Hit by U-boat

Sunk on 16 Apr 1945 by U-190 (Reith).

    The Carley float

    July 13, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Many sailors owed their lives to this durable, quick-launching raft The corvette HMCS Louisburg was on escort duty off the coast of North Africa when she was hit by a torpedo dropped from an Italian plane at sunset on Feb. 6, 1943. In minutes, Able...
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    The aircrew boot

    April 5, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    It concealed escape tools and was designed to transform into an ordinary shoe When Erin Napier is asked about her favourite item in the collection of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ont., the curator produces a pair of well-worn leather boots, originally property...
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    The Ross rifle

    February 16, 2016 by Sharon Adams
      This Canadian-made First World War weapon was loathed by infantry and loved by snipers   At the end of the Boer War, Canada couldn’t persuade arms-strapped Britain to supply it with Lee-Enfield rifles, or even a licence to manufacture them. How was this fledgling...