Saturday, 6 October 2012

Warship models in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Whilst in Halifax, Nova Scotia, my wife and I visited the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic specifically to see the RMS Titanic exhibits. (My wife has become a bit of an expert about the Titanic since she discovered that one of her relatives was a member of the crew who died when the ship sank.)

The museum does contain some exhibits that relate to the Royal Canadian Navy, amongst which were a small selection of warship models including three models of destroyers covering the period from the 1940s to the present day, ...

... a Flower-class corvette (in this case HMCS Ville de Quebec), ...

... a typical war-built cargo ship (one of the Canadian-built variants of the American Liberty and Victory ship types), ...

... the cruiser HMCS Niobe (She was a member of the Diadem-class of Royal Navy protected cruisers, and was transferred to Canada after the Boer War to become the first commissioned ship of the then newly-created Royal Canadian Navy), ...

... and HMCS Rainbow (She was an Apollo-class protected cruiser built for the Royal Navy in 1893 and transferred the Canada in 1910 to become the second ship commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy).

This model is described its museum caption as being 'sailor built' (i.e. it is homemade) and that the portholes are made from boot eyelets!


  1. When I was serving in Stanavforlant back in my younger days we had a Canuk ship in the squadron HMCS Algoquin I think it was> A great bunch of guys

  2. Johntheone,

    The Canadian Navy had - and has - some excellent ships and men ... and both are second to none!

    All the best