Canadian Navy Virtual Fleet Review
Ships of the Canadian Navy's first century and beyond.
contain illustrations and information on the ships of the Canadian navy
over the past century and some that will sail with the navy into the
future beyond the centennial. View them as through binoculars from the
bridge of your ship as they pass by during a virtual sail-past.
by Paul Seguna:
painting ships and planes is something that I've done since my youth.
When I first joined the navy in 1974 as a naval reserve ordinary seaman
with HMCS DISCOVERY, Vancouver's Naval Reserve Division, I was inspired
by the marine artwork of our Commanding Officer at the time, Captain
Jack Thornton. Captain Thorton's illustrations had been featured in
many editions of the RCN's magazine the "Crow's Nest"
and in them he showed the variety of types and designs of warships that
navies around the world had put into service or in some cases experimented
with. I offer here my own illustrated interpretation of our naval history.
initial stage in the development of the Canadian Navy the RCN inherited
some well-worn warships from the Royal Navy. The emphasis in these years
was training Canada's sailors and naval officers. During WWI the navy
was primarily occupied with the challenges of coastal defence. Canadian
naval personnel served overseas with units of the Royal Navy. Naval
aviation came into play during WWI as the nascent capabilities of aviation
in support of naval operations was realized.
RAINBOW - Ex RN "Protected Cruiser". Engines:
coal-fired. Displacement: 3,600 tons Length: 314 ft. Spd: 19.75
Kts. Armament: Guns - 2 x 6", 2 x 4.7", 8 x 6 pdr - Torps:
2/4 x 14" tubes. Crew: 273-300. Based in Esquimalt, patrolled
west coast in service 1910-1920.
- Ex RN Diadem class cruiser. Engines: coal-fired. Displacement:
11,000 tons. Length: 466 ft. Spd: 17 Kts. Armament: Guns- 16x 6
",12 x 12 pdr, 5x3 pdr - Torps; 2 x 18 " tubes. Crew:
675. Based in Halifax October 21, 1910 -1920 primarily used as training
GRILSE - Torpedo
Boat . Converted from yacht Winchester purchased in New
York in 1914 by Lt RCNVR Ross. Displacement:287 tons. Length: 202.3
ft. Spd: 30 Kts. Armament: 2 x12 pdr - Torps 1 x 14". Crew:
56. Almost lost in a severe storm off Halifax in December 1916,
Grilse served on east coast as one of 2 RCN Torpedo boats (other
CANADA - Protected cruiser. Displacement: 750 tons. Length:204
ft. Spd:17 kts.Crew: 50 (5 officers). Designed for the Canadian
Fisheries Protection Service, HMCS Canada was commissioned into
RCN service on Jan, 25, 1915 and served on coastal patrol duties
during WWI on Canada's Atlantic coast. Paid off in 1919 and sold
in 1924 to commerical interests the ship sank off Miami in 1926.
20 - Trawler.
Displacement: 357 tons. Length: 130 ft. Spd: 10 kts. Armament 1
x 12 pdr gun. Various commercial fishing trawlers were requistioned
and converted or specially built as naval armed trawlers during
WWI. These vessels were used for coastal patrol and defence.
1, 2 - Submarine.
Displacement: 363 tons. Length: 150 ft Spd: 13 surface/11 dived
Armament: 4 x 18" torp tubes Crew: 18 (4 officers) . Two submarines
were acquired by the BC government in 1914 from a shipyard in Seattle,
Washington, USA where they had originally been built for the Chilean
Navy. The BC government acted out of concern over the threat a German
commerce raider posed to the Pacific coast. The submarines were
taken over by the federal government after they arrived at the naval
base in Esquimalt.