"Halifax thirty seconds after the explosion. RGS"
is written on the back of the photo
From the photo collection of Annie Campbell
Research by Joel Zemel, author of two books on the Halifax Explosion, shows that this photo appears to be a composite photo with the blast cloud coming from another photo by Victor Magus - and thus likely not an actual photo taken of the Halifax Explosion.
Welcome to "For Posterity's Sake" - a site dedicated to the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy and the ships they lived and served in. This is a personal website and is not affiliated with the Government of Canada nor the Department of National Defence.
The goal of this site is to preserve and share the history of those who have sailed in the ships of the RCN. The history we all have buried in our basements or closets in boxes and photo albums - photos of grandparents and parents, aunts and uncles who have also taken pictures and told stories of their time in. This is the history you will not find on the government's historical pages - and its these photos and stories that we all have that I'm hoping to preserve here for posterity's sake.
If you would like to submit photos or stories to be posted here, please send me an EMAIL ( email@example.com ). With the help of all sailors past and present and their families this page can be made into a historical site for future generations to learn about our proud past. May you always have fair winds and following seas!
"The men of GALIANO died in the performance of duty. They have ventured into rough places and taken their chance many a time before. They did it without a flourish of trumpets. This time they took a chance and lost." (The Victoria Daily Colonists November 03, 1918)
"He had entered the battle with the confidence we all possessed, did his part in the face of severe enemy fire and was undoubtedly unaware of his end. A man can do no more than die at his gun." (Excerpt from the letter to the sister of LS Dugald Leitch, RCNVR)
"There was nothing glorious or romantic about watching bodies and gear float to the surface after sinking a U-boat." (Seaman Campbell, HMCS Kootenay H75)
“Few of their countrymen knew and even fewer now remember the desperate fight waged on the cold and cruel northern seas. But had it failed, the results would have been catastrophic. The clear measure of devotion and courage of these men shall always be that in that dark and bloody winter of crisis they did not fail.” (Captain John Waters Jr.)
"The Canadian Navy … trained men with men who were scarcely trained themselves. It did everything under the pressure of desperate urgency. It learned to fight a war while fighting it. By all the rules, it should have been the most unholy hash to come out of the war. Somehow, things have turned out differently." (The Guelph Mercury 16 Nov 2015)
"The job by the way is that of Gunnery Officer .... My main function is to offer up a silent prayer that we hit first." Lt, Morgan Alan Griffiths, RCNVR - Nov 1942
Don't forget to stop by and sign the Ship's Log (Guestbook)
Fund Raising Campaign
Gunnery practice hiccups
Credits / Resources
1) Sailors - past and present and their families
2) ReadyAyeReady.com for ship's badges post 1949
3) The Naval History Net - Ship Histories, Convoy Escort Movements for Casualty Lists 1939-1947
4) Naval Museum of Manitoba - Crew photos and names for MTBs
6) German U-Boat Casualties in World War 2 - Information on U-Boats sunk by Canadian ships
7) The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson and John Burgess
8) The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-2002 by Ken Macpherson and Ron Barrie
10) RCN Fairmiles
11) A History of the West Coast Canadian Forces Auxiliary Fleet by Matthew Chapman
16) Ultimate Sacrifice by Robert D'Aoust
17) Designs of Distinction - Unofficial Insignia of the RCN 1910 - 1948 by David J. Freeman
18) The Nauticapedia - Celebrating the stories of the maritime heritage of British Columbia, western and northern Canada, and Canada's Naval Forces
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