Roots to the Past:
Canadian Naval Centennial
The Canadian government approved the Naval Service Act on May, 4 1910. From its humble beginnings to its current humanitarian aid in Haiti, the Royal Canadian Navy has left a permanent mark on the Halifax region and on the lives who both serve and support the Forces. Discover the Canadian Royal Navy’s 100 year history with these resources from Halifax Public Libraries.
Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy and visiting international warships were popular images on 20th century postcards. So, too, were images of the Sailors Memorial, Admiralty House, HMC Dockyard and the War Memorial in the Grand Parade. And who could forget that iconic tourist symbol, the 19th century naval sailor, the Jolly Tar? All became popular reminders of both the British and Canadian Navies’ centuries-long presence in the Halifax region.
Suggested Reading Lists
- Books of Remembrance
- World War I Book of Remembrance commemorates the 1,360 men and women from Halifax County who gave their lives in the Great War, including two of Canada’s first naval casualties, Midshipmen Arthur Wiltshire Silver and William Archibald Palmer.
- World War II and Korean War Book of Remembrance commemorates the 705 men and women from Halifax County who gave their lives in World War II and the Korean War, including those who died while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Merchant Navy.
- Halifax Explosion Links
- The Halifax Explosion: Halifax North Memorial Library
- An East Coast Port, Halifax in Wartime, 1939-1945: Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management
- Canadian Naval Centennial
- Canadian Navy
- Halifax Memorial (Sailors Memorial)
- Maritime Command Museum
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- National Defense and the Canadian Forces
- Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
- The Royal Navy in Nova Scotia Waters: Nova Scotia Archives
- Royal Canadian Navy Ledger Sheets (1910-1941)
- Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
- Veterans Affairs Canada