HMCS St. Croix in Halifax Harbour, December 1940
A battered HMCS St. Croix enters Halifax Harbour after enduring a powerful North Atlantic storm.
This photograph shows some of the damage inflicted on St. Croix, including guardrails hanging over the ship's side (centre) and broken windows on the ship's bridge (top centre). Less visible but more serious storm damage included bent steel plating on the bridge and below-decks flooding caused by massive waves. The photograph also emphasizes the ship's narrow hull, which contributed to its instability in heavy seas and to poor handling.
George Metcalf Archival Collection