"Seeing the World in Comfort," HMCS Niobe
HMCS Niobe crew members pose for a group portrait with a humorously titled placard.
This photograph displays an interesting mix of dress uniforms and working clothing, including summer whites (left), regular woollen dress (middle row, fourth from left), and rougher "slops" (right) more appropriate to coaling the ship and other arduous and dirty tasks. Royal Marines, who served in many British warships, can also be seen (back row, fourth from right). Their presence is visible evidence that Niobe's crew was largely British until years after the ship's arrival in Halifax, since Canada never established a force of marines.
George Metcalf Archival Collection