First World War Atlantic Convoy
This photograph shows six merchant ships in a First World War Atlantic convoy.
In response to increasing merchant ship losses caused by German U-Boats (submarines), the British Admiralty introduced convoys in 1917. By grouping together merchant ships and providing them with escorting warships, the U-Boats' task of finding and sinking ships was made much harder, and Allied shipping losses fell significantly. This photograph was likely taken by Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Rankin, the navigation officer aboard HMCS Canada, which helped escort convoys off Canada's east coast.
George Metcalf Archival Collection