For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Former RCNVR Half Company Vancouver

Naval Reserve Unit

Vancouver, BC


HMCS Discovery, Vancouver, BC - year unknown

Source: Crowsnest Magazine

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

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HMCS Discovery is a Royal Canadian Navy Reserve division based in Vancouver, BC. Created during World War II from the Vancouver Half Company of the RCNVR, Discovery was used for recruitment and training and provided almost 8,000 personnel during the war. Discovery continued in its training role following the war. The unit takes its name from HMS Discovery, the ship used by George Vancouver to chart most of North America's north-western coast. Originally based at the Stanley Park Barracks, Discover moved to its current location on Deadman's Island, adjacent to Stanley Park, in 1944.

Commanding Officers