Gunshield and Shipboard Art on Ships of the RCN
Gunshield art on ships of the RCN became prominent during the Second World War particularly on the corvettes that served in the RCN. Gunshield art varied greatly from ship to ship - incorporating crests of towns they bore the name for, cartoon characters, pin-up girls, etc. Little record was kept of these works of art and much has been lost to time. David Freeman, a retired Lieutenant Commander whose father and uncle served in the RCN throughout the Second World War, has written a book on the subject - Designs of Distinction - which helps fill in the knowledge gap on this portion of RCN heritage and history.
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SECTION 1 - SHIPS CURRENTLY IN COMMISSION IN THE RCN
SECTION 2 - PAID OFF SHIPS
Gunshield Art, Shipboard Art and Ship's Wartime Badges (official and unofficial)
Some of the ships had slightly different versions their artwork - depending on the artist and the CO at the time .... and on some occasions it changed completely. Other ships did not have gun mounts large enough for artwork so they had their "badges" mounted on the face or side of the bridge in some fashion.
The list below is alphabetical - not by class, type of ship or period of service
Clicking on the artwork below will take you to the ship's page associated with the artwork