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.

 

This page is divided into two sections:  Section 1 - Ships in Commission and Section 2 - Paid Off Ships

 

If you have any photos of the gunshield art on HMC ships or artwork throughout the ship that you would like to share on For Posterity's Sake, please send me an EMAIL.

 

Gunshield Art and Heraldry for HMC Ships

 

 


 

SECTION 1 - SHIPS CURRENTLY IN COMMISSION IN THE RCN

 


 

Halifax Class Frigates

 

CALGARY

CHARLOTTETOWN

FREDERICTON

HALIFAX

MONTREAL

OTTAWA

REGINA

ST JOHN'S

TORONTO

VANCOUVER

VILLE DE QUEBEC

WINNIPEG

 

Kingston Class Mine Warfare Vessels

 

 

GOOSE BAY

NANAIMO

WHITEHORSE

 

 

 


 

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

 

AGASSIZ K129

ALGONQUIN R17

ALGONQUIN 283

ANNAN K404

ARROWHEAD K145

BARRIE K138

BATTLEFORD K165

BAYFIELD J08

BITTERSWEET K182

COBALT K124

DAUPHIN K157

DRUMHELLER K167

FREDERICTON K245

GEORGIAN J144

HALIFAX K237

LCI(L)-118

LCI(L)-266

LCI(L)-311

LONGUEUIL K672

LUNENBURG K151

MAHONE J159

MALPEQUE J148

MATAPEDIA K112

MINAS J165

MONCTON K139

MOOSE JAW K164

MORDEN K170

NAPANEE K118

OKANAGAN SS74

PICTOU K146

PRESTONIAN K662

Q062

Q072

REGINA K234

SACKVILLE K181

SASKATCHEWAN H70

SASKATOON K158

SKEENA H01 / D59 / I59

SNOWBERRY K166

SOREL K153

SUMMERSIDE K141

TRANSCONA J271

U-190

WOODSTOCK K238

 


 

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