The Royal Canadian Navy, 1918-39

By Malcolm MacLeod, published May 1970


Canadian plans after 1918 for a modest navy of cruisers and destroyers succumbed to budgetary and political resistance. Even after a much smaller navy was salvaged, equipped and largely crewed by British warships and personnel, persistent budget cuts reduced the RCN into essentially a naval reserve force. Yet the RCN managed to survive, despite administrative restructuring which favoured the military, until the deteriorating international situation in the mid-1930s stirred government into defence preparations; the navy now expanded in both ships and manpower. The article also explores changing public attitudes towards the RCN during this period.

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Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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