Halifax, Nova Scotia, naval records?

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Richelieu, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    I have been looking for primary naval sources for Halifax for the summer of 1940.

    LAC and Héritage have war diaries for the RCA coastal batteries, but have come up short for the RCN as far as I can see. I’m not looking for convoy data per se but something like Command/Station war diaries, etc. Relevant warship proceedings might also help, but it’s the activity at Halifax that is of interest. Any ideas?

    Any secondary sources recommended?
  2. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Not entirely sure what your looking for but if it’s RCN records (Navy Bases etc - which I have NOT looked for myself), I believe you’d use this info......as Naval Bases and shore establishment were all “names” like Esquimalt, Naden etc etc, I believe you’d put that in the “keyword” example to look for records. I’m not positive, as I myself have never looked for Naval shore establishment records

    Second World War (1939-1945) and Korean Conflict (1950-1953)
    Ship logs for Canada's naval vessels (RG24-D-2) can be identified using Collection Search:

    • Enter RG24-D-2 and a keyword; for example, the name of a ship: "Beaver."
    • This series is not available on microfilm.
    War Diaries, Ship Logs and Operations Record Books - Library and Archives Canada

    British Columbia
    Nova Scotia
    Naval reserve division - City - Province
    HMCS Brunswicker - Saint John New Brunswick
    HMCS Cabot - St John's Newfoundland and Labrador
    HMCS Carleton - Ottawa Ontario
    HMCS Cataraqui - Kingston Ontario
    HMCS Champlain - Saguenay Quebec
    HMCS Chippawa - Winnipeg Manitoba
    HMCS d'Iberville - Rimouski Quebec
    HMCS Discovery - Vancouver British Columbia
    HMCS Donnacona - Montreal Quebec
    HMCS Griffon - Thunder Bay Ontario
    HMCS Hunter - Windsor Ontario
    HMCS Jolliet - Sept-Îles Quebec
    HMCS Malahat - Victoria British Columbia
    HMCS Montcalm - Quebec City Quebec
    HMCS Nonsuch - Edmonton Alberta
    HMCS Prevost - London Ontario
    HMCS Queen - Regina Saskatchewan
    HMCS Queen Charlotte - Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
    HMCS Radisson - Trois-Rivières Quebec
    HMCS Scotian - Halifax Nova Scotia
    HMCS Star - Hamilton Ontario
    HMCS Tecumseh - Calgary Alberta
    HMCS Unicorn - Saskatoon Saskatchewan
    HMCS York - Toronto Ontario

    AND, if that doesn’t work, I would contact LAC directly, ask them.....they will tell you what records they have and how to access them (if they are on line, or you may have to visit LAC)
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  4. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    I am trying to identify primary and good quality secondary sources, and was hoping to find something like these TNA records for the Nore.

    I am interested in any naval activities at, or in the vicinity of, Halifax during June, July and August 1940. So reports of proceedings for ships present, whether RCN, RN or Allied may be useful. War diaries and ORBs for the other services, so far as they relate to naval matters, may also be useful.

    I am familiar with LAC and Héritage but naval records seem to be underrepresented in their collection in comparison with the other services and wonder if there are any records held elsewhere. I am aware of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

    I am also familiar with the official histories, but perhaps there are obscure references in the records that members have come across and could highlight or biographies that they have read and would recommend.
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