A Beginning The success of the Canadian Navy has deep roots on the Prairies.
The Canadian Navy found many of it's roots
on main street Manitoba. There has always been some unexplained
reason why Navy recruiting has done so well on the prairies. The
navy's success in Manitoba is one of the reasons we have had a
stong navy since it's official conception in 1910.
Shown here in this early photo is the first
naval contingent from Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, leaving for Halifax
during WW I. On their hats it is written RNCVR. (Royal Navy Canadian
Also note the recruiting posters prominently
located on the front windows of the train station.
Under the White Ensign - Gilbert Plains
1st Contingent 1915.
The Next Page: 1923 - A Winnipeg
Naval Division is Established.