1 photograph : b&w ; 20.2 x 25.3 cm. This photograph shows the naval crew of the HMCS Galt of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1943. The HMCS Galt was a flower-class corvette, that is to say a small warship charged with escorting trans-Atlantic convoys between North America and England. The ship primarily saw action in the Battle of the Atlantic (Churchill's term for the naval warfare of WWII that lasted from 1939-1945). It is unknown if all of the crewmembers of the time are present in the photograph. The majority of the men are wearing the RCN's sailor's suits of white shirts with red or black trim, a black sailor's tunic with the classic turned-over "flaps" with white trims at the shoulders and the Navy's insignia at the left forearm which appears to be a crown above a three-propeller design, long black bell-bottom pants, black shoes, and a black sailor's hat cocked at a angle. The sailors form the majority of the crew, with three rows standing and a group of sailors atop a cannon at the back (one row kneeling, one row standing). The officers, all standing in the second row in the foreground or seated in the front row, are wearing white shirts with black ties, double-breasted black coats with 8 gilt buttons and in some cases, buttons around the sleeve hems, black pants that are shorter than the sailors' bell-bottom pants, black shoes, and officer's hats with various insignia (perhaps indicating rank?) above the brim in front. In the foreground, just in front of the seated officers, there are two great chain pulleys. Two sailors in the middle (second) row are holding up a sign that reads, "GALT". In the background, the ship's lines and bridge are partially visible and in the right top corner area, shoreside buildings bearing the partial name "CO LTD." are visible as well as what appears to be a hillside. On the back of the photograph, there are two stamps. The first is in red ink and reads: "Passed by Naval Censor/ No. 9 (Photographic)/ Date Initials". The Date field was stamped in red, "JUL 5 1943" while initials that appear to read "RB" are scrawled in black ink in the Initials field. The second stamp is in black ink and likely was stamped before the first one; it reads, "ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL/ PHOTOGRAPH/ Crown Copyright Reserved/ NEGATIVE NO." with the Crown's logo of a crown above the words. In the space after "NEGATIVE NO." is written in pencil, "NFE310"; the N could possibly be an M.
There are no notes on the back about the identity of individual crew members, but the man at the far-right end of the row of standing officers is Gerald Vernon Hay, based on the resemblance to the photograph of Hay in 2015.001.016. In addition, the date of censor approval and the indication in the photograph of the ship being docked suggests that the photograph was taken either during the HMCS Galt's refitting in Halifax in April or, more likely, during their docking in Northern Ireland on or after June 14 of 1943 after escorting 61 ships from Newfoundland to North Ireland without loss.