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Royal Navy warships, Esquimalt harbour, circa 1865-1870

Caption: Royal Navy warships, Esquimalt harbour, circa 1865-1870

The superb natural harbour at Esquimalt, British Columbia, was first surveyed by the Royal Navy in 1846. In 1865, Esquimalt became the home base of the British navy's Pacific Squadron. The Royal Navy remained there until 1905.