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HMCS Sackville, Flower-class corvette, Royal Canadian Navy

Caption: HMCS Sackville, Flower-class corvette, Royal Canadian Navy

During the Second World War, the Canadian navy was nicknamed the 'Corvette Navy' because it had more than 130 of these small vessels escorting convoys and hunting German submarines. The custom of painting a green maple leaf on the funnel began in 1917 and became general practice during the Second World War. This photo shows Sackville, the only corvette that still survives. Built at Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1941, it was restored in the early 1980s and today is moored at Halifax as a naval museum. (DND, 85-339)