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CANADA IN THE WAR AT SEA 165

 

Naval Service Department. In addition to these, a number of private owners have voluntarily placed their vessels at the disposal of the service, on both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, and in addition to this there has been a number of patriotic contributions of supplies.

The ice-breaker, Earl Grey, on her sale to the Russian Government, was transferred to the Naval Service Department to be sent to Archangel. A crew of naval ratings was provided, and the vessel was successfully navigated to her destination, the voyage of 3,000 miles being completed in fourteen days. On arrival at Arch-angel, she was turned over to the Russian authorities. The crew returned by ordinary steamer, some rejoining the British Navy, and some returning to Canada for further service in the Canadian Navy.

Recruiting has been actively carried on to complete the Niobe's crew as previously stated, and to obtain the requisite crews for the other vessels employed on subsidiary duties, preference being given to men with previous naval experience, and to officers and men of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve.

The Naval Volunteers, which were established just previous to the outbreak of the war, developed largely in the `Vest, where some four hundred officers and men are enrolled. These volunteers have done good service both ashore and afloat, a considerable number serving continuously in the Rainbow since the outbreak of hostilities, while others are in H.M.S. Newcastle and various vessels at Esquimalt, including the submarines and their parent ship, the Shearwater. About one hundred have been transferred for service to the Atlantic Coast, and their training is being continuously carried on. The department has acted as recruiting agent for the Admiralty. A large number of Imperial Service officers and men have been reached and arrangements made for their transportation from all parts of the Dominion to England. The department has also handled the transportation


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