Burrard Dry Docks: The Ships That Clarence Built

Last of the Victory ships being built in early 1945. The view is looking south across Burrand Inlet to downtown Vancouver (Photo Credit: NVMA 27-2289)

Last of the Victory ships being built in early 1945. The view is looking south across Burrand Inlet to downtown Vancouver (Photo Credit: NVMA 27-2289)

Much has been made in recent years about the war effort on the home front in Canada from 1939 to 1945. Stories are now emerging about war bond fundraising efforts on the Prairies, Ontario hospitals training new nurses to specifically serve overseas and a number of “Rosie the Riveter” type recollections in the ammunitions factories all across Canada. With the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy having passed in 2010, more home front stories are now emerging to get the public attention they so richly deserve. One example of the home front effort is the stories of Canadian men and women worked side by side in the east and west coast shipyards during the war years to build naval destroyers, corvettes, and supply ships. One such place that churned out a large number of those supply ships was the Burrard Dry Dock in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

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