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RCN Gas Mask

Maritime Museum of BC Though the tin that contains it might be dented and rusty, this anti-gas respirator and set of goggles are in great condition. It was one of the types of respirators issued during the Second World War. Using a British design, Canada produced its...

Lifeboat and Raft Ration Biscuits

Maritime Museum of BC Picture this: you’re on a life boat, just launched. The ship you were on has sunk, and you now must wait to be rescued on the high seas. What do you have in your life boat to sustain you while you wait? On minesweeper HMCS Oshawa, these...

Bubble Sextant

Maritime Museum of BC This object might look familiar if you have done celestial navigation, using angular measurements between celestial bodies like the sun and the horizon. This is a sextant. It is a bit different than the ones mariners use, because this one is for...

Dirk and Scabbard

Maritime Museum of BC, 0072 A naval midshipman’s dirk and scabbard. A dirk is a type of bladed weapon, quite similar to a dagger or sword. It’s kind of in between the two. For a naval midshipman, it would have been more of a ceremonial object. The scabbard...

Barograph

Maritime Museum of BC, 2019.010.0001 Here is an antique working barograph, known as “The Prip.” This was used by sailors to help chart changes in atmospheric pressure.This would help them avoid storms, and know when storms were coming. Connected to a...