The Battle of the St. Lawrence – Part 5


HMCS Shawinigan’s Gun Shield ArtThis plaque depicts HMCS Shawinigan’s gun shield art, which featured a bulldog in a Canadian sailor’s hat tearing apart a Nazi flag. A number of unofficial crests include the attack or destruction of Nazi symbols, a short-hand reference to fighting Germany during the Second World War. The bulldog suggests tenacity, and is also perhaps a reference to Britain or to British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.  Photo Credit: CWM 20000131-005, copyright Canadian War Museum, with permission.

On November 27, 2010, in Port-aux-Basque, NL, the Canadian Navy honoured the 91 crew members of HMCS Shawinigan lost during the Battle of the St. Lawrence. This is the last of five articles about this event.