Our Collections


Our online library catalogue is available here, but given that our holdings count some 75,000 books, 150,000 journals, and thousands of files, folders, binders and other artwork, models and photographs, a succinct description follows.

Occasional Papers:

In late 2014, the Naval Marine ArchiveThe Canadian Collection decided to start a series of "occasional papers" destined to include research, articles and other subjects published by the Archive.


[The archive currently holds over seventy-five thousand books; more than half of the titles concern various broad aspects of maritime history and conservation, marine research and nautical education; there are a further fourteen thousand on associated aviation and military matters; the others cover associated subjects including biography, engineering, economics and politics, the Great Lakes and the Arctic, etc.]

The Ben Ackerman collection and a short biography. [Arctic, diving]

The Richard William Becker collection covering the design, building and sea trials of HMCS Bras d'Or and a a short biography. Details of the collection can be found here.

The W.A.B. (Alec) Douglas collection covering naval, military and air force matters. Dr Douglas directed historical reseach at the Canadian Department of National Defence for many years, a a short biography as well as the catalogued holdings in our collections are available.

The Peter Edwards collection covering vexilloloy, flags, burgees and yacht club history and a a short biography.

The John M. Gray collection - mostly concerning the Rebellion of 1837 and the judiciary involved in deporting some participants to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) and their wives efforts to repatriate them. This collection includes many rare first editions and manuscripts.

The Doctor Herbert Lee Gray collection - late C19th, early C20th pholisophy and comparative religion. Unpublished manuscripts including some of his travels to China and Cuba, and his sermons.

The John Harland Collection is extensive in its coverage of seamanship, whaling vessels and corvettes, while also including many volumes on military matters and model making. It contains some three thousand book and journal titles (many of them early first editions), as well as many hundreds of ship plans and drawings. A short biography can be found here.

The Joseph Lucas Collection and a short biography. [marine biology]

The Gary Mauthe collection - mostly manuscript documents, relating to 19th century (some early 20th) shipping on the Great Lakes. Primary areas of interest are Customs House documentation, insurance and legal matters, shipping losses and the relationship of shipping with rail terminals in Great Lakes ports.

The W. M. "Sandy" McPherson collection and a short biography. [sailing, Canadiana]

The HMS Victory and Nelson collection, which contains a major contribution by the late G.E. Waring.

The James Pritchard collection - a major fonds relating to naval matters surrounding New France in the eightenth century, and a short biography. Cataloguing of the fonds can be viewed here.

The Ross Richardson aeronautical collection - marine, naval, military and civilian aviation, including history, design, operations, etc., and a short biography. The cataloguing is complete and the collection is available to visitors, as part of our second floor expansion.

The Frank Stockwell collection - mostly concerning HMCS Haida and a short biography. The cataloguing is complete and the collection is available to visitors.

The Tom Tumilty Collection - books and material on Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, together with files of research notes, and a short biography. Many of the books in question can be found here. Mr Tumilty's extensive database has been incorporated into our on-line Ship Index.

The Cecil and Denny Yolles Collection - This fonds is a major part or our collections, and contains books and material mainly on yachting, but with a number of rarer documents, and a short biography. Many of the books in question can be found here.

The Stormy Weather Collection: This collection is the Society's largest. A history of the famous ocean racing yawl can be found here. Categories include:

1812, archeology, arctic, art, astronomy, biography, biography auto, biography junior, biology marine, calender, canadiana, canoes, cartography, cassette, catalogue, charts, communications, cookbooks, design, design models, design rigging, design steam, discovery, discovery history, discovery trade, diving, ecology, economics, ethnology, exploration, fiction, fiction and verse, fiction junior, fisheries, great lakes, guide, history, history WWI, history WWII, hudson, humour, law, lifeboats, lighthouse, local, merchant, merchant sail, merchant steam, meteorology, military, model, navigation, navy, navy ACW, navy art, navy RCN, navy RN, navy US, nelson, non-maritime, oceanography, piracy, reference, seafarers collection, seamanship, shanties, shipwreck, verse, whaling, yacht, yacht biography, yacht club, yacht cruising, yacht design, yacht racing.

The following extracts represent some subjects / authors taken from our master database, but should not be considered complete in any manner.


More references to naval matters may be found in:


De-accessioned, surplus and items that may be released for exchange or sale.

Some bibliographic terminology


Pages are continually being added and updated. We regret the delay if a Collection is not "clickable" and suggest that a detailed search can be made in our online public access catalogue.


Arms of the Naval Marine Archive

Our Coat of Arms;
Motto "Futurum ex præterito" (Saint Augustine)

This is currently (April 2020) a work in progess, to rationalise, facilitate and expand our exiting page at the Naval Marine Archive. Some pages are very recent, some date back twenty years and may or may not have been reviewed and/or edited recently; we appreciate any suggestions for improvements.