Royal Canadian Navy Regulating Branch
And Naval Police

HATS AND HEADWEAR


Officers and Chief Petty Officers

From the First World War until the early 1950s, Officers and Chief Petty Officers wore blue service dress caps. Detachable covers were provided, white for tropical and summer wear, and tan for wear in bad weather. From the 1950s until Unification, caps were provided with the upper body made of white plastic. Officer's caps were similar to those worn by Petty Officers, but were of superior quality. Officers with the rank of Captain had a single row of gold embroidered leaves on the brim, Flag Officers (Admirals) had two rows of leaves.

ADMIRAL
Admiral's cap, pre 1953

COVER
Captain's cap with white cover, pre 1953

CAPTAIN
Captain's cap, pre 1953

ADMIRAL
Admiral's cap, 1953 - 1968

CAPTAIN
Captain's cap, 1953 - 1968


Officer's cap, 1953 - 1968

PETTYOFFICER
Petty Officer and Chief Petty Officer's Cap
with a Chief Petty Officer's cap badge, pre 1953

Ratings Caps

Ratings wore the typical flat hat with the HMCS cap tally. Removable khaki or white covers were provided, and worn according to local dress instructions. Sennet hats were introduced into Royal Navy Service in the late 1800's and were worn by the Canadian Navy until the mid 1920's. They provided a great deal more protection from the elements than the flat cap and were very popular. Sennet hats were also worn by Officers, especially on Naval landing parties.

SENNET
Straw Sennet hat worn until the mid 1920's. These were worn with or without tallies.

RATINGS
Rating's cap 1939 - 1946

COVER
Rating's cap with removable khaki cover, 1939 - 1946

POSTWAR
Post Second World War cap, worn until 1968

HATBOX
Rating's hatbox. Made of painted or japanned steel with a brass latch. The brass plate on the lid was stamped or engraved with the owner's name and rate.

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