Many Ontario Provincial Police officers came into Hamilton to assist with maintaining the peace around the picket lines set up for the 1946 Stelco strike. The numbers of picketers, and the highly charged atmosphere at the pickets lines, prompted the Hamilton police to seek assistance after the strike entered its sixth week.
While many OPP were brought in from nearby detachments as needed, others were brought in from far distant places and were in need of accommodation, especially as it was unclear how long they would be required. The barracks of the HMCS Star were chosen for that pupose.
The following images were taken in and around the HMCS Star facility on August 26, 1946.Original captions from the Spectator accompany each photo.
“More arrive ready to stay awhile.”
“If they were in the Army, they know how to make a bed.”
“Two others try bed fixing.”
“Bedding is issued to Cpl. G.V. Clubb.”
Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.