Naval Cap Tallies

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Cap tallies are essentially ribbons which decorated a sailor's cap. Each ship had it's own tallie which sported the name of the sailor's unit proudly on the front of his cap. The tallies were black with gold wire or yellow silk lettering. The tally's ends were tied into a bow and worn above the left ear.

To wear a ship's cap tallie provided great pride for a sailor. This tradition ended in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1968 with the amalgamation of the forces and the loss of the square-rig (old style uniforms)[1].

Displayed here are tallies associated with Communications and the Supplementary Radio System.


  1. The Naval Museum of Manitoba