Most Ratings under the rank of Petty Officer Class 2 wore the Class II uniform, known as "Square Rig". The general appearance of the post World War 2 Square Rig was little changed from the wartime version. The heavy wool jumper and trousers were replaced with a lighter weight worsted versions. The new pattern jumper was fitted with a slide fastener in the front. The vest, collar, lanyard and silk tie remained essentially unchanged. For tropical or hot weather wear, the white duck jumper was phased out and a white cotton drill jumper was introduced.
The specified dress for shore patrol duty in Canada or temperate climates was Number 3 Dress as illustrated above in the RCN manual BRCN 3048 - Manual Of Rank Requirements. Patrol Brassards, white belts, white gaiters, flashlights, batons and handcuffs were stored in the Regulating Office or under the supervision of the Master At Arms. Wet or cold weather clothing such as raincoats or greatcoats were issued as required.
The postwar pattern of blue cap worn with the Class II uniform was made with an integral white plastic cap cover. It was otherwise identical in construction details to the previous pattern cap. Normally one cap was worn while working, and a second cap was reserved for parades and dress occasions. The working cap was difficult to keep clean so the white cover was often touched up with white paint.
The blue "jumper, serge" was trialled in 1949 and adopted for service in 1950. It was made of a medium weight navy blue worsted serge and had a "v" neck opening with an attached collar and zipper front closing. It had two internal breast pockets secured by buttons. The jumper was worn over either the white cotton vest ("gunshirt") or, in colder weather, a blue worsted jersey.
A blue jean collar with 3 white tapes was buttoned to the collar of the jumper. The black silk tie is secured with two tapes attached to the jumper. Regulations stated that the tapes be tied in a bow with the ends no longer than 7 inches in length. The part of the tie below the bow is known as the "bight" and was to be a maximim of 2 inches in length.
Number 13 Dress was specified for normal duty wear in tropical climates, where Number 3 Dress would otherwise be worn.
This uniform would be typical of a non Regulating Branch Leading Seaman "told off" for temporary duty as Naval Patrol in a foreign port.