|The history of the Canadian Submarine Service and Boats have been summed
up by many authors over the years with different poins of view. Here we will try to bring to
you the summation, pictures, and any related articles that will give a
overview of our proud history, Enjoy!
the Commissioner Concerning Purchase of Submarines (the
original ones in 1914)
A bit of history here. View link below
Battle of Atlantic Sunday May 2, 1939
“Greater love hath no one than this, that they lay down their life
for their friends”. Whom but the bravest of individuals would
contemplate such a sacrifice? Whom but a heroic individual would make
such a sacrifice? Whom but the most selfless individual would
voluntarily place themselves in harm’s way knowing that this sacrifice
might indeed be theirs to make?.........
was extracted from a message sent out of NDHQ by the CMS
SHORT HISTORY OF THE
CANADIAN SUBMARINE SERVICE
1961, when the former United States submarine USS BURRFISH was commissioned
into the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS GRILSE, there were those who said
“The RCN now has its first submarine.” They were wrong by six
submarines and 46 years.
service in the RCN goes back to 1914. The RCN’s first submarines
were CC 1 and CC 2, which were purchased on the dubious authority of
the Premier of British Columbia when his province, at the outset of
the First World War, was in a state of alarm. Cont'
- For the full story Click
- By Hal Zerbin
The Canadian-built British H-boats
As early as the end of August 1914, Canadian
Vickers placed a proposal before the Deputy Minister for the Naval Service to build two or three
Electric Boat Company submarines for the RCN at Montreal. At 400-tons
dived displacement and mounting four 18-inch torpedo tubes in the bow,
they were similar to CC1 but with improved engines. Vickers
was offering to have the first two boats completed by the 1915 opening
of navigation on the St. Lawrence River for a price of $572,000 each.
This was $2,800 less than what had been paid for the CC-boats, plus
a considerable return to the Canadian economy through wages and materials
purchased in Canada. A further $50,000, it was claimed, would have been
recoverable from customs duties. The third vessel, it was predicted,
could be ready for trials a month after the first pair.
- For the full story Click
- © J. D. Perkins, 1999
Memorial at CF Dockyard Esquimalt B.C.
This memorial is located at CF Dockyard Esquimalt B.C. and was dedicated
West Coast submarines and to
all who have served in boats of the silent service by Rear–Admiral B.
Johnston on 12 March 1996.
- Photo supplied by: Elmer Jones
- Plaque Details:
& CC2, Canada’s first submarines were purchased by British Columbia
and given to the RCN on August 6, 1914. They patrolled the
coast in WW1. The first Canadian Naval vessels to transit the Panama
Canal under the white ensign. They served as training vessels
on the Bras D’or lakes until 1920. Later HMCS Grilse SS71 served on
the west coast 1961 – 1969 followed by HMCS Rainbow SS75 1968 – 1974
Both served with distinction in a continuous series of anti-submarine
|In case you've never seen a Gun Action that actually
drew blood (for real)
- Photo & article supplied by: Steve Jenner
1945, I was First Lieutenant of HMS Sibyl (Lieutenant Commander HR Murray
RN), working out of Trincomalee, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). On our last
Patrol, and just before the BOMB was dropped, we carried out a gun action
against an oil barge being towed south down the Malayan coast, and I took
the attached pictures from the bridge, during what was, almost certainly,
the last British submarine 3 inch gun action of WW2.
||We subsequently got strafed by an aircraft for our trouble!
The pictures show the gun firing. ABST "Sam" Weller is on the left. He was
the junior member of the Motor room staff, and AB Rigby is on the right -
He was an ABRP (Radar Plot) rating. We only had a rather primitive
Airguard Radar (look outs were really more reliable!). I can't remember
the names of the gunlayer or trainer. In the picture of the target on
fire, you can just make out the tug, if you look carefully to the right of
the burning barge.
||The third picture is of
Sibyl in the starboard trot alongside HMS Wolfe in Trinco, and the
Scratcher, A/PO "Soapy" Watson has his back to the camera, by the gun
tower hatch. When he was confirmed PO, I remember having to tie his tie,
because, as a boy entry, he had never worn one!
-CDR Steve Jenner
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