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Canadian River Class Frigate

The River Class frigates were described, shortly after the Second World War, as "the most effective naval vessels built in Canada, especially for anti-submarine warfare - not only sleek of line, but equipped with the finest antisubmarine devices then available in the country".

HMCS Niobe, The Birth of a Navy

HMCS Niobe was a Diadem Class British cruiser purchased by Canada in 1910 and was the first ship in the newly-formed Royal Canadian Navy. This paper details her acquisition, service and specifications.

HMCS Bonaventure

This paper provides details on the background, service and specifications of Canada’s last aircraft carrier.

Valour at Sea, Canada's Merchant Navy in WWII

A summary of the service, courage and dedication of the men and women of Canada’s Merchant Marine during World War II.

The U-Boat War 1939 - 1945

A summary of the Research Paper of the same title, providing an overview of U-Boat activity in WWII.

The Royal Canadian Navy Beach Commando "W"

The description of a special Canadian unit formed to assist in the landing of troops and vessels at D-Day.

Landing Ships & Landing Craft

A brief description of the Landing Ships and Landing Craft used by the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII.

Battle of the St. Lawrence

Provides an overview of German U-Boat operations in the Gulf of St Lawrence during the period 1942-1944 and of the efforts of the RCN to curtail those operations.

pdf Canadians and Coastal Forces during World War II (282 KB)

Describes the men, vessels and actions of the 29th and 65th Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat Flotillas during WWII.

HMS St. Lawrence

 HMS St Lawrence was a 112-gun first-rate wooden warship of the Royal Navy that served on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. She was the only Royal Navy ship-of-the-line ever to be launched and operated entirely in fresh water.

HMCS Galiano

HMCS Galiano, a former fishery protection vessel, was requisitioned by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1917. On 29 October 1918 she sent a distress call that she was in difficulty. Nothing more was heard from her and she was lost with all hands, becoming the only Royal Canadian Navy vessel to be lost in World War I.

CGS Canada

Canadian Government Ship Canada was a Fishery Protection Vessel that was used to train fishermen to become members of Canada's naval militia, before the existence of a Canadian naval service. As such she was the Navy’s first training vessel.

Following the outbreak of the First World War CGS Canada was officially transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). She underwent a refit to become a naval patrol ship. This Fact Sheet traces her naval and post-war service.

MK 14 Torpedo

The Mark 14 Torpedo was the standard United States Navy submarine torpedo during World War II. Despite early problems, the Mark 14 became a reliable weapon and was used by the USN for over 40 years.  The Royal Canadian Navy employed the Mark 14 aboard HMCS Grilse and HMCS Rainbow.

pdf Minesweeping (315 KB)

A brief summary of the deployment and use of sea mines, and the techniques used for detecting and removing them.

pdf Operation Drumbeat – The WWII U-Boat Campaign on the US East Coast (243 KB)

The U-Boat campaign off the east coast of the United States in 1942 in which they operated with near-impunity and scored huge successes.


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