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Oakville's Flower

The History of HMCS Oakville

by (author) Sean E. Livingston

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
Naval, History, World War II
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
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The story of HMCS Oakville, a corvette that fought U-boats in WWII and remains a hero to its hometown in Oakville, Ontario.

This is an in-depth look at the history and legacy of HMCS Oakville, a Canadian World War II corvette that fought in the Battle of the Atlantic, and was one of the few corvettes to sink a U-boat. From its creation through its christening off the shores of its namesake town, its exploits at sea, the famous encounter with U94, and the ship’s lackluster end, Oakville’s is a story that showcases not only our nation’s proud naval heritage, but also the importance of remembrance.

Oakville’s Flower sets the scene of naval war in the Atlantic — the battles between convoys, stealthy U-boats, and the lowly corvettes that formed the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. We follow Oakville, one of those corvettes, through its rise and fall as a Canadian naval legend, to its revival in the town of Oakville, championed by the local Sea Cadet Corps that shares its name and safeguards its legacy.

About the author

Sean E. Livingston is a Naval Reserve officer with the CAF, as well as a teacher and Sea Cadet instructor. For over a decade, he has researched and promoted the history of HMCS Oakville, keeping its memory and story alive. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

The author has done a credible job with the text and makes a fine addition to Oakville and Royal Canadian Navy history.

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Wonderful Book one one of Canada's Fighting Ships

OAKVILLE's Flower -The History of HMCS OAKVILLE has captured an important and amazing piece of Canadian naval history. Sean Livingston tells the story of this corvette in an easy to read format that will interest all readers. He has captured one of the greatest moments in Canadian Naval history with OAKVILLE's successful attack on U94 and the daring boarding of the submarine while under fire. This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in our Royal Canadian Navy's history!

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