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Through a Canadian Periscope

The Story of the Canadian Submarine Service

by (author) Julie H. Ferguson

foreword by Dan MacNeil & Peter W. Cairns

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
Naval, Canada, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2014
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2014
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 1995
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A comprehensive history of Canada’s submarine service and the people who have served in it.

Through a Canadian Periscope’s second edition celebrates the story of the Canadian submarine service on the occasion of its centenary in 2014.

Created in 1914, at the beginning of World War I, Canada’s submarine force has overcome repeated attempts to sink it since then. Surprise, controversy, political expediency, and naval manipulation flow through its one hundred-year history. Heroes and eccentrics, and ordinary people populate its remarkable story, epitomizing the true essence of the service.

Fully updated and with new and restored images, Through a Canadian Periscope offers a colourful and thoroughly researched account of the Canadian submarine service, from its unexpected inauguration in British Columbia on the first day of the World War I, through its uncertain future in the 1990s, to the present day.

This vivid account celebrates the individuals who dedicated themselves to the Canadian submarine service and in some instances lost their lives in submarines.


About the authors

Julie H. Ferguson, a successful author and speaker, has been writing about the Canadian submarine service since 1984. Julie's submarine articles have appeared in Legion magazine, Sea Power, USNI Proceedings, and elsewhere; her second submarine book, Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium, was published in 2000.

Julie H. Ferguson's profile page

RAdm. Daniel G. McNeil, RCN, CMM, CD2. (Ret), Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, 2004–2006

Dan MacNeil's profile page

Vice-Admiral Peter W. Cairns, CMM, CD. (Ret.), Commander, Maritime Command, 1992–1994

Peter W. Cairns' profile page

Editorial Reviews

Mrs. Ferguson is truly the unofficial Canadian submarine historian, and is congratulated on this effort. This book is most definitely recommended.

RCN News

Fully updated and with new and restored images, Through a Canadian Periscope offers a thoroughly researched account of our submarine service from its beginnings at the outset of the First World War to its activities today.

Maritime Engineering Journal

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