Navy

War comes to Sydney Harbour

Deserted and covered with graffiti for decades, the old concrete gun battery at Chapel Point in North Sydney on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island was restored last summer as part of a local project to create a 48.5-hectare park devoted to Canada’s military history. The project, to be known as the Atlantic Memorial Park,...
  • Busy Little Port: Navy, Part 44

    April 8, 2011 by Marc Milner
    Naval historians have naturally concentrated on the great naval base of Halifax, and on the secondary naval bases developed at Sydney, N.S., and St John’s, Nfld. And much has been written on the role of minor ports and bases, such as Gaspé, Que., in the...
  • An American Blunder: Navy, Part 43

    February 12, 2011 by Marc Milner
    On the night of Jan. 11-12, 1942, the war at sea reached the Western Hemisphere when U-123 torpedoed and sank the British steamer SS Cyclops southeast of Cape Sable, N.S. Kapitainleutant Reinhard Hardegen’s U-boat was the first of a wave of five submarines ordered into...
  • The Lost Leadership Cadre: Navy, Part 42

    December 25, 2010 by Marc Milner
    The small ships of the Sheep Dog Navy at war in the vile North Atlantic came to be seen as Canada’s naval war, and as the origins of the modern Canadian navy. But during the Second World War the overriding objective of the professional Royal...
  • The Accidental Enemy: Navy, Part 41

    October 22, 2010 by Marc Milner
    The winter of 1941-42 is usually treated by historians as a quiet one on the North Atlantic Run, but it is doubtful anyone guarding the convoy routes saw it that way. The North Atlantic was its typical vile self, with storm-battered ships and weary men...
  • A Royal Review

    September 21, 2010 by Tom MacGregor
    Rear-Admiral Paul Maddison could not help noticing it as an echo from the darkest days of the Second World War. There, after all, was Halifax’s Bedford Basin, filled with warships ready for whatever task may fall to them. Behind him were 28 ships from Canada and...
  • Complex And Troubled Years: Navy, Part 40

    August 18, 2010 by Marc Milner
    HMCS Assiniboine off Iceland, 1942. PHOTO: GERALD T. RICHARDSON, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA105817 The war at sea in 1942 pulled Canada’s small-ship navy in several directions simultaneously. The importance of the Royal Canadian Navy’s contribution to transatlantic convoy operations east of Newfoundland was confirmed in...