Halifax and the Royal Canadian Navy by John BoileauHalifax and the Royal Canadian Navy by John Boileau

Halifax and the Royal Canadian Navy

byJohn Boileau

Paperback | April 6, 2010

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On May 4, 1910, the Liberal government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier passed the Naval Service Act, which created the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Ever since, the RCN and the city of Halifax-a strategic Canadian port on the Atlantic-have been partners. During the Second World War's Battle of the Atlantic, Halifax was a major centre of operations for the RCN, which was tasked with the crucial missions of escorting merchant ships and hunting German U-Boats not far off Halifax's coast. But the relationship with the city of Halifax was not without turmoil: at the conclusion of the war the pent-up frustrations of sailors boiled over into the V-E Day riots.

Part of the popular Images of Our Past series, Halifax and the RCN marks the centennial of the Royal Canadian Navy's founding in 1910. Author John Boileau's superbly researched narrative is supplemented with over 150 historical photos of the sailors, ships, and shore establishments that defined the RCN. An accessible and lively photographic history, Halifax and the RCN is a worthy tribute to the Royal Canadian Navy and its home port.

John Boileau served in the Canadian Army for thirty-seven years, retiring as a colonel in 1999. He is the author of seven previous books, including Fastest in the World (shortlisted for the 2005 Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction), Valiant Hearts, and The Peaceful Revolution. John and his wife, Miriam, live on a small island in St. M...
Title:Halifax and the Royal Canadian NavyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 6, 2010Publisher:Nimbus PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1551097478

ISBN - 13:9781551097473

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Excellent Work! If someone would have suggested to me that a history of Halifax OR the Royal Canadian Navy could even be remotely contained within 198 pages, I would have scoffed at them. Yet, that is exactly what former soldier and military historian, John Boileau, has achieved in Halifax & the Royal Canadian Navy (Nimbus 2010). Boileau takes us from the very humble beginnings of Canada’s naval service to the acquisition of the Halifax class patrol frigates and the Victoria class submarines. He also touches on women in the navy and the vital role they have played in its history. By focusing on the main events throughout the navy’s history and expounding on those where necessary, we are taken on a historic voyage of discovery, witnessing the birth and coming of age of the Royal Canadian Navy and its symbiotic relationship with Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canada’s lead in submarine hunting, invention of the bear trap allowing heavy helicopters to operate from impossibly small destroyers in almost all weather, and the important role played by the navy’s men and women during the Cuban missile crises (in spite of the Prime Minister’s wishes) are well documented. For most readers, this will be the first time they are made aware of Canada’s ‘unofficial’ actions during that time. We are also shown the navy from the sailor’s personal perspective. John shows us how their lives changed over the decades, and how history and politicians affected the life of everyone, from lowly seaman to admiral. Boileau does not hide his contempt for unification, nor should he, but on a happy note, his wish that ‘with a stroke of a pen’ the Conservative government had re-established the historic names of the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, was granted, albeit too late to be included in his book. Well researched, well written and peppered with quality images, Halifax & the Royal Canadian Navy belongs on every Canadian’s book shelf as a reminder that in some things, Canada was and still is a world leader. For those who seek further information on the history of the navy and Halifax, Boileau has included a lengthy Bibliography in its usual place at the back of the book and to add even further to an already great work, the author has thoughtfully included a chapter titled ‘Naval Nomenclature for the Novice’ at the front of the book. Bravo Zulu Mr. Boileau! With the new ship building program well on the way, and HMCS Victoria’s recent live firing of a torpedo, finally establishing the ‘new’ submarines as an operational part of it, the future does indeed seem bright for Canada’s navy. www.daniellittle.com
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! I bought this for my father who spent 2 summers in Halifax during WW2 while his Father was overseas and has loved the Navy ever since. He read it through in one sitting. He said it was very well written and every highschool student should read it as it shows 100 years of conflicts around the world. Some of the places in Halifax he remembers fondly are mentioined in the book.
Date published: 2010-07-10