I decided to place the reviews for Through a
Canadian Periscope & Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium
by Julie H. Ferguson on the same page as the reader of either
of these books will definitly want to acquire the other one.
Through A Canadian Periscope
Through a Canadian Periscope, by Julie H. Ferguson manages to accomplish what I
thought was the impossible. Attempting to document the
history of Canada’s submarine service from its early
1914 beginnings to the present time within the confines of a single volume, in my mind, would have
resulted in a hodgepodge
of information that would prove useless to anyone with more than a passing interest in submarines.
I can happily report that I was completely wrong.
Not only does the
author manage to give us a detailed history of every boat from CC-1 to the current Victoria class, but she also
includes a generous helping of anecdotes throughout the book’s
pages. Ferguson has clearly spent many, many long hours
researching this work and, I suspect, shared more than a few mugs of beer while listening to the submariners whose
stories are intertwined within its pages.
From history to sea stories – this book has it all.
Admittedly, I often saw ads for Through a Canadian Periscope
on-line, and kept thinking that I really should order
this book someday, but I kept procrastinating. I don’t know why, but that did work out in my favour as now
I have the recently
released Second Edition
which brings us up to date with the goings on of the Victoria class boats.
This edition’s timing is perfect as it appears that all four of Canada’s submarines will soon be ready
active service, in spite of what the
nay-sayers (most of whom have no idea what they’re talking about) have been preaching for years.
If you enjoy
naval history, you will want to read this book. If you are a submariner or just someone fascinated by the
‘secret service’ you need to read this book. Then,
you will want to consider Ferguson’s next book,
Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium, to
learn even more about the Victoria class
and why Canada must ensure that it always possesses a viable submarine capability.
Through a Canadian Periscope, by Julie H. Ferguson is available through Amazon.ca
by clicking here.
Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium
Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium, by Julie H. Ferguson is the perfect companion to her earlier
Through a Canadian
Periscope. Where Periscope looks at the history of submarines within the Canadian Navy,
Deeply Canadian explains the needs and benefits of an active submarine force. Ferguson goes beyond the basic
military requirement for submarines, and delves into
the economic and sovereignty benefits of being a member of this
exclusive club; information that in fact applies to any nation. I would not be surprised to find this work as part
of an economics course reading list.
of the economics study here is the financial costs and debate of nuclear versus SSK boats, and although she does not go into
great technical detail, the
author does make a sound argument for SSK’s, especially for a country without the mega-funds
necessary to operate a fleet of nuclear boats. For Canada,
the choice is obvious and after reading Deeply Canadian,
I have no doubt that even the most obsessed anti-defence advocate would find themselves agreeing with the cost effectiveness
of a conventional submarine component for the Royal Canadian Navy.
One line from the book really strikes home; “The public image of the navy
is still based on the Battle of the Atlantic in WW-II
because it was the RCN’s Vimy.” As Ferguson explains, that is sadly out of date in today’s reality.
She notes that one
thing the public does hear
fat too often are the military nay-sayers who seem bent on reducing Canada’s Armed Forces to slightly more than
a police force.
Deeply Canadian: New Submarines
for a New Millennium will leave you informed and intrigued as to where Canada’s
submarine force is today and where it should be heading tomorrow. The incredible
amount of research alone
that Ferguson has done makes
this a must read for any military historian or economics student.
Deeply Canadian: New submarines for a New Millennium
is available through Amazon.ca by clicking here.