The Royal Canadian Navy celebrated it’s centenary in 2010. In 2014 the RCN celebrated 100 years of Canadian Submarines. Coming up in 2020 it will be 100 years since the commissioning of Canada’s first Destroyers HMCS Patriot and HMCS Patrician. It will be the centenary of Tin-Cans (destroyers) and Tin-Can Canucks (destroyer sailors) in the Canadian Navy.
While there have been some fabulous books on various classes of ships in Canadian service–written by Canadian authors I deeply admire like Ken Macpherson, Julie Ferguson, J. David Perkins and others–I have yet to see a book published that looks at the story of destroyers in Canadian service. So, in advance of 2020 I decided I had to write one–and call it… (drum roll)…
While I work on the manuscript, I wanted to share some of the amazing stories I’ve unearthed in my research–stories of men and ships and circumstances that are very much uniquely Canadian (including shelling the American west coast, surviving a monster gale on the way to Bermuda, or breaking up a mutiny on a merchant ship amongst other). So those I think are most interesting–or frankly if I think I need a blog post in a jiffy–I’ll post here over the next few months.
I hope to have Tin-Can Canucks completed this summer, and from there we will see how she goes. In the meantime, I hope my readership (minuscule as I assume it to be) will enjoy reading these tales as much as I enjoyed writing them.
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