Saturday, November 7, 2009


Richard Gimblett, command historian of the Canadian Navy and past president of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, has a new book out published by the Dundurn Group (he is editor of the book which features various contributions for naval experts).

The commemorative volume The Naval Service of Canada, 1910-2010 is a well illustrated commemorative volume which details the full century, 1910–2010, of the Canadian Navy.

The foreword for this book is by Governor General Michaƫlle Jean (as commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces) and the contributors are highly recognized authorities on their particular period.

The contributors’ comprehensive coverage, drawing upon a multitude of primary archival sources and secondary volumes by other authors, includes

The book includes the origins of the Canadian Navy back to 1867, both world wars, the Korean conflict, the Cold War period, and a look at the navy of the future. There is also a section on naval war art.

Gimblett, a former serving officer now living in Ottawa, is also a contributor to volume 1 of the official history of the Royal Canadian Navy (1867–1939), and co-authored Operation Friction, 1990–1991: The Canadian Forces in the Persian Gulf and The Admirals: Canada’s Senior Naval Leadership in the Twentieth Century.

The book is 280 pages and costs $40.

It has just been published. Here are additional details about the launch of the book in Ottawa on Nov. 16.

Monday, November 16th:

11 am – 1 pm: Book launch at the Armories Cartier Drill Hall, 2 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON. For more information, please contact Collected Works Bookstore at (613) 722-1265

For more information about the Naval Centennial, visit The Canadian War Museum is developing a virtual museum to showcase 100 years of naval service. The five naval museums, (Calgary, AB; Halifax, NS; Winnipeg, MB; and Quebec City, PQ) will provide digital input. A traveling art show with artifacts will tour Canada during 2010. Visit the virtual exhibit on the DND website in November, 2009.