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The War at Sea

There was a Canadian naval service in the First World War, chiefly employed in coastal patrol and local antisubmarine operations. Its history has been adequately told in the first volume of the Royal Canadian Navy's official history by Tucker, but a newer work by Michael Hadley and Roger Sarty, Tin-pots and pirate ships, puts its operations more cogently within the overall framework of the war. A new official history of the Navy, planned by the Department of National Defence, will use recently released documents to bring new scholarship on the naval questions of the First World War.

Beatty, David Pierce. -- "Petty Officer First Class E. Leslie Goodwin : a Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer in World War I". -- The northern mariner = Le marin du nord. -- Vol. 3, no. 2 (April 1993). -- P. 19-32

Hadley, Michael L. ; Sarty, Roger. -- Tin-pots and pirate ships : Canadian naval forces & German sea raiders, 1880-1918. -- Montreal : McGill-Queen's Univ. Press, 1991. -- 391 p.

Perkins, Dave. -- Canada's submariners, 1914-1923. -- Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, 1989. -- 226 p.

Tennyson, Brian ; Sarty, Roger. -- "Sydney, Nova Scotia and the U-boat war, 1918". -- Canadian military history. -- Vol. 7, no. 1 (Winter 1998). -- P. 29-41

  • This material has been incorporated into Guardian of the Gulf : Sydney, Cape Breton, and the Atlantic wars. -- Toronto : Univ. of Toronto Press, 2000. -- 495 p.

Tucker, Gilbert Norman. -- The Naval Service of Canada. -- Volume I : Origins and early years. -- Ottawa : King's Printer, 1952. -- 436 p.

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