HMCS OJIBWA

HMCS OJIBWA

Class: Oberon Submarine;  Keel Laid Down: 27 September 1962; Launched: 29 February 1964; Builder: Chatham Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, UK; Commissioned: 23 September 1965; Decommissioned: May 1998;  Length: 295.25 ft (89.99 m); Beam: 26.5 ft (8.1 m); Draft: 18 ft (5.5 m); Displacement, Surfaced: 1,610 t (2,000 long tons), Submerged: 2,410 t (2,370 long tons); Speed, Surfaced: 12 kn (22 km/h), Submerged, 17.5 kn (32.4 km/h); Armament: 8 × 21 in (530 mm) tubes (6 bow, 2 stern), 22 MK 48 torpedoes.

Latitude: 42.646894, Longitude: -80.482762

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HMCS OJIBWA was the first submarine purpose built for Canada, although the Canadian Submarine Service has its origins in 1914 with the acquisition of CCI and CCII.  OJIBWA was based in Halifax from 1965 to her decommissioning in 1998.  Known for her tremendous capacity for stealth, her primary area of operations was the North Atlantic, although she is known to have conducted operations in many other still classified locations.  OJIBWA remained at dockside in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia until the Canadian Department of National Defence donated her to the Elgin Military Museum of St. Thomas, Ontario in May of 2012.

At that time she was taken by ocean-going floating dry dock to the Heddle Shipyard in Hamilton where her exterior was restored, tanks cleaned and certified and preparations made for the difficult passage across Lake Erie in November of 2012.  After a triumphant journey through the Welland Canal on a shallow draft barge, she arrived to much fanfare in the tiny village of Port Burwell on the north shore of Lake Erie on November 19, 2012. The first winter was spent restoring the interior of the submarine in preparation for the Official Opening on July 6, 2013.

OJIBWA is open for tours daily from May to October and other times by appointment.  School and group tours are welcome any time by contacting the Museum.  In addition to inside and outside tours, guests can take the 3-hour long Greater Depths Tour led by qualified submariners visiting parts of the boat normally off limits to visitors.

HMCS OJIBWA is a finalist for both the Travel Industry Association of Canada Brewster Travel Canada Innovator of the Year Award for the 2013 and the Travel Industry Association of Ontario Innovator of the Year Award for the 2013 opening season.

Badge: Blazon Azure, an escallop shell erect argent irradiated by nine ears of wild rice or, all issuing from two barrulets wavy of the last, in base.

3 Pitt Street, Port Burwell, Ontario, N0J 1T0.

Phone: 519-633-7641.

Email: info@projectojibwa.ca    http://www.projectojibwa.ca

HMCS OJIBWA in compound

HMCS OJIBWA in compound

 

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