Book Review-‘Canada’s Bastions of Empire: Halifax, Victoria and the Royal Navy 1749–1918’ by B. Elson

By David Collins, published November 2020


Those who follow Canadian naval historiography are likely more accustomed to the story of the slender beginnings of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1910 to the build-up during the Second World War. Less well known is the story of Canada’s two naval dockyards and fortresses, one on each coast. The Pacific coast was covered by Esquimalt, near Victoria, British Columbia, while Halifax, Nova Scotia anchored the Atlantic coast. Both were establishments first developed by the Royal Navy with troops to help defend them until 1906. Professor Barry Gough has written extensively on the activities of the Royal Navy in the north-west Pacific. Some work on the eastern side has focused on Halifax as a base for the North American and West Indies Station of the RN, also based in Bermuda…

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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