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Florence M Arrives for Ojibwa

The tug Florence M and the Barge Heddle M1 arrived around 1400 today. They proceeded to Pier Navy L, and will load the former HMCS Ojibwa for transport to Ontario, where she will become a Museum Piece. This same method was  used to transport the previous 2 subs for scrapping, after Onadonga had Issues being towed.

A Bit of History

The 4 Oberon Boats spent much their retired life tied up in a row at jetty Navy L in Dartmouth, though one was used in the movie K19 Widowmaker. The Onadonga was the first to leave in July 2008, bound for the Maritime Museum in Rimouski. Onadonga was towed by the Tug Jerry Newbury, though Towing proved difficult, and the towing bridle parted on the first attempt to leave.

She was eventually towed, though the difficulty was likely he reason to use the barge (which submerges to allow the sub to float on and off.)

HMCS Ojibwa Update

The doubt surrounding the fate of the former HMCS Ojibwa, currently tied up at the Naval Dockyard Annex in Dartmouth has been resolved. Peter Mackay, The minister of Defence, signed an agreement turning over the Sub to the Elgin Military Museum in St. Thomas Ontario.

Onandaga became a museum piece in Rimouski PQ, and Okanagan and Olympus were scrapped last year. Its a shame we chose to save 2 British Boats, But couldn’t be bothered to save HMCS Frasier (or the other 2 Annapolis Class boats) that were designed and built in Canada, and summarily scrapped last year.

UPDATE: The London Free Press is reporting the Tug Florence M is on her way to Halifax from Hamilton to return with the Sub which is scheduled to be Installed on September 8.The Florence M shows an ETA of May 25th for her Halifax arival.

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