HMCS Windsor CO thanks CDS, General Lawson.

Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium

Cover of Deeply Canadian, 2000

Paperback (1st ed.) and ebook (2nd ed.), 230 pages, illustrated,

appendices, bibliography.

Print ISBN 9780968985700

Digital ISBN


also by Julie H. Ferguson

​A book for everyone who is interested in naval history, Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium tells the story of how Canada again nearly lost her submarine service in the 1990s after decades of dedicated duty.

Written in a clear and concise style, Deeply Canadian is informative and does not resort to technical jargon to make its point -- highly recommended.                          

Cdr. Michael Young, CD, (Ret), 

Contributing editor, Maritime Affairs

Canada has a tradition of undervaluing her armed services and her navy has been no exception. However Canada’s small submarine service has had the toughest fight to stay alive of any branch in her military. After 1987 when the nuclear-powered submarine acquisition died, it was an on-again, off-again proposition but, in 1998, the government gave the Silent Service its reprieve when Cabinet approved the purchase of four new submarines to replace the aging Oberon class boats.

Beginning where the successful Through a Canadian Periscope (Dundurn 1995) left off, Deeply Canadian explains why Canada acquired new submarines at the turn of a millennium that did not look like suffering another world war. An enjoyable, jargon-free read, the book recounts the last bedevilled submarine acquisition against the backdrop of Canada’s submarine heritage and naval/political history. Deeply Canadian also explores why conventionally-powered submarines are a realistic choice for Canada and what the new four Victoria class boats could add to the country’s security and NATO in the 21st century.

Print, first edition: Beacon Publishing, 2000. (Used copies only) 

Digital second edition 2014 (best on tablets): Amazon Kindle, CAD$7.99



Print: First edition is OUT OF PRINT. Used copies available here

Digital formats: Second edition only, Amazon Kindle here. (Also available at and Best read on tablets with Kindle app to enjoy the images. 




September 2015

Excellent and I fully concur that Deeply Canadian should be required reading for every politician in fact both books should be required.

Walter Buchanan, a non-submariner.


May 10, 2014

  • Deeply Canadian is a super read....I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed reporting and arguments...excellent.

  • Also on the ebook version: [Also] thoroughly's layout and photographs

Peter Davies, RCNC (Ret). Former Project Director for the Upholder class and Constructor in Charge for Canadian Oberons


April 23, 2014

[Deeply Canadianbrought back many memories. It also reinforced my belief of why we need to have a strong submarine force in Canada.This [book] helps inform the public to that cause — it's a shame our government hasn't gotten the message. Julie gives you the straight facts about our submarines — no duff! A very interesting read! BZ!

Bob Trombley, submariner.

This is a great book. I have already purchased [Through a Canadian Periscope] and the first edition of this one. [Deeply Canadianis very well written with information on the new Victoria class submarines.The author's knowledge and presentation are the reason that keeps me coming back over and over. B.Z. and thank you.

DJ Boudreau, CD, CLSM PO2 (Retired) Scribe.

February 4, 2002

​Deeply Canadian should be required reading for every student of Canadian military history. Not only does it provide a very useful historical review of the Canadian Submarine Service, it provides a thorough and compelling argument for its continuation and expansion. Ms. Ferguson's splendid book has done a great service to the unjustly misunderstood Canadian navy, and I highly recommend it!
Roger Thompson, Fellow of Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society and author of Brown Shoes, Black Shoes and Felt Slippers, 1995.


December 2000 

...the author has done her research well. Her arguments are balanced and documented. This is an important contribution to the naval historical record and I highly recommend it.

Cdr. E.J. Michael Young, CD (Ret), Contributing Editor, Maritime Affairs, Winter 2000/2001.