Spinning Dits

In submarine parlance, 'spinning dits' refers to telling sea-related stories, usually in the context of a half-dozen sailors clustered around a tiny table and imbibing large quantities of liquid refreshments. In the section below, you will find a number of submarine-related links. Each one will either bring back memories or, if you've never had the privilege of counting yourself one of the 'slaves beneath the waves', will help you understand the uniqueness of submarine life.

Canadian Dolphins

Canadian Submariners - Past and Present

With over 500 members, from all generations, this Facebook group is a place for Canadian submariners to "...drop by, spin a dit (facts are purely optional), have a pint, leave their mark, remember colleagues, and share some pics."

Canadian Dolphins

HMCS Ojibwa Crew

This Facebook group is for "...anyone who has served on OJ, or any other O-Boats period. If you are family, that's good too. Close associates are also welcome..."

UK Dolphins

Submariners Lounge

A UK-based Facebook group for "...submariners, their families and friends", which has over 2,000 members from many different nations.

Got Dolphins? Submariners Lounge

A US-based group, with over 4,500 members, created "...to honor veterans and current QUALIFIED members of the Submarine Force, worldwide.

US Dolphins

Cold War Submarine Veterans

Cold War Submarine Veterans is a Facebook group where "...shipmates can gather, swap photos, and share a sea story or two...where some of them are true." Membership is restricted to Cold War Submarine Veterans - "No moms. No dads. No wives. No girlfriends. No non-qual/nubs."


It’s Not the Ships recounts the experiences of the late Frederick H. Sherwood, Lt Cdr RCNVR, DSC & Bar, from the time he joined the RCNVR in 1933 until 1946. During World War II, Sherwood served in the Royal Navy’s submarine service for five years and became the first Canadian to command a RN “boat.”

Created in 1914, at the beginning of World War I, Canada’s submarine force has overcome repeated attempts to sink it since then. Surprise, controversy, political expediency, and naval manipulation flow through its one hundred-year history. Heroes and eccentrics, and ordinary people populate its remarkable story, epitomizing the true essence of the service.

Fully updated and with new and restored images, Through a Canadian Periscope offers a colourful and thoroughly researched account of the Canadian submarine service, from its unexpected inauguration in British Columbia on the first day of the World War I, through its uncertain future in the 1990s, to the present day.

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.

Pictorial history of the Royal Canadian Navy's submarine service, from World War I to the present day.

The Royal Canadian Navy acquired its first submarines on the day the First World War was declared. As well, Canadian officers served in all theatres of war aboard British submarines, continuing into the Second World War. During WWII and the following Cold War, Canada owned no submarines, but "rented" submarine services from Britain and the US with which to train its large, modern anti-submarine fleet.

Finally, during the 1960's, the decision was made to acquire submarines for the RCN, and Canada now has a very dedicated submarine service of its own. Perkins, himself a submariner, ably chronicles that evolution in these pages.

The Royal Canadian Navy was only four years old when it found itself engaged in World War One and the reluctant owner of two submarines. How these were acquired, manned and sent out on patrol provides the opening for this fascinating look at Canada's first submariners.

While a small band of Canadian volunteers manned our two "submarine boats" at home throughout the course of the Great War, a handful of intrepid professionals went overseas to serve in Britain's submarines. These officers saw service beneath the waves of the North Sea, North Atlantic,the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean, and the narrow waters of the English Channel.

This book has been written to provide all Canadians with an account of that contribution.

No Badge Killick offers an honest and engaging first-hand look at Navy life during the turmoil of the 1960’s. This book begins with the Cuban Missile Crisis and ends as the Western World’s frosty relationship with the Soviet Union was beginning to thaw. It follows the modernization of the Royal Canadian Navy as the older, rusting World War II fleet was replaced with ships designed and built in Canadian shipyards, with technologies developed to be effective in the unforgiving North Atlantic.