Glorified in movies, but hidden beneath the waves in service, submarines have an indefinable mystique. They left harbour in the dark of night and returned the same way, their crews coming and going quietly, dressed simply as regular dock workers. It was for good reason that Canada's Cold War submarine service was known as the “real secret service”.
The interpretive centre, to be built in 2014, will house an extensive collection representing the history of the Canadian Navy with an emphasis on the Cold War.
The Museum of Naval History is a “Sub-station” of The Elgin Military Museum of St. Thomas, Ontario. Founded in 1978, the Elgin Military Museum is a charitable organization established to collect, record, preserve, interpret and exhibit items of Canadian military history, with an emphasis on Elgin County and its citizens. Official tax receipts can be issued for eligible donations.