Tin-Can Canucks: a Century of Canadian Destroyers is written by S. D. Campbell and published by Kay Cee Publications. It includes a foreword by Vice-Admiral M.F.R. Lloyd, CMM, CD, the current Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Tin-Can Canucks details each of the sixty-two destroyers that served in the RCN from 1920 up until today. Called “An exhaustive history of the Canadian destroyer warship, a portal into the development of the nation’s navy as a whole” by Kirkus Reviews, the book is rich in detail—with one of the destroyers bearing an unique tie to Prince Edward Island.
“The World War Two destroyer HMCS Assiniboine went aground just south of East Point—not far from where I grew up—while being towed to the ship breakers after the war,” says the author. “It was interesting to learn of this story—a part of P.E.I. history not often told. There are a lot of stories like that in this book.”
It took five years to research and write the book, but inspiration for the book came several sources, according to Campbell. “Being an Islander means you’re never far from the sea.” He says, “So many of these stories are about men and women who spend their life on it, protecting our country; many of those stories aren’t widely known. It was time to tell them.”
Sean Campbell is a former member of the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve and is currently a Civilian Instructor with a Calgary Sea Cadet Corps. He was raised on Prince Edward Island and moved to Calgary in 1995. Sean is an award-winning ship modeler and has several models on public display, including HMCS Summerside (MM711) at Town Hall in Summerside. A published short-fiction writer and former software engineer, he currently works as a digital marketing consultant. This is his first non-fiction book. www.tincancanucks.com
Tin-Can Canucks: a Century of Canadian Destroyers is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as select independent booksellers.