About Us

The Canadian Naval Technical History Association is made up of a group of volunteers, many of whom are retired Naval Engineers. A prime purpose of the CNTHA is to make its information available to researchers and casual readers alike.


The archives comprise papers, presentations, oral histories, publications, etc., in other words the bulk of the archival and member contributed content of the site is found here.


The goal of the links page is to direct readers to related material found in external sites. While we try to keep these links current, we cannot be responsible for the content of these external resources.


In the coming months we will be reviving the gallery section of this site. We would appreciate any contributions, particularly if they help illustrate the technical theme of this site.

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Who We Are

Here's the crew (and guests) in 2014

Members of CNTHA welcomed Captain (N) Rolfe Monteith, visiting from the U.K. In 2001 Rolfe launched the Canadian Naval Defence Industrial Base (CANDIB) subcommittee of CNTHA.

DHH has an ongoing project to capture and preserve our country’s naval technical history. Interested persons may become members of the CNTHA by contacting DHH or the CNTHA Chair, Pat Barnhouse.

The CNTHA's Goals

Goal A

To collect and document information on Canada’s Naval technical history with a focus on:

  • Progression of the use of new or different technology in naval technical activities
  • Effects of the Navy’s procurement and construction activities on the defence industry
  • Technical infrastructure supporting naval platforms and equipment
  • Recruitment, training and development of naval engineers

Goals A1 through A4 will be achieved through the Oral History Program and our Working Groups.

Goal B

Increase accessibility to Canada’s Naval technical history.

Goal B will be achieved through this website and through various communications activities.