Project Ojibwa is a multi-phased program to bring HMCS Ojibwa
from Nova Scotia to Elgin County on Lake Erie. Click
here to download the flyer.
Elgin Miltiary Museum press conference to announce Port Burwell as
the site of the Ojibwa Sub Station in August, 2010. From left to
right, Ian Raven, Executive Director, Elgin Military Museum; Lynn
Acre, Mayor of Bayham; and Al Montgomery, Project Manager.
Phase 1 - Assessment: -
engineering and condition surveys of the submarine and potential
locations for a permanent home. Complete!
Phase 2 - Site Selection: - detailed surveys
were completed on a number of potential sites for the permanent
home of HMCS Ojibwa and a short list was drawn up. The two
finalists in the competition were Port Stanley and Port Burwell.
Each community presented its most competitive bid and the museum
made the final site selection in August of 2010. The
Municipality of Bayham was the winner with its bid on behalf of the
Port Burwell. Complete!
Burwell means summer fun in the sun. Beautiful beaches and summer
festivals provide something for everyone.
Phase 3 - Move Planning: - detailed planning of
the move, preparation of the submarine and site, scheduling and
coordinating routing, designing and building the cradles. Complete!
Phase 4 - The Move: - Ojibwa is scheduled to
leave Halifax in May, to travel by floating dry-dock to Hamilton,
Ontario where she will be mounted on a shallow-draft barge and
fitted with permanent cradles. She is set to move through the
Welland Canal en route to her new home in Port Burwell early
November 2012. Complete!
Phase 5 - Mounting: - mounting the sub and
permanently securing her on cradles is scheduled for November 14,
Ojibwa is in Port Burwell, much work will need to
be done to make her ship shape for public visits - not the least of
which will be adding a ventilation system! Seen here, the forward
torpedo bay, June, 2010.
Phase 6 - Construction and Preparation: -
design and construction of the support building and facilities,
installation and preparation of exhibits, landscaping, installation
of the Wall of Honour and preparing the vessel for exhibition.
Phase 7 - Official Opening Ceremonies: - slated
for 2014 however :
Ojibwa will be open to the public during the summer of 2013 so
we can test our systems against real visitor traffic. We want to
see what works best prior to the official opening slated for the
2014 - the one hundredth year of the Submarine Service in