Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Wanna Buy a Canadian Sub?

I always wondered what happened to the old O-boats -- the four submarines that the Victoria-class was meant to replace. (Called the O-boats because of their names: Onondaga, Ojibwa, Okanagan and the Olympus.)

Turns out they're still for sale:

"We are anxious to get rid of them," Pat MacDonald, the department's disposal co-ordinator, told the Halifax Chronicle Herald. "We have been for some time."

MacDonald estimated they may be able to get $50,000 to $60,000 each as scrap metal.

The navy would have liked to use the subs as museums but they've deteriorated too much even for that.

Well, it would have been nice to get some of their fittings into the new War Museum, but I wish DND best of luck in trying to find a sucker--er, buyer. (40 years old and sailing in salt water. Yeah, right.)