Canadian Submarine at Esquimalt
On the verge of war, British Columbia acquired two submarines from the United States in order to protect its vulnerable coastline.
With war threatening at the end of July 1914, and amidst fears of attacks by German cruisers, British Columbia Premier Sir Richard McBride purchased two submarines being built for Chile in the United States. McBride's agents paid over $1 million for the pair, which arrived in Esquimalt to some alarm, as a few witnesses believed they were German raiders. The Canadian government quickly assumed responsibility for the two vessels, designated CC-1 and CC-2.
George Metcalf Archival Collection