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Depth Charge Canister and Thrower - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 25.003 W 075° 43.025
18T E 443894 N 5029494
Quick Description: This Depth Charge Canister and Thrower is located inside the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa, Ontario
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 6/12/2019 7:04:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM10QPV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
From an information panel on site:

Filled with some 135 kilograms of high explosives, depth charge canisters were rolled off the attacking ship's stern or launched over its side. After sinking to a pre-set depth, the charges exploded with the aim of destroying the submarine with their shockwaves. Oil or debris floating on the surface often indicated success.

From the Canadian War Museum Website:

Depth Charge and Thrower

For the first part of the war, depth charges were the main weapon used against submarines by Canadian and Allied warships. Depth charges (top) were cylinders packed with explosives. They could be dropped into the water from rails on the stern of warships, or fired over a ship's side from throwers like the example seen here. After sinking to a pre-set depth, the charges exploded with the aim of destroying the submarine with their shock waves. Requiring experience and considerable luck for their effective use, they had to be detonated within a few metres of the submarine's tough hull to have any effect.

Reference: (visit link)

Museum Hours and Fees:

April 29 to September 2, 2019 Monday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours subject to change. Statutory holidays falling within this period follow the above hours of operation. September 3, 2019 to March 31, 2020 Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees: Adults $17 - Seniors $15 and students $13 Free on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Parking on the street in proximity to the museum as well as on the grounds of the museum is available for a fee. A parking garage is also available on site.

Museum Guide: (visit link)
What type of artillery is this?: Depth Charge

Where is this artillery located?: Government building

What military of the world used this device?: Canadian

Date artillery was in use: 9/1/1939

Date artillery was placed on display: Not listed

Parking location to view this Waymark: Not Listed

Cost?: Not Listed

Artillery is no longer operational: Not Listed

Still may work: Not Listed

Are there any geocaches at this location?: Not listed

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