HMCS Haida National Historic Site
Natural Wonders & Cultural Treasures
Haida at sea© Parks Canada
Last Remaining Tribal Class Destroyer
Some ships are famous for winning a single battle: HMS Victory. Some ships are famous for a single tragic loss: USS Arizona. And some ships are famous for an entire career of exemplary service: HMCS Haida, 'the fightingest ship in the Royal Canadian Navy'. When the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designated HMCS Haida as being of national historic significance in 1984, they gave two reasons: because of her role in naval combat, and because she is the last of the Tribal class destroyers.
In the late 1930s, war loomed on the horizon; the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) needed new ships, and was determined to obtain the ‘Tribal' Class destroyers, being built to a new design developed in Britain. Twenty-seven Tribals were built for use in the navies of three countries – Australia, Canada and Great Britain. Thirteen were sunk during World War Two, and thirteen were scrapped after the war. HMCS Haida is the only one left, anywhere in the world.