HMCS Haida National Historic Site of Canada

HMCS Haida Video

Symbol of the Government of Canada
© Parks Canada

HMCS Haida, Canada's most famous warship and a national historic site located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Short video produced for the arrival of the ship to her new home of Hamilton. Original archival footage of actions in WWII and historic photographs of crew working and living aboard.

Lyrics:

Waving goodbye with tears in our eyes
We left our loved ones behind
Many of us never been off shore
Not knowing what fate had in store
For twenty years upon her we sailed
From Murmansk to the Bay of Biscay
Serving King, Queen and country
In battle and peace we prevailed

We came from the east
We came from the west
Brothers in arms,
Good men one and all
Twenty-seven Tribals set out to sea
Thirteen sunk; thirteen gone
Only Haida lives on
She's in a class of her own
In a class of her own

The years went by and she lay still
But threats remained
People cried out to save her greatness
Her greatness and her name
She stands tall honouring all who died
So we could be free
No sacrifice never too great
Lest we forget the tribals' legacy

We came from the east
We came from the west
Brothers in arms,
proud sailors one and all
Twenty-seven Tribals set out to sea
Thirteen sunk; thirteen gone
Only Haida lives on
She's in a class of her own
She's in a class of her own

We shared joy and fear,
laughter and sorrow,
Victory and loss
To ship and comrades, raise a tot Many memories we have stored
The journey from life aboard
To the end of our watch,
Lives on a ship forever moored
Twenty-seven Tribals set out to sea
sunk; thirteen gone
Only Haida lives on

She's in a class of her own
In a class of her own
Twenty-seven Tribals set out to sea
Thirteen sunk; thirteen gone
Only Haida lives on
She's in a class of her own
She's in a class of her own