HMCS Haida National Historic Site of Canada
Saving HMCS Haida
In October 1963, Haida was decommissioned from the Navy; she was considered obsolete. The years and the miles had caught up to her – in 20 years she steamed 688,534.25 nautical miles, the equivalent of 27 times around the world.
Unlike so many of the Tribals, she was spared from the scrapyard, thanks to the efforts of a private organization, HAIDA Inc. which bought her from the Navy for use as a museum ship. She was acquired by the Government of Ontario in 1970, and many people toured the destroyer when it was located at Ontario Place, Toronto. Ownership was transferred to Parks Canada in 2002.
After that transfer, to ensure her long-term preservation, Haida spent nine months undergoing essential repairs. This was a complex job. She had to be removed from the lagoon at Ontario Place, and towed across the open waters of Lake Ontario. In dry dock at Port Weller, over four tons of steel hull plates were replaced, and repairs made to her superstructure. Once fixed, she was moved to Hamilton, Ontario.
Opened in June 2004 as a Parks Canada National Historic Site, docked at Hamilton Harbour, HMCS Haida serves as a reminder of the sacrifice, courage and tenacity of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Veterans in front of G63© Photo courtesy of Friends of HMCS HAIDA
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