The Legacy of HMCS HAIDA, National Historic Site
- HMCS HAIDA is a Tribal class destroyer built in late 1942 in England (maximum speed up to 36.5 knots).
- Total of 27 Tribal Class destroyers were built between 1937 to 1945 (Other destroyers were scraped).
- HMCS HAIDA is the only tribal class destroyer left in the world.
- Served during the WWII, the Korean War and tour of NATO keeping peace in the World.
- The most decorated Canadian ship (1943-1963) receiving many awards and decorations.
- Two tours of Korea in 1952-1954 as a fighting destroyer (she is known as a train buster).
- Designated as the National Historic Site of Canada operated by Parks Canada (Hamilton, Ontario).
On April 29, 1944, HMCS HAIDA (G63) and HMCS ATHABASKAN (G07) were patrolling the English Channel preparation for the D-Day Landings.
HMCS ATHABASKAN (G07) was struck by enemy torpedoes and sank with the loss of 128 sailors. HMCS HAIDA (G63) pursued and destroyed the enemy ship and returned to rescue 47 of Athabaskan’s crew. An additional 85 Athabaskan crew were rescued by the enemy and were liberated from a POW camp in May, 1945.
HMCS HAIDA became the first Canadian (and the first in the Commonwealth) Warship to be commissioned by our new Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth ll on March 1952 and became HMCS HAIDA (215).
HMCS HAIDA (215) served two tours on duty in the Korean War before being retired from service in 1963 and being placed on public display in Toronto, Ontario and relocated to Hamilton in 2003 near HMCS STAR.
Each year, on April 29th, HMCS HAIDA ASSOCIATION; HMCS ATHABASKAN (G07) ASSOCIATION and Friends of HMCS HAIDA hold a solemn Memorial Service to remember those lost at sea on April 29, 1944.