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Photo Essay: HMCS Haida


In Canada, historic naval ships are not as plentiful as in the United States but their history is just as rich. Although Canada’s naval tradition is a young one, officially starting with the Naval Act in 1910, the legacy is a lasting one that continues to thrive up to the present with the commissioning of the new City Class Frigates. Canadians have chosen to preserve three of the many ships that saw service in WWII. Two of them, the corvette HMCS Sackville and COS Acadia are in Halifax and the other, the destroyer HMCS Haid, is in Toronto. The post-war vessel HMCS Bras D’Or is also preserved. It is very likely that other ships will be saved in this way with current plans to bring HMCS Fraser to Kingston, Ontario. It is sometimes hard to believe that you can actually still stand on the decks of some of the most famous ships in Canada but there is no doubt about the thrill of such an act once you are aboard. The following photo essay gives you a glimpse into HMCS Haida’s past but to really feel it you should come aboard.