The oops is because I visited HMCS Haida on the first Tuesday that it was not open for visitors – just to be clear that’s the Tuesday after Labour Day.
HMCS Haida is the last remaining example of the 27 Tribal Class destroyers built for the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy between 1937 and 1945. It has been said that the Tribals were "magnificent in appearance, majestic in movement and menacing in disposition".
Technologically, they represented the most advanced naval architecture, marine propulsion systems and weaponry of their time.
Haida was built in England, was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943, and served in many theatres of operation through the Second World War. After a post-war refit, Haida continued in service through Korean War and Cold War situations, until she was decommissioned in 1963.
Haida was acquired by the Province of Ontario and moved to Ontario Place (Toronto) in 1971, and later designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984 by the federal government. Ownership was transferred to Parks Canada in 2002.
Haida arrived at Pier 9 in Hamilton Harbour on August 30, 2003, the 60th anniversary of her commissioning and has been operated by Parks Canada as the HMCS Haida National Historic site.
I was rather annoyed that the Haida was not open for viewing - such is life, but as you will see later, I managed to visit her…