Shortly after the Korean war started, the infamous American impersonator Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr joined the RCN posing as Dr. Joseph Cyr under false credentials and was quickly inducted and posted to CAYUGA. His only medical training was self taught, yet while at sea in 1951, his treatment of three wounded ROK guerrillas won the respect of the Captain and the crew. When a Canadian periodical wished to report on his heroics for domestic consumption, he declined but after thinking about it for several weeks, his ego got the better part of him so he agreed to an interview. When the real doctor Cyr seen his impostor in the news, he quickly notified the authorities. A radio message was sent and CAYUGA'S captain immediately relieved him of his duties and the Sick Berth Petty Officer took over until a new medical officer arrived. In order to avoid further embarrassment, the RCN agreed to drop any charges provided that Demara left Canada immediately and not return. Because the story aroused so much interest, Hollywood made a movie about Demara titled 'The Great Impostor' in 1960. Since CAYUGA was in refit at the time, the exterior sequences were filmed aboard ATHABASKAN and the interior shots aboard MICMAC.
Four years after her return from Korea in mid-December 1954, CAYUGA carried out training on the west coast, transferring to the east coast in January, 1959 for five more years in the same capacity. During her service life, CAYUGA had three fires aboard. On the morning of the 9th September while at anchor in Nanoose Harbour a fire broke out in Number One Boiler Room. Two men received burns and were landed at the Nanaimo General Hospital for immediate attention. They were subsequently moved to Royal Canadian Naval Hospital, Esquimalt. A Board of Inquiry was convened on arrival in Esquimalt. On September 16, she sailed with no limitations from fire damage noted. During the evening of 14 March 1961, there was a fire in the Ops Room. The other was a fire in the No 1 Boiler Room on 2 July 1959 while the ship was on passage from Montreal to Halifax after the Seaway opening ceremonies. This was dealt with quickly and the record clearly states that no one was burned or injured. Paid off at Halifax on 27th February 1964, she was broken up at Faslane Scotland the following year.
The Cayuga (Indians), for which the ship is named were one of the five original members of the IROQUOIS LEAGUE. They traditionally lived in an area extending westward from between the Skaneateles and Owasco lakes to Seneca Lake in central New York. The Cayuga lived in bark-covered longhouses and were an agricultural people whose staples were maize, beans, and squash. Women tended gardens and gathered wild plant foods while the men cleared fields, hunted, traded, and engaged in warfare.
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