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HAIDA at sea.  (DND photo)

Presented below, are HAIDA'S pertinent statistics. The armament reflects her final configuration.

  • Builders : Vickers Armstrong Ltd; Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.
  • Vickers yard #41 (before naming)
  • Keel laid : September 29, 1941.
  • Launched : August 25, 1942 by Lady Laurie.
  • Commissioned : August 30, 1943.
  • Date of completion: Sept 18, 1943 (Completion and commissioning are usually two different dates for naval ships)
  • De-commissioned: October 11, 1963.
  • Displacement : 2,200 standard; 2,744 tons fully loaded.
  • Length : 377 feet overall.
  • Beam : 37.5 feet.
  • Draught : 11 feet, 9 inches forward; 15 feet, 2 inches aft.
  • Engines : Two Parsons steam turbines; 22,000 shp each.
  • Boilers : Three, Admiralty 3 drum type.
  • Fuel Capacity : 520 tons of Bunker 'C' oil provided a range of 5,200 nm at 15 knots or 1,700 n/m at 20 knots.
  • Speed : 36.5 knots maximum.
  • Original cost : 677,140 pounds Sterling (around $Cdn 3.4 million in 1943).
  • Armament (1960): Four, 21 inch torpedo tubes. Two, twin 4 inch guns (A and B mounts - forward). Two, 3 inch 50 cal guns (aft mounting). Six, aft mounted, Squid mortar bomb launchers. Four, 40 mm single barrel Bofors.
  • Crew : The number varies depending on what era is being referenced. Wartime - 245; Peacetime - 225. There were 14 working officers including the captain and up to four officer-cadets in training. These cadets bunked in Cabin #7 which in the late 1950's became #3 naval stores that housed all the electronic parts. Upon build,  HAIDA was provisioned with 270 billets but not all of these would be filled. If HAIDA became a Command Ship, then there would be 20 more personnel aboard which could easily be accommodated with the spare billets. On HAIDA's first commission in 1943, there were 16 officers including the captain.

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    Billet Details:

    Lower deck personnel -  213 in seven messes
    CPO and PO's              -    43 in four messes
    Officers in cabins         -    14

    EXHIBITS
    3 inch 50 Gun 4 inch  Guns Anchors
    Bridge 40mm Boffin (Bofors)  Canteen 
    Captain's Day Cabin Captain's Sea Cabin  Chartroom
    Damage Control HQ Electrical  Electronics Maintenance
    Former Weapons Messdecks/ Food Operations Room
    Officer's Quarters Ordnance Workshop Petty Officers Mess
    Propulsion  Sick Bay Squid 
    Steaming Lights Transmitting Station Wardroom
    Whaler, Cutter and Carley Float Wheelhouse Other

    SYSTEMS

    Depth Sounding and Bathythermograph 
    Direction Finding /Navigation  Systems 1943 - 1963
    Fire Control System 1943 - 1949
    Fire Control SyStem 1952 - 1963 
    IFF Systems 1943 - 1963
    Gyrocompass System (1943 - 1963)
    Radar Systems 1943 -1949 
    Radar Systems 1952 - 1963 
    Radio Systems 1943-1963
    Sonar/ASDIC Systems (1943 - 1963)
    Torpedoes and Fire Control (1943-1963) 

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