HMCS Haida arrives in Hamilton
More than 200 war veterans who served on Canada's most decorated warship watched as HMCS Haida arrived at its new home in Hamilton Saturday.
Heritage Minister Sheila Copps was there for the welcoming ceremony, which took place on the 60th anniversary of the ship's commissioning into the Royal Canadian Navy.
The ship was towed out of Port Weller Dry Docks on the Welland Canal in St. Catharines, where it underwent repairs.
It's one of only two Royal Canadian Navy Second World War ships that still exist. The other, HMCS Sackville, is docked at Halifax Harbour.
During the war, Haida sank nine German ships in four and a half months in 1944. In later years, it took part in NATO exercises and later did two tours of duty in the Korean War.
The ship was decommissioned in 1963 and became a tourist attraction in Toronto. It sat at Ontario Place for 30 years.
Haida will be made into a naval museum at its new home at Pier 9 on Hamilton Harbour. The museum will open next summer.