The 3rd Mackenzie-class destroyer to comission & 1st Canadian warship to carry the name, HMCS Yukon was built by Burrard Dry Dock Ltd. of Vancouver, BC.
Yes, we’re all told not to judge a book by its cover, but so many people buy a book by its cover art.
HMCS Saguenay (I) was the first RCN vessel to carry the name. Laid down in 1929 she was the first Canadian made-to-order warship.
Well it’s official, I’ve finished the first draft of Tin-Can Canucks–I have the writing done. It’s time for a nice relaxing bottle of scotch and several days away from the laptop (if possible).
(photos and associated captions are from the Canadian War Museum website) This post is another of a series of excerpts from my book Tin Can Canucks. As the book is still under development these posts should be considered as part of a work in progress. These excerpts are presented as they’ve been developed and may […]
The story of the first made-to-order warships for the Canadian navy (HMCS Saguenay and HMCS Skeena) in Canadian Naval Review Vol 12, #2
Built by Halifax Shipyard Ltd., she was the last of the Canadian-built Tribals to complete, and the last Canadian Tribal to commission, entering the RCN in 1948—three years after the end of the war she had been designed to fight.
In this day and age, when purchasing something physically at a shop we have those items’ bar codes scanned by the check-out (self-serve or otherwise). This is done to ensure both accuracy in pricing and to assist in inventory control. With books this bar code is based on a special number known as the ISBN.
When Marine Industries Ltd. of Sorel, Quebec delivered HMCS Assiniboine (II) to the Royal Canadian Navy it was the first post-war warship built by that yard for the RCN which subsequently commissioned her the 16th of August 1956.
While working away on the writing over the Easter break, my daughter was asking about the process I go through in writing a history of one of the destroyers in the book–I think she was surprised at how slow a process it can be at times.