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HMCS Haida upkeep

I'm glad they're keeping up with maintenance and rehab better now. That was an issue when it was docked beside Ontario Place.

The story doesn't note it, but there is a lot of volunteer effort that goes toward welcoming and educating visitors and maintaining the ship (Friends of HMCS Haida)

Ottawa provides $3M for repairs to HMCS Haida
By Kevin Werner, Hamilton Spectator (July 21, 2015)

The last of Canada's Tribal Class destroyers may have to return to dry dock to become shipshape.

HMCS Haida, a Parks Canada National Historical Site at the Catharine Street Pier, is undergoing $3 million of structuring assessments of its hull to determine what type of repairs may have to be made.

Eric Nielsen, acting manager for Parks Canada National Historical Sites for southwestern Ontario, said starting this year the Haida's hull will be examined to determine the improvements to the ship that may occur below the waterline.

"Then, from the results of that initial investigation, the ship will be dry docked so that any work that is necessary without being underwater can be undertaken," said Nielsen.

He said marine experts will use ultrasound equipment and conduct visual inspections to determine the work that is required. Nielsen said the project is expected to take two years.

This could mean the Haida, which was commissioned in 1943, and served in the Arctic, English Channel, Normandy and Biscay in 1944, and during the Korean War in 1952-54, could be laid up for a second time for repairs. Prior to locating permanently to Hamilton as a floating museum from Ontario Place in 2003, the Haida was sent to Port Weller dry docks for nine months of repairs. The work involved replacing over four tons of steel plates and improvements to its superstructure.

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