Visiting Ships

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Dating back to the visit of HMS HERON, a Britomart Class gunboat, which visited Hamilton  August 17-19 1866, a steady stream of naval vessels have visited Hamilton.   On HERON’s arrival, the Mayor was there to greet her, there was a civic reception at the Royal Hotel followed by a trip to the Mountainview Hotel at the top of the escarpment, and the next day the City Council went for a sail.  Subsequent visits have not always received the same attention in the city.

BRITOMART, the name ship of the class & HERON’s sistership.

I have been able to identify at least thirty-six vessels from the Royal Canadian Navy plus another thirteen from the United States Navy, Royal Navy, Netherlands Navy and Indian Navy that have visited Hamilton over the years.  I’m sure that there are others that I have missed.  If you know details of any ship visits, please let me know.

  • ANTICOSTI MSA-110
  • BUCKINGHAM FFE-314
  • CAP DE LA MADELAINE FFE-317
  • CORMORANT ASL-20
  • FRASER DDH-233
  • FREDERICTON FFH-337
  • GATINEAU DDE-236
  • GLACE BAY MM-701
  • HAIDA DDE-215
  • INCH ARRAN 308
  • KINGSTON MM-700
  • KOOTENAY DDE-258
  • LANARK FFE-321
  • LAUZON FFE-322
  • MARGAREE DDH-230
  • MONCTON MM-708
  • MONTREAL FFH-336
  • MORESBY MSA-112
  • NIPIGON DDH-266
  • NOOTKA DDE-213
  • OKANAGAN S-74
  • ORIOLE YAC-3
  • OTTAWA DDH-229
  • PORTAGE FSE-169
  • PORTE DAUPHINE YMG-186
  • PORTE ST JEAN YMG-180
  • PORTE ST LOUIS YMG-183
  • RESTIGOUCHE DDE-257
  • SAGUENAY DDH-206
  • SIOUX DDE-225
  • CROIX DDE-256
  • TERRA NOVA DDE-259
  • TORONTO FFH-333
  • VICTORIAVILLE FFE-320
  • VILLE DE QUEBEC FFH-332
  • WALLACEBURG FSE-172
  • HMS BRAVE F-94
  • HMRY Britannia
  • HMS HERON
  • HNLMS ROTTERDAM D-818
  • INS TARANGINI
  • USS DANIEL A. JOY DE-585
  • USS EGRET AMS-46
  • USS HURRICANE PC-3
  • USS LCU 1680
  • USS PROWESS MSF-280
  • USS SAMUEL ELLIOT MORRISON FFG-13
  • USS SEAGULL AMS-55
  • USS ZELLARS DD-777