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About Dinger

A sea cadet at RCSCC LION from 1963 to 1968, I joined the Naval Reserve at HMCS STAR in 1968 as a Bos'n. I was an Officer Cadet in the ROUTP, commissioned in 1971, and awarded my watchkeeping ticket in 1973. I served at sea, at one time or another, in all five Gate Vessels and HMCS FORT STEELE & CHAUDIERE as well as the Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent and served as OIC of the patrol vessels RALLY and RAPID. At STAR from 1968 to 2007, I served as XO twice and then as CO from 2002 to 2005. I rounded out my career by serving as SSO Training at NAVRESHQ in Quebec City in 2008, retiring in 2009 as CO of HMCS HUNTER in Windsor. I was Executive Director for the Friends of HMCS HAIDA till 2011 and have been an active volunteer onboard HAIDA since she arrived in Hamilton in 2003.

Canada Day onboard HAIDA

Celebrate Canada’s birthday on the country’s most decorated warship! Join us at noon as our costumed gun crew mobilizes to fire the impressive 4” gun in celebration. Enjoy cupcakes and refreshments and participate in fun-packed activities for the entire family!
Free Admission!
Summer hours start – open seven days a week from 10 till 5.

HAIDA Open for 2019 Season

The opening of the 2019 season was delayed because of HAIDA’s winter facelift. The ship will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 till 17:00. From Canada Day (free admission!) to Labour Day, the ship will be open seven days a week, and then back to the Thursday through Sunday routine till 13 October (Thanksgiving weekend). Do come and see us. There are lots of stories to be told.