A new edition of the Frequently Asked Questions for HMCS HAIDA has been added. Feel free to suggest questions and answers yourself.
Recent visitors to the ship will have noticed that while the exterior appearance of the hull is excellent, the decks and superstructure look forlorn and unloved with peeling paint, bare patches and obvious corrosion everywhere. That should soon change with a six-week work period between October 8th and November 16th. Decks and superstructure are to be sandblasted and painted with spot repairs of corroded areas; scuttles, doors and hatches will be cleaned, and new gaskets installed; wood rails sanded and varnished; and new white oak stripping installed on the bridge dodger. An electrical upgrade will bring HAIDA into compliance with modern electrical codes, decommissioning the old 225 volts dc and 24 volts dc systems, installing new LED lighting throughout the ship while preserving the heritage nature of the old system and providing discrete ac power supplies for radios, navigation lights & radar scanners.
HMCS QUESNEL was a Flower Class Corvette commissioned in May of 1941 in Esquimalt. Prior to going to the East Coast in September of 1942, she took shelter in Alert Bay, BC from a storm. Some members of the crew went ashore and returned to the ship, having pilfered a carved Thunderbird from a burial ground. The totem was repaired and painted and mounted on the ship’s mast as a talisman. QUESNEL was paid off in 1945 at Sorel Quebec, sold to United Steel & Metal Company for scrapping and finally broken up in Hamilton in 1946.
Twenty-nine other corvettes were broken up at Hamilton after the war. Of all those ships, only one artefact has come into our possession: the mast of HMCS CHILLIWACK which is mounted on our quarterdeck. It is likely that, when ships were paid off, items of value disappeared prior to the ship going to the scrapyard. However, if someone, somewhere, knows something about the missing totem, it would be nice to return it home.
See http://www.forposterityssake.ca/GALLERIES/QUESNELS-THUNDERBIRD.htm for more information.
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