Our Ships

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Author: Don Wilson
Published: Aug 2nd 2009
Updated: 3 months ago

This page and all related to it provides an outline of the Fleet Ship Classes to which other pages will eventually be linked with more detailed information. Not all ships that served Canada are listed - for example, the USN submarines loaned to Canada.

Note also that a number of the earlier ships such as the Cruisers, Tribal and “C” Class destroyers were built in the U.K. as, indeed, were the Carriers and, subsequently, the Canadian submarines.

A number of the Minesweepers were sold to be converted into yachts or commercial vessels.

The Iroquois Class (DDH 280’s) has been used as a prototype showing what may be included in the detail pages. This area of the site is very much a work in progress.

Cruisers - 2

  • QUEBEC (UGANDA)

    A cruiser from the RN that was based in Halifax until its decommissioning and disposal

  • ONTARIO (MINOTAUR) -

    This stalwart vessel was home to many cadets in its role as a Cadet Training ship. The author was aboard for VENTURE Cadet Training cruises in 1955 and 1956. Photo 1 in the Esquimalt Graving Dock

Photo 2 - ONTARIO entering Esquimalt Harbour

Light Carriers - 3

  • WARRIOR
  • MAGNIFICENT
  • BONAVENTURE
    Only one in service at any one time and the latest being BONAVENTURE

Tribal Class - 8

  • ATHABASKAN (first Tribal in that Class with that name).
  • HAIDA
    in Hamilton, Ontario - 2018-05-01
  • HURON
  • IROQUOIS
  • NOOTKA
  • MICMAC
  • CAYUGA
  • ATHABASKAN II (the second Tribal to bear the name)

V Class Destroyers - 2

  • ALGONQUIN
  • SIOUX
    Off the coast of Mexico, 1955. Cadet Don Wilson photo

C Class Destroyers - 2

  • CRUSADER
  • CRESCENT

Prestonian Class Frigates FFE’s - 24

  • ANTIGONISH
  • STONETOWN
  • BEACON HILL
    One of seven in the 4th Canadian Training Squadron, based in Esquimalt. Don was Engineer Officer from 1962-1965
  • NEW WATERFORD
  • LA HULLOISE
  • SWANSEA
  • PRESTONIAN
  • INCH ARRAN
  • STE. THERESE
  • OUTREMONT
  • STETTLER
  • FORT ERIE
  • SUSSEXVALE
  • BUCKINGHAM
    Pre-conversion photo
  • NEW GLASGOW
  • PENETANG
  • CAP DE LA MADELEINE
  • JONQUIERE
  • TORONTO
  • VICTORIAVILLE
  • LANARK
  • LAUZON
  • ST. STEPHEN
  • ST. CATHARINES

Icebreakers - 1

  • LABRADOR

St. Laurent Class DDE - later - Improved St. Laurent Class DDH - 7

  • ST. LAURENT
  • ST. LAURENT (Improved)
  • SAGUENAY
  • SKEENA
  • OTTAWA
  • MARGAREE
  • FRASER
  • ASSINIBOINE

Bay Class Minesweepers - 14

  • CHALEUR
  • CHIGNECTO
  • COMOX (sold after 3 years service to a foreign navy)
  • COWICHAN
  • FORTUNE (sold after 10 years service into mercantile service)
  • FUNDY
  • GASPÉ (sold after 4 years service to a foreign navy)
  • JAMES BAY
  • MIRAMICHI
  • QUINTE
  • RESOLUTE
  • THUNDER
  • TRINITY (sold after 3 years service to a foreign navy)
  • UNGAVA (sold after 4 years service to a foreign navy)

Escort Maintenance Vessels 2

  • CAPE BRETON
  • CAPE SCOTT

Oberon Class Submarines - 3

  • OJIBWA
  • ONONDAGA
  • OKANAGAN

Restigouche Class DDE’s - 7

  • RESTIGOUCHE
  • CHAUDIERE
  • GATINEAU
  • ST. CROIX
  • KOOTENAY
  • TERRA NOVA
  • COLUMBIA

MacKenzie Class DDE’s - 4

  • MacKenzie
  • SASKATCHEWAN
  • YUKON
  • QU’APPELLE

Annapolis Class DDH’s - 2

  • ANNAPOLIS
  • NIPIGON

AOR’s

  • PROVIDER - 1963-1998
  • PROTECTEUR
  • PRESERVER

Hydrofoils

  • BRAS D’OR
    Canada's hydrofoil ship completing construction in Marine Industries Limited, Sorel/Tracy in 1968. Don Wilson photo

Bras D'Or in flight

Iroquois Class and TRUMPed DDH 280’s

  • IROQUOIS
    There were many photos taken during the building of IROQUOIS and HURON in Marine Industries, Sorel/Tracy, PQ.
  • HURON - After a good period of service on the West Coast, HURON was decommissioned, mothballed and then designated as a target for a Can/US joint Sinkex off the west coast.

HURON, DDG 281 out of service alongside in Esquimalt. Don Wilson photo - 2004

HURON sinking west of Vancouver Island - "Operation Trident Fury" 14 May, 2007

  • ATHABASKAN - the third RCN destroyer with that name.
  • ALGONQUIN

Canadian Patrol Frigates FFH - 12

  • HALIFAX
  • VANCOUVER -
    and the USS Stennis
  • VILLE DE QUEBEC
  • TORONTO
  • REGINA
  • CALGARY
  • MONTREAL
  • FREDERICTON
  • WINNIPEG
  • CHARLOTTETOWN
  • ST. JOHN’S
  • OTTAWA

Kingston Class Coastal Defence Vessels MCDV’s - 12

  • KINGSTON -
    Lead ship of the class
  • GLACE BAY
  • NANAIMO
  • EDMONTON
  • SHAWINIGAN
  • WHITEHORSE
  • YELLOWKNIFE
  • GOOSE BAY
  • MONCTON
  • SASKATOON
  • BRANDON
  • SUMMERSIDE

Victoria Class Submarines - 4

  • VICTORIA -
    Lead boat of her class
  • WINDSOR
  • CORNERBROOK
  • CHICOUTIMI

Orca Class (8) A note on the Haze Grey & Under Way website states that these craft will not be commissioned into the Navy, nor will they officially be part of the auxiliary fleet.