Haida: A Story of the Hard Fighting Tribal Class Destroyers of the Royal Canadian Navy on the…

Paperback | August 31, 2012

byWilliam Sclater

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This action-packed, first-hand account chronicles the mission of Canada's most famous naval warship from her commissioning in 1943 to her return to Halifax for a refit in late 1944. The ship began her career on convoy duty from Britain to Murmansk, and the book includes a vivid description ofthe battle between the HMS Duke of York and the German Scharnhorst that led to the Scharnhorst's destruction. Haida went on to patrol the French coast in the months leading up to D-Day, and then with her sister ships guarded the Western Approaches on D-Day itself, sinking two German destroyers andcrippling two more. Commander William Sclater witnessed these events first-hand, and his description - together with paintings by Grant Macdonald - provides a vivid recounting of the heroic days of the Second World War.

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This action-packed, first-hand account chronicles the mission of Canada's most famous naval warship from her commissioning in 1943 to her return to Halifax for a refit in late 1944. The ship began her career on convoy duty from Britain to Murmansk, and the book includes a vivid description ofthe battle between the HMS Duke of York and ...

William Sclater worked as a merchant seaman, rubber planter in Malaysia, and journalist before joining the Royal Canadian Navy as an officer in the Second World War. He later worked in public relations. Haida won the Governor General's Award for nonfiction in 1947.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.72 inPublished:August 31, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019544793X

ISBN - 13:9780195447934

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Day-by-day account This is an important book! Sclater was a member of the original crew that sailed G63 HMCS Haida from the builders under Captain "hardover Harry" DeWolfe. This is Sclater's account, day by day, of the WWII service of this great warship. It is rife with colourful below-deck details. After reading this book, I understood Haida's importance, and why individual Canadians came forward to save her from the ship breakers.
Date published: 2012-10-17

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Table of Contents

Ted Barris: Introduction to the Wynford EditionList of IllustrationsA.V. Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty: Prefatory NoteAuthor's NoteChapters 1-19Conclusion