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    HMCS Haida (G63): "Fightingest Ship in the Royal Canadian Navy".
    HMCS Haida is a Tribal-class destroyer that was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943. Named after the Haida People, a First Nation of British Columbia, Haida was assigned to the British Home Fleet and sank more enemy surface tonnage than any other Canadian warship.

    During WWII, before they developed national ensigns of their own, the commissioned ships of the various navies of the British Empire - Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Indian - all wore the Royal Navy's White Ensign. The White Ensign of the Haida is a 52" X 104" wool flag with a sewn canton, finished with a white canvas header and Inglefield clips.

    Haida's first assignment in 1943 was escorting convoys from the British naval port of Scapa Flow on the frigid "Murmansk Run" to the Soviet Union. In 1944, she sortied with the 10th Flotilla, a mixed force of British, Canadian and Polish warships operating out of Plymouth, England to clear enemy shipping off the French coast in anticipation of the D-Day landings.

    She participated in Operation Neptune, the maritime component of Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of Europe. Between June and September 1944, she sank or assisted in sinking two German torpedo boats, the German destroyer Z32, a submarine, the U-971, and a mine sweeper. She sailed to Canada for a refit and returned to Britain in 1945 and resumed convoy duties against German ships along the Norwegian coast in preparation for the Liberation of Norway.
    After WWII, she served again in Korea before being decommissioned. Haida, the only surviving Tribal-class destroyer, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada and now serves as a museum ship berthed in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2018, Haida was designated the ceremonial flagship of the RCN. Haida's ensign would be appropriate for any WWII, Atlantic War, Normandy, Arctic or maritime collector.

    During WWII the Haida earned the following honors: Arctic 1943-1945; English Channel 1944; Normandy 1944 and Biscay 1944.

    The ensign of the Haida is in Good condition - it is used, worn, soiled and stained with wear on both of the fly corners, but it is otherwise intact.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information, along with a 1950 letter of authentication and transmittal from Commodore K. F. Adams, Senior Canadian Naval Officer Afloat.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.


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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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