HMCS Cayuga (R04)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Cayuga.
HMCS Cayuga (218) at Kure 1951
HMCS Cayuga at Kure, Japan, in 1951
Career (Canada)
Name: Cayuga
Namesake: Cayuga nation
Operator: Royal Canadian Navy
Ordered: April 1942
Builder: Halifax Shipyards, Halifax
Laid down: 7 October 1943
Launched: 28 July 1945
Commissioned: 20 October 1947
Decommissioned: 27 February 1964
Motto: Onenh owa den dya
("Now let us proceed")
Honours and
Korea 1950-53
Fate: Scrapped, Faslane
Notes: Colours: Gold and scarlet
Badge: Blazon Or, an Indian of the Cayuga tribe, facing dexter, in kneeling posture, right knee on the ground, left leg bent and forward, two feathers in hair, lower part of body clad, upper bare, a quiver of arrows pendant from the left shoulder, the base resting on ground beside the right knee, the Indian holding a bow and arrow in the "ready "position all gules
General characteristics
Class and type: Tribal-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,850 tons (standard),
2,520 tons (full)
Length: 377 ft (114.9 m)
Beam: 37.5 ft (11.4 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: 3 × Admiralty 3-drum boilers, steam turbines, 2 shafts, 44,000 shp
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h)
Range: 5,700 nautical miles (10,600 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
524 tons oil
Complement: 190 (219 as leader)
Armament: 8 - 4 in L/45 QF Mk.XVI guns, 4 × twin mounting HA Mk.XIX

1 × twin 40 mm Bofors mount Mk.V
4 × single 40 mm Bofors mount Mk.III
1 × tubes for 21-inch (530 mm) torpedoes Mk.IX

1 × rack, 2 × throwers for depth charges

HMCS Cayuga was a Tribal-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1946 until 1964. She saw action in the Korean War. She was named for the Cayuga nation, a First Nations people of Canada.

Cayuga was ordered in April 1942 as part of the 1942 building programme.[1] She was laid down on 7 October 1943 by Halifax Shipyards at Halifax, Nova Scotia and launched 28 July 1945.[1] She was commissioned 20 October 1947.[1]


Wearing pennant R04, then 218, Cayuga served a total of three tours of Korea, the last in 1954 after the conflict had ended. Cayuga was part of this initial first dispatch of three ships by Canada to Korea. She was paid off in February 1964.

It was on this vessel that Ferdinand Demara, "the great impostor", served while impersonating a Canadian medical officer.

In 1942 a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps was created and named after HMCS Cayuga, and continues to operate to this day, on CFB Wainwright, Alberta. The Coxswain of 140 RCSCC Cayuga is Chief Petty Officer First Class (CPO1) Dery. The Commanding Officer is NCdt Jeckells.


  1. ^ a b c "HMCS Cayuga (R04)". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 


  • Brice, Martin H. (1971). The Tribals. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0245-2. 
  • Robert Crichton, The Great Imposter, Random House, New York, 1959
  • English, John (2001). Afridi to Nizam: British Fleet Destroyers 1937–43. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-95-0. 

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