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HMCS Cayuga (R04)
HMCS Cayuga (218) at Kure 1951
HMCS Cayuga at Kure, Japan, in 1951
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Name: HMCS Cayuga
Namesake: Cayuga nation
Ordered: 1942
Builder: Halifax Shipyards
Laid down: 7 October 1943
Launched: 28 July 1945
Commissioned: 20 October 1947
Motto: Onenh owa den dya
("Now let us proceed")
Honours and
Korea 1950-53
Fate: Scrapped, Faslane, 27 February 1964
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 & type: Tribal-class destroyer

HMCS Cayuga R04/218 was a Tribal-class destroyer built in the Halifax Shipyards, Halifax, Nova Scotia and served in the Royal Canadian Navy.


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.



  • 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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