HMCS Micmac, pennants R10 and 214
, was one of 27 Tribal class destroyers
completed for the Royal Navy
(RN), the Royal Australian Navy
(RAN), and the Royal Canadian Navy
(RCN) laid down before and during the Second World War
. Constructed by Halifax Shipyards
, she was the first of four built in Canada and one of eight commissioned into the RCN, where she spent her entire service life. Ordered in early 1941 she did not commission until late 1945, after the end of hostilities.Micmac's
construction was overlong, taking 57 months from the date of order to the date of commission. In comparison Micmac's
Australian built sister, HMAS Warramunga
—ordered by the RAN in September 1939, laid down on 10 February 1940, launched on 7 February 1942, and commissioned on 23 November 1942—took but 29 months. The twenty British built Tribals built for the RN (16) and RCN (4) averaged 26 months from the date of order to the date of commission. Micmac'
s delay mainly was due to economic and political issues that permeated the entire Canadian Destroyer Project.
Economically, Canada's overall limited industrial capacity was a major factor.
Tribal hull construction
required a high-strength specialty steel that was not made in Canada or available for purchase from the United States. Steel which Great Britain, overtaxed by the growing demands of a general European war, could not provide and that Canadian mills were slow to produce.
The hulls of low performance corvettes
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