The History of the YUKON

Built by Burrard's, Vancouver, Yukon was commissioned on 25 May 1963 and, manned by east-coast personnel, sailed for Halifax on 27 July. On 5 January 1965, she departed for Esquimalt. In mid-1970, with Mackenzie and Provider, she carried out exercises with units of the Australian, New Zealand, Japanese and U.S. navies, incidentally making visits to Kobe, Osaka and Sasebo. On completion of her mid-life refit in 1975, Yukon became a member of Training Group Pacific. Her DELEX refit was carried out by Burrard Yarrow at Esquimalt, between 28 May 1984 and 16 January 1985. During her career, Yukon steamed more than 792,000 nautical miles and visited some 30 foreign ports. She was paid off on 3 December 1993 and eventually sold to the San Diego Oceans Foundation. On 25 April 1999 she left Vancouver in tow for San Diego, where she was to be ceremoniously sunk on July 15 as a sport-divers' wreck, but she flooded in rough weather at the intended site and sank the day before.

YUKON Statistical Data

  • Pendant: 263
  • Type: Destroyer Escort
  • Class: Mackenzie
  • Displacement: 2,380 tonnes
  • Length: 366 ft
  • Width: 42 ft
  • Draught: 13.5 ft
  • Speed: 28 kts
  • Compliment: 12 Officers and 233 Crew
  • Arms: 4 - 3" (2 x II), 2 Limbo, Homing Torpedoes.
  • Builder: Burrard D.D. Co., Vancouver
  • Keel Laid: 25-Oct-59
  • Date Launched: 27-Jul-61
  • Date Commissioned: 25-May-63
  • Paid off: 31-Jul-92


Major refit (DELEX) in 1983.

Additional Information

Will be sunk as an articial reef off San Diego, California"

Keywords: HMCS YUKON, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Destroyer Escort, Mackenzie Class