HMCS St. Croix
HMCS St. Croix, which entered Canadian service in 1940, was an overage American destroyer built shortly after the First World War.
In 1940, Britain's Royal Navy obtained 50 American destroyers in return for granting the United States the use of naval and air bases in several British possessions, including Newfoundland. The Royal Navy promptly transferred St. Croix, along with five other destroyers, to the Royal Canadian Navy; two more followed later. St. Croix helped meet Canada's need for warships, but its armament and equipment had to be updated, and its high speed was offset by its terrible pitching and rolling in rough seas.
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