Objects and Photographs


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V-E Day, St. John's, Newfoundland
V-E Day, St. John's, Newfoundland

Allied merchant ships in the harbour at St. John's, Newfoundland, are decorated with flags to celebrate V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, 8 May 1945.

Germany's unconditional surrender sparked widespread celebrations, and these ships are following the naval tradition of "dressing" with flags in recognition of the event. Colourful signal flags are suspended from the masts and rigging of both ships seen here. St. John's, an important port for convoys and their escorts, witnessed large-scale celebrations of the end of the war in Europe.

George Metcalf Archival Collection

Censored Photograph, HMCS Wentworth
Manufacturing Naval Guns and Mountings
Ditty Bags for Sailors
V-E Day, St. John's, Newfoundland
Bedford Magazine Explosion, 1945
MV Empire MacDermott, Halifax Drydock
Warships at St. John's, Newfoundland
The Harbour of New York
Corvette in Ice
Ice on Corvette
Staff of Naval Member, Canadian Joint Staff Mission, August 1943
National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa
Plotting Room, Ottawa, 29 November 1943
Consolidated B-24 Liberators, Gander, Newfoundland
Escort Carrier, St. John's, Newfoundland
Cargo Ship in Convoy
HMCS Barrie
HMCS Clayoquot , Bangor class Minesweeper
Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) at Sea
"Taking a ?Green One'"
John Doyle, HMCS Digby
U-190's Crew, September 1942
U-889's Forward Torpedo Compartment
U-889 Running at Periscope Depth