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