HMCS Ontario in Malta
The powerful light cruiser HMCS Ontario, seen here in Malta, was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy too late to see action in either Europe or the Pacific.
Ontario completed working-up exercises around Malta and then steamed eastwards via the Suez Canal to join the British Pacific Fleet. The war against Japan ended with Ontario still in transit, but the cruiser met HMCS Prince Robert in Hong Kong. The two ships' crews helped restore order in the recently liberated colony, and helped with the repatriation of prisoners of war, including Canadians, from Japanese camps.
George Metcalf Archival Collection