Thomas Hayes, Royal Naval Reserve, Newfoundland, HMCS Niobe
Thomas Hayes was one of many Newfoundlanders who served with Canada's navy on the east coast.
At the start of the war, the cruiser Niobe was desperately short of trained crew. To fill its complement, it steamed to the then-independent colony of Newfoundland and enlisted 107 sailors. With the Newfoundlanders, other volunteers, and sailors transferred from the west coast, Niobe soon put to sea, helping to enforce the British blockade of Germany and its allies. Along with British cruisers, Niobe kept watch on American east coast ports, intercepting ships carrying supplies from the United States to German and neutral European ports.
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