Captured U-190 at St. John’s, Newfoundland in June 1945

U-190 and HMCS Arnprior in St. John's Harbour, June 1945

U-190 and HMCS Arnprior in St. John’s Harbour, June 1945.

I’m making my first and long overdue visit to Newfoundland and thought I would share some photos, both my own and those taken by my grandfather George Clifford who served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War.

My grandfather was stationed in St. John’s during the latter part of the war and snapped a handful of photos of U-190, the German submarine that surrendered to the RCN and was taken to Bay Bulls where it was commissioned into the RCN and moved to St. John’s. Docked next to U-190 was H.M.C.S. Arnprior. The U-190 was sunk on October 21, 1947 by the RCN near the spot the U-190 sunk H.M.C.S. Esquimalt in April 1945.

While in St. John’s I spent several hours at the excellent Royal Newfoundland Regiment exhibit which opened at The Rooms on July 1st of this year. I’m writing a piece on my visit for Forces War Records magazine and will be sure to let everyone know once it’s published. In the meantime I’ve included a photo gallery from my visit to some of the many sites related to Newfoundland’s long military history. The views from Signal Hill and Cape Spear were spectacular! I’ve also included a few photographs of the many war memorials we’ve passed on our drive around the Avalon peninsula.

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Since arriving in Newfoundland we’ve met some of the friendliest people in the world, listened to some great Celtic music and have enjoyed some world class scenery. The 60,000 Northern Gannets clinging to the cliffs at Cape St. Mary’s were today’s highlight and one I won’t soon forget.

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