A wartime thank you to St. John’s

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This is a letter of thanks to the people of St. John’s on behalf of the crew of HMCS Kokanee.

We were the last of the ships to come off the North Atlantic Convoys at the end of the Second World War.

Our instructions were that the war did not end for us until we reached Canadian shores.

We arrived at St. John’s about three to four weeks after the rest of the convoys.

When we went ashore we went to the Queen’s Tavern.

The owner of the Queen’s Tavern’s first remark was, “Where have you been?”

I don’t know how she did it but she arranged a separate home-coming party for the crew of the Kokanee.

Special thanks to Queen’s Tavern and St. John’s as it was a second home to us when we came ashore.

Stewart Hardy

Sherwood Park, Alta.

Geographic location: HardySherwood Park

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