St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, March 1945
This late-war photograph of St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, shows a merchant ship (background) with a tug alongside (centre).
Ports like St. John's were important for merchant ships, their cargoes, and their crews. Major ports were arrival and departure points for convoys, as well providing facilities for loading and unloading cargo. They were also important centres for repair and maintenance, and were often home to "manning pools" established to provide sailors for merchant ship crews.
George Metcalf Archival Collection