With the end of hostilities in Europe, the ship was "mothballed" and the crew sent to HMCS Niobe, Greenock Scotland. We packed our mugs and kit bags as ordered for the trip to H.M.C.S. Niobe. We were in very good spirits looking forward to the trip. Our Supply Assistants, Ceo Gaudet and Gene Begin had looked after our spirit(ual) needs.
It was the formal breakup of the ship's company and the crew members were sent home to Canada, to await dispatch to the Pacific theatre of operations. The atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagaski led to the immediate cessation of hostilities and the end of the global war. Little did we realize at the time, the significant changes the introduction of atomic bombs and atomic energy would create in our lives. We were only happy, that the conflict was over and the lives of so many allied servicemen would be spared. It was only afterward that we read and saw pictures of the destruction wrought by the atomic bombs and read John Hersey's book, "Hiroshima" describing the horrifying experiences of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors.
Nene Lives; ed Kenneth Riley, 1993, ppg. 38 - 39)
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