The maiden Second World War convoy of eighteen merchant vessels sailed from Halifax for Britain. Over 377 convoys sailed from September 16, 1939 to May 23, 1945, during the Battle of the Atlantic — representing a total of 25,343 merchant ships. The battle claimed more than 70,000 Allied seamen, merchant mariners and airmen, including 2,024 Royal Canadian Navy personnel and 1,629 Merchant Navy seafarers. Each year on the first Sunday of May, the naval community commemorates those lost at sea during the Second World War. For more background, see ‘Canada’s Merchant Navy: The Men that Saved the World,’ by John Boileau, Legion, July 14, 2010: (Also see HMCS St. Croix, September. 20, 1943, and Admiralty House, January. 1, 1819.). (Photo: A convoy of merchant ships in the Bedford Basin, April 1, 1942. Library and Archives Canada).