September 15 (Sat) 1945, Yokohama, Japan [Part 1]

An innovation this week has been the holding of Divisions on the forecastle daily at 0900. Officers of Divisions turn up to this, and the Padre and band are also present for prayers & the singing of a hymn.

On Tuesday [11th] afternoon we shifted to berth F29, considerably nearer to Yokohama. The ships of the BPF [British Pacific Fleet] present and a large number of USN heavy craft are in this Anchorage.

In connection with the ceremony to be held at the British Embassy in Tokyo on Monday, we sent ashore a party to help clean the place up a bit and a squad of Royal Marines has been training in preparation for taking over guard duties there next week. We also have a platoon of Naval ratings guarding HMS Thracian, a British S class destroyer, which was scuttled at Hong Kong in ’41, raised by the Japanese, and found at Yokosuka in a fairly reasonably & repairable condition when the landing forces went ashore.

Memoir of Lt A Canham

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HMS Newfoundland sailors at Yokosuka Naval Base. Image copr. C Canham

After the fleet entered the harbor, the Newfoundland landing party was sent to Yokosuka Naval Base.  We found it mostly deserted, and with no transportation we commandeered fire engines to drive ourselves around the base.  We found miles of tunnels under the base and we had to inspect them all to be sure they weren’t mined.  There we discovered crates and crates of guns, ammunition, silver plates, and swords.