On 16th April 1945 the Royal Canadian Navy minesweeper HMCS ESQUIMALT was carrying out a routine sonar sweep in the approaches to Halifax when she was torpedoed by German U-Boat, U-190,rapidly sinking before a distress call could be sent. Fourty-four of her crew were lost before rescue,most from exposure. With the war ending with Germany within weeks the loss of so many so close to home was particularly heart rending. Such is war. The U-boat surrendered to the R.C.N at wars end and eventually was used for a time by the Navy.It was sunk by RCN ships and aircraft on Trafalgar Day a few years later just off Halifax.