Speaking Of Gun Control...
According to the lore, on board the ship, after WWII was over, my dad was returning to Canada with a couple of things he apparently wasn't supposed to have. I have no idea why he wasn't supposed to have them, but it makes for a good story.
What he had with him was a pair of binoculars and a German pistol, which he used to tell us kids he stole off a German general. Because he wasn't supposed to have either, he tossed the binoculars into the Atlantic but he kept the pistol. (My sister has it now.) Of course he didn't bring any ammo with him, so the thing was useless.
Anywho....as the story goes, my mom was mad at him for tossing the binoculars and keeping the gun. I kinda have to agree with her. The binoculars would have been far more useful. My dad had a couple of shotguns which he used for duck hunting and for killing the farm animals before they were butchered. But a German general's pistol, without the ammo, wouldn't have been very useful.