Letitia 1912 HMHS - Hospital Ship

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Woody
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Letitia 1912 HMHS - Hospital Ship

Post by Woody » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:07 pm

HMHS Letitia
Military Hospital Ship, No 21
Launched by Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co, Greenock, Yard No 437, on 21/2/1912 for the Donaldson Line of Glasgow. Wrecked 1/8/1917 at Chebucto Head, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
8,991 grt
470.4 ft x 56.9 ft x 28.8 feet
twin screw, steam, triple expansion, 962 nhp, speed 14 knots
Casualties 549

Completed in April 1912
Served from 18/11/1914-1/8/1917. Participated in the Gallipoli Campaign and was then used to return Canadian casualties back to Canada
1/8/1917 she was lost while attempting to enter the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia carrying a load of wounded Canadians from the fighting in France. The ship’s bearings were wrong, and she ran aground about 0.6 km to the south of Portuguese Cove. All were rescued.
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Letitia aground and wrecked 1917

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Re: Letitia 1912 HMHS - Hospital Ship

Post by valwal » Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:13 pm

My husband's Great Grandfather, William David Jones was one of the wounded aboard this ship when it ran aground, as was his new bride, Ethel. Both lived on to a ripe old age in a small farming village called Matsqui in British Columbia, Canada.

Is there any way of finding out if they were married aboard ship? I have searched high and low and can not find their marriage registry in the UK.

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Re: Letitia 1912 HMHS - Hospital Ship

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:44 pm

My grandfather served on the 1912 LETITIA from 2nd March 1913 through 20th December 1913, voyages between Glasgow and Canada (Montreal, Saint John - New Brunswick)

He also served on the 1925 LETITIA, from Fairfield, in March and April 1927, on the Glasgow - New York run.
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Re: Letitia 1912 HMHS - Hospital Ship

Post by kevinfrancis » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:18 pm

My uncle, Thomas Rice, age 19, was a crew member on HMHS Letitia when she went aground and was wrecked. He was being repatriated to the UK on the ss Athenia when she was torpedoed off the coast of Donegal on 16 August. Uncle Tommy was drowned. My grandmother was required to travel to Derry to view bodies brought ashore but Tommy was not among them.
Woody wrote:HMHS Letitia
Military Hospital Ship, No 21
Launched by Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co, Greenock, Yard No 437, on 21/2/1912 for the Donaldson Line of Glasgow. Wrecked 1/8/1917 at Chebucto Head, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
8,991 grt
470.4 ft x 56.9 ft x 28.8 feet
twin screw, steam, triple expansion, 962 nhp, speed 14 knots
Casualties 549

Completed in April 1912
Served from 18/11/1914-1/8/1917. Participated in the Gallipoli Campaign and was then used to return Canadian casualties back to Canada
1/8/1917 she was lost while attempting to enter the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia carrying a load of wounded Canadians from the fighting in France. The ship’s bearings were wrong, and she ran aground about 0.6 km to the south of Portuguese Cove. All were rescued.

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