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SS Letitia (1924-1960)

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Media TitleSS Letitia (1924-1960)
Media NotesCompleted in 1924, the primary role of the Letitia was as a trans-Atlantic liner for the Glasgow - Montreal route.

History:
24 April 1924: Maiden voyage from Glasgow to Montreal.
1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and commisioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She later became a troopship.
1943: Extensively damaged and temporarily repaired in the USA.
1944: Taken over by the Canadian Government and converted into a hospital ship.
1946: Sold to the Ministry of Transport and renamed EMPIRE BRENT.
1947: While on route to Halifax, she collided with and sank the STORMONT in the River Mersey.
1947: She returned to her home river in December, was overhauled and refitted as a troopship for voyages to India and the Far East.
1949: She began an emigration service to Australia until later in 1950: Laid up for about six months then returned to perform the same role, this time to New Zealand with the new name CAPTAIN COOK. Ownership eventually passed to the New Zealand government.
5 December 1952: Commenced sailings from Glasgow via Panama to Wellington, New Zealand.
1960: She arrived at Glasgow in February on her last voyage. Sailed to Falmouth (Cornwall) where she was laid up and sold to the British Iron and Steel Corporation after which she was taken to Inverkeithing for breaking by T W Ward Ltd.
Owner/SourceVarious Sources
DateAdded 25 Mar 2012
Linked toMary Jane Berry (Emigration); Walter John Robinson (Emigration)

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