Letitia (I)



Builder's model of passenger ship Letitia, built in 1912 for Donaldson Line (later Anchor Donaldson Line). She carried passengers across the North Atlantic, sailing from Glasgow to Canada. During the First World War she was requisitioned for service as a hospital ship, under the command of the Royal Canadian Naval Medical Services and was given the prefix HMHS (His Majesty's Hospital Ship). She carried injured soldiers from Europe to Canada. On 1 August 1917, she ran aground in thick fog while approaching the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. There were 137 crew, 546 wounded Canadian soldiers and 84 medical staff on board. Ships in the area quickly arrived on the scene to aid in the rescue efforts, saving all those on board apart from one crew member who drowned while trying to swim ashore.