LETITIA was a handsome medium sized liner which ended her career with every captain's nightmare - sinking as a hospital ship full of wounded soldiers. Beginning her career on the Glasgow to Quebec City and Montreal service for the Donaldson Line, LETITIA was requisitioned as a hospital ship in 1914.
The first LETITIA was a short lived ship. Built by Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co, Greenock for the Donaldson Line of Glasgow, she was a 8,991 gross ton ship, length 470.4ft x beam 56.9ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots. There was passenger accommodation for 300-2
Donaldson Line, I went aboard her in Vera Cruz in
1972/73, renamed 'Bibi' she was running for TMM
but under Denholm Management. The J/E
Maurice Rees's father was Ch Stwd if I remember
correctly, she was running Mexico to the Med
Later to become Empire Brent then Captain Cook.
Thought I would post this one and one of her as a hospital ship after seeing Kiwi Mikes' pic of her as Captain Cook.
My Grandfather was 2nd Sparks in her as Letitia.