Marine Heritage Database

Letitia - 1917

Ship Type

Typical Profile

H

V

Q

J


Code Flags

Tonnage

8991

Length(ft)

470

Breadth(ft)

56.9

Depth(ft)

28.8

Masts

Decks

Hull

Steel

Shipwreck Details

Description

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. She served with distinction in the Mediterranean, even coming under fire evacuating wounded troops near the Dardanelles.

Story

LETITIA was carrying 546 wounded Canadian soldiers to Halifax on August 1, 1917. A pilot boarded at the harbour entrance but miscalculated the ship's position in heavy fog. Within ten minutes, LETITIA was hopelessly aground on the rocky ledges of Portuguese Cove. Naval vessels arrived quickly to assist. No lives were lost among the wounded, but a stoker was accidentally left behind and drowned while swimming ashore. The wreck split in two in the months following the wreck. Her stern section sank in deeper water. Legal salvagers and looters removed much of her equipment. Today her wreckage is a popular dive site.

Vessel Type

Steam, Hospital, Liner

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Stranded

Cause of Event

Fog

Date of Wreck

1917-08-01

Location

Portuguese Cove, Halifax Harbour

Cargo

Passengers: 546 wounded soldiers

Lives Lost

1

Voyage from

Liverpool, Merseyside , England

Voyage to

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Greenock, United Kingdom

Date

1912

Official Number

133033

Registered at

Glasgow, Glasgow , Scotland

Date

Propulsion

Rig

None

Details

Built by Scott's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.

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