10 June 2020

Film: Your Atlantic Holiday to Canada - 1933

The National Library of Scotland makes available a 1933 silent promotional film by Anchor-Donaldson Line, "inviting you on a luxury cruise from Glasgow to Quebec via Belfast." It shows scenes of life on the transAtlantic voyage on the Letitia, of Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls.


The Letitia made numerous transAtlantic trips from her maiden voyage in April 1925, served as a hospital ship during the war and transported servicemen, servicewomen and war brides to Canada in the aftermath.

The promotional material makes reference to singer Sir Harry Lauder. The outgoing passenger list shows he travelled on the Letitia from Glasgow in September 1932. His was not just a pleasure trip, he performed in major centres from Quebec City to Victoria. The Ottawa Journal reported a performance in Ottawa on 10 October that year at the Glebe Collegiate Assembly Hall.


Sheila said...

Ah, Harry Lauder - a family favourite!

Unknown said...

I first learned about him when researching a plant Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, a corkscrew hazel. Wonder what the connection is?