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How to Read the Site:

We have tried to capture the story of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs and provide a site to post stories, documents, links and photos of their incredible journey to the Championship.

To read their great story from the beginning, scroll to the bottom of the site to part 1 and work your way up through the 34 parts (You may have to click on “older posts” at the bottom to get to part 1). Each part is in chronological order and describes a part of the journey and many contain photos (We continue to add new photos to these posts as we get them).

After part 34 we are posting current related activities, stories and photos from the Galt Museum & Archives, Lethbridge Hurricanes, City of Lethbridge and private collections, as they become available. If you have a photo or story contribution for the site we would be happy to post it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lethbridge Maple Leafs Boarded the Scythia in Halifax Habour: Part 12

The Maple Leafs boarded the Scythia on December 22, 1950. A smaller number of passengers were on board than usual voyages because it was Christmas. There were 150 passengers and a crew of 450. Most of the players were mildly sea sick. The players spent Christmas a sea, somewhere on the Atlantic. For a description of the day and the Christmas dinner click on (Christmas Dinner).  They passed the time on the ship with deck games, dancing, walking the deck, horse races, laundry, card games and laying down due to the sea sickness.

Postcard of the Scythia

The Cunard Line embarked on a building program after losing ships during World War I. The Scythia was the first ship built in 1920. The Scythia was:

1939 - requisitioned for use in World War II
1940 - first used as a troop ship
1942 - carried evacuees from Liverpool to New York
1942 - she was struck by an aerial torpedo (five casualties out of 4,300)
1943 – salvaged and repaired in New York
1945 – took American troops home after the war
1946 - war bride repatriation ship completing a number of voyages to take Canadian war
brides and their children from Liverpool to Halifax
1948 - the International Refugee Organisation to take refugees from Europe to Canada
1950 - became a passenger ship again, sailing from Britain to Canada
1950 – left Halifax habour carrying the Lethbridge Maple Leafs
1958 - the Scythia was delivered to the ship breakers

Deck Photo

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