100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Postmarked March 4, 1915

The Dominion Line steamship company operated liners on the Liverpool-Canada route in the late 19th century and early 20th century. In 1907 two new liners were ordered from Harland and Wolff, the SS Albany and SS Alberta. However, while they were being built they were transferred to the White Star Line and with them the White Star Line itself entered the Canadian passenger trade. The RMS Megantic, a conventional twin propellered ship with quadruple expansion engines. The SS Megantic was launched in December 1908 and made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Montréal in June 1909. Since the beginning of the war, she has transported Canadian troops to England.

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On March 4, 1915 Canadian soldier Alexander MacNaughton from Halifax, Nova Scotia writes this postcard home upon arriving in Great Britain.

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“March 4, Queenstown, Ireland

Arrived in port this morning at Queenstown all fine and happy and had a good trip. Leave for Liverford (sic) today all well – Alex.”

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