SS Atlantic

by Irenka Stankiewicz Farmilo
(Ottawa, Canada )

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I left Southampton on the SS Atlantic in September 1953, age 5, and arrived in Quebec City on October 3rd. Crossing time was 8 days, one day longer than planned because of a ferocious storm that had most passengers seasick, and a good part of the crew.
Of my family group of four, I was the only one who could get up and eat in the dining lounge, and one of my memories is wondering why they had so many round tables in the dining room when I concluded they only needed two! Laundry staff weren't available to change badly soiled sheets from sick passengers for a good part of the voyage.
I remember how cold it was on the deck and seeing an iceberg in the distance when my mother lifted me up to gaze at its beautiful prisms of reflected light.
There was a store that sold odds-and-ends and my mother bought me a toy car that would move on the deck if I pumped air into a hose attached to its back end. I spent a lot of time playing with that car because there wasn't much else for a kid to do.

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Jan 25, 2021
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Anonymity not needed
by: Irenka Stankiewicz Farmilo

I did not intend the comment about travelling from Quebec City to Montreal and on to Ottawa to be anonymous.

Jan 25, 2021
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Montreal to Ottawa
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After arriving in Quebec City, we took the train to Montreal and I presume another train on to Ottawa. Memories are blank between landing on the great concrete dock in Quebec and arriving at our apartment in Ottawa. Although my father, an architect, had hoped to find work in Montreal when he travelled to Canada about a year-and-a-half earlier (February 1952, SS Franconia), he found there was no work for him there and moved on to Ottawa to be employed in the federal Public Service. As soon as he could manage it, he abandoned what he called stultifying public-service employment for his own practice, which he kept in Ottawa till the end of his life.

Jan 18, 2021
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by: Deborah

Thank you for sharing your story.

You arrived in Quebec City. How did you travel from there? and did you stop in Montreal or just pass through?

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