“mapparently still rests

.more wmotely associated with war. . vessels of neutral countries

,Tfast two months later. On Jan. 12, 1918, 'tacked by German U-boat but escaped° _ship and renamed Liguria. On Jant

Ithat port that year beating all previous records. "Bruton, transported mOst of 20,000 Mennonites from the Ukraine to Canada following the Rus—

'"fast and usually lasting 12 days. The July 20, 1928 edition of Glasgow News impressive description of the Melita's facilities as luxury cruiser.

on the ocean floor today. 10—b0at 48 which sank the Brandon was possibly the most controversial Nazi submarine. U—

Z8's Commander was Lt. Herbert Schultze, first captain to sink over 100,000 tons of allied

'shipping which won him his country's first highly—coveted Knight‘s Cross of that war.]fi:was

Schultze in Um48 who on the day following the outbreak of war deliberately broke the.Treaty of Versailles in which Germany renounced submarine warfare for all time when -he sank the first Allied merchant shipnnBritain's SS Royal Sceptre heading for Scotland. The sinking of the Brandon three months later was one more highly—questionable act by Schultze as she was then an American ship and.thus still neutral. In fact, she wasn't even a merchant ship any but.a Whaler engaged in activities which could hardly have been-regarded hostilecu-re- One German writer admits Ueboats often sank whaling and fishing to win Nazi awards based on total tonnage destroyed. The last reference to un48 I was able to find was:April 1, 1941, when she torpedoed and sankiflnzBea~ verdale in the North Atlantic 60.50N, 29.19W; one of 12 CP merchant ships lost by enemy ac— tion in the war. ,

The SS Melita was the Minnedosa's sister ship and almost exact replica. Official number 136367, displacing 13,967 tones 520 feet long and 67 feet wide with molded depth of 42feet, a cabin—class liner with economical speed of 16 knots, she was launched April 24, 1917 , by Barclay Curls and Co. Ltd,, Scotstoun, Scotland, completed by Harland and Wolff Ltd.iJ1Be1~ she became an Allied troopship. In Julyshewas at—

After hoisting the GP houseflag following armistice she sailed frOm Liverpool. In 1925 she was refitted by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron 00., Jarrow, tonnage increased to 15,183. on April 5,'1935, she was sold to Ricuperi Metallici, Turin, Italy_for demolition'and towed to Genoa by Dutch tug Zwarte Zee but later bought by the Italian Line for service as troop— 11 1941, she was scuttled after being set aflamebyAllied air raid at Tobruk. In 1950 she was salvaged, towed to Savana by tug Ursus and broken up.

when the Melita arrived in Antwerp Nov. 14, 1926, she became the 10,000th ship toxenter She, together with Minnedosa, Marglen and

sian Revolution. For this massive transportation project GP created a special through—rate from-a Baltic port to Canadian CPR points like Winnipeg,,Brandon, Saskatoon. Between July,

1932, and September, l934, this liner made 22 holiday cruises from Greenock calling at Bela carried a long

Glasgow's Evening Times credits the Melita with transporting the largest consignment of

1 silver foxes ever shipped from Canada to Scotland when in 1925 she transported54 pairs val— ued at $70,000 bred by W.K. Rogers of Charlottetown and consigned to Silver FoxlruwlatNOrth ‘Berwick for extensive development of a fur farm,

While in Italian service in the Abyssinian campaign as Liguria she sailed inltaly‘slgss immigration ploy. Reported to have been torpedoed by Allies near Durazzo with heavy loss of life_she somehow survived only to be sunk by air attack shortly after. Stan Shuttleworth of Onanole recalls there were so many sunken ships in Italian harbors that Allied soldiers of-

‘ten walked on them to get to their OWn ships.

A Minnedosan who as-youngster of 12 came to Canada on the Melita in May, 19kg, was Les Buck who's retiring next week from a long term as.custodian and adult detentioncentreguard at Minnedosa Court House. A fascinating person who OWns one of this country‘s finest drift- WOod collections Les recalls vividly the First World War as it affected his home city, Lon—

' (don, England. He saw the first German airplanes flying low overhead while pilotsthrewbombs

“,yfrom cockpits on houses below, later Zeppelin attacks and ease with which Britishpildtsshot

"“”down these highly—inflamable monsters, has photographs of the flaming infernosdriftingslow— 'ly earthwardahe remembers especially the many long hours daily-~before and after school—~he

was forced to stand in line so his family might purchase muchmneeded but high-rationed food. ‘During the next war Les returned to London as Canadian soldier and remembersxespecially the

_"buzz bomb" (V1) attacks; a sound he describes resembling a racing outboard motor.Londoners Tinpaid no attention to this sound until a motor stopped; in a split second everyone would hit 'che sidewalk, an explosion follow, and people calmly continue on their respective ways. ,I--_Much'less is known of the SS Miniota. A cargo ship with official number 135311, 420 feet ‘long, 55 feet wide with molded_depth of 24 feet she displaced 4,928 tons° Launched Nov. 27,

1913, by W, Grey and 00., West Hartlepool, as the Hackness for Lendon and NorthernSteamship 00, she was bought_by 0P Sept° 28, 1916, and renamed Miniota. On Oct. 20, 1916, Efluimadehsr first GP voyage from Glasgow to Boston. Less than a year later, on Aug. 31, l917,_ she was